Thank you to Clare Norton for over 8 years of Governance support
A lot has changed at Bovingdon Primary Academy over the past few years and Clare Norton has always been there to support them through it.
Starting as Parent Governor when her children were at the school, Clare continued to offer her help and knowledge on the Local Advisory Board when they moved to secondary school.
After 8 years, she has decided to take a step back from this role. We wanted to speak with Clare, hear about her time working with Bovingdon Primary Academy and thank her for her support to the school and Aspire Academies Trust over the years.
How long were you a Governor for Bovingdon local advisory body?
I was there for 8 years in total, starting as Parent Governor in 2012. My children were enjoying being at the school and gaining so many positive experiences, I wanted to give something back. As a working parent it was difficult to be involved in school life in some ways, like volunteering on trips or school events, so I felt that becoming a Governor was a way to utilise my skills and give back at times that were more suitable for me.
When my children moved to senior school, I stayed on the LAB as a Community Governor for two years. At the time they left I was Vice Chair and one of the longest standing Governors on the body. I enjoyed being involved as I live in Bovingdon and had a lot vested within the school.
What was your greatest achievement?
The team, staff and Governors worked together well to positively impact the school, it was great to see the school become so inclusive. The culture has also developed over time. It was once largely focused on attainment, but now is a brilliant learning environment which values every child no matter their ability. The LAB has been very heavily involved in driving the vision of inclusivity.
What did you enjoy the most?
One of the benefits of being a Governor for so long, was that I could see projects through to completion. I really enjoyed the work I did on road safety and sustainable travel. I also helped the school to achieve a silver Modeshift Star award. I’m very proud of this, as it has a direct impact on the lives of the children in the school and local community.
What makes Bovingdon stand out as a great school?
Bovingdon Primary Academy is a happy place to learn, pupils and staff enjoy being in school which is wonderful to see. The school also offers a lot of amazing extra-curricular activities, covering a variety of sports and the arts.
What will you miss most about your time working with the school?
I will really miss the team and all of the people I have come into contact with over the years. I enjoyed the sense of coming together and working to improve things.
What are you looking forward to doing now?
I am now a Board member at a Housing Association, the field I work in. I am also leading Bovingdon’s Neighbourhood Plan, so lots to keep me busy and inspired.
Do you have any advice for somebody who might be interested in being a school Governor?
Do it! You will gain so much satisfaction volunteering as a Governor. The school you are involved in will be incredibly thankful for your support.