There have been so many highs and lows over the past two years of being involved in the Archer Academy that it’s difficult to know where to start. If I’m honest the lows are not that bad, although as the secretary to the Steering Group I’m looking forward to handing over minute-taking to our Clerk once we officially become a Governing Body.
The highs are almost too many to mention but aside from the obvious Green Lights from the DfE, here are a sample:
Getting up on a stage in front of rows and rows of expectant parents, to introduce our team and officiate the Q & A sessions. This is a departure from my working life, but it’s been such a buzz to gain the reactions of the local community to everything that we do.
Standing on East Finchley High Road in the rain and at East Finchley Festival in the sun, whatever the weather, the support from the local community makes it all worthwhile.
Helping out at the Year 6 Transition events, even pretending to be Mr Quigley at one point and meeting the children who will be our role models at the Archer Academy. Not only was it a fantastic opportunity to meet the children, but watching our Deputy Head, Lucy, at work filled me with pride.
Seeing my own son’s face as he left the Year 5 Taster session. He was so enthused by the topics that he had been exposed to, all nervousness about a dissection dispelled by the able Ms Mahmood. He has been part of this process all the way, helping to deliver leaflets, remove foliage in the Causeway, has sat quietly at the side of meetings that I’ve had to take him to. Even my four year old puts on a bag and tells me that she’s “going to a meeting” as I’ve had to endlessly over the last couple of years. My children are the reason that I was motivated to get involved with this, but the contribution to the local community has given me so much satisfaction, and opened my eyes to so many ways in which we can make differences both small and large.
Being on the selection panels for recruiting our staff. I was lucky enough to be involved in a few of these. These were days when the school became a reality for me, more than any other. I met some talented passionate teachers, and agonised with the rest of the panel over who to choose. We were spoilt for choice.
Governor recruitment. It’s time to expand our team, share the load and increase our expertise. We’ve only just started, but I’m overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of people who are prepared to muck in and support us. It’s going to be a tough choice once again.
I’m privileged to work part-time for BT, a company that actively encourages volunteering, to the point where we are given three days per year of work time to contribute to the personal time that we commit to a cause. My colleagues have been very patient when I talk about the school at work, many of them volunteer/fundraise for charities, but I do wonder if they’ll be relieved when we get past the grand opening…
Vice-chair of Governors (Designate)