Members of the Hallmoor Local Academy Council (LAC)
I am the headteacher at Hallmoor School. I have extensive senior leadership experience in the local authority sector, the private sector and within three different Multi Academy Trusts. I have lived and worked in many different parts of the country and served on several different governing bodies during the last thirty years.
I am an experienced teacher, having worked in different Special Schools (in North and Midlands) over my career to date. I also worked as a volunteer in a school and two hospitals, as well as a psychology lecturer and speech and language therapist, abroad.
I joined the LAC in May 2021 and am pleased to be able to share my expertise and continue to support the great work the school is doing. I have also enjoyed learning more about Special Schools and how they operate, as this is an area of education that I feel passionate about.
Paul Roberts – Chair
I was a teacher and head teacher for many years in special schools. I have carried out school improvement consultancy and served as a governor in other special schools. I joined the LAC because I was struck by the warmth of Hallmoor School when I first visited it and I want to work alongside staff and parents to give its pupils the best opportunities in life that we can.
I am a qualified and experienced HR professional with over 20 years supporting people to reach their potential with employability skills, apprenticeships and graduate programmes. I became a governor as I wanted to ensure that young people in disadvantaged communities are afforded the same opportunities as their peers. As a governor it will also enable me to share my knowledge and experience with teachers, students and parents. I am also hoping to learn and develop my knowledge on how the school prepares students for the world of work and further education.
Peter Cooke – Vice-Chair
I am pleased to be a parent representative on the Hallmoor Local Academy Council. I bring school experience of literacy and numeracy, as well as experience of SEND. I also have substantial experience of governance in the maintained sector, including as a parent governor and Chair of the Curriculum Committee.
For a few years I have been a parent at Hallmoor School. Over time, both academically and in terms of confidence, my son has improved greatly. I have worked as a Teaching Assistant in mainstream schools and am currently a family support worker at a special school. My roles have provided me with an insight into what functions effectively and poorly in educational environments.
I believe I will be an effective LAC parent representative because I have knowledge of how schools are run and can relate to parents’ concerns. I get along well with others and adhere to a school’s culture. Working together is essential especially when trying to create changes and most importantly boost young children’s learning. I get the best of both worlds from being a mother and an educator; while I’m not perfect, I’m effective, understanding, and I believe in attaining goals that are established for the better. For myself and my children, learning new skills and working on our weaknesses has always been important to me. I have overcome obstacles along the way, and I do well under pressure if I am surrounded by groups of people that are encouraging and have effective communication skills. Finally, I think it’s important to provide children with challenges so they can develop to their full potential. No matter what a child’s needs are, if the right strategies are put into place, they can all progress and learn for the better.