Words from our Governors
Chair of Governors
I have spent my entire working life in education. I love school life and have been privileged to teach, manage and lead in many schools in Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City and until a few years ago serving as Headteacher in two Derbyshire Schools.
Born and raised in a loving, working class family, my parents encouraged me to work hard, aim high and to seek a life that was less hindered by poverty than theirs had been.
I firmly believe that education helps all children and adults to lead more fulfilling lives and increases their chances of earning a good living.
Though retired I cherish the opportunity to work with all the staff at Leys Junior School and Copthorne Community Infant School to ensure that each and every child has every reasonable opportunity to succeed in life.
I am blessed with six grandchildren, ranging in ages from 3 to 13. And my interest in education is more than academic. I am privileged to work alongside several other committed governors. Together we seek to ensure the very best for both school communities.
I first became a Community Governor at Copthorne Community Infant School when my 2 daughters attended the school. I live locally and have valued being involved with the school. I have continued to support the school through its journey for the past 25 years.
We have recently entered a new exciting phase of Federating with Leys Junior School. Our two schools operate individually but now have one Governing Body to ensure a consistent overview.
Until retirement I was a secondary teacher and my life long passion has been to try and offer the best educational paths for all children and adults. As a Governor I am committed to seeking new opportunities for our children and using my knowledge and experience to help move the Unity Federation forward.
I have been a Parent Governor at Leys Junior School for around seven years.
Having three children I wanted to be involved with the school they attend and hopefully challenge and help the school move forward.
I live and work part-time locally in Early Years and I am also a fully trained and experienced Outdoor Learning Practitioner. My experience with children ranges from Early Years to Secondary Education, with children of all abilities including S.E.N, so this as well as outdoor learning is a great interest to me.
I have been a dedicated member of the Copthorne team for the past 3 years now.My role has developed from class teacher to being part of the Senior Leadership Team. Being a member of the Governing Body has added a new dimension to my role as Senior Leader and created further opportunities for me to make a difference.I am part of the Teaching and Learning Committee where I am able to contribute the viewpoints of staff and help to analyse data.I enjoy and thrive on challenge that comes with every aspect of school life. I believe every child should be encouraged to reach their potential.
I have been a parent governor since my eldest daughter started at Copthorne Infant School.My work involves developing ways to understand large amounts of information, which enables me to come up with effective solutions to complex problems, and bring a data-driven perspective in my role as governor.As the father of three children, I try to encourage them in everything they do, and I relish the opportunity to support the staff as they work to give all the children the best possible education.James Scholes