I was born in Hampshire and lived there until 2005 when we moved to West Dorset. After my husband died in 2013 I returned to Hampshire to be nearer my family. I have two sons and three grandchildren. In the late 1960s and early 70s I trained as a teacher and have served in education for over 40 years, firstly as a classroom teacher and then as deputy and head teacher and Ofsted Inspector. I came to know Hill View School through my final role as Executive Head Teacher of Bournemouth Primary Multi Academy Trust.
I enjoy keeping fit and swim and walk very regularly. I also like to potter in my small garden in which I grow vegetables and fruit and keep bees. I am also a keen cook and reader and belong to a reading group. Being a member of a local community choir affords the opportunity to travel as we have performed both at home and abroad over the last few years. I also regularly attend my local parish church where I help with children’s activities.
One half of my family live on the Isle of Wight so I am often to be found on the Red Jet from Southampton to Cowes to see my young grandson. The other half live in Oxfordshire so I am also often to be found travelling up the A34 to visit my teenage granddaughters. I have the enviable title of ‘GMa’ in text speak! They tell me their friends say I am ‘a cool grandma!’
I have now retired from education and feel it is time to give back a little for all the privileges that teaching has brought me throughout my long career. I hope that my varied experience will prove to be useful in securing the very best education we can offer for all of the children fortunate enough to attend Hill View School.