I taught for 21 years, in four different schools, and worked in three local authorities in roles ranging from County Mathematics Inspector to Chief Education Officer. After this I joined Ofsted as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI). More recently I have acted as an independent consultant to a group of schools in the West Midlands before fully retiring. I am a former President of the Mathematical Association. My brief on the governing body is to maintain an overview of academic standards, the curriculum and the quality of teaching.
Hi! My name is Simon Foley and I am the Community Governor. I have a particular responsibility for Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs. You can be assured that I will do all I can to ensure the the Academy is a safe and inclusive learning environment for your child.
My name is Clare Loveridge, I am the parent governor at the RSA Academy, Tipton.
I have two children in the academy and one more to hopefully join the academy in 2 years’ time. I am the voice for you, as a parent, and your children who attend RSA Academy. I take my role on the Governing body very seriously and I use my views as a parent and the views of the Parent Council and combine them with my professional experience, I have worked in education for the last 10 years, to ensure that any decisions made are always in the best interests of your children and mine.
I’m delighted to join the Governing Body at Tipton. I’ve been a secondary school Governor in Northamptonshire for 10 years and a Fellow of the RSA since 1999 and believe passionately that a good education and skills to manage in the wider world is the best thing we can give all school students. I have a background in HR management in both the public and private sector and aim to bring this experience to help further develop the Academy.
Staff Governor Vacancy
After completing a degree in Video I began my professional career working in IT Support, first for the NHS, then in the private sector at James Beattie PLC, I then moved back to the public sector working at Aldridge School in Walsall, where I have worked for over 12 years. Through CPD opportunities provided to me I moved into the role of School Business Manager and have a focus on school finance. I’ve had the privilege, through family and friends, to see the excellent work carried out at The RSA Academy and now play a strategic role in securing the best possible outcomes for all students.
I retired in December 2016 having taught for 35 years in a variety of different settings. I also worked for Walsall YouthService for over ten years. I have over 25 years experience in Senior Leadership in four different schoolsand was Principal of Holyhead School in Handsworth for 15 years. During that time, Holyhead went from being an undersubscribed school of around 600 students to becoming an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’, popular academy of over 1200 with a large, successful Sixth Form of over 250; 30% of whom gained places at Russell Group universities year on year. Since retirement and until very recently I have been a Chair of Governors of an inner city academy, helping to bring the school out of Special Measures in June 2017. I am currently mentoring two new Headteachers in Birmingham in between travelling and learning Spanish. I have been a fellow of the RSA for many years.
I was a secondary teacher for almost forty years and for the last fourteen years I was Headteacher of an Inner City School in Birmingham.
I retired in July 2017 and since then have enjoyed spending even more time with my grandchildren and attempting to get fitter. My interests include reading, walking and supporting West Bromwich Albion as someone has to!
I have been a governor in a number of schools and hope that I am able to provide valuable support to the students and staff at RSA Tipton Academy.
I am really excited to be joining the board of the RSA Academy Tipton at this stage of the school’s journey.
I currently work for Black Country Consortium Ltd as the head of the County Sport Partnership for the Black Country with accountability for providing the strategic leadership for sport & physical activity across the areas of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
I act as a leading advocate for the integration of sport and physical activity into shared regional agendas and support the social and economic development of the Black Country. I have good experience of working across private and public sectors organisations and have developed key relationships across Public Health, Regeneration, Employment and Skills and Transport.
Fundamental to my approach is my lifelong belief that sport and physical activity can enrich and enable young people’s lives. Having realised many of the benefits sport provides myself gives me the drive and passion to share and shape opportunities for others to do the same.
I am looking forward seeing the school continue to progress and give pupils the experience, knowledge and confidence that will help them to succeed in their chosen field.