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Mrs Geraldine Faint - Chair - Trust Elected Local Academy Councillor
Hello to all our school pupils and our school family.
My husband and I have 3 children who are all grown up. We’ve recently been made grandparents by a beautiful little boy called Noah.
I don’t work in a school but I do work in a school environment so I get to see how schools operate from a different perspective.
I’ve been a Local Academy Councillor at Teesville Academy for over 3 years and I’ve seen the incredible talent within Teesville Academy flourish for both students and staff.
Going forward I would like to have a greater part in school activities, meet with the students, their parents and carers and our staff more so that I can have a greater depth of understanding to help build the school into an even greater place to learn and grow.
My Name is Alison Toward. I was in primary education for the whole of my career which stretched for 37 years. In that time, I taught in a range of schools each with their own strengths and challenges and with very differing approaches to education. I have many years teaching experience in KS1 and KS2.
In 2008 I became a head teacher at St Joseph’s in Loftus. I thoroughly enjoyed working with staff, parents and children and was particularly proud of shaping the family ethos that made the school such a special place. I was delighted to achieve an outstanding Ofsted judgement in September 2017. This reflected the hard work of the whole staff team and the drive towards clear whole school approaches to learning.
My professional experience has given me a good insight into the role of Local Academy Councillor which is crucial to the success of the school. I understand how important it is to have support from the Local Academy Councillors but also to be challenged about policy and practice.
I firmly believe that every child deserves the opportunity to attend a school that offers them a creative and balanced curriculum, develops their understanding of the world around them and, most important of all, makes them believe in themselves as learners.
Having recently retired, I have started to come into Teesville Academy in a voluntary role and am thoroughly enjoying interacting with the children who are a real credit to the school.
I have a real interest in education and feel that I now have the time to commit to the role of Local Academy Councillor. I hope that my experience in education can contribute to helping the school further develop.