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Michelle Bates / Sarah Parnell : Staff Governors. 


Michelle Bates (Head Teacher) - Staff Governor
Current Term of Office - N/A
Register of interests and other positions held - None

The headteacher is a staff governor by virtue of their office. Other staff, both teaching and support, may become governors as long as they are paid (volunteers do not qualify). Staff governors are elected by the school staff.

Name Sarah Parnell
Category of Governor Staff Governor
Term of office 01/09/2019 - 31/08/2023
Register of Interests and other positions held None
Business / work experience

I started my teaching career in 2007 and became part of the governing body for the school where I was teaching in 2014. I enjoy seeing the school through a different perspective in this role.

I am thoroughly enjoying my role at Greasley and am fully committed to raising standards for all children at the school, whilst also being mindful of enabling each child to reach their potential. It is my belief that considering the child at the heart of everything we do makes learning purposeful and enjoyable for all.

With a positive ethos and outlook, I have a keen interest in engaging with all pupils, staff and stakeholders to create a shared and sustainable vision for the school, which centres on success for all children. I thoroughly enjoy the role of governor and continue to thrive in my work, despite the current changes and challenges to education!

Governance experience (if any) Staff governor at Larkfields Junior School from 2014 – 2016.
Hobbies and interests I trained initially as a professional musician at The Royal Academy of Music in London. Having worked for many years in this capacity, I decided it was time for a career change and went into teaching in the classroom. Children, their education and their celebrated differences never fail to interest me.
Links to the school/area I have taught at 3 local schools in the area since 2008. In 2016 I taught in Ashfield for a period of 3 years in 2 schools.
Why did you become a governor?

I thoroughly enjoy seeing a totally different side to school management and the day to day running of the school.