KATE CUMMINGS – PARENT GOVERNOR
I became a parent governor at St Patrick’s in February 2014 when my son was in Reception. I wanted to find a practical way of supporting the school and felt that my skills and experience would be useful as a governor. One of my roles is to keep my fellow governors up to date with the training that is available to us. We can access training courses from the diocese and the local authority on anything from managing budgets and recruiting staff to understanding the curriculum and interpreting school data. I qualified as a teacher in 1995 and taught for a number of years in a Catholic Primary school in Gateshead. This was a job I really loved – not just because of the time I spent with the children and their families but because of the support we had from our governors, parish and community. I became a speech and language therapist in 2002, and now work for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. For the last few years I’ve been working with schools to support teachers and other staff to develop their children’s speech, language and communication skills. Children do best in schools where parents, teachers and others in the school community are able to work together positively, and I hope to contribute towards that as a governor. I have a particular interest in special educational needs and disability, and the needs of children who have had a difficult start in life. I strongly believe that all children are capable of doing amazing things – we just have to give them the right opportunities and support to allow them to flourish.