Welcome to the LIT section of the website. Its aim is to provide information on the role of the LIT and to help you to become more familiar with all the LIT governors One of the main aims of the LIT is to make the LIT better known to parents and others who have a stake in the life and wellbeing of the academies. These ‘pen pictures’ have been written by the LIT governors themselves and should help everyone get to know the LIT a little more.
Robyn Press I am the Chair of the Local Improvement Team. When I came to live in Wiggenhall St Germans over 30 years ago I immediately became a governor and my three children went to St Germans School. I am involved with lots of aspects of village life and love living in a small community. We live in changing times and the schools have evolved to a three school federation and now part of KWEST Multi Academy Trust, with staff given the opportunity to engage with new ideas and to make their lessons and the wider environment as stimulating as possible which I believe enables the children to learn, grow and reach their full potential. I enjoy being part of the friendly and hardworking LIT that supports the dedicated staff. This is evident when we spend time in the academies with the children, which is certainly one of the highlights of the role.
Mark Beeby I have been a governor for 8 years and despite my youngest son leaving primary education this year I am still very committed and enthusiastic about the role. I am currently chair of the Health & Safety and Premises Group and have also worked on several other projects including a review of ICT across the academies and most notably the refurbishment and extension of the St Germans building. I live in St Germans and am married with 2 children who have both been schooled in the academy but now attend Secondary School. My career background is in ICT. I am proud to be a LIT governor and look forward to continuing to serve in the role. I believe that our academies have a great deal to offer the children from all three villages and there is much to be gained by working together while at the same time celebrating our differences.
Michelle Harding I grew up in West Norfolk and completed my GCSE’s and A-Levels at Downham Market High School, as it was known then. Instead of going away to complete a degree, I opted to stay at home and study with the Open University while working as a TA. In 2011 I accomplished a life-long dream of training to be a teacher and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Life seems to have come full circle, from volunteering at Wimbotsham & Stow in 2010 to having my own class there.
In my spare time I enjoy taking my dog Bramley out for a walk and I’ve recently become a bit of a gardener; growing raspberries, rhubarb, and sweet-corn to name a few.
Rachel Daboo I have lived I St Germans for the past 17 years and have held many different roles within the village’s education provisions. I graduated from Westminster College, Oxford in 1998 with a Batchelor of Education degree and taught in both Surrey and Norwich before moving to St Germans to have my first child, now 17 years old! After 2 more children and many years working as a supply teacher at all 3 of the federated schools, I was delighted to be offered my current post as year 1 & 2 class teacher at St German’s. Since moving to St Germans, I have played an active role in establishing a Preschool in the academy and the LIT.
My ‘spare time’ is now usually spent on a football pitch, supporting my 2 sons or being a taxi for my daughter, driving her to her friends, town or dancing lessons!
Toni Clarkstone I moved to the St Germans 14 years ago and my youngest daughter joined the school in Year 4 and now she has just started University. I began helping at St Germans reading with the children and progressed on to achieve Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) qualification. I now have the role as PSA across all the academies supporting parents and children. I am staff LIT governor working across all 3 academies gives me the knowledge I need to support the academies, staff and children at LIT meetings.