I have been a Parent Governor at Whitefriars for 5 years and I am currently serving as Chair of the Governing Body. I am also chair of the Quality and Standards Committee as well as forming part of the head teacher’s performance management committee. I have responsibilities for monitoring Pupil Premium and Maths as part of my role as a governor. I have a son in Year 6 at Whitefriars and my daughter, currently in Year 9, also attended Whitefriars.
Outside of the governing body, I am a teacher at a local primary school, currently teaching in Year 6. I feel this knowledge and understanding of the education system gives me a professional insight whilst also drawing on my parent experience to give me a rounded view in which to be able to support and challenge. I enjoy reading and going to the theatre and live music events.
I have been a school Governor (initially at the Junior School) since 2013, and serve on the Resources Committee and as the Safeguarding Governor.
By day, I am a Government statistician working in London. I am also an active member of Whitefriars Church, where I help lead a countryside walks group, and am a trustee of East Northants Community Services, which oversees the Rushden Night Shelter, Recovery House and food bank. I also own a small woodland to the west of Kettering, which I am keen to be used by the local community for walking and camping.
I have been a Governor at Whitefriars since autumn 2015 (initially at the juniors), having become vicar of Whitefriars Church (which meets in the school hall) in September 2015. My previous work experience was as a Business Bank Manager and I bring my financial experience to the Resources committee where I serve as chair. I am vice chair of the Full Governing body and chair the governors meetings.
As part of my responsibilities as governor, I am on the head teacher's performance management committee and I am responsible for monitoring Science. My desire as a local vicar is to see the whole community thrive and serving on the governing body contributes to that goal.
I have recently joined the governing body as a parent governor, sitting on the quality and standards committee, the head teachers performance management committee I also work with staff in the monitoring of Early Years Foundation Stage. My daughter is currently in year 3, I also have 2 year old twins a 17 year old son who is at college and an 18 year old son who is due to go to university in September. I am currently a stay at home parent caring for my twins, prior to this I was an early years childcare manager working in Pre schools and nurseries both here in the UK and in Doha Qatar. I am a big motorsport fan and spend much of my free time watching and attending races and events.
I have worked at Whitefriars Primary School since September 2015, and have worked as a class teacher in both Year 3 and Year 5. I have been a staff governor since September 2018 and am part of the Quality and Standards Committee. I have a great passion for reading and like to put this into as many subject areas as possible whilst teaching. I am also the History Subject lead and have enjoyed working on this during my time at Whitefriars.
Dr Rosemary Litawski
I am a recently appointed Local Authority governor and serve on the Resources committee. Previously, I was a headteacher at a local secondary school for ten years. Before that, I had been a headteacher in Northampton and Bristol. When I retired in 2010, I continued with Ofsted inspection work and as an assessor and tutor for NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headteachers). I love travelling and have been fortunate to have inspected schools, trained senior leaders and produced curriculum materials, in countries such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Malaysia and China. Recently I have been inspecting primary schools in the Cayman Islands. However, my biggest challenge during the pandemic has been helping to online home-school my three grandchildren, aged 3, 5 and 7. It has added to the high respect I already had for teachers, especially in Early years and primary. I hope my professional experience will be of help to the school, its staff and children and I look forward to my role on the Governing body.