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 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.