Introduction to the School’s New Chair of Governors
My name is Emma Arnott and I’m delighted to have been elected Chair of Governors at Yardleys this year.
I first came to Birmingham as a student; I loved the city and I’ve never left! After finishing my English degree at the University of Birmingham, I stayed on for my PGCE year – training to be a Secondary school English teacher. I went on to teach English in three Secondary schools across the city, before moving into school improvement work with Birmingham City Council, supporting Primary and Secondary schools. In 2011, I left the City Council to manage a local Teaching School, focussing not only on supporting other schools to further improve, but also providing teacher training and professional development for experienced teachers. Most recently I have returned to school improvement work with Birmingham Education Partnership, an organisation which exists to support and work with all schools in Birmingham.
Yardleys is a great school. I have worked with the school on various occasions throughout my career, and since becoming a Governor in 2017 I have very much enjoyed getting to know Yardleys better, through conversations with staff and students and visiting classrooms to see learning in practice. Even though things will be a little different this year, and there won’t be as many events and opportunities for me to be in school and meet you all in person, I will still be visiting the school and getting to know more of the great work that you are doing, so do say hello if you see me!
I’m confident that this is going to be a great year. It is a privilege to lead such a committed and knowledgeable group of Governors. I’m very much looking forward to working with the other Governors, Mr Evans, all the staff, students and wider school community to further improve the school and continue to move things forward to even greater success for all.