Hello, I am Billy Allen, one of the Parent Governors at Bosmere. I have two children attending the school, plus two that have recently left for high school. Bosmere continues to do a great job of educating and nurturing our various children, and being a Parent Governor enables me to give at least a little bit back.
I joined the Board of Governors towards the end of 2016, and as a relatively new recruit I am still getting to grips with everything it entails. Whilst I was aware that the role would require a degree of preparation, effort and focus, I wasn’t full prepared for the level of intensity. The first few meetings were a whirlwind of agendas, minutes, acronyms, committee nominations, strategic reports and biscuits.
With a wife who is a teacher, I have some insight into education from the other side. I know that modern schools, even primary schools in small towns, can be complex and challenging organisations. The Governing body, with its mix of parents, teachers, community and local authority representatives, is there to help Bosmere successfully navigate these challenges.
Outside of school activities I run a small Design & Marketing agency in Bury St Edmunds. According to my wife and 4 children I spend most of my day “colouring-in”. Though the children are not so dismissive when one of them needs help making an egg box dragon at their share event.
Colouring-in may not be the most transferable talent. However, I would like to think that I do bring other, perhaps more valuable skills and experience to the role of Governor. With my commercial background I do have a particular interest in communication. I intend to utilise this within my roles on the Curriculum committee and IT team, whilst also looking to help develop effective communication across the school.
Needham Market is a growing town. Over the next few years I hope that, as a Parent Governor, I’m able to help Bosmere develop, expand and continue to be a successful and happy school at the centre of a thriving community.