My name is Tony Collins. I am 53 years old and I am one of the parent governors and newly appointed Chair of Governors. I was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire and I studied at the JH Whitley School and the Percival Whitley College in Halifax. I apprenticed as a joiner and I have always worked at my trade and at this time I am a semi-retired Master Carpenter. I am a keen golfer and I am currently a member at Grimsby G.C. I am a senior grade martial arts student. My son attends Cambridge Park Academy and his progress has been excellent and well paced. I am part of the Safeguarding Team and I have spent some time in school observing class dynamics and teaching strategies. I intend to be approachable, hands on, hard working governor, and I am proud to be part of the Cambridge Park Team.
My name is Nicola Chappel and I live in Waltham with my husband, three stepchildren (two of whom are currently at University) and our twin boys; the youngest of whom has a diagnosis of Autism and attends Cambridge Park Academy.
I work part-time as a Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator (SENDCO) at a local primary school but when I do get time to myself I enjoy Pilates and reading.
I wanted to become a governor at Cambridge Park Academy because of our son, Oliver. Oliver joined the academy in 2013 and since then we feel he has made fantastic progress which has a positive impact not only on him but on our family life too. All the staff provide such wonderful care and support for Oliver and us, so I wanted to contribute and try to give something back to the Academy.
I have worked at the academy since 2003 and I am currently based at the Laurus, a specialist provision for upper school children with ASD/Asbergers. I have previously worked in a variety of departments within the academy so have a good working knowledge of all aspects of the wide range of children and their needs. I feel that I would make a valuable contribution as a member of the governing body, being able to draw on my experiences and contribute to the children's education and well-being. Taking into account the academy's vision and mission statements, this exciting opportunity would enable me to work collaboratively with like minded people.