In the spotlight: Gordon Neillings, Longsight parent governor

We spoke to Gordon Neillings about his role as a Parent Governor at Longsight Community Primary. Gordon has been involved in the development of the school from day one.

When the school was being built, Rukhsana, the head teacher, knocked on my door and told me all about the new free school which was just a ten minute walk from my house.

After she explained more about the school’s values and vision I said “I’ll maybe get my daughter there”. Rukhsana replied “you never know!” and luckily enough I did!

From the start, Rukhsana was really keen for parents to be actively involved in all aspects of the school community and the progress of the school. I was asked if I’d consider being a parent governor and was then elected for the role by other parents.

The role gives me a unique insight into the school. I attend around three meetings a year, make school visits, get involved in interview panels and attend school events, fitting this around my work pattern. Recently I attended the Rights Respecting School Award event where I was asked to speak on stage. I was more nervous than the kids!

Overall I just feel very lucky that my daughter is at a school where all the staff are all fantastic, dedicated, driven and well organised. The standards are top notch and I can’t fault the place.

My daughter is now 8, enjoys going to school and I couldn’t be happier with the progress she continues to make. She reads and writes confidently, is in lots of clubs at school and has a real passion and talent for acting. She remembers her lines really well and was recently in a production of Macbeth, playing Lady Macbeth. The skills she is gaining are just so valuable for her future.

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