Mrs Leah Beirne

Term of office:

Start date: 07/12/16.  

End date: 06/12/2020

When did you first become a Governor at Penkford?

December 2016

What interested you in becoming a Governor at Penkford ?

I strongly believe in the service that Penkford provides. Mainstream schools cannot meet the needs of all young people. Nonetheless all young people are entitled to a quality, relevant and accredited education regardless of how complex their needs and however challenging their behaviour.

I gained a wealth of knowledge and understanding during the 29 years I worked in a challenging mainstream secondary school (15 years in a range of Senior Leadership positions) and the 4 years that I managed a PRU. I hope that I might be able to put my experience to good use and offer some support to Penkford.

What do you enjoy most about your role as Governor?

I have only just taken on the role but I recognize that Penkford has a Head teacher, staff team and governing body who are all passionate about providing the best possible experience for their young people.

The Head Teacher and her team have worked hard to get Penkford to a ‘good’ standard but they not satisfied with this and are driving forward to provide an outstanding school.

I look forward to contributing to such an ambitious team by offering support and challenge.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I enjoy swimming, walking, eating out and going to concerts (classical music).

Since retiring I have done more of the above and also revived some old hobbies - attending the gym, dressmaking and knitting. I plan to pursue some new interests and I have started by attending Spanish classes.

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