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Fran Munro

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Mrs Fran Munro - Chair of the Pupil Discipline, Curriculum & Early Years Committee

I am a committed Christian and an active member of Locks Heath Free Church. My faith makes a difference in every aspect of my life and the Christian teaching and roots that children are given when they are young form the foundation of faith into their adult lives. I volunteer as a Sunday school teacher and I am currently working with our Yr 5-6 group where we regularly get 15 children. I also help lead a group on Monday evening called Discovery which is for primary aged girls. This includes art, crafts, games and bible teaching where we routinely get 45 girls, many of whom are from community families and not connected to the church in any other way. It is an awesome opportunity to invest in 
those young girl’s lives.  Along with Boomerang holiday club this demonstrates the ability to work with both children and adults, work as a team player as well as in a leadership role and that I am comfortable to talking about my personal faith. As a parent of children who have been at the school and who are now at Brookfield, I also have experience of the transition between primary and secondary school and the links the 2 schools have.

I started my working life as Learning Support Assistant in what was St. Luke’s School in Southsea before training to be Secondary School teacher. I taught geography 11-18 for 3 ½ years. This has provided me an understanding of school life from perspective of the staff, an often very different view from that of a parent. I joined Hampshire Constabulary in 2001 and have spent 15 years as a police officer. Much of this time was spent within Neighbourhood policing teams which of course involved school’s engagement, but also daily demonstrated for the necessity of multi-agency collaboration, information sharing and 
the need for the community to be included. For 3 years I was the Safer Schools Partnership officer based in 2 secondary schools in Fareham. This role, in particular, gave me an insight into the workings of the governing body of the schools in relation to discipline and exclusions. It also was an eye-opening experience in terms of the safeguarding issues that school face. This 3 years was a defining facture in my decision to take a career break from the police and start a charitable company, Cwtch Education. My current role involves supporting schools to safeguard their children by delivering lessons, assemblies, parents evening and staff training on internet safety, inappropriate images, consent and healthy relationships. It is part of my job to ensure that I keep abreast of the changes in policy and rapidly changing issues that children face in their use of technology both at home and in school.

I am Chair of the Pupil Discipline, Curriculum & Early Years Committee and a member of the both the Governance & Audit Committee and the Forging Links Committee and a member of the Marketing, Promotion and Media Working Group

I have responsibility for the Governors’ Voluntary Gift Fund.

I am an Appointed Governor, appointed by Members of the Trust in November 2017 and my term ends on 31 October 2021.

Pecuniary and other interests: Director of a Company offering lessons on Safeguarding to schools; parent of a child attending the Academy

First appointed as a Governor November 2017

Updated October 2019