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Mrs H Smith (Co-Opted Member)

Until my recent retirement I worked in Education. I was a Headteacher in Essex and then in Nottinghamshire after which I worked for the School Improvement (Advisory and Inspectorate) Department in Nottinghamshire then in Leicestershire. I was a qualified OFSTED Inspector and a School Improvement Partner. During my time in Leicestershire I had many roles and responsibilities which included:

  • Working with Headteachers to analyse performance data and identify priorities.

  • Overseeing thirty two Primary schools.

  • Supporting and challenging schools in monitoring and evaluating performance and progress.

  • Being on the interviewing panel for Headteacher appointments.

  • Leading School Reviews where standards and attainment needed to improve.

  • Line managing the Governor Services Department for the County – hosting termly Chair of Governors meetings, training Governors and developing new courses.

  • Identifying and developing future leaders for our schools – providing courses, mentoring and long term career development and pathways.

  • Working with the National College of Leadership on National Leaders in Education and Local Leaders in Education programmes.

  • Leading the Small Schools in Leicestershire which included collaboration with Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

I was born in Grantham and after Primary School attended KGGS. I have lived in Harlaxton for 30 years during which our three children attended Harlaxton Primary school then the local secondary schools. They are all now married and I have three lovely grandchildren. My personal interest is in Modern Contemporary Dance and I am a supporter of Rambert (Dance Company) and Sadlers Wells. I also attend a weekly dance class and am an active member of Ragdale Hall. I have attended St Mary and St Peter’s Church throughout my time in the village and am now serving on the PPC again hence my role as Foundation Governor.