Amy Skelly: Staff Governor
I am Subject leader for History here at Cockburn School. I have been teaching since 2012 and started my career in Sussex and London. These varied settings have given me a solid understanding of education more nationally, but also locally in understanding different authority priorities and has given me the chance to learn from a wide range of professional and skilled practitioners.
Prior to coming to Leeds, teaching down south allowed me the chance to work in SEN specialist settings, inner city and more rural schools and in single sex education. All taught me different skills, but provided me with an overarching sense of adaptability, critical thinking and dedication to this wonderful vocation. My reasons for working in education are largely two fold – firstly my love and passion for my subject, I feel it is vitally important for young people to grasp a sense of who we are, how our present world has been shaped and how they can apply this knowledge to their futures. Secondly, I grew up in Northern Ireland, experiencing a divided city and being acutely aware of the deprivation and inequality that this meant for some. I have always been driven by a desire to make a difference.
My journey here has taught me a lot already, not least the unwavering commitment of the staff I am honoured to work with daily. As Staff Governor I have chance to have a more active role, one which enables me to share with more clarity the vision, ethos and direction of our school. Being able to present and represent the views of staff reasonably and faithfully enables me to play a positive role in our community and offers me a greater sense of perspective.
Term of office: 04/12/2019 – 03/12/2023
Register of Interests: No interests to declare.