Full Name: Sarah Parkin
Can you tell us something about yourself and what strengths you bring to the governing body? Include occupation and background if relevant.
I recently retired after 20yrs from my role in Stockport NHS as a Children’s Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in the areas of Cleft Lip and Palate, complex speech disorders and Selective Mutism. Before qualifying I worked in Adult Social Care and adult mental health.
I’m parent and grandparent who is currently the carer for the two youngest grandchildren both born in 2019. . My eldest son has ASD and I’m a Thalidomider, therefore all these personal experiences have given me a passion for disability rights.
I hope to be able to contribute to ensure that the students receive the best possible provision to ensure that they reach their full potential and take away the best memories of their time at Brentwood. I really look forward to meeting the students and their families.
Do you have any relevant business or pecuniary interests? Are you a governor in another education institution? I’m not a Governor for any other establishment.
I have 2 preschool manuals for phonological awareness called “Time for Sounds”, one for nurser level and the other aimed at reception and early years and for those struggling with early literacy skills. The manuals are published by Black Sheep Press. I have no financial connections with the company with the exception of the manuals. The majority of any income generated from the manuals goes to Stockport NHS Trust.
Do you have any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff? No
Why did you want to be a governor at Brentwood?
I wanted a new challenge for myself and I wanted to get involved in the local community and being a Governor seemed a good way of utilising my skills.
What impact has being a governor at Brentwood had on you?
I’m proud to be accepted and I look forward to learning new skills and becoming more involved with the school community.