I am delighted to be a Governor at the Courtyard.
Investment in all children matters to me, which means the work at the Courtyard is of extra special appeal.
I am a human resources professional which, given the ever changing world, is something I have to be tenacious to stay current in my learning and understanding. It has also taught me that the best learning needs to be sought out.
Out of work, I love the theatre, film, travelling and time with my family.
My dream for the Courtyard is that it acts as an exemplar for other schools and is seen as the ‘go to’ place for great ideas.
Rev. Simon Grigg
My name is Simon Grigg. I’m Rector of St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, sometimes known as the Actors’ Church.
I grew up in Southampton, and studied drama at the University of Warwick. After a brief career in the theatre, I trained for the priesthood and was ordained in 1990.
I have been a governor of six different schools for a total of a rather frightening 27 years! The Courtyard is my first special school, and it is a fascinating learning curve to find out about the challenges and opportunities of this wonderful school.
I have a passion for education, and helping to ensure that every child receives the very best start in life, so that each young person can maximize their potential.
I was also Chair of the Education Committee of the London Diocesan Board for Schools for 15 years, and am now a Trustee of the LDBS Academies Trust.
Outside of work I enjoy politics, theatre and the gym. I also have a subscription to a Boris bike!
Vice Chair: Deborah Higgins
As the Headteacher of the Courtyard school, I sit on the Governing Body to inform the members and support them in making decisions which best benefit the pupils.
I am passionate about ensuring that all young people have the opportunities to achieve their potential, particularly those who may find the expectations of modern society a little overwhelming.
I am reminded daily of the strength of young people with additional needs and am in constant admiration of their resilience and determination.
When I do not have my Headteacher hat on, I am a mother to three beautiful children. We love to travel, particularly to Italy and South-East Asia, enjoying the culture, food and sights. I also love to bake, aiming to perfect my lemon drizzle recipe.
Finally I enjoy staying active and challenging myself physically, having completed the London Marathon last year and training to run it again this year.
I am a governor of the Courtyard because I believe the school delivers an excellent and much needed innovative model of education, which provides our students with a springboard to achieve their ambitions. It is inspiring to be a part of this nurturing community.
I hope the Courtyard will continue to build on its strengths, work with more young people and encourage similar models to be established in other settings.
When I am not working as a Charity CEO, I love to go to the cinema, run, take photos, cook, travel and ride rollercoasters with my family – the faster and higher the better!
My name is Anna Kay and I have been a parent governor at The Courtyard since November 2016.
I wanted to be a governor because I am extremely passionate about all children and young people receiving the best possible education.
I have a BA (hons) English Literature and Business Studies, and an MA Marketing Management. My qualifications led me into a professional career in the areas of marketing and recruitment, where I have gained skills and experience I can transfer to make a positive contribution to the governing board of The Courtyard.
One of my favourite pastimes is to immerse myself in the pages of a great book, and I also enjoying going to the theatre.
Having first-hand experience of the positive impact the school has on the students, I sincerely hope The Courtyard continues providing enriching experiences.
In turn, enabling the students to achieve the best possible outcomes in their education, emotionally, socially and most importantly prepared for the future.
My name is Hayley Scanlon and I am a governor at the Courtyard School.
I have chosen to be a governor in order to positively influence the quality of children’s education and help to continue to make the Courtyard an excellent place to learn.
I am currently employed as a Facilities Account Manager responsible for mobilising all of my companies new facilities management accounts throughout the UK.
I completed my Scottish Standard grades and Highers in Glasgow and attended the University of Strathclyde where I achieved a 2:1 in Business Management (specialising in marketing). My education was essential in allowing me to forge a successful career in management and I have continued my learning into my adult years where I am now currently studying for my RICS accreditation.
Outside of work, I am a keen cyclist and enjoy spending time with my friends.
I hope that together we can continue to achieve excellent school standards at the Courtyard, help the school to achieve its aims and invest in the learning and development of our children.
I have been staff Governor at the Courtyard since 2013.
My role in the Courtyard is Deputy Head for behaviour and safety, as well as teaching maths and science. I am very passionate about the young people who attend the Courtyard and the progress they make in reaching their goals.
The Courtyard is a very special place that continues to go from strength to strength and feel very lucky to be part of a unique establishment.
In my spare time I enjoy eating out, watching films and spending time with family.