Mr Keith Whitton
I live in another area of Telford but have very strong links with Brookside in particular. I have 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren, 5 of whom live in Telford. I really enjoy my time with them and took an active part in home schooling, particularly phonics, during the last lock down. I am also ‘chief bedtime storyteller’ known for my character voices and animal noises.
I previously worked in Brookside for the Telford and Wrekin Council based in the community centre, my primary job was to draw in funds to re-design the shop area and community centre. I also carried out work around trying to better manage anti-social behaviour across the estate, engaged as many people as possible with the re-design of the centre and helped residents get their ideas for social business (that is business which benefits the community as a whole) off the ground.
For 5 years I was a governor at The Lord Silkin School, being particularly involved with behaviour and discipline. After returning to work in this area I was invited to become a governor at Holmer Lake and have now carried out this duty for just under three years, which has been a time of massive change and challenge for everyone involved.
Children and young people getting a good education, proper recognition of their rights (and protection from harm) and wishes has always been an important part of my work, something which I believe in passionately. Outside of my role at Holmer Lake I have helped bring in funds to replace a play area in Stirchley and previously a BMX track in Woodside, these physical things help show that authorities do take children’s leisure time and interests seriously. Since starting with the Parish Council I established a Young Peoples Forum for Stirchley and Brookside, unfortunately development of this was disrupted by the Covid pandemic, I hope to renew and re-establish it with a new set of young people, focused on their interests/concerns aged 11-14 next year.
I am always amazed what good schools can achieve within their resources and teachers’ imagination, but I also know that real success of a school is truly based on the pupils and their parents valuing what is taught and helping to cement it into a child’s growing up and development.
The way our headteacher has established a refreshed and positive approach within the team in such a short time at school is wonderful.
I wish every success for everyone at Holmer Lake, parents, children, and staff – both teaching and the support team that keep it working.
Term of Office: 10.03.2023