The Parent and Community Advisory Board

The Parent and Community Advisory Board (PCAB) has three key objectives:

  1. Community – a school does not exist independently of its community of local residents. The PCAB will act as a link between the two, ensuring that children benefit from local opportunities for learning, development and employment.
  2. Concerns – No school gets everything right, all the time, and a good school thrives on clear channels of feedback. The PCAB is an independent point of contact for stakeholders to express their concerns and will help people find the appropriate processes and channels to communicate their concerns or complaints. Where trends emerge, the PCAB will help the Principal and the Governing Board to find solutions. PCAB members may also support panel hearings where appropriate.
  3. Celebration - championing the strengths and achievements of the academy, recognising that success breeds success, and that it is in everyone’s interests to promote the reputation of the academy and its pupils.

The annual report for 2018/19 can be viewed here.

PCAB Members

Mrs J Price (Chair), Mrs C Baker, Mr M Hughes, Mrs L Simons, Mrs M Sounes, Mr R Wilson, Mr D Wright

Mrs K Scarnell, Mr J Benson (Greensward)

Our PCAB can be contacted via email: pcab@greenswardacademy.org

Mrs Julie Price (Chair)

Mr Mark Hughes

I have been an Area Manager for Hertfordshire County Council for the past five years and manage a wide range of work and teams delivering services to young people including: Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance services, Early Intervention and Prevention programmes for schools, work with children in Care and Care Leavers, young people at risk of exploitation and engaging in anti social behaviour or involvement in gangs. Prior to working in Hertfordshire I managed the Targeted Youth Advice Teams across Essex. I live in Ashingdon and am a parent of three children, two of which have attended Greensward Academy, Liam who left Greensward three years ago is now in his final year studying Nuclear Engineering at the University of Birmingham. Megan who completed her A Levels at Greensward this summer is currently undertaking a gap year working with a charity in India. I am trustee of SCAFT, a charity which supports young carers in Rochford and a Trustee for the Mega Centre in Rayleigh, a charity which provides youth and community projects and programmes across the district. I am grateful for the opportunity to support the work of Greensward Academy and contribute in any way I can to the work of the PCAB.

Mrs Christine Baker

I am married with one son currently in Year 9 at Greensward. Greensward was also my Secondary school many moons ago!

I spent 20 years working within the Investment Banking sector as a Testing Software Manager and Business Analyst, mainly based in London, with regular working assignments in New York, Tokyo and Frankfurt. Following the birth of my son, I divided my time between working for a Financial Publication based in Westcliff and spent time volunteering with the local Samaritans charity. I recently worked for 2 years in a management role with MIND charity. I have since retired and back to volunteering!

I am keen to get involved with my son’s schooling and local community projects, hence the reason for joining the school PCAB committee.

My hobbies include gardening, interior design & sourcing, and walking my Labrador, Nell!

Mrs Melanie Sounes

I live in Hockley, am mum to three boys and have been a parent at Greensward Academy since 2012. I currently have one son who still attends Greensward Academy.

I have worked at Greensward Academy as an Exams Invigilator since 2015 and work as a part-time Audio Secretary.

In the past I have supported the childrens’ primary school, firstly as a member of the Parents Association and went on to spend five years as the Treasurer of the Parent & Staff Association at Westerings Primary Academy until 2013.

In 2011, I was part of the driving force behind setting up a much-needed Women’s Institute Group in Hockley, which continues to thrive and has a full quota of members. We run different activities throughout the year, including archery, darts, greyhound racing and the more traditional flower arranging. I was lucky enough to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the WI’s Centenary in 2015.

I am currently Secretary for a local Scout Group, where I am involved in fundraising events and supporting the Committee generally.