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In this weeks blog we hear from the newest member of Sutherland House School’s Board of Governors, Anne Bridge. Anne has taken this opportunity to write a blog in order to introduce herself and discuss her excitement to take on the role of safeguarding governor at the School.

I would like to introduce myself; my name is Anne Bridge and I have recently been invited to join the board of Governors. I have had the opportunity to visit the school and I have been delighted to have met some students, parents and members of staff. My role will be “safeguarding governor” and I look forward to working with the designated safeguarding team at school.

My knowledge and experience comes from many years of working as an adult nurse, a children’s nurse, a school nurse and a health visitor. My role as a school nurse was to support two special schools in Birmingham. I have also worked at Rainbows hospice in Leicestershire where children and young adults with disabilities and life limiting conditions have respite care. I currently work as an independent panel member for the fostering service at a local authority. I consequently have experience of safeguarding looked after children.

I am passionate about children and young people with any additional needs receiving the nurturing care and supportive education to help them be the best that they can be. I am very child focussed and also experienced in supporting carers and family members too. As I have now retired from the health service I would like to volunteer my time and experience to support all the students, parents and members of staff at Southerland House School.

I have been very impressed by the welcome I have received and the friendliness of the whole school. I look forward to meeting many more students, parents and members of staff in the future.