My professional background is also in education and I am currently a Deputy Headteacher in an East London Secondary school where I have responsibility for staffing, safeguarding and standards. I have experience of curriculum and pastoral leadership and use this to support and challenge those working within the trust. I have a firm belief that every child has the right to a good education, to feel safe, to be valued and to be given opportunities to be successful in the future. Away from education, I have a passion for sport and enjoy playing hockey and following non-league football.
Hello, I’m Derek Clements.
I am a trustee for Pelham Academy Trust. I am chair of the Audit Committee, a member of Pelham Primary School local governing body and Chair of Normandy Primary School local governing body.
I’ve been associated with Pelham Primary School for well over twenty five years. Our three children went to the school, and continued to do well afterwards! Our youngest is now twenty eight!
I’ve been associated with Normandy for even longer as I was one of its first pupils and left the school in 1956. Normandy was the trigger for the rest of my education at Dartford Grammar and then at Goldsmiths London. I became a governor of Normandy when it became part of the Trust in 2015.
I became a parent governor of Pelham while our boys were at the school. Since that time I have become other types of governor, such as LEA, but my aim has always been the welfare and success of the school’s adults and children. I am very proud of all that Pelham has achieved over the years. I am equally proud of the journey that Normandy has made in the last three years.
I was a secondary school teacher for forty years, teaching Maths and ICT in two schools in Bexley. Since retiring I have been involved in one-to-one and small group tuition at Pelham and small groups at Normandy, mainly teaching Maths, but this has now finished. I try to get involved with all aspects of school life, and make a point of attending events whenever possible, recording the proceedings via photography as well.
I also visit both schools regularly to monitor Teaching and Learning, and Achievement. I meet with the Head Teacher of Normandy in my capacity of Chair of Governors and discuss all aspects of the school’s life.
In my spare time I pursue my interests of photography especially involving our grandchildren, and listening to classical music, both on the radio and in the concert hall.