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Clare Wharton – Community Governor

Clare started her career in the world of research, working first in the Genetics department at University College London and then at the Home Office Forensic Science Service, in Birmingham. She completed a PhD in Genetics at the University of Leicester before training to become a Secondary Science Teacher. Clare spent nearly 20 years in the teaching profession, whilst also raising her two children, the largest part of this time spent teaching predominantly GCSE and A Level Biology.

In recent years Clare has taken a keen interest in conservation, environmental and sustainability issues. She has spent time working as a Conservation Education Officer, volunteering with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust as part of a conservation work force and as a wellbeing volunteer. She has also completed an online Nature Connection course with the University of Derby as well as attaining Carbon Literacy for Educators certification.

Clare is now involved in several projects within her local community. These include the design and implementation of a small nature area in her local park, developing some environmental after school sessions with her local primary school and setting up a small business selling clothing and accessories that have been upcycled or created from textiles that are already in circulation.
This is Clare’s first role as a Governor and she is looking forward to engaging with the KE6 community.

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