Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyRT @voyPeenrichment: Here are our rugby stars of today! @yckfoundation These 3 lads are coming on leaps and bounds and enjoying their rugby…1 day ago
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Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyRT @valeofyorkcomco: Fantastic to see that Joe Holland in Year 7 and his brother Harry have won a Community Pride Award for their charity w…1 month ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyRT @ValeYorkAcademy: Awesome to see Year 7 Joe winning a Community Pride Award with his brother Harry. Well done to you both!1 month ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyAwesome to see Year 7 Joe winning a Community Pride Award with his brother Harry. Well done to you both! https://t.co/o4Ejh12OLF1 month ago
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Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyA number of Year 6 parents have asked us for a virtual tour of the school, so here you go... it's all filmed when the school is empty for health and safety reasons, but it will give you a flavour! Enjoy the tour! https://t.co/oGf6Y58E4G2 months ago
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Christine Henderson

Left: 1981

Nursery owner

Name: Christine Henderson

Achievement: Nursery Owner

Year of leaving school: 1981

I was at Canon Lee from 1975 to 1981. My surname then was Grundy and I had a twin sister called Karen.

I left school on 22 May at the age of 15, wanting to go on to further education, ideally in catering but my parents wouldn’t allow it so stayed on at my Saturday job (Wishing Well in Market Street) which they increased to full time.

I worked for six months and joined the family start up business of Churchill’s Estate Agent as a Building Society cashier and then an administrator for the agency. I left there in 1985, joining an agricultural finance company, based in Piccadilly, called Grindlays Humberclyde. Over the next few years I progressed from an admin assistant in customer services to a PA to one of the Directors (who went on to become my husband).

I headed up the customer services department before leaving to start up the agricultural division of a Dutch bank, NMB which was taken over by the ING group. I continued there until I had my only son in 1994. 

I studied CLAIT and accountancy courses at night school as I wanted my own business. In May 1998, I took over the ownership of my son’s day nursery which was based in Skelton. I renamed it Bright Beginnings.

Following on from my husband’s first heart attack I brought in a business partner and then moved the nursery to Rawcliffe Drive and one year later became a limited company. In June 2008, I started a supply agency which is still running (although I was bought out last year by the current directors). I have also started up a business cafe within the Eco Centre which I sold three years later and took over my late husband’s company when he passed away in 2011, which ceased in 2012.

I have been running the nursery for over 21 years and back on my own since my business partner retired in 2012. We have just been awarded outstanding by Ofsted and enjoy having students on placements from your school. 

All this on five O levels and no university degree but a lot of hard work and professional development.

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