Serving our School community, together in Christian fellowship.
Parent Governor Vice Chair Safeguarding Governor
I was elected as a parent governor at Farnworth C of E Primary School in 2016 and I have really enjoyed the role ever since. Following my induction whereby I learnt the basics of school governance I completed various pieces of work for the governing body including reporting on sports premium and educational visits as well as attending lots of governor training and meetings.
In 2017 I was given the link role of Safeguarding Governor. I am responsible for understanding the safeguarding requirements, to support the work of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (Mrs Whitfield), to report back to the governing body about how effective safeguarding is, and to check that the school is compliant with statutory guidance. Following our last Ofsted inspection in 2018 the report stated that “Safeguarding is effective” at Farnworth.
I have lived in Farnworth all my life and I am honoured to have been elected by fellow parents of our school children.
Whether it's helping at PTA events or contributing to the strategic planning and decision making of the school, my effort and time given is for every single child that attends Farnworth C of E including my daughter Molly and my nieces Charlotte and Elicia.
I am a semi-professional musician and I have my own local business which I have been running since 2011. This business along with my governor role keeps me close to our community.
I am a lifelong resident of Widnes and a past pupil of the school. Following a 30 year career in primary teaching, school leadership and school improvement I am currently a freelance education consultant and trainer.
Over the past 10 years I have served on a number of governing boards and very much enjoy this voluntary role. I am currently a member of two governing boards: Farnworth CE and Hallwood Park Primary School, Runcorn.
I am passionate about school improvement and am proud to serve Farnworth School and its community. As a governor I am fully committed to the promotion of the school’s Christian values of love, peace, faithfulness, joy, goodness, gentleness, patience, self-control and kindness. When I visit the school it is a joy to see the Fruits of the Spirit reflected in the way that children and adults behave towards each other.
My key role as a member of the Board is to make strategic decisions to deliver the school’s vision including holding the headteacher and senior leaders to account for pupil outcomes. Through the work of the Board I contribute to strategic decisions to ensure the best use of the school’s resources and provide both support and challenge for the school’s leadership team. At all times I am mindful of the impact of those decisions upon achieving our school vision to ensure that: Children develop a love of learning in a nurturing and inclusive environment. They experience a broad and meaningful learning journey which celebrates their individuality, whilst challenging and inspiring them to be the best that they can be.
I have enormous pride in the work of Farnworth School and value its contribution to developing children’s personal, social and academic skills.
I have been involved with our school since 1994 as a parent, Friend of Farnworth (PTA), current staff member and governor.
I feel a strong emotional connection with our school - my children enjoyed a happy, safe and successful time here which helped to launch them into the world as resilient, enthusiastic, well rounded young men.
I want to ensure all of our children enjoy the same experience. We make a place for each child here both in our hearts and in our classrooms.
One of my roles in school is coordinating the School Council alongside a colleague; this gives our children a voice that can be heard and often acted upon. I take great pride in what we achieve. Alongside all our fundraising activities, environmental awareness campaigns and general school business, our focus this year is wellbeing, not just for our pupils but parents and staff - we truly are community minded.
My role as link governor for Forest School enables me to become further involved with helping children to enjoy access to a different way of learning, embedding life skills which will equip them both now and in the future - team building, inclusiveness, resilience, positive 'can do' attitudes, environmental awareness, rules and choices - the list goes on. Forest school allows this in a wonderful environment which our school is privileged to possess.
My dedication and enthusiasm for our school grows year on year. I feel privileged to work alongside so many dedicated, like minded, caring, decent people both in school and within the wider community and I hope to continue to be involved for many more years to come.
I have had the privilege of supporting Farnworth School as a Parent Governor for the past two years. During this time, I have had an insight into the dedication and hard work of Mrs Stillings, the teachers and my fellow Governors headed by Angela Murray.
At the time of writing, both my children attend the school, Jack is now in his final year and Ava is in year 2. I was always intrigued on listening to the wonderful stories Jack and Ava told me from the supportive and helpful teachers to Mrs Stillings’ assemblies and how much the school preaches ( and practices) its core values in Christianity whilst teaching the children a love of learning.
My children have benefited immensely from the school’s ethos coupled with the dedicated support of the teachers allowing them to develop in a safe enjoyable learning environment.
My background is in finance; I am qualified accountant and currently head the commercial finance team for Suttons Tankers in Widnes. Once I was aware the school required somebody with my skill set to support the current Governing body I had no hesitation in applying.
I had a very different childhood to most in that I lived in Sierra Leone, West Africa from the age of one years old returning to the UK after my father’s death at the age of 10. School was very different in West Africa; there was no funding, the school was dilapidated with a leaking roof and bullet holes in the walls from recent civil wars. If it rained, the school would not open and this was a real shame as most children used to have to walk for miles to attend.
My early education taught me values and experiences that will remain with me for life. The children saw education as a gift and were at their happiest when listening to the teachers. Some children were missing arms and legs from the brutal wars but this did not deter them – a 12-mile walk on one leg was worth it as they were the lucky ones who had the opportunity of being able to read and write.
Whilst the stories may seem sad, the teachers and children inspired me. Before we left for the UK, we managed to fix the roof and leave the children a supply of books – this was in 1976 and I am told they still use the books and the roof is still ok.
My daughter wanted to send her old school dresses over to Africa and my son contributed with his Liverpool kits. We got pictures back of the girls dancing with delight of their new uniforms and Mrs Stillings kindly recorded this with the pictures in the schools weekly newsletter – Mr Monteith also gave me the opportunity to come to school to talk about how schools are very different in Africa as part of the school’s topic.
I do not use the word privilege lightly. Nevertheless, this is what it is to represent and support Farnworth, its children and dedicated staff as your school Governor. I believe and support the school's values and strategy vision and will endeavour, in working closely with the school, fellow Governors and parents, to deliver and uphold the strategy and our core values without compromise.