I have lived in the valley for almost forty years. I am married, have two daughters
and three grandchildren. I retired in 2009 from teaching at Hopwood Hall College.
This is my second term as a governor at Balladen -
I have served on the Governing Body at Balladen CP School as a parent governor and
as a co-
I began my career at Balladen CP, spending a very happy 13 year in the school. While working for Rochdale and Manchester I developed a background in Education and Children's Services at both front line and strategic levels. The knowledge, understanding and skills I have gained over the years informs my role as a governor.
I am a family man with three children. I enjoy most sports, astronomy, astrophotography and animals. I currently don’t work but am a full time carer for my wife and am studying accounting at college.
I am a parent governor and was appointed to the governing body in September 2015. I am originally from the south of England but have now lived in Rossendale for thirteen years. I have a degree in History but have spent most of my career working with children and their families. I am very passionate about the early years and primary years of a child’s education and how a good start in their education can open up many different opportunities for them. I am currently working in the social care sector and have two children attending Balladen School.
I am a mother of three and live in Rossendale. I started my career in education at Leabrook Short Stay School in 2002 and then joined the Schools Finance Team in 2006. I started as School Business Manager at Balladen Primary in July 2011 and enjoy my job very much. I am currently studying Level 5 in School Business Management and hope to complete this course in January 2019. My oldest child is a qualified electrician and my other two children are currently studying at university. In my spare time I enjoy walking with my dog Lillie, swimming and cooking.
Many people reading this will know that I have been involved with Balladen School for many years. I was first appointed as Key Stage 1 leader with teaching responsibility for Year 2. After having my second child I moved into Reception where I worked as part of a dynamic team with fellow governor Andrea Horrocks. I gained promotion to Assistant Head and this is my second time of acting up as Headteacher.
Why have I stayed at this school for so long?
Balladen is an amazing school. It works because everyone is committed to improving the life opportunities for all the children. I feel proud and privileged to lead such a dedicated team of professionals. We all love coming to work! An advisor and Ofsted Inspector are quoted as saying that they wish they could bottle the “Balladen Philosophy” and use it to transform other schools.
I have been a clinical orthotist specialising in Paediatrics and Neurology for 33 years, working in both the NHS and private sector. I have experience of running my own orthotic service company and management within a large national orthotic/prosthetic service provider.
I have two adult children, the youngest working as a year 4 class teacher in Poole, Dorset, the eldest working as a vet in Barnsley. I am a member of Edgeside Baptist church, like all things outdoors e.g. camping, skiing etc, especially walking the families 2 border terriers.