GOVERNORS OF TURTON SCHOOL (2020/2021)
|Tracy Boylin (Chair)||10.11.18||09.11.22||Co-opted|
|Ursula Hodgson (Vice Chair)||01.09.18||31.08.22||Co-opted|
|Sam Gorse||01.01.15||N/A||Head Teacher|
6th Sept – 22nd Dec 2021
Half Term 25th Oct – 29th Oct 2021
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Committee:
Monday 20th September 2021 5.00 p.m.
Monday 8th November 2021 5.00 p.m.
Wednesday 13th October 2021 5.00 p.m.
*Wednesday 17th November 2021 5.00 p.m.
Pupil Development, Wellbeing and Safeguarding
Monday 27th September 2021 5.00 pm
*Monday 29th November 2021 5.00 p.m.
Full Governors’ Meeting:
Monday 18th October 2021 5.00 p.m.
Pay Review Panel:
6th January – 1st April 2022
Half Term 14th Feb – 18th Feb 2022
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Committee:
Monday 17th January 2022 5.00 p.m.
*Monday 28th February 2022 5.00 p.m.
Wednesday 2nd February 2022 5.00 p.m.
*Wednesday 16th March 2021 5.00 p.m.
Pupil Development, Wellbeing & Safeguarding
Monday 7th February 2022 5.00 p.m.
*Monday 21st March 2021 5.00 p.m.
Full Governors’ Meeting:
Monday 28th March 2022 5.00 p.m.
19th April – 22nd July 2022
Half Term – 30th May – 3rd June 2022
Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Committee:
Monday 25th April 2022 5.00 p.m.
*Monday 13th June 2022 5.00 p.m.
Wednesday 11th May 2022 5.00 p.m.
*Wednesday 22nd June 2022 5.00 p.m.
Pupil Development, Wellbeing & Safeguarding Committee:
Monday 16th May 2022 5.00 p.m.
*Monday 27th June 2022 5.00 p.m.
Full Governors’ Meeting:
Monday 4th July 2022 5.00 p.m.
It is with sadness we report the loss of David Greenhalgh, our Local Authority Governor, who passed away over the summer. David had been a Governor at Turton since 2011. He sat on the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Committee and had previously sat on the Finance Committee and Board of Turton School Sports Association. Whilst David’s commitments as Leader of Bolton Council meant he was unable to attend many meetings over the last couple of years, his support and commitment to the school and local community never waned.
He will be sadly missed by all at Turton.
Tracy Boylin – Chair (Co-opted Governor)
Tracy has been a Parent Governor at Turton School since November 2010 and is currently Chair.
Tracy’s background has been working as an HR Director for over 20 years in a number of sectors including Education and she now runs her own tech and business services company. It is these skills she specifically hopes to use to support the school.
Tracy sits on the Resources and Pupil Development, Wellbeing and Safeguarding Sub Committees. She holds a Trustee role with Healthwatch Bolton and has been named as a leader in Healthcare in the book “Brainy Neuroscience for Engaged People”. As a result, she often gets invited to speak at conferences on patient safety topics and bringing better reform into the NHS, to improve its patient safety matters.
Tracy has two children who have been students in the school and both went on to study in Turton Sixth Form before going on to university.
Tracy has no business interests to declare. Her current term of office expires on 09.11.22.
Ursula Hodgson – Vice Chair (Co-opted Governor)
Ursula worked at Turton School for 17 years, before taking early retirement in 2018. She has worked in the Learning support and English departments as well as working her way up to Deputy Head Teacher in the Pastoral team.
She understands the demands on staff, pupils and parents during the secondary school experience, as well as the importance of achieving and the impact that has on wellbeing.
Ursula is currently Vice Chair. She sits on the Teaching and Learning Committee and is the governor with responsibility for Looked After Children.
Ursula continues to look for new challenges outside of education but being a governor will allow her to use her knowledge to support the school.
Ursula has no business interests to declare. Her current term of office expires on 31.08.22.
Kelly Colderley (Co-opted Governor)
Kelly joined us as a Co-opted Governor in December 2015. She works in the kitchen as Front of House Supervisor and SMSA Team Supervisor. She and has three children, all of whom have attended the school.
Kelly currently sits on the Pupil Development, Wellbeing and Safeguarding Sub-Committee.
Kelly has no business interests to declare. Her current term of office expires on 06.12.23.
Lisa Cove (Parent Governor)
Lisa is a Parent Governor who has two children at Turton. She is impressed by the school’s ethos and the academic and pastoral support given to its students, and is honoured to be part of the Turton School community and to represent the Parent Voice. She currently sits on the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Sub-committee.
Lisa has worked in both Further and Higher Education and has a doctorate (DBA) in Academic Leadership. She currently holds senior Quality role at a local University, but continues to teach, delivering Leadership modules in Vietnam and Botswana.
Lisa has no business interest to declare. Her current term of office expires on 14.10.22.
Marie Foley (Co-opted Governor)
Marie has served on the Governing Board since December 2012.
Marie chairs the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Sub-Committee and is the governor with responsibility for Pupil Premium.
Having worked in School’s HR as the School’s Learning and Development Officer, during which time she gained an MSC in Strategic HR Management, she feels her experience is of value.
More recently having worked within Education as the Governor Training Officer and as Leading Governance Consultant for the NGA, Marie feels she has a lot to contribute to the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Sub-Committee.
Marie says her three children have all received an excellent, all rounded education, at Turton, making her proud to be a Co-opted governor here. Having worked for the Education Authority for many years she felt it was important to give something back to the school that had offered her children so much and fully prepared them for their future paths.
Marie declares her business interest as Local Authority Governor training. Her current term of office expires on 31.08.25.
Tony Grogan (Co-opted Governor)
Tony has been a teacher at Turton School since 2017 when he joined the first School Direct @ Turton cohort as a History Teacher. He is currently the Key Stage 3 curriculum lead within the History Department and a mentor for History teachers starting their teaching career with School Direct @ Turton.
Tony sits on the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Sub-Committee. He has been a governor previously at both a primary school and high school local to his home address in Lancashire. Tony became a governor at Turton as he has a passion to ensure students are given every opportunity to achieve their potential. He quickly recognised the ethos and community within Turton School was something which resonated with him and as a result he sought an opportunity to support the school in a wider way.
Prior to becoming a teacher, Tony served for 24 year in the military and holds Fellowship of the Institute of Leadership and Management. He is also a national mentor for the Open University Disabled Veterans Scheme.
Tony has no business interests to declare. His current term of office expires on 18.10.24.
Alexa Gorse (Co-opted Governor)
Alexa is a Co-opted governor and currently sits on the Pupil Development, Wellbeing and Safeguarding Committee. She has been a governor previously and sat on the Personnel Committee, now the Resources Committee. She is also one of two governors with shared responsibility for Child Protection and Safeguarding.
She was invited, by her sister and current Head Teacher, Sam Gorse, to join the governing board due to her legal background as a solicitor, in order to add another string to the bow of the board’s mixed set of skills and interests.
Alexa was particularly drawn to Turton School because she felt an affinity with the Turton Touchstones. She shares the belief that education should, in addition to providing a good foundation in academic learning, provide students with life skills that will help them to evolve into intelligent and well-rounded adults; skills such as relatedness to others, in order to form future communities that will show compassion and empathy to people different from themselves, which will afford them a better understanding of the world and open up opportunities in new and exciting ways; a sense of belonging, because “no man is an island” (John Donne) and belonging leads to a sense of responsibility to those who may be affected by their actions; creativity and imagination, because without it we would not have the Dyson vacuum and the next generation will not benefit from trying out new ideas and looking at things in new ways; self-awareness, being the key to an ability to grow and adapt to change in healthy ways and finally seeing the good in others. The Turton Touchstones perfectly represent what Alexa hopes will be the collective personality of the next generation.
Alexa has no business interest to declare. Her current term of office expires on the 11.03.22.
Owen Hughes (Co-opted Governor)
Owen is our longest serving Governor and has been a governor at the school for over 30 years.
Owen attended schools in Preston and worked in Bolton for the majority of his working life. He has lived locally for over 40 years and is often seen around the school doing walkabouts. He has been Chair of Governors twice, recently stepping down after 7 years in 2020 and has a Certificate in Education Management.
Owen played football and cricket at a high level in The West Lancashire League, Blackpool Palace Shield, and locally in the Bolton League.
Owen sits on the Teaching Learning and Curriculum, Resources, Pupil Development, Wellbeing and Safeguarding and Pupil Discipline Committees. He is also the governor with responsibility for Inclusion, Online Safety and Partnership.
Owen is passionate about the school staff and students, supporting the school to provide a very high standard of education focused on continual improvement for all and ensuring our students leave as polite, well-rounded, highly employable individuals. He is fully committed to the Turton Touchstones, Triad Management Improvement and Trivium teaching methods.
Owen has no business interests to declare. His current term of office expires on 31.08.25.
Ian Moore (Co-opted Governor)
Ian joined the Governing Board in October 2016. He currently chairs the Resources Sub-Committee and is the governor with responsibility for Careers. He has also been a Governor at Harwood Meadows Primary School since 2008 and is currently the Chair of Governors there.
Ian was a pupil at Turton himself and has very fond memories of the school.
As a profession, Ian is dedicated to helping businesses understand and find finance, which he is happy to be able to bring to Turton. Ian hopes he can have a positive impact on the school for all pupils and teachers.
Ian has three children, two of whom are currently at Turton.
Ian has business interests in Independent Business Finance Company Ltd, Compare Invoice Finance Ltd and Express Loans 4 Business Ltd. His current term of office expires on 16.10.24.
Rebecca Overton (Parent Governor)
Rebecca joined in 2018 as parent governor and has two children at very different stages at the school. She currently sits on the Resources Sub-Committee.
Rebecca has worked in local government for over 15 years, specialising in culture, arts and museums. She will bring this experience and knowledge to the role, together with her understanding and knowledge of the public sector and wider cultural and heritage sectors.
Her experience in making strategic financial decisions enables her to contribute effectively to the Resources Committee.
Rebecca has no business interests to declare. Her current term of office expires on 14.10.22.
Diane Waddington (Co-opted Governor)
Diane has been a governor since December 2013. She currently chairs the Pupil Development, Wellbeing and Safeguarding Sub-Committee and sits on the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Sub-Committee. She is also the Governor with responsibility for Special Educational Needs.
Diane has two children a daughter and a son who have both gone through the school.
Diane is very proud to be a Governor at Turton and feels the school has fantastic pastoral care and high standards of academic success at GCSE and A level.
Diane was Chair of Turton Parents' Association and was part of the Parents’ Association for many years.
For over 10 years, Diane has worked as an Adult Learning Teacher delivering Family Learning and Functional English to residents of the City of Salford. She has also worked with Bolton Sensory Service since 2015 supporting children with visual impairments.
Diane has no business interests to declare. Her current term of office expires on 09.12.21.
Due to Covid and the school being closed at times during 2020/21, to staff, students and visitors, some governor meetings have not taken place, as scheduled. On these occasions, papers have been circulated to governors, via email, and governors have been invited to comment and feedback. Governor approval of policies (with suggested amendments) has also been sought. Any comments and feedback following circulation of papers and policies has been circulated to all governors and recorded.
Wisdom requires that we apply insight, experience, common sense and value to our knowledge. Its essence is discernment: right from wrong, helpful from harmful, truth from delusion. The qualities of wisdom allow us to see reality and its complexities, but remain steadfast and determined. We can see how things are in the eyes of others, as well as being able to give others an accurate depiction of ourselves. Building on the knowledge and experience of the past, using the experiences and connectivity of the present, we make decisions and move forward into the challenges of the future.
Courage is about having the inner strength and resolve to do the right thing rather than the easy thing. It is required as a means of overcoming our natural fears and anxieties in order that we operate from a place of strength and determination to make progress.
The value of humanity puts compassion at the centre of every thought and action. It encourages an appreciation that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and that our collective endeavours will lead to a better outcome for all. Empathising with others’ situations to understand others’ thoughts and actions. Humanity cares, supports and cajoles us to be better people.
Justice preserves human dignity, no matter the circumstance. It finds a collective, societal agreement on the moral line in the sand; creating circumstances that allow us to function freely within our social constructs.
Temperance is the value that helps us keep our equilibrium. It is the quality within ourselves, and our organization, that allows us to step back, take a minute, and consider our response. It keeps us true to ourselves so that we neither become reactionary, when things don’t go as well as we’d like, nor too elated when things go well: it grounds us. Temperance ensures we balance pride with humility, courage with restraint and transcendence with action.
Transcendence allows us the ability to see the bigger picture, to see the whole rather than the sum of the parts. It is the invisible threads that link to the past the present and the future. Transcendence recognises the power of knowledge in search of truth. To centre ourselves we must recognise both our insignificance and significance. We believe in a liberal arts’ education as oppose to a utilitarian view. Education in its own right is the end goal, going beyond any prescribed syllabi.