Meet the Governors
I have been married for over 40 years to my wonderful husband Michael. We have been blessed with two wonderful daughters who have gone on to forge successful careers and happy lives. They have both given us 4 cherished grandchildren whose ages range from 6 to 11.
I attended Horwich Parish C.E. School in the fifties and can still remember the happy times I had as well as all the names of the teachers at that time! This surely is a testament to the positive impact they made upon my life. Since that time, I have worked as a Nurse, Midwife and Manager within the NHS and in the independent sectors and I led a project in the nineties which became a precursor for the National “Sure Start” initiative and which served to whet my appetite for working within public health and primary care and as a result I have been able to appreciate the challenges that some parents and children face on a daily basis. A good life, I feel begins with a good birth and I am sure I have helped many hundreds of mother’s birth their babies and I feel privileged to be invited into such a spiritual and special environment. I still practice midwifery today and I Lecture in Midwifery and Applied Healthcare Ethics at University. I enjoy stimulating the hearts and minds of prospective midwives.
I wanted to become a School Governor as I appreciate the benefits a good education can bring. Teachers and parents working together in a caring and sensitive environment can set a young person on the right journey and I particularly feel that the Christian values that this school is built on, will serve to instil kindness and compassion and a desire to help others as they travel forward.
My skills include, those associated with all aspects of teaching and learning and assessment, curriculum design and staff and student appraisal and mentoring, management and leadership. Data collection and research has led to my travelling extensively and writing my second professional textbook.
I am married with three teenage children. We enjoy travelling and try to spend quality time together at the weekends and during the holidays. We live in the Ribble Valley.
I have been the HT at Horwich Parish since January 2018. This is my second headship. Previously I was the Head teacher at Kingsfold Primary School in Penwortham, Preston for 5 years. I see Headship as a vocation rather than a job. I take my role very seriously and work tirelessly to ensure every child in our school is happy, safe and reaches their potential. I am passionate about making a difference to the children and families at Horwich Parish and ensuring I lead a school that has a positive impact on their lives.
As a committed Christian I am delighted to be the Head teacher of a Voluntary Aided Church School. Every decision and action I make is centred around the children within the presence of God and underpinned by Christian values.
I am extremely lucky to have a staff and governor team around me with the shared purpose of providing an inclusive school where every child is known, cared for and supported to aspire. Our ethos extends to our families and the community whom we support with our open door policy. Horwich Parish is a large Primary School situated in Bolton. It continues to make steps to close the gaps between our children and children nationally, academically and socially. We continue to rigorously drive for improved attendance to ensure every child attends school punctually every day.
Hello. My name is Shelley Bennett, I live in Horwich and I am married with two children- Michael in Year 6 and our youngest member of the family Thomas , who is at Croft House Nursery. I am a Deputy Head Teacher of another primary school in Bolton and have worked within various schools in our local area for the last 15 years.
As an ex Horwich Parish Pupil and a committed member of Holy Trinity Church, I am pleased to represent the church, parents and children in a Governor capacity and hope that my background in education helps support the school to continue striving forwards and help towards 'lighting the way'.
I’m a Foundation Governor, serving on the Pupils, Community and Parish and School Improvement Committees. I am currently the Head of Modern Foreign Languages at a secondary school in Preston. I have been teaching for over 22 years and Head of Department since January 2004. I hope my many experiences in my teaching career will help to guide my role as a governor. My daughter is currently in Year 4. My family regularly worships at Holy Trinity and I am one of the Sunday School Leaders within K4C. I want to support and contribute to the school community in order to be able to bring positive outcomes for all the children at Horwich Parish.
I am a married mum of 2 young boys. My eldest is 5 and currently in year 1 at Horwich Parish, I have been a school governor since his autumn term in reception. My youngest is 2, a little whirlwind and I'm sure I've been seen chasing him on the playground quite regularly.
I am very new to the Governor role and thoroughly enjoying it.
I have lived in Horwich for 14 years now and I love the community feel so being a governor at a school that to me is at the heart of that community is very special.
On a personal note I have recently started a degree in primary education and the education of our children socially and emotionally as well as academically is very important to me.
I am a parent to two children at school and a member of Holy Trinity Church.
My professional business background is in strategic marketing, brand development and marketing communications in large organisations. I’ve worked in media relations and corporate and employee communication which has included crisis management and financial reporting.
With a business degree and experience of the public and private sector, I hope that my experience will enhance the governing body.
A hard-working single father of two very energetic children who have either gone or are still going through the Horwich Parish School journey. As a Parent Governor I serve on the Finance and Staffing committee. I have been in finance for over twenty years in the private sector as an accountant for a large US company and during this time I have also served on various committees as treasurer. I am an accomplished musician playing for a local world-famous championship brass band, and when not tooting my cornet, my children and I are usually out on our bikes exploring the glorious local countryside. I have a great belief that by encouraging children to appreciate the resources that surround us, nurturing in them a strong moral compass and honest hard work that they can realise their full potential without detriment to themselves or others.
Brought up in Heaton, and then living in Farnworth with my husband, my family and I moved to Horwich in 2010. I studied at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) achieving a 2.1 BA(Hons) in Business Studies, going on to study part-time for the Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and getting a Merit. I am a Chartered Member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development), which is the professional body for HR and people development. I have worked in Human Resources for 20 years in a variety of roles for private organisations, the NHS, and since 2003, UCLan. My substantive role covers Employee Relations (we recognise 3 separate Trade Unions) and Policy Development - we have over 3000 employees so its a busy and varied role.
When I get the time I enjoy reading (particularly autobiographies), baking and walking. I love the theatre and spa-breaks, so try and get a couple of trips in each year - if money was no object it would be every week!
I am the parent of two children at Horwich Parish CE Primary School. Both my children started at the school without really knowing anyone but have made some lovely friendships which I can see continuing long into secondary school. As a result I have also made new friends and do love a natter in the playground or a coffee at Chill at the Cowshed!
My children and I go to Holy Trinity Church where I volunteer with K4C (sunday school) and am a member of the Youth Committee. As a Christian I was keen for my children to attend a church school and I feel that Horwich Parish is enabling them to develop their faith.
I am an active member of the parent prayer group at school, which was set up about 18 months ago and meets weekly (during term time) to pray for the school/pupils/staff/parents and wider school community. As part of the group we also volunteer at school events by serving refreshments - I really enjoy this when I'm able to do it as it's a chance to meet other parents and feel part of the school family.
As a Foundation Diocesan Governor I am looking forward to supporting Mrs Mills to fulfill the school vision, and nurture the Christian character of the school. Supporting the spiritual growth of young people is something I am passionate about and I want this to underpin all I do in my role.
I have lived in Horwich all of my life and am married with one child, Daniel who is 11. My initial
connection with Horwich Parish began a former pupil in the eighties with a relationship which has
spanned the decades and continues into the present day. It was during my time as a pupil (of which I
can still recall many happy and vivid memories) when I was taught by some outstandingly caring and
inspirational teachers. It was through their dedication and encouragement that a passion for
education was instilled .I have devoted most of my life so far helping to support, shape and improve
the lives of young people and adults both professionally and voluntarily. I have undertaken many
different roles within various schools including; Teaching Assistant, 1:1 teaching support and special
needs assistant at Horwich Parish. In 2001 I finally fulfilled my goal and qualified as a Primary school
teacher following the completion of a degree in English language and education and a PGCE in
My interests and enthusiasm are also firmly embedded in supporting the local and wider community
within our parish and beyond at every opportunity. As a committed Christian and lifelong member of
Holy Trinity, my faith and Christian values underpin everything I do. Over the years I have voluntarily
supported children in local schools as well as being a member of the PTA and Parent’s prayer group
at Horwich Parish. At Holy Trinity I am a member of the pastoral team, I help to publicise and co-
ordinate donations for Urban Outreach’s annual ‘Christmas Dinner on Jesus’ appeal and have
supported the Advent experience in which pupils from Horwich Parish participated. I helped to set
up HCWT (Horwich Community Working Together) as part of Churches Together in Horwich and
Rivington and successfully organised a community event to bring together Community and Voluntary
groups in Horwich. As a result of my involvement with this project, I was nominated by our local MP
as Bolton West Community Champion in 2015.
Professionally, I also have experience of running my own business. I taught music to classes of under
5’s across the North-West managing a staff of 8 and over 500 pupils. Life has not however been
without its challenges and as such this has led me into undertaking a variety of supportive and
compassionate roles within the voluntary sector. I am currently a Macmillan 1:1 support volunteer in
Bolton as well as a Macmillan Telephone buddy volunteer supporting people affected by cancer that
are isolated and lonely. I lead a Macmillan craft support group and I am one of the lead
communications volunteers as part of a service user involvement group Bolton PAC (People affected
by Cancer). Other charity work involves speaking in the community and fundraising in my role as a
Willow champion and beneficiary for the Willow Foundation. In 2020 I was nominated for the Vicky
Clement-Jones award of ‘Macmillan Volunteer of the year 2020’ and I am also a finalist in the ‘Inspire
awards’, celebrating inspirational women in the ‘Volunteer of the year 2020’ category.
In my ‘spare time’, I enjoy pursuing a wide variety of creative hobbies including baking, cake
decorating, embroidery, floristry, flower arranging, organising fundraising events and millinery to
name just a few. I love theatre and the arts with a particular passion for musical theatre. I am a
trained singer, dancer and former amateur musical theatre performer. Nowadays you will find me
very much on the other side of the footlights as an avid theatre watcher. I also enjoy supporting and
watching my son Daniel performing on stage as he continues to follow in my footsteps.
It is through these many and varied life experiences that I place great value on outstanding
education (Including both the formal and informal curriculum). It is something which can never be
underestimated and goes far beyond the academic confines of the school walls. I feel strongly that
every child deserves to be given as many opportunities in life as possible to help them fulfil their
potential and strive towards achieving their very best whatever that may be. I consider it to be a
privilege to serve as a Governor. For me this is an opportunity to utilise my skills, knowledge and
experience to make a positive difference to the lives of all our young people whilst putting Christian
values right at the very heart.
Year 6 Class Teacher
As a Mum of two, I’ve become ever more appreciative of the ‘little things’ and how important they are.
I am a sports coach who’s main focus is the wellbeing of each individual, both physically and mentally - this is my passion. I focus on breaking down barriers outside of a formal setting and allowing children to be expressive whilst feeling safe and valued. Every child matters.
I am a new governor at Horwich Parish but I hope that I can bring a little of my passion into the school setting to compliment the programmes they already have in place for the wonderful children at our school.
I was ordained in June 2019 and I am the Team Curate within the four churches across Horwich and Rivington. Through serving as a Foundation Governor, I aim to continue and build upon the strong links which Holy Trinity Church have with Horwich Parish School. I believe this is not something we can take for granted but should be nurtured. I hope that I bring the passion I have for schools to be distinctive as places where the love of Jesus is shown and shared. I trust that this will accompany my experience and the variety of skills which I’ve had in my life and work in primary schools before I was ordained.
I’ve been married to Philip for nearly 30 years and we have 3 sons and a dog called Solo. We love spending time together and there is always lots of laughter and memories being created. I enjoy playing the piano, gardening, baking and attending concerts. We both grew up in Leigh and lived there all our lives until moving to Horwich in 2020 and we trust God will guide us into the future.
I particularly enjoy leading and participating in collective worship. I love seeing you all grow into the people who Jesus wants you to be and to work alongside you all anywhere I can. I am fully committed to supporting staff, parents and pupils wherever possible.