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.
I have been Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Horwich, for the past 17 years, and Team Rector for the Horwich & Rivington Team Ministry and have happily served as an Ex-Officio Foundation Governor here at Horwich Parish School since I arrived. I hope that I bring the Christian care and perspective of my church ministry to the life of our Church School, along with experience as the parent of a former pupil, and a variety of skills that I’ve gained in my life and work. I particularly enjoy leading assemblies, preparing any Year 5 pupils who wish to be admitted to receive Communion in church before our normal age for Confirmation (15+), and supporting the staff at school events.
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 full time mum to two children. My son is 6 and my daughter is 3. I enjoy spending time with children and husband. I love to be out and about walking and am also a very keen skier.
I decided to take a career break after my daughter was born to focus on my family . I have a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Surrey. Prior to my career break I worked in the Insurance sector which has given me many valuable skills that will help in my role as a parent governor. I am very hard working and never give up on anything I believe in.
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.