Meet the Governors

Mrs Baines

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.
Thank you

Mrs Mills

Head teacher
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.

Mrs Bennett

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'.

Mrs Clancy

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.

Mrs Hope

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 have 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.

Mr Timms

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.

Mrs Fisk

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.

Mrs Washington

Deputy Headteacher
Year 6 Class Teacher

Mr Green

I am a Foundation Governor assuming the role in March 2021, having lived in Horwich for 17 years I wanted to give something back to the community in which I live. I am an active member of the Holy Trinity Church congregation.

I am a happily married father of two fabulous primary school age children. My eldest is a sport fanatic whether playing or watching he will consume all his time on any sport he can, whilst my younger daughter is extremely creative enjoying dance, reading and inventing stories. It has been amazing to watch them develop and grow as individuals although logistically challenging with their varied interests.

I am a Human Resource professional by day, specialising in Learning and Organisational Development. Having operated at a senior level in the private sector for many years, I hope as well as broad HR and learning expertise my commercial understanding and direct experience leading Health, Safety and Wellbeing in a major organisation will bring a valuable skillset to the Governing Board.

I have had a high-profile role in advising and developing apprenticeships within the workplace providing opportunities for young people and ensuring their learning journey continues after formal schooling. As such, I am very passionate about supporting the education of our future generations, having previously had the voluntary role of Strategic Enterprise Advisor for a High School in Bury I am now excited to support the emotional, social and academic development of children at Horwich Parish.


Rev Nicola

I was ordained in June 2019 and came to Horwich then. In July 2022 I became Team Rector of the Horwich and Rivington Churches. I joined the Governing Board as a Foundation Governor in 2020 and now continue in an ex-officio capacity. There have been so many ways in which I have been able to work alongside staff and pupils and it fills me with so much joy to be part of this amazing school community.

I am fully committed to continue building 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 am married to Philip, we have 3 sons, a daughter-in-law, a beautiful grandson and a dog called Solo. We love spending time together and there is always lots of laughter and memories being created. I enjoy listening to and playing music, reading, 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 continue guiding us.

I can’t think of a better way to start a Monday morning than to join in with collective worship or to spend time with the parents’ prayer group at the school. I also really enjoy spending time with classes as they explore faith in God and learn about different things which we do in church such as baptism. 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.




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