Meet the Governors

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   Rev. Stephen Fletcher, Ex Officio Governor

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.
  Mrs Gillian Marlton, Diocesan Governor

My name is Gill Marlton. I am married with a daughter. My interests include photography and walking in the Lake District. I have enjoyed working as a primary school teacher for 30 years and now want to use my experience to give back to the school community as a governor, a role I have done for nearly 10 years. I serve on the School Improvement, Admissions and Pupils, Community and Parish committees. I look back fondly on my school days and firmly believe them to be ‘the best days of your life’ if given opportunities to participate in a wide variety of activities from the arts to sciences, and sport. I am the Diocesan Governor and seek to preserve the ethos of the church/school links which have been strong for the lifetime of the school.

  Mr John Shawcross, Chair of Governors

I am married with two children who both attend Horwich Parish. As a family we enjoy spending time together and try to camping as often as the weather will allow us.
I have been a governor at Horwich Parish since 2014 and have just taken on the role of Chair of Governors from September. I am excited to see what the 2018/2019 academic year will bring and look forward to working with the children, staff and parents. Professionally, I am the Deputy Headteacher of another Church of England in Bolton. I believe that we have a responsibility to all the children to provide them with the best possibilities opportunities to excel whilst at school. This is something as a governor I am committed to delivering for the children of Horwich Parish.
As a committed Christian, I attend Holy Trinity Church and enjoy seeing the children from school actively taking part in worship each week. As a church school, I feel it is vital that we put God and the teachings of the Bible at the heart of everything we do. Ensuring always that we reflect His word in our everyday lives.

  Mrs Nicola Gillard, Foundation Governor

I am currently a Foundation Governor with specific responsibilities for Looked After Children, Special Educational Needs and Safeguarding. My career history has provided an array of experience in both the education and voluntary sector. At present, I work for Urban Outreach, Bolton, as Team Leader for the Missing From Home Runa project. This provides a response and support service for vulnerable young people.
I worship regularly at Holy Trinity and I am a committed Christian. Studying at All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry, I am in my second year of training for ordination into the Church of England.
I live in Horwich with my husband, Stephen and my two children, Grace and Thomas, former pupils of the school.
Good quality education in a safe and nurturing environment is close to my heart and as a governor I strive for both quality and care.

Mrs Nicola Gill-Smith, Parent Governor

Elected parent governor.Elected by parents in school.
Term of office: 11.10.2016 – 10.10.2020
No declared business or pecuniary interests.


Mrs Janet Brock, Foundation Parent Governor

Foundation parent governor. Appointed by Holy Trinity Parochial Church Council
Term of office 01.08.17 to 31.07.21

I’m a Foundation Governor, serving on the Pupils, Community and Parish and Resources and Pay Committees. I am currently the Head of Modern Foreign Languages at a secondary school in Preston. I have been teaching for over 20 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 3. 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.