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Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

 
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Please also use the link to GIAS - Get Information About Schools

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Richard Ainsworth : Chair of Governors

I'm a father of three, educated locally, then at the University of Liverpool.  I returned to the area in the early 1990s where I’ve been ever since.

With a background in engineering, I’ve worked from shop floor to senior management, even as the manager of a large pub. I’m a company director for a small, long-established machinery business, dealing with all aspects of the company which keeps the job hugely enjoyable.

I love classic cars and motorsport, play golf (badly) and do a bit of DIY.

I became a parent-governor in 2008 to offer something back to the local community - school, pupils and parents alike. Co-opted to Lowercroft in 2018, I’m also current chair of the Bury Governor Association, so involved with the wider family of Bury governance.

 

Stephen Duce : Parent Governor

I became a Parent Governor in 2017, as I had one daughter in school and one daughter yet to start, so I knew I would be heavily involved with the school for a number of years.  I already tried to help the school as much as I could, but wanted to do more, so when the opportunity arose for a Governors’ position I jumped at the chance.  I have over 20 years’ experience as a factory and health and safety manager, so I hope my skills and experience will really help make a difference to the school.  Being involved with such an excellent school, and with such supportive and dedicated staff, it makes this role both enjoyable and rewarding.

 

​Will Tallentire : Parent Governor

I am married with two children and have been a parent governor at Lowercroft since May 2017.  My motivation to join the governing body came from seeing the fantastic introduction to school life that my daughter received during her reception year. She is very much looking forward to being joined by her brother in the coming years.  In this role I would like to assist in making decisions that will contribute to the continual improvement of an already excellent school.  I have a degree in Computer Science and am a Software Architect with 20 years’ experience in software development. I have been working in the gaming sector since 2001.  I hope that my skills in this field will aid the use of technology in school and provide support to teachers in the field of computing and coding.

 

​Jackie Harris : Co-opted Governor

I was very honoured to be invited to join the governing body at Lowercroft school in 2014, along with the opportunity to be part of the panel which recruited our talented head teacher Mrs Tessa Townsend. Lowercroft is an excellent school with a dynamic governing body. Our highly motivated staff are dedicated to bringing out the best in all the children and a hard-working parent group contributes so much to our school.  I am the Church Ward Councillor at Bury Metropolitan Council, a governor at Elton High school, formerly a governor at two primary and one secondary school in the Borough. Every child deserves the best possible education to form a sound basis for their future. Each child has different talents and abilities. At Lowercroft we strive to provide flexible, adaptable teaching to enhance the abilities and potential of our children to enable them to cope in a rapidly changing world. Accordingly, my role as local councillor and school governor provides the opportunity for my proactive contribution to our school's successful future.

 

Sue Nuttall : Local Authority Governor

I was appointed as a Governor approximately seven years ago by the Local Authority. I am a Councillor on Bury Council. I am married, no children but own a very lively Dalmatian dog. I was born in Blackburn and very much consider myself as a “Lancashire Lass”. I studied French at Sheffield University and then after further time in the academic world went on to become a lawyer specialising in both residential and commercial property law. I ran my own firm along with my husband for more than twenty years.  I am a committed Christian and Churchwarden of my local church. I love most sports and was a member of Blackburn Harriers in my younger years when I ran middle distance events on the track and cross-country competitions. I hope that my knowledge and experience have been and will continue to be an asset to the school.

 

Steve Ollis : Co-opted Governor

I am a serving Headteacher of a Bury Primary School having worked in the authority for the last 23 years.  My Son is in Year 3 and loves coming to school! I am looking forward to supporting the school in ensuring the children leave Lowercroft with the best chances for their future.   I have been truly welcomed in the school and was pleased to see the rich curriculum on offer. I have a lot of experience in terms of Inspections, current Educational practice and have joined a Governing body that have the capacity to maintain and continue to improve standards at Lowercroft.

 

Julie Thompson : Staff Governor

I became the staff governor in 2013, but I have worked at Lowercroft primary school for the past 14 years as a teaching assistant. I feel very proud to be a part of this amazing school that provides our children with an outstanding education.

I have experience of running my own design business, along with a career as a design manager in an international leisure company. The skills I have gained throughout my professional career will help me make a difference to the school.

My aim as a governor is to support and ensure that Lowercroft primary school provides all our children and staff with a safe and happy learning environment where we can inspire and encourage our children to achieve their full potential.

 

Rebecca Hart : Parent Governor

I became a parent governor in 2018. I am a chartered accountant and wanted to use my skills to support our school, particularly now as budgets are tight. I have spent most of my accountancy career working in London, returning to Bury in 2015. I now work part-time, allowing me time to get to grips with the complex world of education and school finance! My daughter (yr 2) and son (rec) both love Lowercroft and I feel privileged to now be part of its governing body.

 

Marcus Headley : Parent Governor

I was pleased to become Parent governor in 2018. I have a daughter who started at Lowercroft in 2018 and another that will join the school in the coming years, my experience from her time at the school has been fantastic, I became a governor to try and assist the school and help it to continue offering the excellent service and facilities it does, I am a Director of a Local photography company that currently works with over 500 schools in the region and employs a local work force of 30 staff based in Bury, I look forward to my time as governor and helping create a successful future for the school.

 

​Viv Barlow : Co-opted Governor

Tessa Farr : Headteacher

Damian Lansdale : Deputy Headteacher and Associate Member

 

Terms of Office

 

Richard Ainsworth

Term began 04/12/2018

Term ends 03/12/2022

 

Tessa Farr

Term Began 01/01/2014

No end date

 

Damian Lansdale

Term began 07/10/2017

Term ends 06/10/21

 

Viviene Barlow

Term began 12/11/2018

Term ends 11/11/2022

 

Jacqueline Harris

Term began 01/04/2015

Term ends 31/03/2019

 

Steve Ollis

Term began 07/12/2018

Term ends 06/12/2022

 

Susan Nuttall

Term began 24/07/2015

Term ends 23/07/2019

 

Stephen Duce

Term began 24/05/2017

Term ends 23/05/2021

 

Rebecca Hart

Term began 07/12/2018

Term ends 06/12/2022

 

Marcus Headley

Term began 07/12/2018

Term ends 06/12/2022

 

Will Tallentire

Term began 24/07/2017

Term ends 23/05/2021

 

Julie Thompson

Term began 01/10/2015

Term ends 30/09/2019

 

Sub Committees

 

Teaching and Learning
Steve Ollis (Chair)
Viv Barlow
Will Tallentire
Julie Thompson
Ste Duce
Richard Ainsworth

Tessa Farr

Damian Lansdale

Finance
Rebecca Hart (Chair)
Ste Duce
Sue Nuttall
Marcus Headley
Jackie Harris
Richard Ainsworth

Tessa Farr

Damian Lansdale

List of Pecuniary Interests
Marcus Headley - MD for John Hunt Photography/son-in-law to Viviene Barlow
Viviene Barlow - Mother-in-law to Marcus Headley/grandmother of child in reception
Richard Ainsworth - partner works at PCEdutech/vice chair at Holcombe Brook Primary School/Chair of BGA
Steven Ollis - headteacher of St John's with St Mark's Primary School

Attendance 2018/2019

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