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School Governors Short Biography

Sara Richardson

My teaching career started seventeen years ago at another primary school in the valley and whilst remaining there for the majority of the time, I have had experience working in a variety of schools in various roles; as Deputy Head, working supporting others as a Leading Literacy Teacher and Advanced Skills Teacher and carrying out various writing projects in association with Lancashire County Council. I have two children, enjoy swimming and competing in local leagues playing netball and I am a trustee of a Christian charity “Hope in Sri Lanka.” It is a real privilege to be Head Teacher of such a vibrant, exciting school. I believe that a school should thrive on a culture of high expectations where everyone is committed to making a real difference to the children in our care. My aim is to give our children the very best possible start to their education, developing personal aspiration and a lifelong love of learning.

 

David Magrath

I live in the Rossendale valley with my wife and two children. My daughter attends Balladen CPS and is thriving under the tutelage and guidance of the excellent teaching staff and I hope my son will join her when old enough.

I am a senior leader in the Home Office with national responsibility for combatting organised abuse of the immigration system by criminal networks. A significant part of this involves the protection and safeguarding of vulnerable migrants who have been exploited. My role involves many core management functions that are applicable to being a school governor such as the efficient management and allocation of resources, performance and risk management and working in collaboration with others (across government).

In my spare time, I am an enthusiastic but fairly average social golfer and enjoy a membership at Rossendale Golf Club. I will watch most sports but especially football, rugby and golf however, I no longer have control of the television and often have to settle for Thomas the Tank Engine.

I am delighted to have joined the school governing board and look forward to working with the Head, her team and the other governors to maintain the already high standards at Balladen CPS.

 

Andrea Horrocks

I have served on the Governing Body at Balladen CP School as a parent governor and as a co-opted governor.  I have been involved with Balladen school in some capacity for over 27 years. It is a school full of wonderful individuals which just gets under your skin and is a wonderful place to be a part of.

I began my career at Balladen CP, spending a very happy 13 year in the school.  While working for Rochdale and Manchester I developed a background in Education and Children's Services at both front line and strategic levels.  The knowledge, understanding and skills I have gained over the years informs my role as a governor.

 

Steven Pilling

I am a family man with three children. I enjoy most sports, astronomy, astrophotography and animals. I currently don’t work but am a full time carer for my wife and am studying accounting at college.

 

Liz White

I am a parent governor and was appointed to the governing body in September 2015. I am originally from the south of England but have now lived in Rossendale for thirteen years. I have a degree in History but have spent most of my career working with children and their families. I am very passionate about the early years and primary years of a child’s education and how a good start in their education can open up many different opportunities for them. I am currently working in the social care sector and have two children attending Balladen School.

 

Carol Peat

I am a mother of three and live in Rossendale.  I started my career in education at Leabrook Short Stay School in 2002 and then joined the Schools Finance Team in 2006.  I started as School Business Manager at Balladen Primary in July 2011 and enjoy my job very much.  I am currently studying Level 5 in School Business Management and hope to complete this course in January 2019.  My oldest child is a qualified electrician and my other two children are currently studying at university.  In my spare time I enjoy walking with my dog Lillie, swimming and cooking.   

 

Keith Meacher

I have been a clinical orthotist specialising in Paediatrics and Neurology for 33 years, working in both the NHS and private sector.  I have experience of running my own orthotic service company and management within a large national orthotic/prosthetic service provider.

 

I have two adult children, the youngest working as a year 4 class teacher in Poole, Dorset, the eldest working as a vet in Barnsley.  I am a member of Edgeside Baptist church, like all things outdoors e.g. camping, skiing etc, especially walking the families 2 border terriers.

 

Angela Trow

I have lived and worked in Rossendale all my life, and I have been the Pre-School Leader at Cherry Tree Pre-School since 2001.  I have since completed my BA (Hons) in Early Years and I enjoy keeping up to date  with new developments in the sector.  Balladen Primary School is just up the road from the nursery, and we have always maintained very positive links between us.  Being in the same catchment area, we have many families in common, and we increasingly share the same challenges, in these days of rising costs, high expectations, and funding cuts.  I have two grown up children, and when relaxing at home I can usually be found with my nose in a book.  My other interests include animals, gardening and crochet.

 

Judith Winstanley

I have been teaching for 26 years, the past 14 of which have been the most rewarding, here at Balladen.  Our school is a very special place, which holds many happy memories for me.  I attended Balladen as a child.  It was then, as it is now, a warm, welcoming place where I made lifelong friendships, learnt the value of working together and taking pride in my community.  I am married with two lovely daughters, who both also attended Balladen, and have since moved on to BRGS, and then CRGS to continue with their studies.  At Balladen I have been SENCO for over 10 years and can say that each and every day it is a joy to come to school.  I feel very privileged and proud to work with our children, encourage them to have the aspiration and self-belief to succeed, and have bright and happy futures.

 

Dawn Love

I have lived in Rossendale  all my life and started my school life at Balladen.  I have always had happy memories of that time. I am a proud mother to two boys, one a qualified electrician currently studying for his HND, and a 7 year old miracle child who is also enjoying his time at Balladen. I work, and always have worked, in housing where I support  people within their homes.  I am new to the post of governor but am enjoying learning about how our fantastic school is run. 

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