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Sharon Bowker

I have been Headteacher at Lytham Hall Park Primary School since June 2013.  I came with a range of leadership experience as both a Headteacher and a School Adviser working in Lancashire.  As Headteacher of Lytham Hall Park Primary School I am also a member of the Governing Body. During my teaching career I have regularly taken on the role of Governance in a variety of primary schools and I have found the role of Governor offers me many opportunities to reflect on my practice and further develop my professional expertise.  Being a school Governor brings me into contact with likeminded people who are focussed on ensuring the very best education for all our pupils.  School Governors often come from a wide range of backgrounds, bringing a wide range of experiences and this, for me, is the exciting part of the role.  My career has been spent wholly in the world of education, I have taught in primary, further education and higher education settings but working with a Governing Body, I have the opportunity to meet people who challenge my thinking and often have a different point of expertise. 

 

Jane Curl

I joined Lytham Hall Park Primary School in 2002, initially as Head of Key Stage 1 after previously teaching in a large school in Lancaster.  In 2006 I was successfully appointed as Deputy Headteacher.

 

I have taught across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I have had experience of working with and supporting teachers in other schools across Lancashire as well as being involved with training student teachers from Edgehill College and the University of Cumbria and now as part of the Primary SCITT in the Fylde Coast Teaching Alliance. It has offered me many opportunities to reflect on my practice and further develop my professional expertise.  

 

As Deputy Headteacher of Lytham Hall Park Primary School I am also a member of the Governing Body. The growth of our school has been an exciting experience as both a teacher and a Governor. It has been important for us to maintain our high standards and family ethos for all our children, whilst embracing the new families and staff.

 

Patricia Fieldhouse

I worked with people with learning difficulties for 46 years ranging from babies to the elderly in a variety of situations such as Special Care Units, Junior Training Centres, which became Special Schools, and Adult Training Centres. In 1986 I opened Bromley House in St. Anne’s initially as a short stay / respite facility for adults then as a permanent home for adults.

 

In 1979 I was elected to Fylde Borough Council and in 1980 I was appointed as a Fylde Borough Council representative Governor. I resigned owing to work commitments in1988 then was reappointed to the Governing body. I feel that my experience as Chairman, Brief Holder and, finally, Portfolio Holder for Environment has assisted me in the role of Governor.

 

During my time as a Governor I have worked with every Head Teacher and consider to have given them all my fullest support. I have enjoyed my connection with School and seeing the development in all areas and, of course, the completion of the new extension. It is always a joy to enter the building and see happy children in such a stimulating environment. I am also on the Nursery Management team and enjoy seeing the progression into School.

 

My outside interests are sport, particularly cricket, Shakespeare and craftwork.

 

Peter Hale

I joined the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor in June 2016, having recently retired from my employment with the Finance Department of Lancashire County Council. I worked for the County Council for nearly 40 years, during which time I had extensive dealings with schools in the County.

 

I live with my wife in St. Anne's having moved to the area in 2009 when I married.  I enjoy living at the seaside, but I am Chorley born and bred which is reflected in my being a season ticket holder at Chorley Football Club, and attending all their home games and travelling to many away games to support the team. Aside from football, my interests include learning about the Great War and making regular visits to the battlefields, reading and music. I also enjoy walking with my best mate, Paddy the Black Labrador, on St. Anne's beach.

 

I hope that my skills, knowledge and experience acquired in public service prove to be an asset to the Governing Body, and that this will be a two-way process, with my learning a lot from joining all of the vastly experienced members of the Governing Body. I acknowledge that I have a lot to learn about being an effective School Governor, but I am keen to do so, and will do all I can to ensure that Hall Park Primary continues to thrive in the interests of all involved with the school.

 

Bev Harrison

For over 20 years I have been a LEA Governor on the Governing Body of Lytham Hall Park School.  I am Vice Chair of Governors and Chair the Educational Performance Committee and sit on the Strategy and Vision Committee.  I have over 30 years’ experience in the teaching profession and am Chair of Governors of a Pupil Referral Unit. 

 

At Hall Park I am the Safeguarding, including PREVENT, and SEND Governor along with the Pupil Premium champion and take these responsibilities very seriously.  In my job as an Educational Consultant I have opportunities to keep up to date with various initiatives which I am able to bring the Governing Body of the school. 

 

Steve Mason

Born and educated in Blackpool, I have been happily married to Jean for over 40 years and have two children, Sarah and Paul.

 

I worked as a life insurance manager, based in Lytham and took early retirement in

2002 after 33 years service. I was a director of Lytham Hall Park Nursery from 1996 to 2011 and was also for several years the Nursery Manager. As a local councillor on Fylde Borough Council for 15 years, I held numerous positions of responsibility, including Chairman of the Economic Development and Transportation Committee, director of Lytham Town Trust and Chairman of West Coast Roadsafe. My outside interest is crown green bowling, an activity which I have enjoyed for 40 years and I regularly play in local leagues.

 

My association with Lytham Hall Park began in 1984, when we moved to Lytham and both our children attended the school. Two of my grandchildren have been pupils here. I became a governor in 1991 and Chair of Governors in 2001. I feel very honoured and privileged to have had such an active involvement with this tremendous school for so many years. I am especially proud of what we achieved with the extension to the buildings and the facilities that were provided. I was personally involved with this on a very regular basis and it gave me great satisfaction to not only enable more children in this area to benefit from Lytham Hall Park's expertise and high standards, but also to enhance the education for our existing pupils.

 

I am a firm believer in the principle of educating the whole child and that a primary school should prepare children not just for secondary education, but for the rest of their lives. To play a small part in shaping the future for our pupils, guiding them down the right path in life and helping them 'learn to live', gives me a great sense of achievement.

 

Caroline Livesey

 I have lived in Lytham all my life, with the exception of my 4 years at University in Edinburgh. I am married to Jonathan and we have two children who have both attended Lytham Hall Park Primary School.

 

My association with Lytham Hall Park spans many years as I attended as a pupil, returned to complete work experience several years later and over the past 5 years through involvement on a weekly basis as a parent helper in foundation stage, supporting various school trips and more recently Forest School. I am also an active member of the PTFA.

 

Professionally, I am a qualified Occupational Therapist and have fulfilled various clinical and managerial roles across the local health economy over the past 24 years. My current role encompasses staff training and development, co-ordination of undergraduate training in conjunction with Cumbria University, service review / redesign and all the associated governance activities that this entails: risk, audit, policy development, patient and public involvement to name a few!

As a parent governor I am well aware that I at the bottom of a very steep learning curve.

 

I hope that my professional skills, personal knowledge and value of the schools heritage, current experiences as a parent and parent helper will enable me to work with the Governing Body to ensure that the traditions and standards of the school are maintained whilst new challenges and current best practice continue to be met with the schools usual enthusiasm and commitment.   

 

Kelly Norton-Noon

I was elected to the Governing Body as a Parent Governor, joining in December 2015.   

 

I am looking forward to learning so much from the other governors on the board and being able to offer my support by listening, respecting and valuing Parents, Staff and Governors opinions and ideas. I am passionate and enthusiastic about supporting and enabling others to reach their full potential, have a strong delivery focus and am a good team player.  

 

I am married to Mark and we have one daughter who is currently attending Lytham Hall Park.

 

In my professional life I am a part-qualified management accountant with ten years’ experience working for Victrex Plc.  I use my accountancy knowledge as a Governor as I am now the Chair of the Finance, Staffing and Projects Committee. 

 

I also enjoy being an active member of the PTFA and am a parent volunteer when I have the opportunity.

 

Chris Spencer

I have worked in education for over 27 years: always in the North West.  Blackpool-born, I lived in Poulton-le-Fylde for many years before moving with my family to Lytham in 2001.

 

Sally and I have been married for 24 years. We have three sons (Joseph, Leo and Gilbert) who have all been educated at Hall Park. Our eldest son was Head Boy.

I was lucky enough to be elected a Parent Governor, leaving the post with great reluctance when my youngest son moved on to Lytham High. I was delighted to be invited back, to continue my involvement with the school as a Co-opted Governor.

 

I consider it a privilege to have enjoyed a long-standing association with this excellent school. I am able to share my professional knowledge alongside my experience as a parent. My children thrived at Hall Park. It is a special place where children really do get every opportunity to grow as people, be respected as individuals and to attain the firmest foundations for their future lives.

 

Brian Thompson

Born and raised in Lincolnshire, I moved to Lytham St. Annes in 1975 after getting married. I have worked predominantly in Sales in both Agriculture and the Motor Trade where I specialised in vehicles for disabled people until my retirement.  My interests involve watching Rugby (Fylde particularly), going to cricket and football games and playing golf.  I also have a passion for Steam Trains and enjoy the opportunity to tackle DIY and "make things "when possible!

 

Both my wife and son worked as teachers in Education, my wife until retirement while my son is still employed in Education. This has given me an insight into the needs and requirements of children in their education. I welcome the opportunities to become involved where possible and have enjoyed helping on many School Trips, short and long term in both the UK and Europe. I have also served on Parent Teacher Associations at different schools allowing to further provide help and opportunities for the children.

 

This is my first Governor role and I feel very privileged to be able to become involved with Lytham Hall Park and the Children and look forward to helping in their future in any way that I can.

 

Jane Tomlinson

I have been a class teacher and member of the Senior leadership team at Lytham Hall Park Primary School for over 15 years, where I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching the children in Key Stage 1.  It has been an exciting journey to be a part of our growing school community, welcoming new families and staff. In recent years, I have been particularly involved in developing the use of our amazing school grounds for outdoor learning and establishing Hall Park as a Forest School.  Alongside this, I have also taken an active role in working with the Key Stage 1 children with interesting gardening opportunities and supporting community events including ‘Lytham in Bloom’, where we have been successfully awarded, ‘Best Primary School Garden,’ for a number of years.  Most recently, we were awarded Outstanding Primary School in the North West by North West in Bloom for all our work in the school grounds and wildlife area. 

 

As both teacher and parent at Lytham Hall Park, I feel very committed to the success of the school and enjoy being the Teacher Representative on the Governing Body.  The post of School Governor is one which gives me the opportunity to share my own knowledge of education alongside other people’s expertise, and to strive in continuing to make our school a place where all children are given the best possible opportunities to develop and grow within a safe and nurturing environment.

 

Emma Fletcher

                                                                                                            

I joined the Governing body in March 2020 as a parent governor. I have two children, a son and a daughter, who both attend Lytham Hall Park. We have lived in Lytham since 2012, moving here when our son was 2 years old so that we could make the most of all that Lytham has to offer. 

 

I am an ACCA qualified accountant working at BAE Systems as a Finance Manager. I love spending time with my family enjoying the outdoors. I am an active member of the PTFA and stood as Chair for three years on the PTFA committee. 

 

We are very lucky to have such a great school, with amazing staff who genuinely care for our children and an experienced governing body to provide support and oversight. I wanted to join the Governing body to play a part in this. Hopefully contributing with the technical and soft skills I have gained from being a mum and my work in both finance and project management to my parent governor role. 

 

Stephanie Parnell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I joined the Governing body in March 2020 as a parent governor. I have three children, two sons and a daughter, who all attend Lytham Hall Park. I was born and bred in Blackpool, and after university and working in London and Nottingham, I decided to return to the Fylde coast in August 2018.

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and have worked for the accounting firm KPMG for 22 years which has given me lots of experience of governance across corporate and public sector entities. In my spare time, when I am not being a taxi driver for the children, I love spending time with my family and my puppy and I can often be seeing running along the Lytham seafront trying to get fit!

As well as being on the governing body, I am an active member of the PTFA, a parent helper in school and I help with as many school trips as I can.

I think Lytham Hall Park is a wonderful school with amazing staff and the all-important Hall Park family which I feel very privileged to be a part of. I am passionate about the success of the school which led me to seeking election onto the Governing body.

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