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A greeting from our Chair of Governors - Mrs Celia Rushton

 

"Every school has a board of governors, and Turncroft Nursery School is no exception. The board is made up of a chairman/ woman, a vice chair and a group of people taken from members of staff, parents, and co- opted people who have shown an interest, and who have special talents or experience to offer.
We meet each term to look at all the things that have happened in the past weeks. The Headteacher gives a detailed report about the school and is able to answer any questions that may crop up,  or consider any suggestions a member may put forward.
We look at the finances, staffing, buildings, alterations to timetables etc... We play a full part in decision making and feel that we are important members of the Turncroft Team.
The meetings are interesting and informative.  There are usually biscuits too!"

 

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


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


 

Our next Full Governing Body meeting will be held on Tuesday 5th March at 4:30pm.

Turncroft Nursery School

Governing Body

 

Name                              Expiry Date                   Address               

 

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council (1)

 

Mrs Celia Rushton           31.08.20                      c/o Turncroft Nursery School

(Chair)                                                                   Highfield Road

                                                                              Darwen

                                                                              BB3 2DN

                                                                  

                            01254 701534

 

Head Teacher (1)

 

Mrs Elizabeth Shears        Ex Officio                    As Above

                                                         

Staff (1)

 

Mrs Linda Lawrence          31.08.22                    As Above

 

Parents (5)

              

Mrs Lisa Barker                  31.10.2021                As Above

                                                         

Mrs Aishia Kasim              09.06.2019                 As Above

 

Mrs Rachel Harfield          09.06.2019                 As Above

 

 

Co-opted (2)

 

Mr Damian Collins            27.09.2022                As Above

(Vice Chair)

 

Mr Bill Buck                      08.11.2018                  As Above - Resigned as of 6th November 2018

 

 

 

Associate Members (3)

 

Mrs Lisa McIver                N/A                            As Above

 

Mrs Marion Fort                N/A                           As Above  

 

Miss Jenny Murphy          N/A                           As Above

 

 

Name: Mrs Celia Rushton.

Type of Governor: LEA.

Responsibilities on the Governing Body: Staff dismissal/discipline, Appeals, Pupil discipline. Admissions panel,  Finance and pay. Foundation curriculum. Premises (health and safety). Personnel. Head's performance management. Pay appeals, grievances. SEN and Gifted and Talented. Safeguarding and drugs education

Commencement of Role:

  • I have been a teacher for over forty years and was Head of Infants, and latterly, Deputy Head at St Peter's C of E primary.
  •  I have been involved with Turncroft for most of those years, during the tenure of four Headteachers. I did almost all of the supply teaching at the nursery for thirteen years, and know the school and the staff very well. I am very happy to work with such a dedicated team. 
  • I have two daughters, one of whom is also a teacher. Music is my other love, and I sing with four choirs. I travel the world as far, and as often as I can. 

 

Name: Mr Damian Collins 

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Responsibilities on the Governing: Head's Performance Management

Commencement of Role: 2018

  • I have been involved in education for 28 years and have been a Deputy Headteacher, SENCo and Head of Department

  • I am passionate about education and opportunities for all children

  • I am married with two grown up children and two cats

  • I enjoy reading, listening to music and hill walking

 

Name: Mrs Elizabeth Shears                                               

Type of Governor: Staff

Responsibilities on the Governing Body: Safeguarding, Admissions, Finance and Pay, Curriculum, Premises, Personnel, Equality and Children in Our Care

Commencement of Role: 2010

  • I was previously a Consultant for Early Years in Blackburn with Darwen, Deputy Headteacher at Holy Trinity and Brookhouse Primary Schools having started teaching in the borough in 1994
  • I am passionate about Early Years Education and play-based learning
  • I am married with 2 step children and I have 2 kittens
  • I feel privileged and proud to be the Headteacher at Turncroft Nursery School

 

 

Name:   Linda Lawrence                                                                   

Type of Governor: Staff

Responsibilities on the Governing Body:  Personnel/Admissions Panel

Commencement of Role:  2009

  • I am married with 3 children who all still live at home.
  • I have been a Cub Leader for 25 years.
  • I love learning new skills, especially in I.T.
  • I have worked at Turncroft for over 20 years

 

Name: Aishia Kasim                                                                  

Type of Governor: Parent Governor

Responsibilities on the Governing Body:

Commencement of Role: 2015

  •  I have completed a BA (Hons) in Sociology
  •  I am interested in seeing how Every Child Matters is implemented in Early Years Education
  • I am married with 1 daughter
  • I enjoy spending time with my extended family and going for walks
  • I am looking forward to being a Parent Governor for Turncroft Nursery School

 

Name: Rachel Harfield                                                                     

Type of Governor: Parent Governor

Responsibilities on the Governing Body:

Commencement of Role: 2015

  •  I work as a support teacher in a local Primary School
  •  I was previously a Nursery Manager for 10 years
  • I am married with 2 children and 2 step children

 

 

Name:  Mrs Marion Fort                                                                  

Type of Governor: Associate Member

Responsibilities on the Governing Body:  Admissions, Finance, Premises, Health & Safety and Extended Schools

Commencement of Role:  2007

  • I have been married for 36 years and have two sons.
  • I have worked with children and families for 26 years
  • I have worked at Turncroft Nursery School for nearly 12 years.
  • I am passionate about good quality childcare.

 

Name: Mrs Lisa McIver

Type of Governor: Associate Member

Responsibilities on the Governing Body: Admissions, Finance & Pay and Personnel

Commencement of Role: 2003

  • I have been married for 20 years and have two children
  • In my spare time I enjoy walks with my Dog Millie 
  • I have worked at Turncroft Nursery school for 14 years
  • I am feel very proud to have been part of Turncroft's 'Outstanding' achievements over the years

 

Name: Miss Jenny Murphy

Type of Governor: Associate Member

Responsibilities on the Governing Body: to be confirmed

Commencement of Role: 2018

  • Before my teaching career I worked as a nursery practitioner in a nursery for 5 years

  • I previously taught at St Barnabas primary School in 2017/18. I started my teaching career there as an NQT in a year 1 class.

  • I am passionate about the Early Years Foundation Stage and committed to providing high quality experiences for all children

  • I enjoy keeping fit and healthy. I attend the gym regularly, attend classes and enjoy running

  • I love working at Turncroft Nursery School and I am proud to be part of the school

                                           

 

Turncroft Nursery School

Governing Body Committees

Statutory Committees

 

Disciplinary and Staff Dismissal         -        Any 3 Governors not involved

                                                                    (not staff or Teaching Governors)

 

Appeals                                              -        Any 3 Governors not involved

                                                                    (not staff or Teaching Governors)

 

Pupil Discipline                                  -         Any 3 Governors not involved

                                                                    (not staff or Teaching Governors)

Other Committees

 

Admissions Panel                              -        Mrs Rushton, Mrs Shears, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Fort

 

Finance and Pay                               -        Mrs Shears, Mrs Rushton, Mrs Fort, Mrs McIver

 

Curriculum                                        -        Mrs Shears,  Mrs Rushton, Miss Murphy

 

Premises                                          -        Mrs Rushton, Mrs Shears, Mrs Fort, Mr Collins

 

Personnel                                         -        Mrs Shears, Mrs Rushton, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs McIver

 

Heads Performance Review            -        Mrs Rushton, Mr Collins

 

Pay Appeals                                     -        Any 3 Governors not involved

                                                                  (not staff or Teaching Governors)

 

Grievance                                         -        Any 3 Governors not involved

                                                                  (not staff or Teaching Governors)

Designated Responsibilities

 

SEN & Gifted and Talented     Safeguarding        Link            Equality       Health & Safety

Mrs Rushton                              Mrs Rushton          Vacancy      Mrs Shears    Mrs Fort

 

Children in our Care                 Extended Schools

Mrs Shears                                 Mrs Fort

 

Full Governing Body Meeting Dates and People in Attendance

 

 

Name of Governor   

07/11/17

06/03/18

02/06/18

06/11/18

 

Mrs Celia Rushton

  /

  /

  /

                 /                                

 

Mrs Elizabeth Shears (Headteacher) 

  /

  /

  /

  /

                                  

 

Mr Damian Collins

06/11/18 (Vice)

 

 

 

  /

 

Mr Bill Buck

(Vice)

 /

/

/

 

Resigned

 

                 

 

Mrs Jill Kershaw

(Teacher)

(commenced 04/09/15)

 Resigned

 

 

                   

 

Mrs Linda Lawrence

 

  /

  /

  /

  /

 

Mrs Michelle Brindle

 AA

  /

AA

  /

                                  

 

Mrs Susanne Carlyle 

 

Resigned

 

 

 

 

        

 

Mrs Rachel Harfield

(commenced 03/11/15)

  /

  /

  /

AA

 

 

Mrs Aishia Kasim

(commenced 03/11/15)

  /

AA

AA

AA

               

 

Mrs Marion Fort

  /

  /

  /

  /

            

 

Mrs Lisa McIver

  / 

  /

  /

  /

               

 

Miss Jenny Murphy

 

      /  

 

 

 

       
           
           

 

/ = present; AA = apologies accepted; AWA = absent without apologies

Governance Handbook January 2017

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