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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.


 

Turncroft Nursery School

Governing Body

 

Name                              Expiry Date                   Address               

 

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council (1)

 

Mrs Celia Rushton           31.08.19                       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          31.08.18                     As Above

 

Parents (5)

              

Mrs Lisa Barker                  07.11.2017                As Above

                                                         

Mrs Aishia Kasim              09.06.2019                 As Above

 

Mrs Rachel Harfield          09.06.2019                 As Above

 

Vacancy

 

Co-opted (2)

 

Mr Bill Buck                      08.11.2018                  As Above

(Vice Chair)

 

 

Associate Members (2)

 

Mrs Lisa McIver                N/A                            As Above

 

Mrs Marion Fort                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 Bill Buck                                                                 

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Responsibilities on the Governing: Premises, Health & Safety

Commencement of Role: 2010

  •  I am married with one son and four grandchildren
  • I worked for United Utilities for 33 years as a Works Manager/Projects Manager and Commissioning Manager
  • I was a Church Warden for 13 years and the Health & Safety Officer for 10 years
  • My hobbies are walking, fishing and researching my Family Tree

 

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

                                           

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Heads Performance Review            -        Mrs Rushton, Mr Buck

 

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   

12/06/17

07/11/17

06/03/18

02/06/18

 06/12/18

Mrs Celia Rushton

/

/

/

                 /                                

 

Mrs Elizabeth Shears (Headteacher) 

 /

/

/

/

                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Bill Buck

(Vice)

 /

/

/

/

                 

 

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)

 /

/

/

/

 

 

Mrs Aishia Kasim

(commenced 03/11/15)

 /

/

AA

/

               

 

Mrs Marion Fort

 /

/

/

/

            

 

Mrs Lisa McIver

/

/

/

               

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

       
           
           

 

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

Governance Handbook January 2017

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