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A greeting from our Chair of Governors - Mr Damian Collins

 

"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!"


 

 


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)

 

Mr Damian Collins                                             27/09/25                       c/o Turncroft Nursery School

(Chair)                                                                                                       Highfield Road

                                                                                                                 Darwen

                                                                                                                 BB3 2DN

                                                                  

                                                   01254 701534

 

Executive Headteacher

Mrs Catherine Clayton-Young  Ex Officio                                                         As Above

 

Acting Headteacher (1)

Mrs Gayle Berry                                                                                          As Above

                                                         

Staff (1)

Miss Jennifer Murphy                                       31.08.25                               As Above

 

Parents (2)          

Miss Naomi Woodhouse                                   01.04.2022                           As Above

 

Mrs Trudy Jones                                             01.04.2022                           As Above

 

 

Co-opted (1)

Cllr Lillian Salton                                             10.09.2024                          As Above

(Vice chair)

 

Linda Lawrence                                              31.08.2025                           As Above

 

Associate Members  (4)

Mrs Lisa McIver                                                   N/A                                As Above

 

Mrs Marion Fort                                                   N/A                                As Above  

 

    Name: Mr Damian Collins (Chair)

    Type of Governor: LEA

    Register of Business Interests: None - (17/11/22)

    Register of Pecuniary & Personal Interests: None - (1/12/22)

    Governance role in other schools: None

    Relationships with Governors or school staff: Brother in law of Office Manager - (12/11/19)

    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: 2018

    • I have been involved in education for over 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: Cllr Lillian Salton (Vice Chair)

    Type of Governor: Co-opted

    Register of Business Interests: None - (17/11/22)

    Register of Pecuniary & Personal Interests: None - (1/12/22)

    Governance role in other schools: Chair of Governors at St James' Primary School Lower Darwen

    Responsibilities on the Governing Body: Admissions

     

    Commencement of Role: 2020

    • I am the Mayor of Darwen
    • I taught in Blackburn for over 40 years being head of a local infant department for 17 years.                                 
    • I am a local Councillor and work alongside Children’s Services. 
    • I enjoy working with all children and I am a member of various local organisations. 
    • In my leisure time I enjoy keeping fit, visiting the theatre and reading.  I also love visiting new places both at home & abroad. 

     

    Name: Mrs Catherine Clayton-Young

    Type of Governor: Ex Officio

    Register of Business Interests: None - 

    Register of Pecuniary & Personal Interests: None - 

    Relationships with Governors or school staff: None - 

    Governance role in other schools: 

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

     

    Commencement of Role:2023

    • Information to follow

     

    Name: Mrs Gayle Berry                                          

    Type of Governor: 

    Register of Business Interests: None - 

    Register of Pecuniary & Personal Interests: None - 

    Relationships with Governors or school staff: None - 

    Governance role in other schools: 

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

     

    Commencement of Role: 2023

    • Information to follow

     

    Name:   Linda Lawrence                                                                   

    Type of Governor: Co-opted

    Register of Business Interests: None - (17/11/22)

    Register of Pecuniary & Personal Interests: None - (1/12/22)

    Governance role in other schools: None

    Relationships with Governors or school staff: None - (12/11/19)

    Responsibilities on the Governing Body:  Personnel/Admissions Panel

     

    Commencement of Role:  2009

    • I am married with 3 children
    • I have been a Cub Leader for over 25 years
    • I love learning new skills, especially in I.T.
    • I previously worked at Turncroft Nursery school for over 25 years

     

     

    Name:  Mrs Marion Fort                                                                  

    Type of Governor: Associate Member (No Voting rights)

    Register of Business Interests: None - (17/11/22)

    Register of Pecuniary & Personal Interests: None - (1/12/22)

    Governance role in other schools: None

    Relationships with Governors or school staff: None - (12/11/19) 

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

     

    Commencement of Role:  2007

    • I have been married for over 38 years and have two sons.
    • I have worked with children and families for over 30 years
    • I have worked at Turncroft Nursery School for over 17 years.
    • I am passionate about good quality childcare.

     

     

    Name: Mrs Lisa McIver

    Type of Governor: Associate Member (No voting rights)

    Register of Business Interests: None - (17/11/22)

    Register of Pecuniary & Personal Interests: None - (1/12/22)

    Governance role in other schools: None

    Relationships with Governors or school staff: Sister in Law to Vice Chair - (12/11/19)

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

     

    Commencement of Role: 2003

    • I have been married for over 25 years and have two children
    • In my spare time I enjoy reading and walks with my Dog Millie 
    • I have worked at Turncroft Nursery School for over 20 years
    • I am very proud to have been part of Turncrofts 'Outstanding' achievements over the years

     

     

    Name: Miss Jenny Murphy

    Type of Governor: Staff

    Register of Business Interests: None - (17/11/22)

    Register of Pecuniary & Personal Interests: None - (1/12/22)

    Governance role in other schools: None

    Relationships with Governors or school staff: None - (12/11/19)

    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

     

     

    Name: Miss Naomi Woodhouse

    Type of Governor: Parent Governor

    Register of Business Interests: None - (01/04/22)

    Register of Pecuniary & Personal Interests: None - (01/04/22)

    Governance role in other school: None 

    Relationship with Governors or School Staff: None - (01/04/22)

     

    Commencement of Role: April 2022

    • I was born in Darwen, but lived in Spain for 18 years
    • I am a single mum to a 3 year old
    • I am keen to train and eventually work in Early Years 
    • I have 4 pet fish and 2 water snails.  I also love plants and have lots around the house
    • I feel very privileged to be a Governor at Turncroft Nursery School

     

     

    Name: Mrs Trudy Jones 

    Type of Governor: Parent Governor

    Register of Business Interest: None - (01/04/22)

    Register of Pecuniary & Personal Interests: None - (01/04/22)

    Governance Role in other school: None

    Relationship with Governors or School Staff: None - (01/04/22)

     

    Commencement of Role: April 2022

    • I am married with 2 grown up children and 2 grandchildren
    • I was a parent governor at both the primary and secondary schools my children attended
    • I have worked for Blackburn with Darwen as a specialist SEND practitioner for the Early Years Team for over 20 years
    • I have lived in Darwen for 2 years and Blackburn for over 30 years
    • I enjoy the cinema, eating out, walking and going on holidays
    • I am looking forward to being a governor at Turncroft Nursery School

     

     

    Name: Mrs Celia Rushton.(Retired from post 14/03/2023)

    Type of Governor: LEA.

    Register of Business Interests: None - (17/11/22)

    Register of Pecuniary & Personal Interests: None - (1/12/21)

    Governance role in other schools: None

    Relationships with Governors or school staff: None - (17/11/20)

    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:2002

    • 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. 

     

     

     

                                               

     

    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                              - Mr Collins, Mrs Clayton-Young (Chair), Mrs Lawrence, Cllr  Lillian Salton

                                                                     

     

    Finance and Pay                               -  Mrs Clayton-Young (Chair), Mr Collins, Mrs Fort, Mrs McIver

                                                                     

     

    Curriculum                                        - Mrs Clayton-Young (Chair), Mr Collins, Miss Murphy

     

    Premises                                          -  Mr Collins, Mrs Clayton-Young, Mrs Fort (Chair), Cllr Salton

     

    Personnel                                         - Mrs Clayton-Young (Chair), Mr Collins, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs McIver

                                                                     

     

    Heads Performance Review            - Mr Collins (Chair), Cllr Salton

     

    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            

                Mr Collins                                    Mr Collins                        Cllr Salton                         Mrs Clayton-Young                                   

    Children in our Care                      Extended Schools                Health & Safety

        Mrs Clayton-Young                                Mrs Fort                             Mrs Fort

     

    Full Governing Body Meeting Dates and People in Attendance

     

     

    Name of Governor   

    21/06/22

    16/11/22

    14/03/23

    13/06/233

    07/11/23

     

    Mrs Celia Rushton

    (Chair) Retired 14/03/23

     

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    Retired

     

       

     

    Mrs Kathryn Bolton

    (Headteacher) Started

    01/01/2023 - 31/08/23

     

     

     

     

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    Mr Damian Collins

    06/11/18 (Chair)

     /

    AA

    /

    /

           /

     

    Mrs Linda Lawrence

     

    /

     

    /  

    /

    /       /

    Mrs Michelle Brindle

    (resigned 14/03/23)

    /

    AA 

    Resigned

     

     

     

     

     

    Mrs Marion Fort

      /

     /

     

    /

     

     /  

           /  

     

    Mrs Lisa McIver

    /

    /

     

     / 

     

    /  

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    Miss Jenny Murphy

    AA

    (Mat Leave)

     

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    /

     /

    /

     

     

    Cllr Lillian Salton 

    (Vice Chair)                                            

           /

    AA

            /

            /

           AA

    Mrs Trudy Jones                    /                      /                   /                 /              AA

    (Parent) April 2022

     

    Miss Naomi Woodhouse                              /                     /                 /                /

    (Parent) April 2022

     

    Mrs Elizabeth Shears              /                  /                       /              Retired                      

    (Headteacher) Retired

    31/12/22

     

    Mrs Kathryn Clayton-Young (01/09/23)                                                                   /

    (Exec Headteacher)

     

    Mrs Gayle Berry (01/09/23)                                                                                  /

    Acting Headteacher

     

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

    Governance Handbook October 2020

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