MEET OUR GOVERNORS
Mrs Julie McVeigh - PARENT GOVERNOR
Julie was appointed by the Governing Board on 21st January 2020 for a four year term of office. Julie appreciates the importance of the role of Governor and is looking forward to contributing to the success of the school, especially from a parent's perspective.
Julie has no other governance roles in other schools, has no business interests to declare and,as Parent Governor, her son attends Great Arley School.
Miss Laura Rose - STAFF GOVERNOR
Laura was appointed by the Governing Board as our staff governor on 02/12/2019. There was no requirement for an election as there were no other nominations for the role at the time of the vacancy. Laura's nomination was supported by a number of her colleagues.
Laura's experience of working with pupils who have special educational needs in a mainstream school together with her subsequent experience teaching in Primary 1 and Primary 3 classes at Great Arley School proves extremely beneficial to the governing body. Laura has training in leadership and is keen to support the school as our staff governor, learn about the role and be involved in decision making processes.
Laura has declared no beneficial business interests, is not a governor at any other establishment and has no relationship to any member of staff.
Mr Harry Cox - CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
Harry was appointed as governor by the Governing Board on 20/11/2019 for a four-year term of office. Harry has a wide range of experience in different leadership, management and director roles in engineering, project planning, finance, quality assurance, health and safety and operations. The skills and experience he brings will be an important asset to our team of governors.
Harry has no business interests, is not a governor at any other school and has no relationship to any member of staff.
Mr Peter Gunn - CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
Peter was appointed by the Governing Board on 20/11/2019 for a four-year term of office. Peter brings a wealth of business and management experience to strengthen our team of governors.
Peter is the Vice-chair of the Governing Board.
He has declared no beneficial business interests, is not a governor at any other establishment and has no relationship to any member of staff.
Mrs Joanne Jones - PARENT GOVERNOR
We are delighted that Joanne accepted the invitation to join our team of governors. Joanne was appointed for a four-year term of office on 19/12/2018 by the Governing Board, as there were no parent nominations at the time of the vacancy.
Joanne's son attends Great Arley School. She has a very creative nature and has always loved art. She has diplomas in Fine Art, textiles, embroidery and loves to experiment with different media. She is keen to help with any art projects in school if needed.
Joanne has no declarations of interest and is not a governor within any other school or establishment.
Mr David Ashcroft - CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
David is Headteacher and governor at Thornton Primary school and brings a wealth of educational experience to the Governing Board. David was appointed 01/05/2018 for a four-year term of office.
David is Vice-chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee.
David has no business interests and has no relationship to any member of staff..
Mrs Linda Owers - CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
Linda was originally appointed by the Governing Body on 12/03/2014, having previously been a Teacher Governor for 8 years. She was appointed by the Governing Board to her second term of office on 12/03/18 for a further four-year term.
Linda was a teacher at Great Arley School from 1999 until 2013 and a Teacher Governor from 2005 to 2013. As an experienced primary teacher, now retired, and school governor, she is ideal in her role as one of our nominated governors for safeguarding.
Linda is the Chair of the Building, Health & Safety Committee.
Linda has declared no beneficial business interests, is not a governor at any other establishment and has no relationship to any member of staff.
Mrs Marlene Hagan - CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
Marlene was co-opted onto the Governing Body on 28th February 2018 for a term of four years.
Marlene is a retired NHS employee having worked there for 32 years. She is also an RE teacher's assistant and invigilator at a local high school.
Marlene has been involved with many local organisations in her spare time such as, The Blackpool Children's Pantomine, Blackpool Operatic Society and the local scouts.
Marlene is Vice-chair of the Curriculum & Strategy Committee.
Marlene has no business interests to declare and is not a governor at any other establishment. She has no relationship with any member of the school.
Mr Christopher Drew - CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
Mr Drew has recently been appointed to the governing body from November 2017.
Chris has family links to teaching which was a key driver in becoming a Governor. He lives locally and enjoys going to the gym, painting and walking his dog Reuben.
Chris is an Account Manager with a First Class Bsc (Hons) Degree in Business Studies. With a keen interest in business and having a commercial role at his place of work, this has put him in good stead to be the Chair of the Finance Committee.
Chris has no business interests to declare, is not a Governor at any other establishment and has no relationship with any members of the school staff.
Mrs Elaine Edwards - CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
Elaine has been a governor at Great Arley since 2003. Elaine is vice-chair of the Governing Body.
In her role as a governor, Elaine has attended many training courses including child protection, safeguarding, preparing for Ofsted and safer recruitment. This training has given her the necessary skills and knowledge needed to be involved with the appointment of Senior Management in school. Elaine has also attended special schools conferences which have proved valuable in sharing best practice with others.
Her role as a governor helps in monitoring and evaluating the progress school is making towards achieving its aims and objectives.
Elaine has worked as a Teaching Assistant at Great Arley School for over twenty years so has a strong commitment to improving the educational opportunities of every pupil. Her experience in school makes her ideal for the role on the Governing Board. Her daughter is a highly specialist paediatric occupational therapist and sensory integration practitioner who has provided services and support to the school in the past.
Elaine feels that our school is a happy welcoming school in which staff work to provide all pupils the best possible education.
Elaine's term of office runs until December 2020. She has declared her daughter's business interests, is not a governor at any other establishment and has no relationship to any member of staff.
Mrs Helen Williams - LOCAL AUTHORITY APPOINTED GOVERNOR
Helen is our current acting Chair of Govenors. She is also our Local Authority Governor, nominated by the LA and appointed by the Governing Board on 8th March 2016 for a four-year term of office.
Helen is a retired nurse with over 30 years of working in the NHS. Helen has an interest in safeguarding, quality and safety which will provide valuable experience to our governing body.
Helen is Chair of the Curriculum and Strategies Committee and is a member of the Finance and Personnel Committee. Helen also sits on the Headteachers Appraisal Committee and Pupil Discipline Committee. She is also our nominated governor for Safeguarding and PSHE.
Helen has no business interests to declare, is not a governor at any other establishment and has no relationship to any member of staff.
Mr Peter Higham - HEADTEACHER
Peter is Great Arley School's Headteacher, having been appointed from 11th April 2016.
Peter started teaching in 1994 with French as his specialist subject. Since then he has worked in four Lancashire schools holding a range of roles including pastoral, SENCO and senior leadership roles. He also has experience of governance as a Teacher Governor from 2012-2016.
Peter lives locally and enjoys many outdoor activities, especially skiing, running and walking his dog 'Ted'.
As the Headteacher Peter has attended all the committee meetings. He has no business interests to declare, is not now a governor at any other establishment and has no relationship to any member of staff.