About Us

Our Governors

Mr Ian Craik, Chair
Local authority governor 01/02/17 – 31/01/21
Link governor for Health and Safety, Complaints, English
Finance and Personnel Committee, Curriculum and Pupils Committee

Ian has signed the declaration of interest / register of business interest form. Nothing to declare.

My first role was as a parent governor some 20 years ago when my daughter was a pupil, she left somehow I never managed to.  During this time I have chaired committees, been on working parties, a performance management governor and later became first vice chair and then chair.  I have gained further experience through being asked to help at another school and have always valued the benefits of networking and working collaboratively with peers and other schools.
Continued change in education means regular training is needed and additionally I completed the Chair of Governors Leadership Development training at the National College in 2014.

The one constant in a changing educational landscape is the children and I remain committed to trying to ensure all our children receive the best possible learning experience to prepare them for life in the 21st century world.

Mrs Pauline Laing
Co-opted governor, 01/12/14 – 30/11/18
Link governor for SEN
Finance and Personnel Committee, Curriculum and Pupils Committee

Pauline has signed the declaration of interest / register of business interest form. Nothing to declare.

I’m originally  from Kent but following my marriage I spent 10 years moving with my husband, who was in the Army, around Germany and Belgium. I moved to Nottingham in 1999 when my husband finished his career in the Army and we settled with our two children into the local area. I have had the pleasure of being a Teaching Assistant at Bispham since 2005 during which time I have worked with many children across all year groups. In my spare time I try to keep informed of issues which affect Special Needs young people and I enjoy curling up in a quiet room listening to music and reading.

I became a Governor in 2012 because I felt that my experience of being a forces’ family and a mum of two children, one who was gifted and talented and another who has Autism and is Visually Impaired , were skills which I could use to support the school and the families who entrust their children to us. My role as a governor is to link with the SENCO and keep the Governing Body informed about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Pupil Premium within our school.

Ms Fiona Miller
Staff governor 21/01/15 – 20/01/19
Curriculum and Pupils Committee

Fiona has signed the declaration of interest / register of business interest form. Nothing to declare.

I believe that every person involved in the education of the children at Bispham Drive needs to have a voice on the governing body. I am pleased to represent the staff and am keen to help strategic decision being made to drive the school forward.

Mrs Claire Pass
Parent Governor 10/11/15 – 09/02/19

Claire has signed the declaration of interest / register of business interest form. Nothing to declare

I was appointed as a parent governor in November 2015. I decided to apply for the parent governor vacancy because although I am aware of the workload and time commitment involved in governorship, it is also an important and rewarding role. As a parent with sons in Year 3 and Year 1, I am fully aware that children have one chance to receive a quality education and I believe that all children should have access to this. Everyone remembers their schooldays: the impact of education lasts a lifetime.

My passion for education stems from my own experiences both as a student and as a teacher, and it has been deepened by my experiences as a parent. I have been a teacher for sixteen years. My current role includes a responsibility for ensuring high standards of teaching and learning across my school. At the moment, I am also studying for a Master’s degree in Education, with a focus on educational leadership.

I have lived in Toton for the past ten years and am pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to our local community. Being part of a committed team that shapes the educational experience of our young people is a privilege that I take seriously.

Mrs Mary Paterson.

Co-opted Governor 1/12/2016 – 30/11/2019

Mary has signed the declaration of interest / register of business interest form. It is declared Mary is a Governor at Banks Road Infants School.

Link Governor for data monitoring, Headteacher appraisal and the school’s financial value standard.

I have many years’ experience as a primary teacher and have taught Years 1-6 in Scotland and Berkshire. I have been headteacher of both an Infant/Nursery school and a large primary school which has given me an understanding of all aspects of school management and the demands placed on schools. On taking early retirement I moved to Spain where my passion for education took me back into school and a job establishing a Special Needs department in the local international school. I moved to Toton with the arrival of my grandson, Finn, who is now in Year 3. Since October I have been helping out in his class one morning each week which is a really enjoyable experience and one which allows me to become more familiar with the work of the school. In my career I have been a governor at three schools and am currently also a governor at Banks Road Infant and Nursery School where my younger grandson is a pupil.

Bispham Drive School is a good school and one which is constantly striving to improve. I am very keen to utilise my skills to support the team in achieving their aims and objectives and to help the children reach their potential.

Mrs Suzanne Cannell

Parent Governor 16/12/2016 – 15/12/2019

Suzanne has signed the declaration of interest / register of business interest form. Nothing to declare.

My name is Suzanne Cannell and I have recently been appointed as a parent governor here at Bispham Drive Junior School.

I am originally from the north east of England from a place called Hartlepool. I have been a resident of Toton  since 2007 after moving here for my job. My background is business and finance and I currently work at HSBC as an audit and compliance manager.

I have been lucky enough to go through the complete education system from primary up to University level and see the importance and value the education system can be.

I thoroughly enjoy reading and listening to the year four children on a weekly basis.

I have two children: George, who is currently at Bispham in year 5 and Poppy who attends Foxwood Acadamy. I am very passionate about special educational needs, which has developed from the complexity of my daughters diagnosis of cerebral palsy and epilepsy.  My other passions are parent engagement and parent view which I believe are major value adding strategies for all schools, parents, children and teachers alike.

I look forward to being part of the school as it develops in the future.

Mr Alan Kee

Community Governor 01/11/2017 – 01/11/2021

Alan has signed the declaration of interest / register of business interest form. Nothing to declare.

I have recently been appointed as a Community Governor here at Bispham Drive Junior School.

I was born and grew up in Tyrone, Northern Ireland and my passion for STEM subjects started at a young age. This passion resulted in me moving to Sheffield to study Mechanical Engineering in September 1995.

Since then I have had the pleasure of working for Rolls Royce in Derby where I am currently accountable for leading a large global design team, tasked with delivering engineering solutions for Airbus and Boeing airframes.

I’m delighted to have two young girls in the local school system and this, along with my passion for inspiring future engineers, has been the main driving force behind me joining the school governing body.

Mr David Evans
Parent Governor 22/03/2018 – 21/03/2021

David has signed the declaration of interest / register of business interest form. Nothing to declare.

I was elected as a parent governor in March 2018 and am very excited about the challenges that this opportunity will present. I have a long standing interest in schools and education and was even a qualified teacher in the dark and distant past!

My desire to become a governor reflects this interest but also reflects my keen interest in the local community. I am relatively new to Toton having moved here in 2015 but I have already seen what an important role the local schools play in enhancing and developing community life. I also have a son who started at Bispham Drive in September 2017 and it has been great to see first hand just how much the school has done in a very short space of time to help develop him both academically and personally.

I feel that my experiences in work and life make me well suited to the role. In my working life I am a local government manager responsible for service improvement, transformational change, performance management and policy development. I also have significant experience of assessment frameworks. Away from work I have a keen interest in sport particularly cricket, rugby and cycling. I hope these skills and experiences help me to make a really positive contribution to the ongoing development of the school.

Charlotte King
Co-Opted Governor 22/03/2018 – 21/03/2021
Charlotte has signed the declaration of interest / register of business interest form. Nothing to declare.

I was appointed as a parent governor in March 2018. I decided to apply for the vacancy because I am passionate about education and making our children’s school experience the best it can be.

I have two boys aged 3 and 7 and am a strong believer in education both in school and beyond. I completed my BSc (hons) in Psychology in 2016 and went onto complete my CIPD in Human resources in 2018, I currently work for a large motor franchise as a personal assistant.

I have lived in Toton for the last 26 years and attended Banks Road, Bispham Drive and George Spencer so I am grateful to have now been given the opportunity to contribute to one of the schools which I grew up and have very fond memories of.

Mrs Cheryl Cooper
Co-opted Governor 22/03/2018 – 21/03/2021
Cheryl has signed the declaration of interest / register of business interest form. Nothing to declare.

My first involvement with Bispham Drive Junior School was when my granddaughter moved from Banks Road here in September 2017.

I returned to education whilst raising 4 boys and achieved a degree in Business and Finance. I taught in local Colleges and became Faculty Director at South East Derbyshire College in the mid 90’s. I taught mathematics, finance and computer application for over 14 years.

I recently retired from running my own consultancy company that worked extensively with national, local and international governments covering a wide range of projects. I specialised in strategy development, regional governance, skills and education, employment and training, and laterly NHS change management.

I have always enjoyed learning, and gain immeasurably from the opportunities that education has given me. I really look forward to the privilege of being part Bispham Drive Junior School.

The school hosts full Governor meetings twice a term. You are welcome to view the Governor meeting minutes by appointment. Please contact the school office to arrange.

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