About Us

Our Governors

Dave Fisher
Co-opted governor 01/12/14 – 30/11/18
Link governor for Safeguarding, child protection and looked after children, school council
Finance and Personnel Committee, Curriculum and Pupils Committee
I have had the great privilege of being a governor  at Bispham Drive Junior School for some thirty seven years, and before that as a ‘parent representative on the governing body’ (as we were then known) of Banks Road Infant School. I also did a stint at George Spencer until it went ‘grant maintained’. I have thus observed and been part of many changes in education and school governance.

Our own children passed through the school as did many of the children we fostered over the years.

After a period in a chocolate factory and two years in the army I worked with children until my retirement.   I worked in residential care; open and secure children’s accommodation, and as a field social worker with children and families including child protection.  I have a particular interest in the least advantaged in our society and in particular the educational experience of children ‘looked after’ by the local authority.  I am a qualified residential child care worker and social worker.  I believe in equal opportunities for all children.

I was Chair of the Governing Body for many years, then vice chair. I have been chair of all the governors committees at one time or another. My current role is that of governor responsible for safeguarding at school and  the governors’ link to the School Council.  I have availed myself of opportunities for Governor Training over the years and I support the Anti-Academies Alliance and the local Hands Off Our Schools Group.

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

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

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.

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

Ian Craik, Chair
Local authority governor 01/02/13 – 31/01/17
Link governor for Health and Safety, Complaints, English
Finance and Personnel Committee, Curriculum and Pupils Committee

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs Mary Paterson.

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

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.

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

Mrs Suzanne Cannell

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

 

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.

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

Tracey Hartshorn

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

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

Alan Kee

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

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.

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

Toton Bispham Drive Junior School