Mrs Emma Smurthwaite - Chair of Governors
“I have been a governor at the school for about 8 years. I have also been a governor at another school in the valley. My two sons were pupils at the school and I am delighted to be able to give something back. We are a very happy and cohesive team of governors, who work together to provide the best for the school and it’s pupils. We are supported well by a senior leadership team. I have been elected to be chair of the governing body. As a group we ensure we keep up to date with governor training too. I am passionate about education and giving children a good start in life, ensuring they become happy and well-rounded members of our community.”
Mr Julian Rogers
"My name is Julian Rogers and I am a co-opted governor. I became a governor many years ago to replace the minister of Goodshaw Baptist church, where we attend. I have lived in the area for over twenty years. I have worked in primary education for over twenty years including fourteen years as a headteacher. I am a member of the Curriculum Committee. In this committee we discuss the progress children make, the standards they reach and the curriculum the children follow. My three sons have all attended Crawshawbooth - the two eldest are now in secondary education. Our job as governors is to act in the role of critical friend to the Headteacher, making sure the children get the best possible deal. We are very proud of our school and seek to help make it the best it can possibly be."
Mrs Kelly Clark
"My name is Kelly Clark and I am the staff governor at Crawshawbooth Primary School. I have worked at Crawshawbooth since September 2014 and I currently teach in the Foundation Stage. I am also the Subject Leader for PSHE and Healthy Schools. I have a degree in English and completed my teacher training at the University of Cumbria but before I moved into teaching I was a civil servant in the courts service for over 12 years. I am very proud to be part of such a vibrant and happy school where the children are always put first, and became a staff governor to become more involved in the life of the school and to represent my colleagues. I feel very lucky to be part of a dedicated and hardworking team who constantly strive for excellence and the best possible outcomes for our children. In my spare time I love to read and enjoy spending time with my husband, our two children and two dogs."
Mrs Emma Tomkinson
"I’m Emma and was elected as a parent governor in March 2017. I sit on the Resources Committee and am also the nominated governor for Science. Having lived in Rossendale for over 30 years and with a daughter at Crawshawbooth Primary I’m committed to the schools continued success.
I bring both a parent perspective and relevant skills and experience to the role of Governor. Having worked as a Head of HR for 12 years, both in the commercial and not for profit sectors, I will appropriately challenge and support the school and its excellent senior leadership team to be the best they can. As a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a qualified coach and NLP Practitioner I am passionate about the ongoing development of all ages and believe the enjoyment of learning starts with a positive well rounded education children receive at school. I will use my experience, time and energy to work hard to help us to achieve this for the benefit of all the children."
Mrs Alison Hartland
“My name is Alison Hartland; I am a staff governor at Crawshawbooth Primary School. I have worked at Crawshawbooth Primary School since February 2012 and I currently teach in Key Stage 1. I am Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 leader, responsible for Literacy throughout the school. I qualified as a primary school teacher in 1991 from the College of St Pauls and St Mary Cheltenham where I achieved a BEd (hons) degree with English as my main subject. Previously I have taught in 2 other primary schools, both in Blackburn as a senior leader before coming to Crawshawbooth. It is a privilege to teach the children from Crawshawbooth and to work with high quality teaching staff led by an inspirational head teacher. I became a staff governor shortly after coming to the school and I am happy to serve the children and staff of our primary school in this way as I am passionate about education and the doors that it can open. Outside education I enjoy the theatre, reading and spending time with my family.”
Mr Dominic Walsh
"My name is Dominic Walsh and I have been a Parent Governor on the Curriculum Committee since October 2017. I have two daughters currently attending Crawshawbooth Primary School and so, when the opportunity to take an active role in the life of the school as a governor presented itself, I didn't hesitate to seek election. Making a contribution to the day-to-day running of the school is a genuine pleasure and, together with Dr Tom Mallard, I am a Nominated Governor for History and Humanities.
“I am a freelance journalist whose work as a writer and contributor has been read and heard around the world; but Rossendale remains the heart and soul of of my writing and it is here that I feel most able to produce my best work - work that genuinely benefits the area and the local economy.
“In a previous life, I spent almost 20 years as a classroom teacher and senior school leader - experience that I believe helps me to both support and challenge the school in its commitment to delivering the curriculum effectively, creatively and enjoyably to our pupils in a way that engages them and inspires life-long learning."
"I am Amy Pilkington recently elected Parent Governor. I hope to be able to bring a range of skills having worked in education for the past 15 years. My strengths lie in pastoral support, guiding both parents and children. For children to become successful they must be happy and feel safe in their learning environment, this is something that is promoted excellently throughout Crawshawbooth primary school. I hope that my skills will add to the amazing work that is already being done by the staff at school.
It is a privilege to be given such an opportunity and I look forward to supporting the staff, children, and parents."
"I am Martin Grogan and I have recently been elected as a co-opted governor. I live local to the school and my young children will attend when of school age. This has been the primary drive behind me applying to get involved with the school. I feel that if I want the best education for my children, in a school that is run well with a strong ethos around developing and nurturing my children, I should be prepared to also step forward and support the work of the school in any way that I can. I work as a senior manager for a medical device company and hope that I can bring some of my skills and knowledge from the commercial world into this role to support the school to run as successfully as possible in the future. I would like to think that I can offer valuable advice whilst also being a critical friend to ensure that the school is thriving when my children start their journey in education."