I would like to introduce our members of the Bolshaw Governing Board and explain who we are and what we do. We are a committee that operates to support the Headteacher and staff of Bolshaw Primary School to provide the best possible learning experiences and environment for your children.
Our committee consists of parents, staff and members of the wider community who have all been elected onto the Governing Board. We share a common aim; to support Bolshaw to the best of our ability, in its exciting journey to becoming an outstanding school.
Mrs A McMillan – Chair of Governors
Ann McMillan – Co-opted Governor
I first became a parent governor shortly after my children started at Bolshaw Primary School in 1976. Since this time I have been involved in many aspects of school life including P.T.A. (treasurer for many years and running a home produce stall for the Spring Fair), school trips including residentials, organising a German pen pal scheme for Year 6 and generally assisting around school and in the classroom in any way I can. My career history was banking, police officer, playgroup leader (whilst my children were young) and medical secretary. Having now retired from the N.H.S. I work one day per week for an osteopath. Since my retirement I go into school regularly and love getting to know the children. My other interests include my family/friends, travelling, theatre, reading, knitting, crocheting, cooking and baking.
Vice Chair of Governors
In my professional life I work at a Stockport school employed as a Learning Mentor & Forest School Practitioner. I have had a long term keen interest in childrens’ education and development and been involved with Bolshaw Primary School over a number of years. I have previously served on the Governing Board as a parent governor for 12 years, with both my daughters attending the school; including a period of time as chairperson under a previous headteacher. I am greatly encouraged by the progress and development of the children at Bolshaw Primary School and a very keen advocate of it’s principles and values.
Marjorie Bottomley – Co-opted Governor
Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee
Several years ago, after taking early retirement from teaching, I was invited to become a Governor at Bolshaw Primary School. Being retired has enabled me to go into school frequently, where I have worked with groups of children in their various tasks and also established links with members of the staff. My own personal interests include belonging to a local church, gardening, music and reading. Wider interests take in child protection, global poverty and fairly-traded marketing.
Cllr Peter Burns – Authority Appointed Governor
Chair of Resources Committee
I have been a Heald Green councillor for over 30 years and a member of the Bolshaw Governing Board for about 15 years. I am also a governor of another local school. As a seasoned councillor, I am well known to the staff of the Education Section of the Town Hall which is a useful asset to the school and I am able to keep up to date with education issues within Stockport and nationally. My wife is a retired Stockport Headteacher and also Chairman of Governors at a special school. We have two grown up children, both educated in Stockport schools and 4 grandchildren. Our daughter works in an advisory capacity in education for Cumbria County Council, which means that education is often a topic for discussion within the family! Being a governor, a councillor and family life with four grandchildren, keeps me busy.
Imran Salim – Co-opted Governor
I am a solicitor specialising in litigation and professional negligence. I am also an accredited civil and commercial mediator. My roles are essentially concerned with dispute resolution. Outside of my work, I play football, am an avid Manchester United supporter, enjoy travelling and watching stand-up comedy live. I have one child at Bolshaw Primary School and in my role as Co-Opted Governor, I hope that I can utilise my skills for the benefit of the School for years to come.
Jane Grace – Parent Governor
I am a recently appointed Parent Governor and although things are very new to me I am finding the role extremely interesting and rewarding. I attended Bolshaw Primary School as a child and I have 2 children at the school, which can feel quite strange some times. I work part time for a private childcare agency, placing children into foster and residential care, when they are unable to remain at home. Working part time allows me some flexibility to help at school with staff run clubs and events. I have also volunteered as a brownie leader for almost 10 years and it’s lovely to be with the girls in a fun environment: learning, laughing, playing and baking. My daughter has just moved into my brownie pack, making me the proudest Brown Owl in the world! My life is very child centred and I hope that I can bring this passion into my role as a governor.
I am Michelle Hyde. I work full-time as an Interior Design Assistant. I enjoy art, fashion, fitness and being involved in helping others. Living locally to school, all three of my children attended Bolshaw Primary School and were very happy there. I decided to apply to become a school governor to find out more about school life from both sides, helping make important decisions by giving my views and listening to those of others. This led to a second role on The Kingsway School Board for a 3-year term. Being a governor is interesting, at times challenging but very rewarding. I would encourage anyone who has an interest in school life to enquire about joining
I have been a staff governor since November 2016 and I currently work as part of the Bolshaw Primary School team. Currently I work as a teaching assistant (TA) throughout the school but mainly based in years 5 and 6. My passion as a TA is to see that all the children at Bolshaw Primary School enjoy all aspects of their school life and to help those children achieve the best they can. I previous completed my degree in Psychology, which included topics such as child development. I am greatly involved in all aspects of school life ranging from daily teaching to after school clubs and residentials. As a governor I hope to ensure that the children are provided with the best education possible and that both children and staff are fully supported.
Ben Greig- Parent Governor
I have been a parent governor since October 2016. I currently have a daughter in Year 4 and a son in reception, with another son who will join the school in 3 years time. My eldest son has Special Educational Needs and left Bolshaw in 2015. My wife and I worked closely with the school to support his learning and behaviour. I saw the importance of a cohesive relationship between parents and the school during this time.
As a parent governor my priority is to ensure that the children receive the best possible care/education and that the school and it’s staff are provided with the support to do so.
I am a professional in the hospitality industry with over 15 years management experience in both operations and training. My skills lie in areas such as business analysis & reporting, project management, event planning & execution, online reputation management and succession planning.
I am married and have lived in Heald Green for 47 years. Our two daughters were educated at local primary and senior schools before attending university. I have been a local councillor for 16 years and a governor at Bolshaw Primary School for over 10 years. As a councillor I serve on the Planning & Highways Committee, the Licensing Environment & Safety Committee, and Children & Young People’s Scrutiny Committee. In the mid seventies my husband and I ran a voluntary youth club in Heald Green with a membership of over 400 young people. Having four young grandchildren I am fully aware of the concerns and difficulties in the development of young people in achieving their full potential. In the little spare time I do have, it is spent raising money for local charities.
Lucy Forrest – Parent Governor
My eldest daughter started Bolshaw Primary School in September and I was keen to become involved with the school. I have another daughter who recently started preschool locally and who I hope will be attending Bolshaw Primary School in a couple of years. My husband works in recruitment at Manchester Metropolitan University and we have lived in the area for just over two years. I have worked in marketing for several companies including the Co-operative Bank for six years, but chose to stay at home to care for the children after being made redundant two years ago. I am particularly interested in equal opportunities and the role that marketing has on contributing to gender stereotypes in children, how this affects them as they get older and what we can do to combat it.