Dave Hawksworth – Chair Of Governors
I have been a Governor for some 7 years, recently I was appointed Chair of Governors following a spell as Vice Chair this is a position which I feel very privileged and honoured to hold. I am married to Nicola who is a Teaching assistant within the school and have one daughter Keeley who is a former pupil at St Marys. I currently work as a Cluster Manger covering Lancashire for a large national wholesaler .My hobbies include most sports in particular Cricket, which I played for many years, and I currently chairman of the club where I played, I am also a lifelong Bolton Wanderers fan.
Phil Orth – Vice Chair
I have worked at St. Mary’s since the beginning of1983. I have taught mainly in Key Stage 2, though I have delivered Science and French in Key Stage 1 over the years. Posts I have held over the years have been assistant head, science co-ordinator, I.T. co-ordinator, P.E. co-ordinator, key Stage 2 co-ordinator and most recently M.F.L. co-ordinator. I have served on the school governing body continuously since 1986 as teacher governor and associate governor.
My name is John Tudor I have been Foundation Governor for about 15 years in various capacities, now as Vice Chair previously as Chair for 10 years. I am involved in the Personnel, Finance and Buildings Subcommittee. My previous history was an Executive Engineer on mail sorting on major schemes and latterly as a Senior Manager in Finance dealing with Contracts and Procurement for Royal Mail Headquarters Chesterfield. In the time I have been involved with this school there have been some dramatic changes from a single entry school of approximately 240 pupils to where we are today with dual form entry and having incorporated the Sure Start section of the school. This is an exciting place to be with a school that has been virtually rebuilt, has an exciting curriculum and excellent staff to carry it out. Now rated by Ofsted as a good school we have in our sights to be rated as Outstanding which will require you, the parent’s involvement.
I have been a Local Authority appointed Governor for 5 years and previously a Parent Governor for 7 years. I have been in involved in the school for over 24 years during which time all three of my children attended St. Mary’s. My main interest in education is in helping to create and meet children’s aspirations. I am passionate about equality of opportunity and access to services that help everyone to achieve their full potential, in education, in work and in life as it did for my children. Further, I am a local business proprietor in the Deane area, which is also supported by my wife. My interests also include sports, photography and don’t mind a game of chess too.
I am a mother of two children one who is in year 2 at St Mary’s and one who will be in reception in September and I live with my long term partner. I am currently an SMSA at dinner time and have recently been appointed as an teaching assistant at St Mary’s. Prior to this I worked in travel for 25 years . I love nothing more than spending time with my family going swimming and for walks and socialising with friends.
I was born in Bolton…and so were my parents, grandparents and great grandparents and we’ve all lived off Wigan Road! I was a teacher of 11-18 year-olds in Yorkshire and Essex so I am very keen that St Mary’s children are well prepared for their life at secondary school and then could travel the world if they wished.I love coming in to school to see everyone, especially when people talk to me and show me what they are doing. I love swimming and was one of the first people in Bolton to do synchronised swimming .My sister became an Olympic and Commonwealth Judge. I’m afraid I wasn’t good enough even though I practised very hard! But I did enjoy it! I hope you enjoy all the things you learn at school and can do great things in your lives.
I have enjoyed a long, varied and interesting career in education and continue to work as a freelance Education Consultant having recently retired from Bolton Council. I was the Head of Inclusion Services in Bolton Children’s Services having previously been the Head of Bolton Music Service (1999-2008). I have been involved in Music Education throughout my career and I am committed to creating opportunities for all to make and enjoy music. Having been a long standing board member of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, I am now taking up a new commission as Strategic Consultant for The Choral Centre, a new initiative that is being developed from Hallé St. Peters. I am a trustee and conductor training tutor for Sing for Pleasure and also a trustee for Trust Music, the charitable arm of Bolton Music Service.
I’ve lived in Deane for the past 25 Years, and have worked as a Construction Site Manager for the past 15 years and before that as a site operative for 15 years all for the same Company. I am Married to Julie who is a teaching assistant in pre school, We have three children Laura ,Mark and Lucy that all have attended St Mary’s over the past 14 years Laura is now working and Mark and Lucy are now at Ladybridge High School. In my spare time, I like DIY building things around the house/Garden I also help out with coaching at Bolton Rugby Union Football Club under 15’s where Mark plays in the team.
My name is Juliette Wood and I have a son at St Marys school . My husband and I have our own Building business which I help with. I am fully involved in community outreach projects which I do through Deane Church . I have volunteered at food banks and I am currently a volunteer for Christians Against Poverty and a Mothers support group. I also have had experience within school as a volunteer teaching assistant .
I was born and raised in a small town called Downpatrick in County Down, Northern Ireland. I moved to Manchester to complete a PGCE Primary with Early Years at Manchester Metropolitan University in September 2013. I was lucky enough to be placed in St Marys as part of my degree and instantly felt part of the team. Due to such an enjoyable placement, I applied and was offered a job at the school and have been part of the teaching staff since September 2014. I have worked within all Key Stages and am currently a Reception Teacher within the EYFS unit. I thoroughly enjoy working at St Mary’s and am committed to the school. I was appointed Staff Governor in September 2018 and look forward to taking on this new role within the school.
I have worked for the past fourteen years as a speech and language therapist in the NHS. Over the years, I have developed specific interests around working within mainstream schools, complex needs and bilingualism. More recently, I have found myself working as a highly specialist SLT within child and adolescent mental health services with young people predominantly with neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism, ADHD and Learning Difficulties. For the past four years, I have also worked in independent practice outside of the NHS.
Having worked for the Leisure and Hospitality Industry for 20 years I felt that the time was right to start to give something back into the industry that I served and I moved into the world of Further and Higher Education. Teaching in colleges has been my working life since that time and it always brings a real joy and sense of satisfaction to see the students that I have worked with gaining employment and succeeding within industry, both nationally and internationally.
My two Children attend St Mary’s and I am pleased that our choice of school has been fully vindicated, watching them flourish and grow within the setting is something for which, I am both really proud of and pleased. I look forward to working with the other Governors to be able to make a difference in our community.