Our Governors have three key roles:
(i) Provide a strategic view of where the school is heading: Governors decide their vision for the school and set the framework for how aims will be achieved. Governors review policies and decide on priorities for school improvement. Through the Governors’ Summer Conference they identify key items for the School Improvement Plan (SIP). Governors collect information and take advice on all aspects of school life from the Principal and Headteacher but then make their own decisions. Governors monitor the budget and ensure that spending matches the priorities of the SIP.
(ii) Act as critical friends to the school: As critical friends Governors offer support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed. They also challenge, ask questions, seek information, improve proposals and seek to arrive at the best solution for all concerned.
(iii) Hold the school to account for the quality of education provided and the standards that the school achieves: Governors set challenging targets for the school to achieve in the light of national and local priorities. They also systematically monitor and formally evaluate pupil outcomes.
Please see the link to the right to view the attendance at meetings document.
Janice Payne - Chair of Governors
I was born and brought up in Rossendale and live in Crawshawbooth with my family. When time allows I love to walk across our beautiful countryside.
I have worked in Industry and have experience in managing staff, production control, purchasing and internal auditing. I am passionate about the outcomes of all our children and my position as Governor enables me to take an active role within school. I look forward to contributing to its future successes.
I now work in a local primary school and look after my family and manage all the joys and difficulties that a parent of a child with autism faces.
I have a connection with the school through attending children. I have been a Parent Governor for four years before becoming a Community Governor at Tor View. I have recently taken up the post of Chair of Governors and am a Trustee of the View Trust.
Louise Parrish - Head of School Governor, BA (Hons) with QTS and NPQH
I commenced my employment at Tor View in 2003. My first role was as an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for the school’s Further Education Department. In 2013, I was successful in being appointed Deputy Principal. I had responsibility for Curriculum and Quality. Prior to Tor View, I worked as a Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 teacher in a SEN school in Lincolnshire.
I am passionate about creativity in the classroom and the Arts.
I have been a Specialist Leader of Education for seven years, and have provided Outreach to both mainstream and special schools. As a Specialist Leader of Cultural Education I have researched how schools can collaborate with Cultural Organisations to bring about positive change.
I have pupil outcomes at the heart of all decisions, including identifying authentic inclusion.
Finally, I am a mum of two young children and understand the challenges that parents face. I use this empathy to support our parents/carers, including having an open door policy.
I thoroughly enjoy working at Tor View School and confidently challenge the perceptions of what our pupils can achieve.
Sam Dillon - Staff Governor
I started working at Tor View School in February 2008 and came here as an NQT. I have worked in the Secondary Department, Further Education and Primary.
I taught the inclusion groups at both Haslingden Primary School and Haslingden High School. I have a post graduate diploma in Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities, a certificate in PSHE, Level 1 British Sign Language and I am an SLE.
I was Head of Primary Department at Tor View for four years, and in April 2018 I was successfully appointed as Deputy Principal Pastoral. I served two terms as Teacher Governor, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending quality time with my two daughters and husband, having family days out and going on holidays.
Tracy Woods - Staff Governor
I have worked at Tor View School for the past 22 years as a Teaching Assistant level 3. I have a BTEC ND in Nursery Nursing. I am currently working within the Secondary department.
I am the current Staff Governor at Tor View and I have done this role for approximately 18 years. During my time at Tor View I have worked within both the Primary and Secondary departments. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my son and husband, walking, eating out and just generally relaxing.
As stated I have connection with the school as I am Teaching Staff.
Hayley McHugh - Parent Governor
I am a mum of three children; my youngest commenced her Reception year at Tor View Sept 2014. I continue to be very pleased to be a Parent Governor. I aim to take an active role in contributing to the school’s success and achievements and I look forward to the same.
I have been a Nursery Nurse and Community Carer prior to commencing my career in mental health nursing 14 years ago. I have been a registered nurse for 11 years with experience in Learning Disabilities and in Mental Health teams, settings or services.
Additionally, I have worked as a Wellbeing Practitioner and a School Nurse. I am now developing a new role withing the 0-19 service as a Mental Health Practitioner. My spare time is spent with my family. We enjoy caravanning, playing games, playing outside, going for walks and baking.
As stated I have connections with the school through attending children.
Sharon Hennessy - Community Governor
My connection to Tor View School is based on pure admiration. I’m not a teacher or a parent but I have worked in the Rossendale community for 26 years as a professional graphic designer with our main stream schools, hospices and local businesses.
I know the Valley, but Tor View is the one place that continually takes my breath away. The kindness, compassion and sheer hard work that runs through the veins of this school and community, staff and students alike is an inspiration. My hope is that I am able to bring some of my craft, my artistry, my business acumen and my contacts to help support an already outstanding school and to be part of its future would be a privilege and a pleasure.
I am now in my second year of Governance and my feelings and observations are just as strong.
Elayne Lorenzo -Governor - Co-opted, Educational Representative
I have lived in the Valley for over 20 years. My connection with Tor View is as a parent of a child with Autism. I am passionate about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, which is one of the reasons why I became a Governor at this school. I work as a Specialist Outreach teacher for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Condition and Specific Learning Difficulties in a neighbouring Local Authority. I have Advanced Teacher Status for Specific Learning Difficulties, and my other qualifications include National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and National Professional Qualification for Headship.
I have previously served on three governing bodies for approximately fifteen years as a staff governor and a member of the Senior Leader Team. I have a love for music and belong to Rossendale Ladies Choir. In my spare time, I like to swim, walk and take my son to the local park. I hope that my previous experience will serve to further enhance the excellent work of the Governing Body at Tor View.
Clare Mulderrig - Governor - Co-opted Community Representative
I have 5 children, the youngest of whom has attended Tor View for 10 years, so I have a connection with the school through attending children. I am a passionate supporter of all aspects of our school community and willing to help in any way I can. I have been a nurse and midwife in the past but now work full time as an Office Manager at Mulderrigs Solicitors in Rawtenstall, of which my husband is the Company Director. I am also Chairperson to and co-run Rossendale Rays, the local special needs swimming charity based at Marl Pits Pool in Rawtenstall.
Emma Taylor - Governor - Parent Governor
I am the proud mother of three boys, one at high school and a set of twins at primary school. One of our twins, Alfie, attends Tor View. I am very pleased to be a Trustee of The View Trust as I want to offer my support to this fantastic school wherever possible. We are very lucky to have such specialist staff in our local area. My full time job is at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar school where I teach Law. Prior to this I was a solicitor. In my younger years, I completed a Law Degree at Lancaster University and went on to gain post graduate qualifications in Legal Practice and teaching. My family and I live in Whitewell Bottom. Our autism journey has been an intense rollercoaster and Tor View has been there to support us every step of the way.