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.
Elayne Lorenzo - Chair of Governors
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 Board at Tor View.
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.
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.
Last but not least, I thoroughly enjoy working with the amazing team we have here at Tor View School. Our mission statement…Together we Inspire, Learn, Enjoy and Achieve….is the driving force behind every decision we make. In my role as Head, I very much look forward to welcoming you to our school and, in the meantime, confidently challenging the perceptions of what our pupils can (and do!) achieve, continually striving for excellence for all
Sarah Orme - Staff Governor
I started working at Tor View in September 2010 as the schools specialist Physical Education teacher and School Sports Coordinator. I currently work across the primary, secondary department and FE delivering Key Skills, PE / Leisure and Swimming. Prior to Tor View I worked in 2 mainstream schools teaching core PE, BTEC Sport and GCSE PE. The physical development of all the children at Tor View is always at the forefront of everything I do. I am proud to be the school’s Senior MOVE Practitioner. Over the past 2 years I have been part of the NWSCAP group where we are currently addressing physical development and creating a tool to measure and record progress in this area. Outside of work I am a mother of 2 young children. Being a mum has taught me many skills that are transferable to working at Tor View and I feel I can relate to all our parents on many different levels. I absolutely love my job and thoroughly enjoy coming to work each day.
Hayley McHugh - Parent Governor, Health & Lifestyle
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 and I am currently in my second term. 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 in 2004. I have been a registered nurse since 2007 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. More recently I have co-developed a new role withing the 0-19 service as a Mental Health Practitioner. I will soon commence a new post as a Primary Health Worker. 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.
Ann-Marie Littler - Parent Governor, Cognition
I live in the Rossendale Valley and my connection to Tor View School is as a parent of a child with learning difficulties, autism and epilepsy. The passion, dedication and excellence of the teaching and support at Tor View and the resultant progress and achievements evident in my child, and his peers, is awe-inspiring.
Having previously worked as a training officer in HM Prisons and Young Offender Institutions, and with a keen interest in coaching and development, I am passionate about supporting people to achieve their full potential.
I currently run a property business and an e-commerce business with my husband.
As Tor View continues with ambitious plans for the future, I believe I have a range of skills as a special needs parent, from my previous job roles, and business, visionary, financial and strategic expertise to bring to my role as Parent Governor.
Karen Stansfield, Co-opted Governor, Expressive Arts
It is my pleasure to be back for a second term as a Governor at Tor View. I have been connected to school for 15 years, my foster daughter attended form the age of 8 to 19 before going on to college.
My foster daughter is no working on an apprenticeship at a local nursing home for the local authority and is thriving. This opportunity was hard won and I put it down to the great work experience programme in both school and college.
I am now a shared lives carer since my lass turned 18. Prior to this I was fostering for about 13 years and I worked for MENCAP for 12 years as a support worker before that. My qualifications are in catering, I was a chef for 12 years after leaving school and college. I look forward to helping out where I can.
Sue Johnson, Staff Governor
I started working at Tor View School in September 2016, and currently work in the main school office. I have had a varied career to date, initially as a Registered Nurse working in a variety of settings, including as a Community Nurse and more recently as a Police Officer with Lancashire Constabulary, where I was fortunate to develop skills in supporting vulnerable witnesses. I have also been a trustee of a national charity in the LGBT sector and am passionate about equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion. My spare time is spent with my children. I am extremely pleased to be a Staff Governor, and hope that my experience to date will assist in my playing an active role in contributing to the school’s continued success.
James Collier, Co-opted Governor, Humanities & Vocational Learning
I’m a busy father of 3 young girls, my oldest has autism and attends Tor View School.
In terms of my experience, I’ve worked for 20 years within adult social care, managing and working within adult social work teams and more recently commissioning services from the private sector primarily in learning disabilities/ autism and services for older people and people with physical disabilities.
I was previously Lancashire County Councils commissioning lead for direct payments, carer services, day services, community equipment and housing support for adults and I currently manage large social care related transformation projects aimed at service improvement.
I feel privileged to be involved with the school community and welcome the opportunity to learn together and support the school to move from strength to strength.
Vanessa Prater, Co-opted Governor, Foundation Stage
I am mum to four boys; my eldest has just started his 8th year at Tor View. We live locally and my other children attend a local mainstream primary school.
As a family we have been supported throughout our child’s time at Tor View, it is an amazing establishment where our children are encouraged to achieve their potential.
I am looking forward to being part of the new challenges and learning as the Trust develops.
My previous job was working in the NHS as a physiotherapist. This has given me an insight into some of the issues our young people may have and hopefully will bring something to the Governor role.