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.

Peter Sweetmore - Chair of Governors

I have been a School Governor for 30 years, being Chairman of Governors at 3 schools – Bullough Moor CP School, Crawshawbooth Primary School and latterly Tor View for around 12 years. My background has been in Nursing, Managing Director of a Social Alarms Company and many years working in and for the Voluntary Sector. I am proud to be connected with Tor View and to be a small part in its development to the outstanding school it is today. I have connections in the school, with my daughter teaching in our Primary Department, my daughter in law in charge of our After School Club and my son in law as a Teaching Assistant in the Further Education Dept. If you wish to contact me regarding any matter relating to our school, you may address your correspondence to me at the school address given on our Contact page.

Janice Payne - Co-opted Governor

I was born and brought up in Rossendale and live in Crawshawbooth with my Husband and two daughters. When time allows I love to walk across our beautiful countryside. I work part time at a local primary school and for my real job, I look after my family and manage all the joys and difficulties that a parent with a child with autism faces. My role as Governor enables me to take an active role within the school and I look forward to contributing to its future successes. I have connection with the school through attending children. I have been a Parent Governor at Tor View for four years. I have recently taken up the post of co-opted Governor for the school.

Sam Dillon - Staff Governor

I started working at Tor View School in February 2008 and came in as an NQT. I have worked in the Secondary Department, Further Education Department and Primary Department. I taught the inclusion group at Haslingden Primary School for a year in September 2009. I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities, a certificate in PSHE and Level 1 British Sign Language. I am Head of our Primary Department here at Tor View and I provide Outreach Support to other Primary Schools. This is my second term as a Governor at Tor View.

Tracy Cottam - Staff Governor

I have worked at Tor View School for the past 19 years as a Teaching Assistant level 3. I am currently working within the Secondary department. I am the current Staff Governor at Tor view and I have done this role for approx. 12 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 partner, walking, eating out and just generally relaxing. As stated I have connection with the school as I am Teaching Staff.

Carl Wilson - Local Education Authority Governor

I moved to Haslingden two years ago, and become a Governor at Tor View School in 2014. My wish for becoming a Governor was to support the excellent work that has been achieved and is on going at the school and to also have closer links to the community. I have worked with many children and young people in different settings and projects around the country, and feel I have a passion for supporting the needs of all children enabling them to reach the educational and personal potential. I am currently working as a tutor/assessor, promoting best practice in the childcare and youth studies. I feel every child should have a right to the best possible start and an inclusive education. In my spare time, I am a PADI diver and would like to train and qualify in different areas associated with Diving. I trained and play the piano to grade 8 standards but find time to practice hard. I have no business interests or any connection with any children or teaching staff at the school.

Clare Mulderrig - Parent Governor

I have 5 children, the youngest of whom has attended Tor View for 10 years and my daughter Freya is a Teaching Assistant in one of our Primary Department classrooms. 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.

Hayley McHugh - Parent Governor

I am a mum of three children; my youngest commenced her Reception year at Tor View Sept 2014. I am very pleased to have been recently appointed as a Parent Governor, I aim to take an active role in contributing to the schools success and achievements and I look forward to the same. I have been a Nursery Nurse and Community Carer before commencing my career in mental health nursing over 11 years ago. I have been a registered nurse for over 8 years with experience in Learning Disabilities and in Mental Health teams, settings or services. I am currently in a Wellbeing Practitioner role within the Community; however, I am due to commence my School Nurse training soon. 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.

Sarah Hartley- Parent Governor

I am a mother of 3 and have been a foster carer for over 9 years supporting children with complex learning disabilities, attachment disorders, behavioural difficulties and Autism. I am a qualified and registered play therapist currently working on a Master’s degree in this field. I have worked within the social and youth care sector my entire working career, and I am currently a senior Play Therapist and Therapy practitioner at Julie Stirpe Associates Limited. I specialise in the provision of assessment, interventions and therapy for families, Looked after Children, families in Care Proceedings and Pre Proceedings and children with complex trauma presentations. I manage children’s and adolescents therapy intervention at a private psychotherapy practise. I have a connection with the school through attending children and teaching staff.

Emma Taylor - Parent Governor

I am the proud mother of three boys including one at High School and a set of twins who attend Primary School. One of my twins attends Tor View. I am very proud to be a Parent Governor of the school as I want to offer my support and assistance to this fantastic school wherever possible. I feel we are very lucky to have such specialist staff in our local area. I would like use my experience to be a support to both staff and parents. As well as being a parent to a child with special needs, I also I work at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar school where I teach Law. I have been in teaching for around 8 years, prior to which I was a solicitor. In my spare time I volunteer at a local youth group and organise events at my local church.

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 25 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.

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