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

Image 1I 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 hold the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinator and National (NASENCO) and Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) I have previously served on three governing bodies for approximately fifteen years as a staff governor and a member of the Senior Leader Team. 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 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, School Nurse, co-developed a new role withing the 0-19 service as a Mental Health Practitioner and currently work as a Primary Health Worker in ELCAS. 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.

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, School Nurse, co-developed a new role withing the 0-19 service as a Mental Health Practitioner and currently work as a Primary Health Worker in ELCAS. 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

Ann-Marie LittlerI 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, Vice Chair

Karen Stansfield I live in Bacup and have done all my life. I’ve had a connection with Tor View since 2004 when my daughter started to attend school there .She left when she was 19 and is now 25. I have had the pleasure of being on the governing body twice now for a total of 8 years and thoroughly enjoy my connection with school. I try to visit at least once a week , especially on Fridays for assembly where I love to watch the certificates being awarded and the huge smiles.
My working life began in catering initially followed by MENCAP supporting adults in their own homes. Fostering came next and now I am a full time carer for the Shared Lives service. I hope to continue on the governing body and help where I can to support the school move forward and continue to succeed and thrive.

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

JCI’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

VPI 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.