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 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 Chair of Governors 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 Woods - 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.

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.

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.

Elayne Lorenzo -Governor - Co-opted, Educational Representative

I have lived in Bacup for over 20 years. My 8 year old son has a diagnosis of ASD and attends Tor View School. I work as Specialist outreach teacher for pupils with ASD and SpLD in a neighbouring Local Authority. I am an experienced primary school teacher, working as a SENCO and a member of the Senior Leadership team. I have been a School Governor at three different schools for over 15 years serving as a staff governor and a member of the Senior leadership. I hope that my previous experience will serve to further enhance the excellent work of the Governing Body here at Tor View Community Special School. .

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 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. As stated, I have connections with the school through attending children.

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