Pete Sweetmore Retirement
A Tribute to Peter Sweetmore
After some 25 years of service to the school, Mr Peter Sweetmore will be stepping down from his active role as a Governor, and latterly as Chair of The View Trust, at the end of the Spring Term.
For much of this period Peter has been our Chair of Governors, or as Pete likes to be known, Chairman.
He has been a superb support to the school, consistently challenging us to be the best we could and to improve where needed. As a community champion and widely known across Rossendale, Pete has been a source of ideas, knowledge and background information that has helped us develop our school, make contacts and promote what we do to as wide an audience as possible. The success of our school has been helped immeasurably by having Peter at our side and we are all grateful for his support and guidance over the years. He will be a great loss to the school, at a time of considerable change, but we are delighted that Peter has agreed to remain as one of the Members of The View Academy Trust, overseeing and acting as guardian to the vision and values of the Trust.
Peter is intending to devote as much time as he can to his family, but is also deeply involved and a passionate driving force in the plan to re-introduce Rossendale Radio to the airwaves later in the summer.
We wish him the very best for this future project.
Andy Squire, Executive Principal, Angela Holdsworth, Principal
Message from Pete Sweetmore
This week sees the end of an era for me. After twenty five years of being a volunteer at Tor View School, as a Governor, Chairman of Governors and currently Chairman of The View Trust, I am retiring from these roles on Friday 23rd March.
I have had the greatest privilege and honour being a small part of the school, seeing it grow from a staff of about 50 and pupil numbers of just 85 up to the size it is now, with 162 pupils and over 120 staff. I have enjoyed being a part of the team where I have seen young staff join the school very early in their careers then develop into the senior roles many of them have today both at Tor View and in many other special schools across Lancashire and beyond. As a Governor I have interviewed staff who have been brilliant and others who have not been successful, but I have always been confident in the choices we have made.
I joined the school when my wife moved from the old ‘Belmont’ school to the new Tor View School as a Teaching Assistant (Nursery Nurse as it was then) and since seen three members of my family started as volunteers at the school, then moved on to become a Teacher, Playscheme Leader & Level 3 Teaching Assistant – something of which I am very proud.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all my other ‘jobs’ in school – DJ at countless discos, lighting man at the Christmas production, MC for the ‘Shine’ Festivals, Sports Day announcer, Christmas and Summer Fair compere and Guest of honour at lots of School Proms. I have seen so many children start at four years old and still see some around The Valley who are now in their thirties… making me feel so old!!
One of my greatest pleasures has been working alongside the most visionary Head Teacher I have ever met, Andy Squire, who has developed an ‘Outstanding School’, a first class Leadership Team and created the best team possible to leave as his legacy when he retires in the Summer and to that I thank him most sincerely for his friendship and guidance over the years.The school is moving onwards and upwards in the capable hands of Angela Holdsworth and the staff and Governor/ Trustee team behind her and I will watch with keen interest how The View Trust develops.
With grateful thanks to each and every member of staff, governor, pupil, parent and school friend I have had the honour to serve with. I hope to make the occasional ‘guest appearance’ at some events, but I move on to a new venture to help create Rossendale Radio and all the excitement that will bring. Best wishes to all. Peter Sweetmore