Paul Johnson - Trust Member, Educational Expert, University of Cumbria
I began my teaching career in a junior school in Leyland, Lancashire in 1982. Over the following 28 years I was class teacher to classes of children across the whole primary school range from year R to year 6. In addition to my class teaching role, I had responsibility for a number of curriculum areas and became a deputy head teacher and then in 1997, a primary Head teacher in Hampshire. In this role for 13 years, my effectiveness led to me being asked to lead and develop adult training for teachers, managers and head teachers focusing particularly on my school’s innovative approaches to learning. I became a National College of School Leadership associate leader and as well as undertaking training in this role, I also did so on behalf of Hampshire County and for private consultancy groups. In 2010, I took my adult training expertise to Southampton University where I became Associate Programme Leader and Partnership manager for the PGCE Primary teaching degree there. In 2012, I moved to the University of Cumbria, where I have worked since. I began as a senior lecturer on the PGCE Primary ITT programme but my expertise has led me to take on the role of University Programme Leader for a number of Schools Direct Alliances, including Tor View. I have found working with Tor View particularly exciting as, whilst a head teacher, I was involved in developing Hampshire’s specialist provision for deaf children. The inclusion of children with profound special needs has always been a passion for me, and my involvement in the new View Multi Academy Trust will provide a new avenue for this.
Celia Davies - Trust Member, Educational Expert - L.A Advisor
I currently work as a school improvement advisor for Lancashire following extensive experience in the primary education sector with a career spanning 40 years including a highly successful Headship. Currently I provide support and advice to a number of primary schools in Lancashire and in Blackpool Authorities and I am also the strategic lead for the Ethnic Minority / Gypsy Roma Traveller Achievement Service in Lancashire.
Prior to joining the advisory service I was the Headteacher of a larger than average primary school in East Preston with unusually high levels of social and economic deprivation. The school became one of the first schools in the country to have “extended schools” status and was well known for its innovative practice. Although my last Ofsted inspection was some years ago, my leadership was judged to be outstanding.
I have been associated with Tor View School for many years working closely with the current Executive Principal and Principal on a number of projects and initiatives. I am highly regarded within Lancashire and within the primary school sector in particular and I continue to have a passion for education and particularly for working in strong partnerships for the benefit of all children and young people.
Pete Sweetmore - Trust Member
I have been a School Governor for 32 years, being Chairman of Governors at 3 schools – Bullough Moor CP School ( Heywood) , Crawshawbooth Primary School and latterly Tor View for over 25 years, retiring as Chair of The View Trust in April 2018.
My background has been in Nursing, Managing Director of a Social Alarms Company and many years working in and for the Voluntary & Community 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 and my daughter in law in charge of our After School & Holiday Club and my son-on-law as a T.A. in the F.E. Dept. I have now channelled my efforts as Chairman of the new Rossendale Radio Ltd creating a Community Radio Station for the Rossendale Valley.
Janice Payne - Trustee, School Improvement Director, Chair of Local Governing Body
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.
Clare Mulderrig - Acting Chair of Trust, Finance Director
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 - Trustee, HR Director
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.
Sarah Hartley - Trustee
I am a mother of 3 and have been a foster carer for over 9 years supporting children with complex learning disabilities, attachment disorders, behavioral 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.