I am Helen and I'm the Chair of Governors at Bollin. Originally I was a parent governor at Tyntesfield for several years and vice chair for the two years prior to the school establishing Inspiring Learners Multi-Academy Trust. Last year I was Chair of the Joint Local Governing Body and am now Chair of the separate governing bodies at each school. I am very excited to see the growth and development of Bollin Primary School and am delighted to be continuing on the school's journey.
I am also parent governor at Sale Grammar School.
My background is in nursing, working for the NHS as ward sister, however after the birth of my third child I became a full time stay at home mum.
For me, it has always been important that school is more than just a place of learning. It’s a community that we can all be part of. Support and friendship are key and are exemplified by Bollin.
I proudly and happily worked at Tyntesfield from 2004 until my retirement in 2019. In that time I was the Nursery Teacher and had the privilege of being at the beginning of the children’s learning journey. I had been teaching since 1996 and my passion has always been Early Years.
I have also been a Governor for a number of years being the Teacher Governor at Tyntesfield and then a co-opted governor. The opportunity to be part of the Joint Local Governing Body was one I really enjoyed, being part of a dedicated and enthusiastic team. I am delighted that I am now able to continue my association with both schools. These are exciting times as we continue to develop Bollin School, giving our children the best possible opportunities for them to grow and become independent learners.
I am a mother of two daughters and now have a granddaughter who I love spending time with. My family are keen cooks and enjoy finding and trying out new restaurants. My husband and I love travelling and not only enjoy the holiday but get great pleasure planning the trip.
I am proud to be a co-opted governor at Bollin, I sit on the Resources Committee and have a Named Governor role.
Previously I worked at Tyntesfield for twelve years with my last role as school office manager, I was fortunate to develop an excellent relationship with the whole school community. During that time I was a staff governor and, in that role, felt privileged to work with such a hardworking, motivated and dedicated staff team and governing body.
Although I have now left Tyntesfield, I was delighted to be asked to become a community governor on the Joint Local Governing Body. I now serve on both governing bodies enabling me to continue my association with both schools.
As a Governor, I am keen to support the Head of School and staff in ensuring that all pupils have a great experience of school and that they achieve their full potential through the very best education and care, learning in a positive, safe, warm and friendly school environment.
Bollin is going from strength to strength, working collaboratively within the Trust, and I am enjoying being a governor at the school.
I am in my 22nd year teaching at Bollin and during that time my role has constantly evolved. Almost twenty of those years have allowed me the privilege of being a staff governor on the governing body here at Bollin. I am currently a class teacher in Year 5, but during my time here, I have taught all ages from Nursery to Year 6. I am mum to two grown up children, and during their primary years, was elected to be a parent governor at their primary school. This, combined with my role as a staff governor, has allowed me to experience governance as a parent as well as a member of staff giving me a perspective on life in a primary school as a parent and teacher.
Being a governor is extremely rewarding; working alongside like-minded people who have a real drive and passion to provide our children with the best education and wider opportunities, through a curriculum that has been designed and written with our children at the centre of everything that we do.
Our mission statement and values are embedded in our practice and helps to shape every decision that we make. Bollin is a very special place and through challenge, commitment and collaboration I am proud to be part of a governing body that is leading our school on an exciting journey.
Sport plays a huge part in my life and now that I have hung my netball trainers up, I spend many hours watching my own family participate in their chosen sports!! Sport has always played an important part in life at Bollin, whether that be celebrating the success of our many sporting teams or through the provision of high quality PE. We are so fortunate to have amazing facilities and grounds and making the most of them, encouraging our children to be happy, active and healthy is something close to my heart.
I look forward to continuing to move our fabulous school forwards ensuring that our children thrive and are well prepared and ready for their next exciting adventure.
I am delighted to be part of the Local Governing Body at Bollin Primary School. As a local resident and parent, I feel passionate about supporting and sustaining its renewal as part of the Inspiring Learners Academy Trust as we strive to build a school that achieves excellent results, whilst nurturing every child's unique interests and talents.
I have worked as an entrepreneur and company director in the IT sector for almost 20 years, growing a business with a specialism in education-technology. I have broad experience of strategy, HR, finance, public tendering and change management, as well as specific knowledge of IT and digital transformation. In my career I have worked on national innovation and change projects in the Education sector and I am frequently engaged as a consultant and public speaker on topics ranging from harnessing the latest technologies, to GDPR and data management. I am also an experienced governor at another Trafford primary school.
I live locally with my wife and two young children, one of whom currently attends Bollin and has enjoyed every moment there so far!
I am absolutely proud and delighted to be a parent governor on the Local Governing Body for our school, I am Chair of the Resources Committee and am a Link Governor.
I am a Chartered Management Accountant working for a law firm in Manchester City Centre. I use my professional skills to ensure that all the financial resources are used in the most effective way to truly benefit all the children in our school. One of the reasons I became a governor is because I have a genuine interest in education and I love to see it all in action during my visits into the school.
I have been a parent at the Bollin since September 2013 and both my children have thrived during their time at the school. I have always known the Bollin to be a very special place and feel very privileged to be part of a very compatible alliance with Tyntesfield.
Due to the nature of being a busy working Mum I don't have a huge amount of spare time but any that I do get is spent with family, friends and inevitably being a taxi service for my children!
Michal Struggles (nee Lowe)
I am proud to be one of the Bollin parent governors on the Local Governing Body, as part of the Inspiring Learners Multi Academy Trust. After studying for an MPhil in History at Oxford University, I took up a career in teaching and have since worked in education for over fifteen years in both the state and the private sectors. I am currently Deputy Head Academic at Manchester Grammar School with overall responsibility for curriculum development and teaching and learning. I have strong interest in the leadership and management of schools and in 2013 I completed a Masters in Education in this field.
I have got to know Bollin Primary School over the last five years as a mum of two daughters at the school. I am Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Education Committee and a link governor. I am passionate about working with young people and enabling them to fulfil their potential which is why I am really excited to be a part of Bollin’s future.
I have been Head of School at Bollin Primary School since January 2019 and I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to enhance the experiences and education of all the children. Being Head of School is a pleasure and privilege, the children are delightful to be with, the parents are supportive and the staff are creative, hardworking professionals.
All the Governors have the interests of the children and the school community at the heart of their work and they have supported me in my role through many exciting initiatives and the development of the school curriculum.
I am totally committed to my role as Head of School and being part of the Governing Board It fills me with pride to see the children as well as the staff, blossom and grow during their time with us. As a Governing Board we work hard to make the right decisions based on our core values, about what the children at Bollin Primary School need in order to grow into successful adults and that they are able to play their part in a constantly evolving and changing world.
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