I’m Helen and I have been a parent governor for 6 years and vice chair for the past 2 years during which time the Trust was established. I am now chair of the combined local governing body for Tyntesfield and Bollin Primary Schools. I am very excited to see the growth and development of both schools through this collaboration.
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. My association with Tyntesfield started 12 years ago when my eldest daughter started in nursery. My youngest is now in her final year and I am immensely proud of everything all three of my children have achieved whilst pupils at this school.
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 Tyntesfield.
I have proudly and happily worked at Tyntesfield since 2004. I am the Nursery Teacher and have the privilege of being at the beginning of the children’s learning journey. I have been teaching since 1996 and my passion has always been Early Years. I have been a Governor for a number of years being the Teacher Governor, I became a co-opted Governor two years ago. I enjoy being part of a dedicated and enthusiastic team and I am looking forward to working with Bollin Primary School as part of the Joint Local Governing Body. These are exciting times as we continue to develop our schools, 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 worked at Tyntesfield for 12 years with my last role as school office manager and was fortunate to develop an excellent relationship with the whole school community. Although I have now left, I was delighted to be asked to become a community governor enabling me to continue my association with Tyntesfield and now Bollin too.
I was previously a staff governor and, in that role, felt privileged to work with such a hardworking, motivated and dedicated staff team and governing body. I am now the Pupil Voice link governor and sit on the Resource Committee. As a Governor, I am keen to support the Heads 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.
I believe both Tyntesfield and Bollin schools going from strength to strength, working collaboratively within the Trust, and I look forward to being a part of this Joint Local Governing in the years to come.
I feel fortunate to have begun my teaching career at Tyntesfield in 2014 and grateful for the opportunity to develop my practice surrounded by our wonderful staff. I am a class teacher and PE subject leader and have been involved in planning, implementing and reporting on a number of whole school changes and initiatives. My varied roles have given me the amazing experience of working closely with the children and staff in all Key Stages and to see first-hand our values being lived across the whole school.
I was honoured to be elected as Staff Governor and take my seat on the Governing Body and the Curriculum Committee in October 2018. This is a very exciting period for our school and feel privileged to be part of such a dedicated team.
I seem to have been involved with Tyntesfield Primary School for a long time now. My son started attending the nursery in 2004 and both he and his younger sister went through from nursery to Year 6 at Tyntesfield. They both thrived in their time in the school.
Though they have both now moved on to secondary school I am keen to continue in my role as governor. I started initially as a parent governor and when this period of office ended I was given the opportunity to continue as a co-opted governor.
In my time as a governor I have gained quite an insight into the work that goes into providing the children with a good education, how the policies agreed by governors are implemented and the impact that they have within school benefitting the children and wider school community.
I am a qualified teaching assistant so I have some knowledge and experience that are useful in my role as governor.
It is an especially interesting and exciting time now that we will be a joint governing body, governing both Tyntesfield and Bollin Primary Schools. I’m really looking forward to working with staff in both schools in my role as named governor for Mental Health and Wellbeing for staff and pupils.
I am absolutely proud and delighted to be a parent governor on the joint Local Governing Body for the Bollin and Tyntesfield schools. I sit on the Resources Committee and am the Link Governor for Key Stage 1.
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 both schools. 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 schools.
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 I feel that Tyntesfield is too. I feel very privileged to be part of a very compatible alliance.
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 of the new joint Governing Body for 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 the 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 four years as a mum of two daughters at the school. I am the link governor for KS2 standards and also sit on the Curriculum Committee. 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 both the Bollin and Tyntesfield’s futures.