Mr. Simon Davies – Chair of Governors and Governor for Outcomes for Students; Curriculum & Standards; and Finance Personnel & Human Resources
I have been a Governor at Shuttleworth College since 2011, initially as a Foundation Governor and now as a co-opted Governor. In June 2014, I was appointed as Chair of Governors, a role that is equally challenging and rewarding.
I was motivated to join the Governing Body because I live locally and Shuttleworth was the school that I wanted my children to attend. I wanted to do what I could to help enhance the experience for them and all the children at our school.
Outside of Shuttleworth, I work at Burnley College in a management role and have found the experience of working at a college rated by OFSTED as consistently outstanding hugely influential in my role as Governor.
At Shuttleworth I am fortunate to work with a team of supportive, knowledgeable and passionate governors, who all give up a huge amount of their own time to make a difference. A significant element of the governor’s role involves attending school whenever possible during the school day to observe what is going on inside the building. These visits are key to Governors getting a feel for how well the school is working as well as helping inform the future strategic direction of the school.
Without doubt the most important task that I have undertaken so far as a Governor was to help select Mrs England as our new Head Teacher in the summer of 2015. This was, in my mind, a seminal moment in moving Shuttleworth forward to where it needs to be. Under Mrs England, Shuttleworth continues its drive towards attaining at the very least a ‘good’ judgment from OFSTED and my objective as Chair is to give Mrs England and her team the support needed to help them to achieve the priorities that have been agreed by the Governing Board. Above all what we want is that each student enjoys their experience at Shuttleworth and gets a well-rounded education that prepares them for further study and future success.
The school motto says it all – Think Big, Chase Dreams and Succeed Together – and we will!
I joined the College Governing Board in October 2015 as a Foundation Governor. During the last three years I have spent a considerable amount of time developing my knowledge and understanding of the College and wider educational system.
At the start of the 2017-18 academic year I became the Vice Chair of the Full Governing Board and the Chair of the Finance & Resource Committee. Both of these roles allow me to utilise my experience to provide support and guidance across strategic planning, human resources, finance and cost management, and information technology.
In addition to these roles, I work closely with College’s senior and middle leadership teams to prepare for OFSTED inspections, govern the College’s development plan for ‘leadership’, and spend time in the college meeting both staff and students.
Outside of Shuttleworth I work as a senior leader for an international law firm. This role allows me to develop my skills in strategic leaderships, people and culture, and governance.
I find it a genuine privilege to work with the dedicated staff and my fellow governors at Shuttleworth College, and I am grateful that I am able to utilise my expertise to support the College in achieving its vision.
I have lived in North Manchester all my life, although I have worked in Burnley since 1998 and so I now see Burnley as my second home!
Following the completion of my degree in physics from Salford University in 1990, I joined BAE Sytems where I worked as a manufacturing engineer and soon moved into a leadership position running one of the production areas. After five years at BAE Systems, I worked for a company in Wigan making glass fibres and then in 1998 I joined Aircelle in Burnley, ultimately becoming the Operations Director there. In 2013 I joined VEKA, again in Burnley – this is no coincidence as I developed a strong affinity to the town and it’s people… this means I have to declare my support for both Manchester City and Burnley Football Club wherever I go!
Having two daughters who have just finished at high school, I have a keen interest in education both personally and professionally, hence my role as a governor – I have also been a STEM ambassador and a Teach First Coach, taking an active role in attempting to help improve standards in education.
As I governor at Shuttleworth since July 2017, I am vice chair of the Finance and Human Resources Committee and a deputy lead Governor focussing on Leadership and Management within the college.
I am one of East Lancashire’s Enterprise Coordinators, my role involves linking secondary schools and colleges with employers to support the pupils career aspirations through increasing employer activity and connections in schools. I have previously worked in Further Education for 15 years and am passionate about all pupils having the support, information and opportunity for professional conversations and advice to inform their future choices and continued study.
I’m delighted to be on the Governing board for Shuttleworth college and hope to add value, I am a representative on the Curriculum and Standards sub group working with the College to ensure the delivery of good quality education, clarity of vision and school ethos.
Ms. Marie Shaw – C&S and Governor for SEND; Safeguarding; & Personal Development, Behaviour, & Welfare
I am the SEND and Safeguarding Governor for Shuttleworth College and a member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee
My role is to support the teaching staff to improve the education for all children who attend the college; to ensure the school caters for all children including those with special educational needs; and to protect the health, safety and welfare of all children while in the college.
I also support the college to ensure that behaviour continues to improve so that every child is able to reach their full potential.
Ms. Helen Kershaw – Chair of C&S and Governor for Pupil Premium; and Teaching, Learning, & Assessment
As Headteacher at a local Primary School, I am passionate in providing the best education we can for children as they move through the education system. I strongly believe in community and am committed in supporting and developing the schools within our community for the families we serve now, and those we will serve in the future.
I believe Shuttleworth College is a special place where students really do get every opportunity to grow as people, be respected as individuals and to attain the firmest foundations for their future lives. I believe it is a governor’s role to challenge the school to perform to the best of its ability and ensure that all students have a fair chance to reach their full potential and enjoy their time at school. Every child – irrespective of gender, race, academic ability or background. It is important that they do this in a safe environment. One which they are able to take risks in and challenge themselves – in both their academic and personal development.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to support the college in maintaining the high standards they have achieved and have total confidence in the staff and the governing body to work together in securing the best possible outcomes for each and every student.
Having lived in Burnley for well over thirty years I play many roles in the community, including being one of the councillors for Briercliffe Ward in Burnley, Chair of the Dementia Action Alliance in Burnley, and a trustee of the Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Services. Before this I trained and worked as a podiatrist, moving into senior management in the NHS after I obtained a Masters in Business.
I wanted to serve as a Shuttleworth School Governor to help support a good school, its staff, and students. A good education is essential for everyone to give them the best chance of a secure future. I want to do what I can to help Shuttleworth continue to improve and produce good citizens.
I am delighted to have been appointed as one of the new parent governors in the most recent election and look forward to having an active role within the school. I have a son in Year 8 at Shuttleworth College and another son in Year 6 at our local primary school.
I have worked as a Headteacher’s Personal Assistant in a special needs high school for the past six years which has given me good knowledge and understanding of the running of a secondary school. I hope to put this knowledge to use by being part of a successful governing body for Shuttleworth College and build upon the successes achieved in recent years.
I have been extremely happy with my experiences at Shuttleworth College and feel that being a governor is the perfect way to contribute something back and help build a successful future for the school.
I am a newly appointed Parent Governor with two children currently attending Shuttleworth. I have been a volunteer school governor for the last five years in a junior school and having lived locally in this community all my life, I feel this is a valued way of maintaining an interest in the wellbeing and education provision in the children in my area. I am a Matron at The Royal Blackburn Hospital where I have worked for the NHS for over 20 years and I believe many of the skills I have developed over this time are very versatile and transferable.
I am currently the staff governor for the school. I have been a teacher for seventeen years, where my specialist subject is History but I also teach citizenship at Key Stage 4. Prior to becoming a teacher, I was employed in the hotel and catering industry for a number of years as well as being a member of HM Forces after leaving school.
In my previous school, I was the staff governor for three years. In this time, I supported the Principal in providing the non-school governors, inspectors, and other interested partners with the staff perspective of the initiatives undertaken by the Senior Leadership Team in running the school. In essence, I believe my role is to provide an alternative and supporting viewpoint on the way the school is run.