Pen Portraits

Co-opted Governors

Norman Rosindale – Chair of Governors

I am Chair of the Governing Body. I am also a member of the Curriculum Committee, Premises, Health and Safety Committee and the Finance and Personnel Committee. I first became involved as a parent governor in 1988 when my first daughter attended Elton. My other two daughters also attended Elton with my youngest leaving in 2000. I am currently a co-opted governor.

I worked as an engineering manager for a large international engineering consultancy involved in projects throughout the world. My experience involved project management, design, supervision of construction and the commissioning of control systems in the water, power and railway industries. My last role was as an Operation Engineering Manager, responsible for the project management, financial and technical direction of projects within the oil and gas unit.

I am now retired and feel very privileged to still be involved with The Elton High School as it moves from strength to strength.

Roger Burgess – Vice Chair of Governors

My roles on the governing body incorporate being Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Student Committee, member of the Finance and Resources Committee, with overall responsibility for health and safety for the school and also the link governor for teaching and learning.

I Originally worked in the transport industry. In Sept 91 I started at Aldi as transport manager, taking a key role in a multi-million pound operation. After five years I moved to start my own transport agency, supplying drives, warehouse staff and office staff to the industry. This I did for almost 9 years before retiring.

One of my daughters attended Elton and then went on to College and University, and is now a social worker at Bolton Social Services. My wife and I are foster carers for Bury social services. Over the past thirty-one years we have cared for over eighty children with numerous challenges and gained a great deal of skills to help these children. I am actively involved in the training of new carers for Bury and I also sit on the Bolton social services panel and have done for nine years.

As vice chair of governors I take my responsibilities extremely seriously and work hard to support our school as much as I can. I have six children, three birth children, two adopted children and one who has been in care with us for fourteen years, so children play a central role in my life and I care a great deal about their well being, we care a great deal about children

Councillor Michael Hankey

I have been a school governor at several schools in Bury since 2004 and at The Elton High for approximately seven years.

I am a Councillor for Elton ward (first elected in 2006) so have a keen interest in The Elton High. I was initially appointed as an LA governor and was delighted to be asked later to become a co-opted governor.

I have worked in public practice accountancy all my working life and feel that the skills learned here can be valuable to the Governing Body, particularly in these times of budget constraints.

I have a long standing interest in education and feel that in The Elton High we have a school to be proud of which can only improve still further when we move to our fantastic new building.

Councillor Jackie Harris

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Becoming a governor at The Elton High has given me the opportunity to be part of a dynamic team, dedicated to improving the educational attainment of our students.  I was invited to join the governing body in 2006 following my election as Councillor at Bury MBC.  My role as History Link Governor connects with my BA Hons in History from the University of Manchester.

I have a business background as Finance Director for my family business; there my role as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee is geared to my expertise.

As a councillor, I have strong links with the local community and an understanding of issues from out local community and an understanding of issues from our school and Bury MBC’s perspective.  I am honoured to be involved in the strategic planning and direction of our school.

Laura Eccles

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Neil Scruton

I have extensive teaching and educational leadership and management experience, serving for 42 years in Special Education, three comprehensive schools and as Headteacher of The Elton High School for 27 years.  During my period of service at The Elton High School, I served as a Governor and additionally as a Governor of two primary schools, a Pupil Referral Unit and Bury College.

My achievements as Headteacher of The Elton High School include:  transformation of the culture, ethos and standards in the School, significant improvements in student examination outcomes, achievement of a variety of national awards, designation as a Specialist School, achievement of Good with significant outstanding features under OFSTED Inspection (2009) and approval for a complete re-build of the School.

My role is to serve the students to the best of my ability by supporting the excellent Headteacher and Governing Body in the strategic management of the School, continuing the School’s status as the most sought after state secondary school, by parents, in Bury.

Local Authority Representative

John Costello

I have been a member of the governing body of The Elton High School for nearly thirty years.  I currently serve on both the curriculum and and student sub-committees.  I chair the curriculum sub-committee.

I am a retired teacher, having been involved in Education for 50 years.  I serve on the governing body of a neighbouring high school where I am currently Chair of the Governing Body and chair of both the finance and personnel sub-committees.  I am chair of the trustees of Bury Metro Arts Association (B.M.A.A).

I bring commitment, dedication and experience to the role of LA appointed governor.

Parent Governors

Johanna Ellison

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I became a Parent Governor of Elton High School in 2015 when my son, Isaac, moved into year 8.

I am honoured to be trusted with one of the parent governor postions as it means I can assist in the decision making process to ensure the school provides my son and all other pupils with the best secondary education within a friendly and safe environment.

In my day job, my family and I run a small accountancy practice in Bury.

Lynne Hainsworth

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I became a parent governor towards the end of 2015 and was delighted to take on this role. My eldest daughter is currently in Year 8 at Elton and has had a very positive experience at high school so far. I have worked in education for twenty years as a teacher, at a variety of schools in the Primary sector, across the whole age range.

I am particularly interested in the transition from Primary to Secondary, and the changing curriculum and exam structures.  I  have enjoyed my time as a governor so far and have already learnt a lot about secondary education. I will offer commitment and determination to support the school in its current period of change and in its move to the new build.

Lee Thorne

Chris Warren

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I am a member of the Governing body and also the Link Governor for Numeracy.

I started as a parent governor in September 2015 when my son commenced his second year at Elton. I look forward to my daughter joining him in the Autumn of 2016.  I currently work as the Business and Finance Director at a college for 14-19 year olds in Burnley.  My experience involves being a member of the senior leadership team and helping to shape the day to day and long term operation of the college.  I have specific responsibility for finance; as an independent college we have a completely delegated budget. My role also encompasses management of the building and it’s maintenance and also health and safety within college.

I will use my skills and experience to support the SLT at Elton to help drive success for the school its staff and students leading to educational excellence.

Iain MacKay

I am proud to state that I attended The Elton High School from 1984-89 and I was deputy head boy in the fifth year. It was a very enjoyable period in my life and I have many happy
memories. The education and support that I received from staff helped shape the person that I am today, enabling me to study at university and develop a successful career. My daughter now attends the school and, having made numerous visits to the school, I can see
that the learning and support ethos of the school has grown even stronger.

Being elected as a governor and continuing my links with the school was therefore a great honor. I am fully committed to the role, aiming to assist as much as a can with helping to support the school team as much as possible, using the skills and experience I have developed during 20+ years employment with the civil service.

Staff Governors

Mr J Wilton – Headteacher