"High Standards and High Expectations by all and for all"

Multi Academy Trust Appointed Governors

Anthony Sinton (Chair): I trained to Masters Level in Hydrobiology, and then worked as a research Biologist and Computer Analyst before training to be a teacher once I was married with children. Working with young people has given great joy to my life. I have worked at all levels in secondary schools including the leadership of an outstanding school and one coming out of special measures. It is a great privilege to chair the Governing body of Walney School at a time of rapid improvement that will reap benefits for the young people of Walney Island and its surroundings.

Ann Hayes: I was a pupil of Walney School and I am proud to say that I have lived most of my life on Walney Island. I am a Christian and married to Frank, (for 49 years) and we have one son and two grandchildren.   I am retired now but my career was with the NHS as a Business Analyst for Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust. A Senior Manager with the role that included producing policies and procedures for working practices with the NHS. I helped to write a national computer programme to create a Patient Medical Record.   Amongst my passions in life has been fundraising for local and national charities. I still support the Barrow Community Trust that provides funds for local groups and especially the disadvantaged.   My role as a Governor for Walney School is to work with other Governors and with staff and pupils of Walney School to achieve high expectations, to help the pupils to be respected and to listen to their worries, ideas, thoughts, and aspirations.   I am proud and passionate about my role and intend to do all I can to help Walney School to be the happy, proud and safe school that it deserves to be.

Edwin (Eddie) Richards MBE: I was appointed a Governor in September 2014 and I chair the Curriculum Committee. I am also a member of the Inclusion, Pay & Personnel and Marketing committees.
I began my working life in Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Works, now BAE Systems, as an apprentice Fitter and Turner. At the end of that apprenticeship I began a course of undergraduate study in Engineering and gained my B.Sc. I spent the rest of my working life in engineering as a designer, Chief Engineer and subsequently in an executive role as Programmes Manager. Throughout this time I was a Principal Industrial Mentor for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and guided apprentices in furthering their professional careers.
Outside of work I have, for the last 40 years, been active in Scouting initially as a Scout Leader and for the past 8 years with responsibility, as District Commissioner, for all children in scouting across the South West of Cumbria.
I am a former pupil of Walney School and whilst this was quite a number of years ago I feel that the school taught me a great deal. More than just doing well in school, it taught me the joy in a good book, the pleasure in learning and the excitement of knowledge. I believe that the values I learned at Walney gave me a good start in life and my hope is that all children both now and in the future will feel this too.
I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to help in supporting this wonderful school and look forward to the challenges ahead which, through the endeavours of the pupils, parents, staff and governors, will, I am sure, be overcome and make Walney a school of choice for Barrow.

Ian Crawshaw : I am a former pupil of Walney school when the school was then on Ocean Road , my time there was character forming and has served as an anchor in many parts of my life from friendships formed and still upheld to this day and also a solid education with standards still followed.  After I left school I started my apprenticeship as an engineering fitter in what was then Vickers shipbuilding works and after finishing my apprenticeship I left and joined the merchant navy as an engineering officer.  I left several years later came back to re-join Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering where I worked in manufacturing and projects. I left there in 1994 to join Oxley developments as Group supplies' manager and had the responsibility for the total procurement spend for the group. I am an engineer by discipline and also fully qualified to MCIPS, I am also a serving council member of the Barrow and District Association of Engineers. In 2007 I joined Acrastyle as a principal contracts engineer responsible for many high value projects. I joined the Walney Governing body in 2014 and presently sit on two committees. Walney School has a drive and presence about it which is reflected in the dedication of the teachers and the character of the pupils.  I am fortunate and proud to be part of this school.

Liz Moffatt : When I was asked to join Walney School as a governor I was absolutely delighted. I have been involved with the teaching and learning of young people and adults for the last 43 years, 21 of those years as a secondary school Head Teacher. For me, being a Head Teacher was the best job in the world and I loved it! That is why I feel privileged and pleased to be part of the team which is dedicated to ensuring Walney School is the best it possibly can be for all its pupils and staff. The power of people - young and not so young - never ceases to amaze, reward and often humble me. To see people succeed is the best reward I can have and so I shall work with determination to support the school and the Head Teacher in what ever way I can

Colin Kendall: I have worked as a Learning & Development Advisor at Siemens Subsea in Ulverston for the past 11 years and prior to that I completed my 4 year apprenticeship and enjoyed a further 16 years service at BAE Systems in Barrow as an Instrumentation Engineer.  In addition to looking after the training needs of the adult workforce at Siemens, a large part of my work involves working with local schools and colleges. I strive to inspire and encourage young people to consider engineering careers and to raise employment aspirations in general – I believe it’s important to encourage and support children whatever their chosen career path may be.  I have a qualification in Adult Education and Training, a CIPD Level 3 Diploma in Learning & Development Practise and am currently working toward a CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Learning & Development Management.  I feel privileged to be serving at Walney School and, though very much a ‘novice’ governor, I look forward to learning all I can from the wealth of experience and ability that currently exists within the governing body to ensure that I make an effective and meaningful contribution to the school.  In my spare time I enjoy music, playing guitar (badly but it keeps me occupied!), motorsport (watching and competing) and I have been a member of the Ulverston Outsiders Amateur Dramatics Society since 1999. Acting on stage for many years has prompted me to take up the post of link governor for Creative Arts.

Stephen Wilkinson: I am the Executive Headteacher of The Queen Katherine School Multi Academy Trust and have responsibility through the MAT Board and Governors of MAT schools for the success of The Queen Katherine School and Walney School.  I have been a Headteacher since April 1995, having been Head of Le Roquier School in Jersey and more recently The Queen Katherine School in Kendal.  I am a National Leader in Education (NLE), I chair the Local Alliance of System Leaders (LASL) and am a member of the Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders (CASL).  My wife Elaine is also a teacher at Sandgate Special School and our three children all attended The Queen Katherine School; Chris for four years and Rosie and Kate for seven years.  Chris is a Registrar Cardiologist in the north east, Kate is an outdoor education instructor at the Conway Centre on Anglesey and Rosie has her own design company called Wren and Teasle.  I am passionate about education, that is both my profession but also one of my interests.  I also enjoy hill walking, real ale and gliding from Walney airfield.

Co-Opted Governors

 Faieza Saleem – Consultant Engineer:  I am a Chartered Engineering working as a Consultant Engineer on the Astute Programme.  Although originally from Manchester I moved to the local area in 2009 when I started work at BAE systems and joined as a graduate mechanical engineer from University of Bradford. I currently live in Ulverston.  At BAE Systems I have worked in Astute Engineering developing my engineering skills. My day to day tasks mainly involved producing evidence in support of qualification, legislative requirements and safety justifications. In recent years I have specialised and therefore started to run procedural authorisation groups. I have been sent on a few training courses including the Design Review Assessors course, Business Phase Review Assessor course and the Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3 course in leadership and management.  Last year I wrote an engineering management plan, acting as engineering project lead. I am currently the assessor for another project, I provide the independent engineering scrutiny of the plans to assure that they meet the business requirements and the plans produced contain sufficient information and evidence. I have given engineering presentations to schools before and currently act as the point of contact for all the apprentices who join my team. I set their objectives and work closely with them to develop them. I believe strongly in encouraging the younger generations in developing their skills. I would like to spend more time giving back to the community in this local area and share some of the knowledge and skills I have learnt through my career.

Lynne Horne: I've lived in the local area all my life and worked in an educational environment for over 25 years. During my time in education, I've held posts ranging from being a Finance/Business Manager at a large Secondary school to my current post of Exams Manager.  My background is Finance, but I also hold a Post 16 Cert Ed and have taught in the FE and Secondary sector.   I have previously served as a Governor, Chairing both Finance and Disciplinary Committees and I’m really looking forward to serving on Walney Schools Governing Body and contributing to its success and to making a real difference in the local community.  As a newly appointed Governor I’ve already had the opportunity of visiting the school on a number of occasions, talking to both students and staff and I feel honoured to be part of such an inspirational school.

Parent Governors

Judith Pearce : I work as an Assistant Manager at Furness General Hospital.  I have 3 children and live locally, my youngest daughter has just joined year 7.  I have been impressed with the new changes happening at Walney School. My older children attended Walney and left in 2010 & 2012 respectively.  I am passionate about developing lifelong opportunities for children. Academic structure & engaging extra curricula actives lie at heart of any successful school.  I would like to see the school build on its strengths; I care deeply about the community which we live in. I am a well organised person and believe I am able to offer time and commitment needed for the role of parent governor.

Andy Jolly : I am an Engineering Manger working in BAE Systems where my team of draughtsmen help to resolve any engineering problems that come up whilst building the ASTUTE class submarines. Having been born and lived most of my life on the Island I am keen to see Walney become the school of choice in the local area and that the education the pupils receive gives them an advantage when they leave the school.  My interest is in the technology subjects, which goes with my engineering background but my passion is sport, having played and been involved in several different sports from a young age, which is why I was pleased to be the link governor for the PE department. 

Staff Governors

Donna Dooley : Before I came to Walney School I was a full time mother to my two daughters.  Once my daughters reached school age, I felt I had a natural aptitude to working with children.  I went onto Further Education and successfully completed my NVQ3 for Teaching Assistants.  I started work at Walney School in 2007 as a Supply Teaching Assistant to cover a staff absence in the Pupil Support Department.  I became a full time member of the department in October 2007 when a vacancy became available.  I have progressed and developed professionally in my role and I get great pleasure and job satisfaction from my chosen profession and consider myself a dedicated member of the support team.   I have now been at Walney School for 8 years and I hope to continue and progress at the school for many years to come.

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