Blackpool Multi Academy Trust - Board of Trustees

 

Devonshire Primary Academy is a founding member of Blackpool Multi Academy Trust, alongside Anchorsholme Acadmey and Park Community Academy. 

Each academy retains their own Local governing body which is responsible for the development of their own community.

The Chair, Headteacher, Parent and Staff representatives from each Local Governing Body alongside a Local Authority rep and Mrs Lorraine Stephen (who works for Salford Education Authority and is completely independent of all the academies) constitute the Blackpool Multi Academy Trust Board, which is responsible for raising standards across all schools within the trust including its sponsor school - Revoe Learning Academy. 

 

 

Devonshire Local Governing Body

Mrs Barbara Houghton

(Chair of Governors - 04/02/16)

Hi, my name is Barbara Houghton - You might know me from St Thomas' Church as I
am the Children and Youth Pastor as well as a Reader there. I have had the
honour of serving as a Community Governor at Devonshire since 2007 and now more
recently as Chair of Governors - I cannot tell you how pleased I am to be
associated with such a lovely school! There have been some incredible changes
during this time - I think many would agree that this is a school that certainly
does not like to stand still, always endeavouring to challenge and improve in
all areas. I go into the school a couple of afternoons each week to observe and
help out wherever I can. This gives me the opportunity of seeing first-hand what
goes on in school as well as helping me to get to know both the staff and pupils
better. I also serve as the Child Protection Governor too. If you ever need to
contact me you are most welcome - the school office will provide you with my
contact details.

Start: 01/09/13   End: 31/08/17

Meetings attended through 2016-2017:

Mr James Pellowe

(Vice Chair of Governors - 01/09/16)

Hi, my name is James Pellowe - I am a qualified accountant and was previously audit manager for several academy schools, including Devonshire Primary Academy, within the Lancashire area. I am now Financial Controller for a chain of children's nurseries across the Northwest and have my own small accountancy practice. Having left my role as auditor at my previous firm I was honored and delighted to be invited as a Governor of Devonshire Primary Academy and didn't hesitate to accept the role at such a forward thinking school.

Whilst my children did not attend the school, Devonshire was where my wife was based whilst training to be a teacher and she still keeps in touch with the wonderful staff who mentored and supported her through her training.

I have also volunteered to be the link Governor for the Early Years at Devonshire and hope to visit as often as possible to observe and assist with any improvements we can achieve.

I am happy to be contacted should you feel that I could help with any questions or concerns.

Start: 01/09/16   End: 31/08/20

Meetings attended through 2016-2017:

Mr Nick Toyne

(Headteacher - 01/09/16)

As the newly appointed Head teacher I am both pleased and excited to have been asked to lead this school in its next phase of development.  I am determined that we will all continue to work as a team of pupils, parents, staff, governors and the wider community to ensure that we all achieve, “The best that we can be.”

At Devonshire Primary Academy we endeavour to provide all our pupils with an education which enables them to reach THEIR full potential. We provide an atmosphere in which our children feel secure and valued, with each child treated as an individual and encouraged to develop his or her own special talents. 

Start: 01/09/16   End: 31/08/20

Meetings attended through 2016-2017:

Mr Andrew Brannigan

Staff Governor

Hi, my name is Andrew Brannigan and I have been a teacher at Devonshire for 15 years and a staff governor for 8 years. I became a governor to represent the staff at the school but also to make sure that Devonshire Primary Academy offers the best environment for our children to learn to their full potential. 

I have responsibility for Computing/ICT in school and report to governors on issues of e-safety. Another important part of my role is to support fellow governors with a greater understanding of the curriculum and pupil progress. I'm also able to feedback the pupils opinions on changes or issues within school. 

For the past two years I have also represented the staff and pupils on the Blackpool Multi Academy Trust Board which meets to develop all four schools in the Trust. 

Start: 12/03/15   End: 11/03/19

Meetings attended through 2016-2017:

Mrs Rachael Thomas

Staff Governor

Hello my name is Rachael Thomas. I have been a staff governor at Devonshire for 10 years! I became a governor because I wanted to be an important link between staff and governors and also wanted to contribute to the development of our school. I believe I am able to bring a good understanding of school life to the meetings and help other governors further develop their knowledge of our school, both its strengths and ways in which we can continue to improve. I have responsibility for Basic Skills and More Able in our school and report to governors about this.

Start: 03/11/13   End: 02/11/17

Meetings attended through 2016-2017:

Mrs Julie Wall

Staff Governor

Hi, my name is Julie Wall and I am a senior teaching assistant at Devonshire Primary where I have worked since 1993. (Through floods and fire!!) 

I have been a governor at Devonshire for over 15 years now.  

I am currently our literacy governor, an area of our curriculum that I am passionate about. The main part of my role is monitoring the progression of phonics and the teaching of reading.  My priority is to help our children achieve their full potential.

I'm also involved with the school council aiding the children to have a vital and valuable contribution to decision making at Devonshire Academy. 

I am Devonshire through and through!

Start: 03/11/13   End: 02/11/17

Meetings attended through 2016-2017:

 

Mrs Kim Sharp

Parent Governor

 

Hello, I am Kim Sharp and I am in my second term as a Parent Governor.  I am also a Parent Governor on the Blackpool Multi Academy Trust Board.

I have 3 children, all of whom were taught at Devonshire, my youngest is now in Year 6.

I became a Governor because my son has Special Educational Needs and the Devonshire staff were a great support to both him and me and I wanted to give some of that support back. I want to help Devonshire to become the best it can be, and in our school every child matters, which is important to me.

 

 

 

 

Start: 11/11/14   End: 10/11/18

Meetings attended through 2016-2017:

Mrs Claire Redwin

Parent Governor

 

Hello, my name is Claire Redwin and I am a parent governor at Devonshire Primary Academy.  I have been a parent governor for nearly three years now and take my role very seriously.  

My main aim is to ensure every child is treated equally and is able to get the best education they can, to be the best that they can be.

 

 

Start: 01/09/13   End: 03/07/17

Meetings attended through 2016-2017:

Mr Chris Brambles

Community Governor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meetings attended through 2016-2017:

Mrs Marilyn McQueen

Community Governor

Hi, my name is Marilyn McQueen and  I have been a governor for about 20 years. I  initially became a parent governor when my children attended Devonshire School. I attended Devonshire and worked  as a dinner lady and was Secretary in the Infant School for about 16 years. I currently am a volunteer helper in a Year 1 class. Devonshire Primary Academy remains a very important part of my life.

I am chair of the Achievement and Standards Committee which is responsible for matters relating to curriculum planning and delivery, assessment and improvement and also the monitoring of the school's publicity and its relationship with the wider community.

My aspirations are that we continue to foster a caring and safe environment in school and ensure that all our children are  given the skills, support and opportunities to reach their full potential.

Start: 01/09/13   End: 31/08/17

Meetings attended in 2015-2016: 7/7

Mr Nic Hall

Community Governor

Hello, my name is Nic Hall and I am delighted to have become a governor at Devonshire Primary School.  Previously I have been a teacher of English and SENDCO at Lytham St Anne's High School for 14 years and at Highfield Humanities College for 20 years.  I have been retired now for three years but have missed my work with children, school and education and am pleased to be newly involved, particularly with Devonshire Primary.  I already know a number of the staff and governors, some through my time as SENDCO, and some through my involvement with St. Thomas’ Church, where I have come to know several of the parents and children.

As a teacher I am well aware of the challenges of meeting children’s' needs, particularly in Blackpool, where I feel the situations are unique and specifically in the area of our school, which has its own challenges as well as a vibrant, supportive community.  I have a particular interest in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, also teaching and learning as well as literacy.  As an ex-teacher I have concerns for teaching staff and all support staff in the light of building pressures, workloads and economic constraints.  This will always provide a background for my role as governor.

At a personal level, I am a keen Blackpool supporter, which I hope will not raise concerns about my state of mind!  I am a guitar player and member of St. Thomas' worship team and a lover of blues, jazz and country music.  Finally, to paraphrase a seventies pop song, I really do believe that children are our future, and that education is pivotal to all we aspire to be; we need to make schools fun, safe and supporting as well as equipping young people for successful lives in our society. 

I thank you for this opportunity to be involved at Devonshire Primary Academy.

Start: 01/04/2017   End: 31/03/2021

Meetings attended through 2016-2017:

 

 

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