The Governing Body complements and enhances the school leadership by providing support and challenge, ensuring that all statutory duties are met, appointing the headteacher and holding them to account for the impact of the school’s work on improving outcomes for all pupils.
None of our Governors has any business interests which conflict with their role in the school and none is related to any member of staff. A copy of the latest Governing Body Meeting Minutes is available upon request from the Headteacher.
The school’s governing body monitors the effectiveness of the leadership,
management and delivery of the residential provision. All quality assurance
information is routinely considered at the governors’ meetings. This ensures that high
standards of practice are maintained across the school.
Chair of Governors – Rosemary Dyson
I have worked with many organisations involving the common threads of coaching, education and training contributing to over 35 years’ experience in Learning and Development.
In education I have taught at 11-18 level and more recently as a Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University. For the past 15 years I have worked independently in Leadership Development providing coaching, workshops, team development programmes and change management support for public and private companies in a range of sectors.
Paul recently retired as the headteacher of Morecambe Road School having been head there since 2008. Prior to that he was headteacher of a residential special school in North Yorkshire for 8 years. Paul trained as a ‘middle school’ teacher in West Yorkshire, gaining a B.Ed Honours Degree and late an Advanced Diploma in Special Educational Needs through the Open University. He has worked in special schools for over 30 years, working in Lancashire, Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire. Paul has also worked for Lancashire as a School Improvement Partner and is an Ofsted Inspector.
I have over thirty years of teaching and management within the early years sector. As a retired headteacher of a Lancashire maintained nursery school, my skills include: supporting children and families; developing and extending services; managing budgets; team leadership, support and development; partnership working; Early Years curriculum; inclusion; innovative practice; health and safety policy and procedures.
I have also had experience of planning and leading the development of new initiatives including the management of a Playbus taking services into rural areas and the opening of a Children’s Centre offering an extensive menu of services responsive to identified local need. I am looking forward to using my skills to support the wonderful work of Bleasdale School.
I am Russell Jones but everybody calls me Russ. I’m 50 years old and have three children. I have two boys, the eldest is at university in Manchester and the other is at QES in Kirkby Lonsdale. My daughter is in early years here at Bleasdale. I retired from the Prison Service five years ago after having served 23 years in various establishments around the country. Since then my wife and I have been full time foster carers. I’m a season ticket holder at Everton Football Club and a keen cyclist, photographer and model maker.
I’m honoured to be sharing this journey at Bleasdale with my daughter, pupils and staff.
Before retirement I was a mainstream Primary school teacher covering Early Years and both Key Stages 1 and 2 in London, Ambleside and Over Kellet. I was Teacher Governor at St.John’s, Silverdale where I taught for 13 years.
I am looking forward to being associated with Bleasdale School and associating with the children, parents, staff and other Governors
I am a registered mental health nurse and currently work with palliative care clients.
John is a retired consulting engineer with a project management background for construction and care of facilities having mechanical, electrical, heating and ventilation systems – with renewable energy aspects taking the lead wherever possible. He is currently chairman of the Halton Lune Hydro electric scheme and the Carnforth Community Swimming Pool. A key aspect of all projects has been cost to build and operate, hence a focus on finances and efficient use of budgets, as a Bleasdale School Governor. Connections with the school go back a number of years via Carnforth Rotary (Honorary Treasurer) and visits by students and support staff to the 1st Carnforth Scouts base camp.
Alan Sharples – resigned
I began working at Bleasdale School in 2008 as a Residential and Educational Support Worker, supporting pupils to access their learning during the school day and fun after school activities where they could continue their learning. This position enthused my interest in the education of children and I was fortunate to undertake a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education with the support of the Head teacher. After qualifying, I gained experience in mainstream education as a Year 1 Primary School Teacher at a primary school in Blackburn for three years. After this, I worked as a Year 2 Primary School Teacher for four years at a primary school in Lancaster. During this time, my understanding of effective pedagogy, accurate pupil assessments and interventions grew and a year ago, I was delighted to return to Bleasdale School as the Primary 2 Class Teacher. It is an absolute privilege to be able to support each pupil at my school reach their full potential and assist the school in meeting its strategic aims. I am extremely honoured and proud to work at Bleasdale School and look forward to working with the School Leadership Team and School Governors to help Bleasdale School continue to move from strength to strength.
Heather Scott – resigned
I am a qualified primary school teacher with over eight years of experience teaching full time. I have just recently returned to teaching after spending the last ten years as a stay-at-home-mum. I love to read, spend time with my family and enjoy running and cycling round our lovely local villages. My son has attended Bleasdale since he was two years old and I’m privileged to be given the opportunity to support this wonderful school as a governor.
Governor Details and Register of Interests for academic year 2021 – 22 Bleasdale School
|Name||Appointment Date||End Date||Appointed By||Attendance Full Govs||Attendance Committees||Business/Pecuniary Interests||Role||Links|
|Mrs Mary Peel||02/07/18||01/07/26||Co-opted||3/3||5/6||None||Staffing, Finance & Property||14-16|
|Mr Paul Edmondson||05/09/18||04/09/22||Co-opted||1/3||2/3||None||Curriculum||Let's investigate/ computing|
|Mr John Blowes||10/12/19||09/10/23||LCC||3/3||3/3||Chair Halton Lune Hydroelectric Scheme & Carnforth Community Swimming Pool||Finance & Property||Primary 2|
|Ms Rosemary Dyson||13/04/15||12/04/23||Co-opted||3/3||6/6||Sole owner/director RBP (2015) Ltd||Chair of Governors, Staffing, Finance & Property||LASGB/Link/16-19|
|Mrs Mary Ripley||13/04/15||12/04/23||Co-opted||3/3||6/6||None||Staffing, Curriculum||Secondary/English/Maths|
|Ms Barbara Wignall||13/07/17||12/07/25||Co-opted||2/3||4/6||None||Staffing, Curriculum||Primary 1/Music/Creativity|
|Mrs K Ashton||10/12/19||09/12/23||Acting Head||3/3||9/9||None||Staffing, Curriculum, Finance & Property||Acting Head Teacher|
|Mrs Kairen Dexter||01/04/10||31/08/22||Headteacher||3/3||9/9||Governor at Morecambe Road School||Staffing, Curriculum, Finance & Property||Former Head Teacher|
|Mr Russell Jones||26/06/19||25/06/23||Parent||2/3||1/3||None||Curriculum||Our World/Physical Skills|
|Mr Alan Sharples||12/05/21||31/12/22||Staff||3/3||2/3||0||Curriculum||0|
|Mrs Heather Scott||12/05/21||09/09/22||Parent||1/3||1/3||0||Curriculum||Personal Social Development/RE|
Ability to adapt the curriculum so well to meet individual needs
Parental Questionnaire 2017
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Acting Headteacher: Mrs Kirsty Ashton
Bleasdale School, 27 Emesgate Lane
Silverdale, Carnforth, Lancashire
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