18 March 2021

In January, the school appealed for three new parent governors as the four year term for our current representatives was coming to an end.

There were three vacancies and three qualified applicants so no ballet was required.

Governors are volunteers who work together with the executive leaders of the school to set its vision, ethos and strategic direction.  They hold the executive leaders to account for the school's educational and financial performance for the good of all pupils
 
Clerk to the Governors, Mrs Spencer, said: "Each parent will take up their four year term of office after the full governing board meeting next Tuesday, 16 March, when the current serving parent governors vacate their positions. Parent governors bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the governing body, and use their perspective as a parent to help the board understand a parent's viewpoint.”

Here we meet the second of our three new parent governors, Damien, who has a son in Year 8, Jake.  

Damien is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry. He is currently a director for a global construction consultancy where he has experience of managing teams, developing and mentoring young people and will be bringing his finance and legal skills to the governor role.
 
Away from work, Damien manages Gregson Lane Junior Football Club’s U10 and U13 teams and also undertakes the role of Treasurer at the club. Whilst there he actively helps the children to develop, enjoy the game of football, make friends and learn to be part of a team.

Talking about his new role at Priory, Damien said, "I’m passionate about children getting the most from their education. My interest in becoming a school governor is driven by my belief that all children, irrespective of their background, should be adequately equipped with the right skills and foundation required to set them up for the future, enabling every child to learn, grow and reach their full potential".

"Penwortham Priory is a terrific school and I’m keen to help the school continue to improve and develop on its journey from good to great. I’m therefore really excited to be given the opportunity to be a Parent Governor and actively support the school whilst being a ‘critical friend’ and provide challenge to ensure the school is the best it can be."

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