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Mrs Dawn Farrent - Chair of Governors

I have been a secondary Headteacher and have also completed two Executive headteacher posts, one in a primary school.  I am currently an independent education advisor and an Ofsted inspector. Having worked for many years at Padgate High school I have an affinity with, and understanding of, the local area.

I have no business or pecuniary interests which conflict with my role at the school.

I have no Governance, or similar, roles in other institutions.

I have no relationships with the school, with other governors or with the school staff.

Mr Peter Barry - Vice Chair

I joined the Brook Acre team in 2018 after retiring from a career in education which included leadership roles as Headteacher of a secondary school and Head of Learning and Skills in a prison. I have considerable understanding of school development planning, financial and personnel management; and the achievement of high standards.

Schools strive to give our children a chance in life: they want to enable them to have choices in the future. I became a governor because I hope I can use my knowledge and experience to help make that vision a reality for the children of our community.

Peter Barry
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Miss Jo Holmes - Headteacher

I have had the pleasure of spending my entire career as a teacher at Brook Acre Community Primary School.  I started at the school as a new teacher in September 2005 and have watched the school grow on an immense journey of school improvement.

I was born and grew up in a very quiet and beautiful part of North Wales.  I didn’t always find school life easy and knew from a very young age that I wanted to make a difference in education.  After relocating to Warrington 11 years ago to start my career, I still often go home to the peace and splendour of the Welsh countryside.

I am extremely proud to be the headteacher of Brook Acre.  I, along with a dedicated team of teaching and support staff, bring passion and commitment to ensure each child at Brook Acre achieves the best possible outcomes and gains the skills, drive and enthusiasm to become a life-long learner with a positive future ahead.

Mrs Mary Chuck - Co-opted Governor

I have worked with Brook Acre School for thirty years, building the first links with what was then Padgate High School, and have served on the Governing Body for around twenty of those years.  There have been so many changes over that time – in education and in the school - and it has been a wonderful journey, being involved with all the improvements over that time.  It is now a very special place in which to play a part. 

The skills I bring to the Governors are those I learned in twenty years of secondary school leadership and management. They range from child protection awareness, appointment procedures and HR knowledge through to school budget management. In the spare time I have, I enjoy the keeping as fit as possible, writing poetry and painting in watercolours and acrylics, and spending time with family, including 4 grand-children who have kept me well-informed about changes in schools – but those interests are kept well away from Brook Acre!

I have no interests which conflict with my roles at Brook Acre, but I do keep broadening my mind as a Trustee of the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere.

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Mr James Stansfield - Staff Governor

I am now in my third year of teaching at Brook Acre CP School and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far.  I decided to become a staff governor because I wanted to contribute more to the wider life of the school and learn more about the ways that the governors contribute to the running and direction of a school.

Away from school I have a young family of two boys who keep me very busy but when I manage to get a few spare moments I enjoy sports – both playing and watching. I am a member of a running club and play football on a weekly basis.

Mrs Lynn Bristow - Co-Opted Governor

I have lived in the North East of Warrington for thirty years. It is where I brought up my family. I have strong links with a local church and it is important for me to contribute to my local community. I was a secondary school teacher for twenty-nine  years, which has given me a keen interest in education. Over the years, I have participated in voluntary work for the Youth Justice Board and the YMCA as well as helping with adult literacy classes. I hope to use all my educational and voluntary experiences in my role as a governor of the governing body of Brook Acre Primary School. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, singing, learning to play the clarinet and walking with the Ramblers Association. 

I have no business or pecuniary interests.

I am not involved with governance at any other institution.

I have no relationships with school, or other governors or school staff. 

Mrs L Bristow - Governor
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