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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 Chris Smaller - Vice Chair

I have been a Governor at Brook Acre for 4 years now and thoroughly enjoy the role of helping the School on its journey towards an outstanding assessment.


Previously, I worked for nearly 43 years in Branch Banking in the UK, starting in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, then via offices in Leeds and Bradford, Ellesmere Port, Warrington, Crewe and Tarporley, achieving the role of Branch Manager along the way. This was a very rewarding career as I watched banking change from handwritten ledgers through to full computerisation and gave me a good range of experience in personal and business finance.


Upon retirement from the Bank, I took on the role of Bursar at an Independent School in rural Cheshire, and there learnt much about the way the finances of a school work.


Retiring from that about 6 years ago, I am now a full-time grandfather (and taxi-driver!)


I am proud of the progress which has been achieved by the Head and Teachers in recent years and I can see clearly from statistics that the results pupils achieve at Brook Acre are second to none in our Town, giving them a good foundation for their future education.


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 C Smaller Governor(1)
Miss J Holmes Headteacher CRB No 001361344491 Issued 24.04.12

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.

Mrs Bennett - SIMs(1)

Mrs Joan Bennett - Associate Governor

My name is Joan Bennett and I am the Business Manager and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Brook Acre CP School where I have worked for 28 years.  I initially became a Governor because I wanted to find out more about the way the children of Brook Acre are educated and to play a bigger part in the strategic development of the school. 

My role as Business Manager means that I am responsible for the day to day running and monitoring of the school budget so I feel I can offer the necessary expertise and advice to the Strategy Committee, of which I am a member.  I also work closely with the Headteacher and the Site Manager regarding new building projects and the general maintenance of the school.  As part of the Senior Leadership Team, I have gained a much wider understanding of curriculum matters which I can now bring to the Governing Body.

Drawing and painting have always been hobbies of mine and before moving to Brook Acre, I was a Carpet Designer at a local firm in St Helens.  Because of this, I love to take an interest in Art in school and observe parts of lessons when possible.  I thoroughly enjoy viewing the Art Exhibitions in school which parents and carers are invited to on a regular basis.

The role of School Governor is very challenging and can be quite demanding at times but it is very rewarding, particularly when you see what a difference a well-run school can make to a child.

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.

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Mr Andrew Moorcroft - Co-opted Governor

I am currently the Principal at Beamont Collegiate Academy which is the local high school and we take many students in from Brook Acre each year. I have worked in education for the last 18 years. The transition to high school is becoming more and more important so links between phases are essential, hence my decision to join the governing body at Brook Acre.

I have worked as a staff governor at 3 schools I have worked at; I am an ex-officio member of BCA's governing body and I am currently Vice Chair of governors at Meadowside primary school after spending the last 18 months as Chair of the governing body.

Mrs Lynn Bristow - Associate Member

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 to 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 associate member of the governing board 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 the school, or other governors or school staff.

Mrs L Bristow Governor(1)
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