Ashgrove Nursery School Board Of Governors

  • EDUCATION AUTHORITY / EDUCATION AUTHORITY REPRESENTATIVES: Mrs D Williams, Mrs A Macfarlane and Mr M Shannon (Chairperson)
  • DEPT OF EDUCATION REPRESENTATIVES: Mrs K Guthrie, Mrs A Davey
  • PARENT REPRESENTATIVES: Ms M Byrne, Mr D Thompson
  • TEACHING REPRESENTATIVE: Mrs G Parkinson

Karen Kidd

Co-opted

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Karen’s daughter attended Ashgrove Nursery School during academic year 2016/17.

She has worked for First Trust Bank for almost 20 years. Her current role is Cluster Leader, managing four branches across their network.

Karen has a degree in Accountancy and spent a few years working for South East Regional College, as a part time lecturer for Degree of Business and finance students.

Michael Shannon (Chairperson)

Education Authority Representative

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Michael is Chair of the Board of Governors and has been associated with the Nursery School since his eldest daughter attended Mrs Parkinson’s afternooon session in the 2013/14 academic year.

His youngest daughter Katie, then attended Mrs Barr’s Full Time Class during the academoc year 17/18.

Michael is passionate about learning at all ages and is enjoying the challenge of supporting Mrs Barr and all the staff in helping the children to be the best that they can be.

Debbie Williams

Education Authority Representative

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Debbie is a busy mum of three children, all of who came through the doors of Ashgrove for their Nursery education.

Debbie has been employed for over 15 years in Children’s Services within the local health and social care sector. She strongly promotes multiagency collaboration in her work to ensure best outcomes for children and their families.

When she is not working, she enjoys nothing more than a picnic in the park with the kids… and this must include a large flask of tea!!

Debbie has been an EA representative on the Board of Governors since 2014.

Gillian Parkinson

Teacher Representative

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Mrs Parkinson is the teacher for the Morning and Afternoon Session children at Ashgrove Nursery School since September 2011.

She was previously one of the Nursery teachers in Whitehouse Primary School and Nursery Unit, having transferred from teaching in Key Stage One.

Mrs Parkinson has taken the lead role in accessing external funding and supports Mrs Barr in the daily running of the Nursery School. She also enjoys the opportunity of working with parents and families.

Joanne Barr (Secretary)

School Principal

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Mrs Barr is the Principal of Ashgrove Nursery School and as such, is the Secretary to the Board of Governors.

Mrs Barr has been with the Nursery School since her appointment in January 2011.

In her previous position, Mrs Barr worked as Assistant Adviser for Early Years in what was the North Eastern Education and Library Board, providing training and support for both Pre-School and Foundation Stage teachers.

Mrs Barr was Principal of Dunclug Nursery School from 1997 – 2007.

She has also taught in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.

Angela Macfarlane

Education Authority Representative

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Angela is a mum to two young children and has been employed by the Health Service for 16+ years.

Angela currently works on a part time basis for the Northern Health & Social Care Trust.

Angela’s daughter became a pupil at Ashgrove Nursery in 2015 which gave Angela the desire to become a member of the Governor team to assist with promoting and improving the school and helping to ensure all of the children at Ashgrove enjoy their first learning experience.

Her son Matthew attended the Nursery School during the academic year 17/18, so again, she knows the School well and also the varying needs of the parents who are welcomed into the Nursery each year.

David Thompson

Parent Governor

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David is a dad to two boys.

The eldest (Archie) attended Ashgrove Nursery during academic year 2017/18.

David is normally known as the “Jack of all Trades” within his friendship circles and currently works within the field of IT Incident Management in Queen’s University, Belfast. David holds a geography degree and uses it to help develop award-winning, community-led science projects, promoting biodiversity and clean rivers.

A keen social media enthusiast, he has helped develop the Nursery School’s online presence over the past year.

In his spare time, he can normally be found entertaining his family or partaking in some fly fishing.

Michelle Byrne

Parent Governor

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Michelle is a mother of two girls.

Her oldest daughter attends Ashgrove Nursery School in the morning class with Mrs Parkinson and absolutely loves it.

Michelle works for a mental health charity as a Communications Manager and hopes that her knowledge in this area will help build and grow the excellent reputation of Ashgrove Nursery School.

In her spare time, Michelle is a keen singer and enjoys spending quality time with her young family.

Karen

Parent Governor

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Karen is a mother of 2. Karens son attended Ashgrove in 15/16.

Karen has worked as a senior manager in a specialist education business for the last 14 years.

She works with local authorities to put education plans in place for Looked After Children and children and young people with SEND.

She is passionate about reflecting the voice of the young person in education and making sure support plans have positive impact.

Anne Davey

Department of Education Representative

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Anne has recently retired from teaching and has many years experience in the Primary and Nursery sectors.

She has always been passionate about young children’s learning, their well being and learning environment.

She is a very busy mum and grandmother to three energetic preschoolers. In her free time she loves gardening, swimming, reading and watching boxsets!

Anne is looking forward to being part of the wonderful Ashgrove Nursery experience.

Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.

“One of my children attended the school in recent years and I wanted to play a more activate part with the dynamic and forward-thinking educators that make up the School team. Their passion for child learning and development is second to none. When I hear them talk about ‘our kids’, it makes me smile but I’ve had to remind them that the children don’t actually belong to them and they have to send them home each day.”

Helen Bowman, Previous Governor

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