Below you will find some information about each member of our Governing Board. Everybody has a different skill set which is used to help the Nursery School run as effectively as possible.
I joined the Governors as Co-Chair in May 2019. I work in Human Resources and my professional body encourages its members to volunteer through an organisation called Inspiring Governance. I was keen to get involved as I strongly believe that Early Years Education is key to a child’s long term success and I was looking for ways to give back to the community. I hope that my professional experience can help the governing body and Centre to continue to maintain the excellent high standards. I live in Glossop with my husband and when I’m not working or volunteering I can generally be found on the fells with my dog.
My name is Andrew Barraclough and I am the co chair of governors here at Gamesley.
I am a former Nursery Teacher myself and I am passionate about education. I am currently employed as a Performance Manager for an Apprenticeship Training Provider.
I had a strong sense that I wanted to give something back to the community and this led me to volunteer to be a governor.
I like the ethos and values here at Gamesley and the nursery is at the heart of the community.
"I have been involved with the Centre since 1973 as I was one of the first teachers appointed when it first opened. At first as it was a joint venture between Education and Social Services there was no governing body at that time. A management committee was formed and I was a member of that and later became a governor when a governing body was formed.
I have always found working at the Centre to be extremely stimulating and my aim as been the pursuit of excellence both as teacher and governor."
I have been a governor for approximately 12 years now, I first became a governor when my youngest child was in nursery. Both my children attended the nursery and I was keen to get involved and help out where I could. I am a speech and language therapist, and hope that my skills can contribute to the centre, whilst keeping me up to date with nursery education.
I've been a Governor since March 2013 and was approached by Julie as my daughter was attending the Centre at the time. I wanted to be involved in my daughter's experience at the Centre, to understand the workings of early year’s education and to help maintain the excellence status.
My background is in further and higher education where I have taught and worked in a supportive role for many years. I have a BA (Hons) Art and Design and a PGCE in post-16 teaching.
I currently co-run a non-for-profit community group, Glossop Arts Project which enables people from the Glossopdale area with long-term health conditions, mental health issues and learning disabilities to access our weekly groups in a creative and friendly environment.
I live, work and play in Glossop.
I’ve been a governor for 2 years now, I represent the staff for the centre. I have been employed by the centre for 18 years in one capacity or another working in every area of the centre, from a crèche worker to the OOSC, on to the over threes, then babies and toddlers. I am currently back in the over three’s which is truly the age group I so enjoy working with. I am currently in my final year of study. I have been taking the BA (hons) course in Early Childhood studies, which I hope to complete this summer.
I spent over 30 years working for local councils. I have always had an interest in education and am delighted to be Clerk to the Governors. I have lived in Hadfield for over 25 years, am married to Pat, a retired teacher, with three grown-up daughters two of whom are teachers.