Pen Portraits

Michelle Dent

Chair of Governors

I believe children’s Education is shared between School and home. Working with parents as partners encourages continuity. I have worked in Education for the past 22 years with Early Years and now teaching the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education. I believe every child has something they are good at. Broughton Primary School encourages that ethos and I am pleased to be part of that.

Matthew Cooke

Having relocated many times as a child due to my Dad being in the army, I settled in Scunthorpe at the age of 10 where I went to school, college and eventually took a job on the Scunthorpe Steelworks. Whilst working on the steelworks I earned a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature at the Open University. I am now a full time Organiser and use the rhetoric and communication skills that I learnt at university every day.

It is a privilege to be a Governor at Broughton Primary School, a position that I first became interested in as I believe that all children have the right to a brilliant education no matter their background or circumstance. Away from school I am an avid Park Runner and member of Scunthorpe and District Athletics Club. I also love to travel with my wife whenever we get the opportunity.

Emily Hall

I have a degree in History from the University of Lincoln and studied my PGCE at Hull University in 2013. I am teaching my sixth year at Broughton Primary School and have experience working in Years 4, 5 and 6. I currently teach in Year 6 and am also the Upper Key Stage 2 Phase Leader on the Senior Leadership Team as well as the Maths Coordinator for the school.

I am a co-opted governor and I sit on the Resources Committee. I also often attend the Children and Learning Committee meetings due to the contributions I am able to make as a class teacher, phase leader and subject coordinator. I decided to become a governor to get a wider understanding of the running of the school and to be more actively involved.

I love my job and enjoy coming to work every day. I feel proud and privileged to be a part of Broughton Primary School.

Alex Heward

I studied English/History BA at The University of Sheffield. I then completed a PGCE at Bishop Grosseteste and began my teaching career at Broughton Primary School. I have been a teacher at Broughton Primary School for six years. Since that time, I have worked in Years 4, 5 and 6. I am English coordinator and a member of the senior leadership team.

I have always considered Broughton Primary School to be a very special place where all children are valued and encouraged to thrive in whatever they do. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work at such a fantastic school.

Tom Hotchin

I was born and brought up in Scunthorpe, before going to University near Liverpool and then moving back to Brigg following graduation. I have worked in schools for the last 15 years and currently I am the Bursar of a large Secondary School.

As a father to twin boys at Broughton, I would like to help the school in maximising its resources to allow all children to achieve the best that they can. Outside of work I love spending time with my family and playing football and cricket.

Chris Pope

I am very pleased to become a governor. I have settled in Broughton, have been involved within the community, and we have recently seen our twin boys complete their primary education in the school. We know what a special place this school is and that each and every child is valued however challenging they may be, and that they are supported to learn, to grow and to develop the life skills to succeed in the future.

I trained as a teacher after completing my degree at Oxford, taught for a while, but then spent over 20 years in the RAF as an education and training development manager, during which time I completed an operational tour and also gained higher degrees in educational technology and corporate management. I have had the opportunity to experience educational provision in all areas of the UK and overseas as a parent, a manager, an inspector and a governor. After retiring from the RAF, I worked in local government as a manager and advisor in education and children’s services, and for an examination board.

I count myself as now being a full-time foster carer, and I am a national trustee for The Fostering Network in the UK. Locally, we are active with the local PIP forum and supporting children with additional needs.

Tracey Ramage

Background

After leaving Huddersfield University with a Masters degree in Textile design and technology I worked for a number of years in the textile trade across the UK, working closely with a range of companies in Europe and China as a R&D technologist and social compliance manager.

I then decided to move into Education as a teacher of Design & Technology where I have developed my career over the last 17 years. I have worked in a number of Secondary schools across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. I currently hold the position of Faculty lead for Design, technology, Media and ICT.

Reason for becoming a Governor

At my current school I have been a staff governor for a number years and have worked closely with the team driving standards forward. I wanted to use these skills and apply them to Broughton Primary school, so that I am able to support every child and allow them to have a positive, happy and productive future.

Tracey I Ramage

Leader of Design, Technology and Media/ ICT

Currently reading:

Little Women Series - Louisa May Alcott

Emma Smithen

Background

After leaving University with a degree in Human Resource Management I worked for a number of years in recruitment as a head hunter for corporate organisations. I then decided to move into Welfare to Work where I have developed my career over the last 18 years. I have worked in both operations delivering contracts that support long term unemployed individuals back into work, skills contracts to up skill and develop the potential of individuals and Apprenticeship provision. For the last 5 years I have worked within the Business Development arena as a Partnership Development Manager working with Stakeholder and providers to develop effective partnership links for future opportunities.

Interests

I love spending time with my family and a lot of my interests centre around my 5 year old daughter. We love spending time walking in the park and going swimming along with baking and anything creative.I enjoy reading and crafting along with decorating cakes.Whenever I can I enjoy going to the gym and CrossFit.

Reason for becoming a Governor

My work has given me a real vision into how important it is that education includes life and employability skills. I wanted to use the skills that I have to support and enable every child to reach their full potential.

Karen Windross

I served 26 years with Humberside Police, mainly investigating serious and organised crime and then spent my final 10 years in a safeguarding role implementing the Prevent agenda across Hull and East Riding. I have also been a foster carer until recently.

Following my retirement from the Police in 2018 I have trained as a life coach and particularly enjoy coaching teenagers and young adults to help them achieve their full potential in life whilst being content and happy. I am also an independent panel member sitting on several foster panels in the Lincolnshire / Yorkshire area.

I have a son who is a student at Broughton Primary School.

My spare time is taken up with my family, dogs and horses and I also enjoy yoga and pilates.

I became a co-opted Governor at St Hugh's Special School in Scunthorpe after my retirement from full time work as I wanted to help make sure some of the most vulnerable young people in our communities get the very best possible education and when a Parent Governor vacancy arose at Broughton I welcomed the opportunity to bring my skills to the school. I sit on the finance committee.

I am on the school run most days so feel free to stop me and have a chat.