Christie Finegan (Chair)
I have been a governor at Peel Brow for approximately 18 months. My responsibilities as a governor include chairing the resources committee and acting as link governor for Safeguarding. My own children have both attended Peel Brow, my eldest, Alex, left in 2012 to go to Woodhey and then following a glorious couple of years where I didn’t have to shuttle up and down the motorway from Bury every day, Natasha started in 2014. Outside of my work at the University of Manchester, where I run Postgraduate programmes, my governor’s responsibilities and my Mum duties I can be found at live music gigs, theatre, museums, galleries, travelling on a shoe string, bargain hunting in Charity shops and occasionally will be seen pounding the streets of Bury as I’m in the throes of a mid-life crisis and have suddenly developed a burning desire to run.
I have been a staff governor for 4 years. I’ve been at Peel Brow School since1985 when I started as a support assistant for a little boy with Muscular Dystrophy. During my time at the school I have worked in many different roles including classroom assistant as it was known then, SSA and after qualifying as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant I taught Art, Design and Technology and Music from Year 1 to Year 6. At present I am working as SENCO assistant.
Outside school I am a Beaver and Cub leader and also hold the position of Assistant District Commissioner for the beaver scout section in Bury and Ramsbottom district. I am heavily involved in Bury Parish Church where I am safeguarding officer and run the Sunday school, I enjoy arts and craft, especially card making but am always on the lookout for a new craft.
I'm a new governor at Peel Brow this year (2018/19) having only recently moved to Ramsbottom, but I was a governor at two other schools in Manchester when I lived there and also served as trustee and chair of a GM-wide youth organisation for several years. In my day job I run the office of James Frith, MP for Bury North. One of my many responsibilities in that role is to support his work on the Education Select Committee and working with local schools to support them to deliver an excellent education to all young people.
I have been at Peel Brow School since 2010 and really love being the headteacher of such a wonderful school.
I started my teaching career in Stratford which is in the east end of London. The school where I worked is the closest school to the Olympic Stadium! I then moved to a school in Newton Heath, Manchester where I worked for the next five years. After this I joined the Senior Leadership Team at a school in Blackley, Manchester. I then moved to Hollins Grundy in Bury, where I was deputy headteacher for five years. I have also been acting headteacher (to cover whilst the headteacher was off ill) at St. Peter's in Bury for two terms before starting here at Peel Brow School.
Whilst away from school I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my family. We enjoy going on walks with our dogs, Meg; who is a Cockalier (half Cocker Spaniel and half King Charles Cavalier) and Millie, who is a Cockerdor (half Cocer Spaniel and half Labrador). I also am the coach for my son's football team and I really enjoy playing and watching football.
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