Our Chair of Governors is Dr Nadia Shah who can be contacted via the school office.

Our school governors make collective decisions as part of the governing body whose primary function is to help raise the educational standards and performance of a school by supporting the work of the Headteacher and staff. The governors make important decisions on how the school is run. Our governing body is answerable to our parents and the wider community.

Some of the things expected of governors include:

  • Promoting high standards of achievement
  • Planning the school's long-term future
  • Overseeing the school's aims, values and ethos
  • Setting performance measurement indicators & targets
  • Monitoring the performance of the school against those standards
  • Acting as a critical friend to the Headteacher
  • Budgetary allocation and control
  • Appointing senior staff

Spring Hill governors, like all others,  govern rather than manage. They are there to give direction and focus by performing a vital strategic role. The management of a school is the responsibility of the Headteacher.

The governing body consists of the headteacher, staff governors, parent governors and co-opted governors.  The governing body does not have any associate members on it.


Governors Information

Susan Penman

My name is Susan (Sue) Penman. I have been on your Governing Body for 2 years. I am a retired local government officer where I worked in the Finance Department for over 25 years.

During this time, I was clerk to governing bodies meetings, (and continue to do so), for 17 years, clerking meetings to several schools in Blackburn and Darwen. I now have 4 schools (all primary), which I clerk, 2 of them for the past 15 years so I have seen many changes. So, I am experienced in how governing bodies work with the school to provide the children with the best education they can, so they can move on to secondary education well equipped with the life skills they need.

During all this time I teach swimming. I have been a swimming instructor for 32 years, the youngest person I have taught is 3 and the eldest 80! I have also coached an England footballer when he was at school in Blackburn! Now I just teach just 2 evenings a week.

I am looking for to the future years as Vice-Chair of your governing body and help your school move forward.

Jackie Hall

I have over 10-years’ experience of school governance for both primary & secondary schools including chairmanship.

At Springhill I have been appointed as a co-opted governor.  I am really looking forward to getting to know the school & the community to ensure it thrives to the best of its ability, particularly in these challenging times.

I am also work full time in Environmental Health in Greater Manchester. 

As well as being a mum I love the outdoors & try to get out walking & cycling as much as possible. I love reading or listening to audio books. For the last few years, I gave been learning Spanish. Prior to COVID-19 I was volunteering with Burnley fire cadets. 

Linda Robinson

My name is Linda Robinson, and I am a co-opted Governor from Meadows School in Rochdale where I have worked as an English Lead Teacher and Quality Manager for five years.  Prior to my employment at Meadows School, I was a Curriculum Leader at Aylesbury College where I taught for ten years as an A Level Lecturer in English.  I have a great deal of experience working to Safeguard young people, supporting children who are looked after and developing curriculum content and teacher training.  I look forward to working with the governors at Spring Hill Primary School to ensure that pupils reach their full potential in a happy and safe environment.

Adam Johnson

My name is Adam Johnson and I am a primary school teacher and senior leader at a school in Hyndburn. Having qualified as a teacher in 2006, I have taught in a range of schools, before taking up my current position in 2016. I have a particular interest in the teaching of Mathematics and am passionate about helping children to feel more confident and to succeed in this subject in particular. More recently, I have taken responsibility for student mentorship in school; a role which I have enjoyed as it has provided me with the opportunity to support, advise and collaborate with teachers who are at the very beginning of their careers. I believe that my professional experience will enable me to support the children, staff and families of Spring Hill Primary School.

Khizer Abbas

My name is Khizer Abbas. I am the only parent governor representative for Springhill Primary School.  I became a governor to integrate myself into the community of which the school is such an important part. I have worked in the education sector for several years. Currently, I work in a secondary school setting at middle management level. Previously, I have worked in the private sector in retail and HR. My past experiences have been critical in taking on this important role of governor. 

Lyndsay Davison

My name is Lyndsay Davison and I have been a teacher for over 20 years. I am currently Deputy Head in a Rossendale school but will be moving to Tameside as Head Teacher in January. I have led most subjects during my career including maths and science. My current responsibilities are: SEN, Pupil Premium, Curriculum, Assessment, TA appraisal and line management. I am the mother of 3 boys and in my spare time I enjoy field Archery, singing and baking.

Sohail Asghar

My name is Sohail Asghar and I am a former pupil of Spring Hill Community Primary School. I am pleased to return to the school as a governor and I am looking forward in contributing towards the futures of our children’s lives and providing them with the best educational opportunities. In my occupation I work with children and young people in a high school. Outside of school I volunteer for a local charity 'Bahja Initiative' who provide opportunities for the community through education, sports and health and well being activities. 

Sue Beirne 

I have been a school governor for many years, beginning when my children were at nursery.  I continued to be a parent governor at their primary school where I became a coopted governor when they left to go to high school. 

I worked in a high school for 25 years as a specialist SEN practitioner previous to that I worked on outreach from a special school. 

I believe schools should strive to enable every child to reach their potential.  Every child has skills and talents that schools are obliged to discover and nurture.  Their physical and emotional wellbeing is crucial. 

I know that governors can make a difference and under the guidance of the Head, a school and its community can grow and blossom. 

Janet Ashworth 

I have been married for 40 years and have 3 daughters.

I spent most of my working life as a nurse on a heart ward, 10 of those years on nights whilst bringing up the girls.

Later I worked in the community supporting adults with a learning disability who lived as independently as possibly in their own home.

Ten years later I completely changed careers becoming the Community Champion for the new Tesco Extra Accrington in 2010. My role included to support/help out charitable local organisations, schools, children’s clubs and local fundraising in our community on behalf of the store, it was a wonderful position to hold.

Through my Community Champion position I was asked to become a governor which I was able to accept. I retired 3 years ago but continue to be a governor I think a lot of Springhill and was happy to continue.

My interests are family first, I also love cooking/entertaining (before the virus) I visited the gym/swam 5 times a week (before the virus) and also enjoy a good book I love being a grandma to my little grandson and my new grandchild who will be born in May 2021.

Lesley Freeman

I am the staff governor at Spring Hill Community Primary school. I have worked at the school since  2015.  I am passionate class teacher and a member of the senior leadership team. I joined the Governing board in 2018 to provide me with further opportunity to work alongside staff, families and our community to ensure our pupils receive an enriching and inspiring curriculum. I am enthusiastic about providing the children with the best education so all children can reach their potential.  

Sameena Zaman (Observer)

I have been a Teaching Assistant at Spring Hill Community Primary School since 2009 where I have gained valuable experience of working in most year groups. I am also supervise the welfare staff at lunchtime. Previously my children attended Spring Hill CP school and I feel that the school provided a positive impact on their development. As a person who lives locally to school, I support local events and have a good relationship with the local community.

Become a school governor

There are lots of ways in which you can donate expertise to your child's school, but one of the most important and responsible - and let's face it, one which involves the greatest commitment - is becoming a governor.

What do school governors do?

School governors are a team of people who work closely with the head teacher to make key decisions vital to the successful running of the school. The governors appoint the head teacher and make decisions that directly affect the education and well-being of the children. They play an important role in improving standards throughout the school and agree the school's budget. In other words, it's a very meaningful role!

If you are interested in becoming a school governor please declare your interest to the School Office.