Pen Portraits

Roger Burgess – Chair of Governors

My roles on the governing body incorporate being Chair of Governors, Chair of the Student Committee, member of the Finance and Resources Committee, with overall responsibility for health and safety for the school and also the link governor for teaching and learning.

I Originally worked in the transport industry. In Sept 91 I started at Aldi as transport manager, taking a key role in a multi-million pound operation. After five years I moved to start my own transport agency, supplying drives, warehouse staff and office staff to the industry. This I did for almost 9 years before retiring.

One of my daughters attended Elton and then went on to College and University, and is now a social worker at Bolton Social Services. My wife and I are foster carers for Bury social services. Over the past thirty-one years we have cared for over eighty children with numerous challenges and gained a great deal of skills to help these children. I am actively involved in the training of new carers for Bury and I also sit on the Bolton social services panel and have done for nine years.

As Chair of Governors I take my responsibilities extremely seriously and work hard to support our school as much as I can. I have six children, three birth children, two adopted children and one who has been in care with us for fourteen years, so children play a central role in my life and I care a great deal about their well being, we care a great deal about children

Neil Scruton

I am currently the Vice Chair of Governors and I have extensive teaching and educational leadership and management experience, serving for 45 years in Special Education, three comprehensive schools and as Headteacher of The Elton High School for 27 years.  During my period of service at The Elton High School, I served as a Governor and additionally as a Governor of two primary schools, a Pupil Referral Unit and Bury College.

My achievements as Headteacher of The Elton High School include:  transformation of the culture, ethos and standards in the School, significant improvements in student examination outcomes, achievement of a variety of national awards, designation as a Specialist School, achievement of Good with significant outstanding features under OFSTED Inspection (2009) and approval for a complete re-build of the School.

My role is to serve the students to the best of my ability by supporting the excellent Headteacher and Governing Body in the strategic management of the School, continuing the School’s status as the most sought after state secondary school, by parents, in Bury.

Local Authority Representative

John Costello

I have been a member of the governing body of The Elton High School for nearly thirty years.  I currently serve on both the curriculum and and student sub-committees.  I chair the curriculum sub-committee.

I am a retired teacher, having been involved in Education for 50 years.  I serve on the governing body of a neighbouring high school where I am currently Chair of the Governing Body and chair of both the finance and personnel sub-committees.  I am chair of the trustees of Bury Metro Arts Association (B.M.A.A).

I bring commitment, dedication and experience to the role of LA appointed governor.

Testaments from a few of our Governors

Lynne Hainsworth

I became a parent governor towards the end of 2015 and was delighted to take on this role. My eldest daughter is currently in Year 8 at Elton and has had a very positive experience at high school so far. I have worked in education for twenty years as a teacher, at a variety of schools in the Primary sector, across the whole age range.

I am particularly interested in the transition from Primary to Secondary, and the changing curriculum and exam structures.  I  have enjoyed my time as a governor so far and have already learnt a lot about secondary education. I will offer commitment and determination to support the school in its current period of change and in its move to the new build.

Iain MacKay

As a co-opted Governor, I am proud to state that I attended The Elton High School from 1984-89 and I was deputy head boy in the fifth year. It was a very enjoyable period in my life and I have many happy
memories. The education and support that I received from staff helped shape the person that I am today, enabling me to study at university and develop a successful career. My daughter now attends the school and, having made numerous visits to the school, I can see that the learning and support ethos of the school has grown even stronger.

Being elected as a governor and continuing my links with the school was therefore a great honor. I am fully committed to the role, aiming to assist as much as a can with helping to support the school team as much as possible, using the skills and experience I have developed during 20+ years employment with the civil service.

Other Governors include Johanna Ellison, Mobeen Kashif, Katherine Ashworth, James Frith, Rebecca Cross and Michelle Mallilieu

Staff Governors

Head teacher Mr J Wilton

Deputy Head of English Mrs A Stone

The Elton High School