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Chair and Vice Chair

Peter Stockdale - Chair of Governors

Hello, my name is Peter Stockdale and I am the Chair of Governors. For the last 15 years I’ve driven past Brightside school almost every day but it wasn’t until I became a dad to my boys that I realised how important it is to our local community. Just like every other parent I want the very best for my children and since they will spend almost as much time at school as they do at home I feel that parents and staff must all work together to give them the best possible start in life.

My mum and dad were teachers and I’ve done some work in schools and colleges so I have some idea of the massive amount of effort that goes into running a modern successful school.

Ours schools are fast becoming small businesses in their own right and with new educational targets and continuing budget cuts it’s even harder to provide the kind of education that every single child deserves.My expertise is in the area of IT and technology and I’ve been involved in both very small and very large businesses. I believe that a parent governor has the special ability to bring a fresh perspective to the workings of the school.

There will always be times when challenging questions must be asked and I’m not afraid to find out why things happen the way they do, to stand up on behalf of others and focus on what is most important.



Pat Tomlinson- Vice Chair of Governors

Pat Tomlinson.

I have lived in Brightside since 1982 and have held various school governor roles since 2008.

Both my grown up children and my grandson have happily attended Brightside School over the years.

My current job is a Childcare Assessor/Tutor for PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years), hence I have a vast working knowledge of Early Years education. I’m currently delivering training in a variety of childcare related subjects, Including HBCA (home based childcare award – CACHE)

I also work as a volunteer at the local church, being involved in children’s work.

I feel that these roles help me to support the school in role as a Local Authority governor.