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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- Chair of Governors


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.

I’m currently working as a freelance Early Years Childcare Assessor/Tutor and I have an up to date knowledge and understanding of Early Years education. I have undertaken this role (freelance and staff posts) for the last 20 years.

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 my role as Chair of Governors.









Carol McNally- Vice Chair of Governors

Hello my name is Carol. I was born in Harrogate and grew up in Barnsley. I moved to Sheffield over 25 years ago.

I have worked in education for many years teaching at Rother-Valley College in Dinnington, while running my own business for over 18 years.  

I worked for South Yorkshire Police for 12 years as a frontline Police Officer patrolling the streets of Sheffield.

I am currently taking my level 3 BSL (British Sign Language) exams and have been working voluntarily at a parent and toddler group in Doncaster. I will soon be starting a voluntary position in the deaf unit of a Rotherham secondary school supporting the deaf and hard of hearing students.

I bring to this position a wealth of experience ranging from education and business through to law.  

I am honoured to be a part of the governors at Brightside School. The children are the future so it is important that we give them the tools to go into the big wide world with the confidence and knowledge to do their best.