Mr Colin Bowmer – Foundation Governor - (Diocese Appointment)
Term of Office
3 years - 08/01/2017
Science Lead Governor
Full Governing Board
Annual Policy Meeting
Finance/ Resources/ Premises/ Personnel Committee
Headteacher Performance Management Committee
Anything marked on Personal, Pecuniary or Business Interest?
Who's in your family?
Sylvia and I have been married for 53 years, we have 3 daughters and a son, Helen (teacher) Jennifer (teacher) Kristina (Pharmacist) and Christopher (Engineer). We have 6 grandchildren and 1 great grand child.
Why did you decided to be a Governor?
I have been a teacher in higher education most of my life so being involved with primary education broadens my view
Why at St Luke's CE?
St Luke's Church needed to provide a foundation governor.
Have you been or are you a governor anywhere else? (Do you have links with any other schools?)
I have two daughters who are teachers, I have contact with St Peter's Primary school in Swinton where one teachers
What is the most rewarding thing about being a governor?
It is good to see how the pupils develop in their formative years.
What have you learnt from being a governor you didn't know before?
I have gained experience of the administration side of education
What has been the most challenging thing you've being involved with?
I'm a chartered chemist with a research degree and have had a life-time experience in higher education teaching undergraduates and directing post-graduates in research degrees
What's the most important thing about education/school to you?
We should support children to become responsible adults who are always eager to enhance their knowledge and expertise throughout their lifetime
What do/did you do as a career?
I started as a laboratory chemist and studied to gain an honours degree in chemistry (part time study) I became a teacher in higher education where I gained an MSc degree in Chemistry research (part time) I am now retired.
What do you do with your spare time?
I have a large family which means considerable involvement with the younger members and their school work. I enjoy d.i.y jobs but time is limited. I organise the church music.
What was your time at School like? What did you most enjoy/find hard?
I enjoyed all school activities, particularly playing the recorder and later the violin. I enjoyed the teachers reading stories but I was a poor reader.
What subject did you enjoy most at Primary school? (Why?)
Music, we had a teacher who played the piano, Music from Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin brought tears to my eyes at the age of 4 years old.
Who was your favourite teacher (why?)
Miss Haddy at Tootal Road school taught me algebra which gave me a tremendous start in the study of mathematics.
What's your favourite Colour? (Why?)
I like all colours I have no favourtites
What's your favourite film? (Why?)
I seldom watch films, I prefer TV documentary programmes, particularly those with a scientific theme and also nature based programmes