I have been a governor at Hollinwood Academy for just under a year. My son, Sam, attended New Bridge School and then The Learning Centre and is currently having a wonderful year at Future Finders/Horizons.

Although born and bred on the better side of the Pennines, I moved over to the “Dark side” (!) many years ago when I obtained my first teaching position at Littlemoor Primary School in Oldham. I have since taught in two other Oldham Schools, I was a Deputy Head in Tameside and for the last seventeen years I have been a Headteacher, at first working in Rochdale and for the last nine years back over the Pennines in Yorkshire at Heptonstall J, I and N School, Hebden Bridge.

The New Bridge Group was absolutely the right choice for my son. I am so grateful for all the opportunities that it gave and continues to give him. I am passionate about school days giving children everlasting and special memories. I want to support the school so that every young person has the chance at Hollinwood Academy to live up to their full potential both whilst in our care and beyond.

David Perrin, February 2017