A NEW governor - with roots in North Korea - has joined the board of a Bury school this week.

In her new role as governor, Mrs Jihyun Park hopes to use some of her harrowing experiences under the North Korean regime to encourage young people to face life’s challenges and reach their potential.

Mrs Park, previously a maths teacher, said: “Nursery school is the first step toward leaving parents and stepping into society for a child. This is an important turning point in the child’s life when they first learn to relate friends, respect parents and teachers, learn why hygiene is important, and start writing and reading.

“The job of school governor is first and foremost the care and safety of schoolchildren before any adult employed by the school. I can’t wait to be able to give back to the community, while learning at the same time.”

Bury North MP James Daly has been a governor at the school for 10 years, with Hoyle recognised as an outstanding provider by Ofsted in its last two inspections.

Mr Daly added: “It is a true credit to our brilliant headteacher, Rachel O'Neill, and all her colleagues who dedicate themselves to giving these children the very best chances at this early stage in their lives.

"I look forward to working alongside Jihyun and doing everything that we can to continue the fantastic work of Hoyle Nursery School and the positive outcomes it is providing for some of the most disadvantaged children in our borough."

Mr Daly, also chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Nursery Schools, Nursery and Reception Classes in Westminster, said: "The APPG is determined to fight for the sector and highlight the brilliant, life changing work being undertaken by nursery schools throughout the country."