School information

Meet the governors

What do the Board of Governors do?

Record of Attendance

Committee Structure 

Register of Business Interest

School governors make collective decisions as part of the governing body whose primary function is to help raise the educational standards and performance of a school by supporting the work of the head teacher and staff. Governors make important decisions on how a school will be run. The governing body is answerable to parents and the wider community.

Some of the things expected of governors include:

    • Promoting high standards of achievement Setting the school's aims, values and ethos
    • Budgetary allocation and control Planning the school's long-term future
    • Appointing staff

Our school is a voluntary aided school and was founded by and is part of the Catholic Church and so the Catholic faith is at the heart of everything that we do.

Our aim is to ensure that every child gets the best possible start in life, receives an excellent education and has the support and protection they and their families need to allow them to fulfil their potential.

Every year we ask parents & carers to complete the Governors Questionnaire. The responses that you send back to us are really important because they help us to decide on the future aims, objectives and direction of the school. Thank you to those who completed the questionnaire this year. We hope that next year even more of you will complete it because your views are very important to us.

All Governors are volunteers and at our school we have four types of Governor:

1: Parent Governors Parent Governors are elected by the parents of children at the school.

2: Staff Governors Staff Governors are elected by the staff at the school.

3: Foundation Governors Foundation Governors are appointed by the Bishop of Salford.

4: Local Authority Governors are appointed by the Governing Body.

All of our Governors have special areas of expertise or interest, and so responsibilities are allocated with this in mind.


Mr D Wiggett Chair

I am a commercial manager for a northwest based construction company and have lived in Whitworth since 2000. I was appointed Foundation Governor in January 2014 and sit on the Finance and Building Committee. My son is a pupil at Our Lady & St Anselm's. I am enjoying the role of Governor and look forward to promoting the values of the school and supporting the Staff, Pupils and fellow Governors to ensure the schools continued success.

Mrs J Rainey

As Headteacher of Our Lady & St. Anselm’s, I also sit on the governing body. This means attending all committee meetings and full governor’s meetings. I am privileged to have a committed governing body who not only attend meetings but also regularly visit school, read with children, assist on school trips and share their varied skills.

Mrs M Abbondandolo

Along with my role here at Our Lady & St Anselm's as School Business Manager, I am also very privileged to have been voted to serve as staff governor for the school. I sit on the staff, buildings and finance committee due to my financial background.

Mrs M Smith

My name is Marjorie Smith and I am the appointed L.E.A Governor. My links with school have covered 7 years, when my eldest granddaughter joined Our Lady & St. Anselm’s. My youngest granddaughter still attends. My links began when I offered my services to school, in a voluntary capacity. I attend school to listen to students reading. The reading covers all ages and I enjoy the wonderful variety of reading materials. I attend school on Monday afternoon, all day Tuesday and all day Thursday. On alternate Tuesday’s, I stay in school at lunch time to attend School Council. I assisted in finding funding for the garden project and joined the Friends Association to help in any way I can to help find ways to boost the funds. After Councillor Grogan died, I was asked to consider if I would take on the task of L.E.A Governor. There have been many changes since I last worked as a governor, but it is important to try to keep up to date with the new protocols, policies and procedures. Prior to my retirement, I was a Community Social worker for adults with learning disabilities. Having some knowledge of the subject, I was happy to take on the responsibility of governor for SEND issues, within our school

Mr J Bramwell

Appointed in October 2014, I'm privileged to serve as a Parent Governor. I've two sons who attend our school. Their development & love of school life inspired me to pursue this fascinating role, helping ensure the school moves from strength to strength. I serve on the Finance, Buildings & Staffing Committee. I've lived in Whitworth for 15 years & work within the print/media industry.

Mr M Whitby Foundation Governor

I have been a governor of Our Lady and St Anselm's for over 30 years I am a retired local government manager who used to work within child protection and children in need. I have lived in Whitworth all my life and my family before have all lived in Whitworth and can be traced back to the early 1800's. All family members have attended the school and church since they were first built up to and including my son Simon. I sit on the building and finance and the curriculum and pastoral committees. Since retirement I have offered my services to assist with listening to children reading. I am extremely proud of our school its staff and pupils and its achievements over the last few years and the place it holds in the community.

Mrs G Whitworth Foundation Governor

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in October 2012. I sit on both the Curriculum and Pastoral, and Buildings and Finance committees. I am also the Numeracy Governor. My son, Sam, is a pupil at St Anselm's and is about to start Year 3. For the past 14 years I have worked at the University of Manchester and I am currently a Research Support Manager in the Faculty of Humanities. Although I am new to the role of Governor, I am enjoying learning more about how a primary school runs.

Mrs J Potts Foundation Governor

I have been involved in education for almost 30 years and am currently a Headteacher in a neighbouring local authority. I have a lot of school improvement experience and it is a privilege for me to be able to share this experience to help Mrs Rainey and her talented staff to make this school even better for our children. I am involved in the Parish Sacramental programme and in delivering the Liturgy of the Word for children at Mass on some Sundays. I also serve as a Reader and a Eucharistic Minister. Both of my children went to St Anselm’s, the youngest leaving about ten years ago. It is good to see how the school has continued to improve since then and to play a small part in its success now as a governor.

Mrs L Clarke Foundation Governor

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in January 2014 and sit on the curriculum and performance improvement committees. I have lived in Whitworth since 2006 and am a member of Whitworth Vale and Healey Brass Band. I have had links with school since 1999 when I started providing the music tuition and now my daughter Alice is also a pupil here. I work as the schools manager at Rochdale Music Server where amongst other things, one of my responsibilities is curriculum development. In my role as governor I look forward to working with the staff and pupils to ensure the continued success of the school.

Mr D Peel Associate Governor

I am a Foundation Governor serving on the Finance and Building Committee. I am President of St Mary and St Anselm's St Vincent De Paul Society as well as serving on the Parish Events and Financial Committees. I am a Textile Consultant specialising in importing Flame Retardant Fabrics, for use in education, health care and the domestic sectors.

Mr D Conway

My name is Derek Conway and was appointed to the position of Parent Governor in the summer of 2015. I work for a Housing Association which has close links to Whitworth. My son has attended the school since reception and enjoys the teaching and the activities it offers. The school is held in high esteem within the valley and I hope to contribute to its continued success in my role as governor.

 Peter Corder

Peter Corder

I am 61 yrs old and was born in Liverpool , I am a practicing Catholic. I moved to Whitworth valley as a young child and attended St Anselm's, St Wilfred's and Bishop Henshaw's school. My mother still lives in the Valley, and I live close to the area in Shawclough, Rochdale. I was a Police Officer at Rochdale for over 30 yrs and retired in 2005 . Since then I have worked for a local specialist ink company and retired fully in 2016. I am married with two grown up daughters who both live in the Rochdale area. Since retiring I have been looking for an area of voluntary work and jumped at the chance of becoming a school governor and will endeavour to be a useful member of the team in maintaining and raising standards at our already excellent school, giving all the children a safe and caring environment in which they can reach their full potential. I come into school on a weekly basis and assist in testing the key stage 2 children with their maths times tables.