What do the Board of Governors do?
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:
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.
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 I am the current Chair of Governors. My son was a pupil at Our Lady & St Anselm's and I am committed to promoting the values of the school and supporting the staff, pupils and fellow Governors to ensure the schools continued success.
Mrs Maria Cooper Vice Chair of Governors
As a member of the Parish I was appointed to be a Foundation Governor in March 2018. My four grown up children all attended Our Lady and St Anselm’s Primary School and I also taught there for a number of years. This experience has given me an understanding of St Anselm’s as a warm, friendly and caring school, so I have high regard for, and feel passionately about, its heritage and values. The Catholic ethos of love, tolerance and respect make our school the special place it is today.
I have worked in Catholic Education for over 40 years, as a teacher in various roles right through from Nursery, across Primary to Secondary and also in Higher Educational as a Science Technician. I want to use my personal and professional experience of education, in my role as a governor, to assist and support the Head Teacher and staff in helping to direct and uphold the vision of the school, ensuring “all-round” development and outstanding education for each and every child.
I see my job at the school, apart from the statutory requirements, as being part of a vibrant Governing board that will ensure the school, its fabric and reputation continues to maintain its great momentum.
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.
I am Fr. Chris McGrane and I was appointed Parish Priest of St. Mary & St. Anselm's Bacup and Whitworth in October 2018. I studied in Rome and was ordained priest on 14th July 2001 after having worked in the British Council. Over the last 18 years, I have served in 6 parishes before I came to St. Mary & St. Anselm's having had a lot of experience both as a governor and in chaplaincy in both primary and high schools in those parishes.
I am very pleased and honoured to have been made an ex officio governor at St. Anselm's, a very vibrant and welcoming school with a great teaching staff and happy and confident children.
My name is Marjorie Smith and I am the appointed L.E.A Governor. My links with school have covered many years, when my eldest granddaughter joined Our Lady & St. Anselm’s and I offered my services to school, in a voluntary capacity. I regularly attend school to listen to students reading. The reading covers all ages and I enjoy the wonderful variety of reading materials. I also stay in school once a week 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
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. Since my retirement I visit school regularly offering my services to assist with listening to children reading. I am extremely proud of our school, its staff, pupils and its achievements over the last few years and the place it holds in the community.
I served as a Foundation Governor at OLSA for many years. When my term of office came to an end I decided to continue working as an associate governor so that my links with the school continued. I work closely with the school, responsible for overseeing all aspects of Health & Safety. 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.
I was born in Liverpool and 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. Following my retirement I was looking for an area of voluntary work and jumped at the chance of becoming a school governor. I 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.
Hi, I am Vikki King and I have joined as a Parent Governor. I had the pleasure of working at Our Lady & St. Anselm's for 6 years as a Teaching Assistant but left in July 2022 to spend some time with my family. I am excited to still be part of the OLSA family and working closely with the other Governors to share my skills. I am currently an active member of the Friends Association and enjoy organising exciting events for the children. I don't have much spare time being a mum of two teenage boys and a foster mum to both a girl and boy as well however, I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my family at the ice hockey.
My name is Kirsty Sinclair, I am a qualified teacher, hold a Drama degree and have experience teaching children from EYFS-KS4 with a wide range of special educational needs. I am the founder and owner of Little Bookworms and provide multi-sensory interactive theatrical storytelling adventures, storybook driven drama classes, bespoke party packages and personalised tuition (neurodivergent and neurotypical) to the local community, nurseries and in schools. I am honoured to be a Parent Governor at OLSA and hope my innovative approach, inclusivity and passion to bring learning to life will be a great attribute.
I joined as a foundation governor in January 2020. I am a practicing Catholic and have been a parishioner at Our Lady & St. Anselm's for 35 years. During this time, I have taken all the possible sacraments including marriage and my little girl has been baptised there too. I grew up in Whitworth and I attended Our Lady & St. Anselm's before moving onto St. Cuthbert's RC High School. My little girl now attends Our Lady & St. Anselm's and is enjoying growing up and learning all about our Catholic practices. I come in to school on a weekly basis and help out in reception class. I aim to ensure that all children and staff feel valued and that best practice is in place to support this. I am committed to promoting the Catholic ethos of the school and its positive attitude.
My name is Miss Fleming and I am Assistant Headteacher for Key Stage 2. I currently teach within Year 6. I feel very privileged to have taught at OLSA since 2014, after having trained in Law at Nottingham Law School. I am also responsible for co-ordinating English and History throughout the school, and I particularly love organising and developing reading challenges to inspire and enthuse all classes. I have two children, both whom attended OLSA, and in my spare time, I enjoy spending time with them and going horse riding.