Message from the Governors

We are delighted to welcome you to our website which we hope provides the necessary information to parents and visitors about how our school is run and the aims and expectations we set ourselves.

St Mary’s values its reputation as a warm and friendly school. With a strong Catholic ethos, it serves as a witness to the Catholic faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and it is from this foundation that the success of our school is built.  Our school’s Mission Statement emphasises the value that is placed on the uniqueness of individual pupils, who are encouraged to develop and celebrate their talents and spirituality in order to achieve their full potential as children of God.

Under the outstanding leadership of Mrs Raynor, our staff are conscientious and hard-working and ensure that all the children are valued.  In our school, we seek to achieve amongst our pupils academic excellence whilst also promoting their emotional, social and spiritual well-being. If you choose to visit our school you will see and hear pupils eager to learn and willing to express their ideas creatively.

The Governors are very committed to supporting Mrs Raynor, staff and children, in setting and maintaining very high standards, and in the constant pursuit of improvement. Governors serve on a number of committees and, in addition, have particular areas of responsibility with links to individual classes. Linking up with a class allows us the fantastic opportunity to see directly how the children enjoy their learning at St Mary’s, and also enables us to feel very much a part of the St Mary’s family.  The 3 main committees at St Mary’s are Finance, Resources and Staffing, School Effectiveness and Admissions. All governors give their time freely and details of who we are can be seen below.

We are incredibly proud of St Mary’s school and all its achievements. We do hope our website answers many if not all of your questions, but Mrs Raynor and the Governing Body are always happy to respond to any concerns or queries you may have.

Governors Vision

At St. Mary’s School we believe in a broad, balanced curriculum to develop each child to their full potential, on their journey to becoming happy and confident individuals. We want children to gain a love of learning in a safe, welcoming environment in partnership with our Teachers, parish, parents and carers with Our Core Values of Jesus Christ central to everything we do.

Governor Role Name of Governor Term from Term to
Chair / Foundation Jane Leader 01/09/2017 31/08/2021
Vice Chair / Foundation Alison Stones 01/09/2017 31/08/2021
Head Teacher Dee Raynor 01/09/2015 31/08/2019
Foundation Orina Hall 01/09/2017 31/08//2021
Foundation Emmett Mailey 01/09/2017 31/08/2021
Foundation Rachel McNamara 01/09/2017 31/08/2021
Foundation Peter Farley 28/09/2018 21/09/2022
Foundation Fr Paul Smith 28/09/2018 21/09/2022
Local Authority Patricia Hubbard 30/11/2015 29/11/2019
Parent Nicola Cusick 01/09/2015 31/08/2019
Parent Craig Seddon 19/01/2018 18/01/2022
Associate Margaret O’Brien 20/11/2017 19/11/2021
Associate Joseph Bourke 20/11/2017 19/11/2021
Staff Suzanne Brown 01/09/2016 31/08/2020
Observer Shelley Kinman 15/11/2016 14/11/2020

 

Voting rights

Mr J Bourke – Can vote in sub committees but not in full GBM
Mrs M O’Brien – Can vote in sub committees but not in full GBM
Mrs S Kinman – Observing only

St. Mary’s Governing Board

The full Governing Board meets five times a year. Each member of the governing Board is also a member of one or more of our committees and may also have a specific area of responsibility. We have committees all of which give feedback to the full governing body:

  • Resources: To deal with all matters delegated by the Governing Board regarding, Finance, the school premises and Health and Safety. To deal with matters arising regarding staffing, personnel and pay. Please see the Terms of Reference.
  • School effectiveness: To deal with all matters delegated by the Governing Board regarding; Standards in school and Curriculum.
  • Admissions: To deal with all matters related to school admissions

These committees meet at least once each term. St. Mary’s Governing Board consists of:

  • Local Authority Governor:  appointed by the LA
  • Parent Governors:  2 parents are elected by other parents at school
  • Foundation Governors 7:  governors are appointed by the Diocese. These governors represent the views of the Bishop.
  • Staff Governors:  One governor is elected by the school staff.
  • The Headteacher is also a governor.
  • Associate Governors 2:    Associate members do not form part of the constitution of the governing board of governors. They are additional people who bring useful skills to an aspect of the work of the governing body.

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The Chair of Governors is Mrs Jane Leader who can be contacted via the school office.

The main Roles of the Governing Board

  • Ensuring clarity of the Catholic vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Link to statutory guidance- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/constitution-of-governing-bodies-of-maintained-schools

As a Catholic Voluntary Aided School we also have responsibility for maintaining the Catholic character of our school and ensuring that all our children have the opportunity to know, love and serve almighty God, and develop their full spiritual, moral, academic and physical potential in a caring atmosphere reflecting the true spirit of Christ’s love and compassion.

Click these links to see our Governors Register of InterestsAttendance, Terms of Reference, Instrument of Goverment and Committee membership

Governor Statements

Jane Leader


I have been a Foundation Governor at St. Mary’s for over twenty years and my three sons attended the school. It is a privilege to work with such hardworking and dedicated staff and governors who have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

I have been a teacher for 36 years and I’m now retired and look after my granddaughter. I am a trustee of a local Drop-In Centre for the homeless and vulnerable.

I have always had a passion for education and I’m committed to ensuring that the children at this school have a happy and safe environment where they can learn and achieve their full potential.

Alison Stones


I have been a Governor at St Mary’s school for over thirteen years; initially as a Parent Governor but then I was delighted to become a Foundation Governor. As a practising Catholic, I am committed to working on behalf of our Bishop to promote and maintain the school’s Catholic character and mission ensuring that the whole curriculum, including religious education, ‘is taught in the light of gospel values and actively promotes the spiritual and moral development of the pupils’.

I became part of St Mary’s with my children attending there and during that time I was also an active member of the Parent Teacher Association; including Chairman. I fully support this wonderful school both pupils and staff. There is a warm embracing atmosphere throughout and this is reflective by the children’s successes and behaviour.

I use my employment skills for the Health and Safety and recruitment needs, supporting the Senior Leadership Team and fellow Governors as appropriate.

My spare time interests include a dog, tap dancing, gardening and walking.

I am enjoying every aspect of my Governor role and the journey that this wonderful Catholic school takes me on.


Dee Raynor

I have been employed in Catholic education for 29 years, as a Governor at St Mary’s RC Primary School for 18 years and as Headteacher for the last 9 years. As a practising Catholic, it is an honour to lead an outstanding inclusive Catholic Primary School with a wonderful cohesive team of staff and governors who share my passion and vision for Catholic education.

In my limited spare time, I enjoy reading, walking, bowling and the creative arts, as well as spending quality time with family and friends.


Orina Hall

I have been on the Governing Board since September 2017 as a Foundation Governor.  During this time, I have gained valuable insight into the many facets of running a primary school.  I have worked in the housing sector as a Manager for many years and believe that I have a range of skills, including finance, human resources, health and safety that can be utilized to add value to St Mary’s school.  I currently sit on the Finance and Resources committee and enjoy contributing and shaping policies ensuring that the school maintains statutory compliance and is financially robust.

Having visited the school as an observer, I am truly impressed by the quality of teaching, challenging children to develop spiritually, socially and academically.   I am keen to influence the future direction and support the vision of the school to help St Mary’s grow from strength to strength.

Emmett Mailey

I have been a Foundation Governor at St Mary’s RC Primary School since 2012. I joined the governing body when my daughter was in reception and now have two children at the school. I am a member of the School Effectiveness, Performance Management, Pupil Discipline as well as the Full Governing body committees. I have worked in the Education sector for 18 years as a Teacher and have been pleased to contribute my skills and knowledge from my professional career into the Governing body.

I have found being a School Governor an extremely fulfilling role. I say that St Mary’s RC Primary School is an inclusive, exciting, innovative & dynamic school with a highly committed team of staff, governors and supportive parents. It is a privilege to work with the school & wider family and to play a small part in shaping its success.

Rachel McNamara 

I have been a foundation governor since 2012, but my journey with St Mary’s began long before that. St Mary’s was the primary school I attended as a child, and I am fortunate enough to have had my three children as pupils here too.  Both myself and my children have thrived as this fantastic school, I couldn’t think of a better school for them and I consider myself to be honoured to be a governor here.

I am a high school teacher and fully understand the demands placed on the schools to provide an excellent educational experience for their pupils. St Marys offers such a wide range of experiences for the children whilst embedding the Catholic values that are so important to us. Having observed the staff teaching the pupils within their classroom setting, I am always impressed with the care, passion and innovation the staff show, the children of St Mary’s are in very safe hands.


Pat Hubbard

I am a retired Education Professional and became a governor as I wanted to help the school and ensure good quality education and excellent outcomes for all the children. I have been a governor at St. Mary’s for twenty-nine years and I am proud to work alongside such dedicated and hardworking staff and governors.


Craig Seddon

Since joining as a parent governor in January 2018, I have joined a really passionate group of people who care greatly about our school. Having 2 children at St Mary’s I have seen and experienced first-hand the dedication that goes into the running of our school.

I feel privileged to be on the board and take immense pride, in feeling I am able to contribute towards maintaining the high standards. Also, I feel it’s important to get involved with all the good work that is put in, to make St Marys a safe, welcoming and caring place for all our children to flourish and find their passion for learning.

Joe Bourke

I began teaching in 1977, working in a range of schools throughout the northwest, before returning to Salford, where I worked for over thirty years, twenty two of these as Headteacher of a local Catholic School. After retiring, I worked on behalf of Salford Diocese, on a short term basis, as acting head of a number of Catholic schools before being invited to be an Associate Governor at St Mary’s.
I feel honoured to help support such an outstanding school as St Mary’s. The passion of all concerned with the school, is clearly evident, the benefits of which are reflected in the success of the children, who are nurtured in a caring and compassionate community.
Living local, I have always been aware of the high regard in which the school is held within the area. This is due entirely to the highly dedicated professionalism and drive offered by all the staff, backed by supportive parents and a strong Governing Body

Margaret O’Brien

It is a privilege to be part of St Mary’s governing body. As a previous teacher and headteacher in Salford, I believe I can assist, support and respond to the many challenges that schools face today. I try to bring my individual perspective to discussions. My skills, knowledge and experience of how schools work are important in supporting the headteacher, staff, pupils and the school community.


Shelley Kinman

I have been a member of the Governing Body since 2018.  In my role as an observer, I attend both the Full Governing Body meetings and the School Effectiveness meetings.  I have been a teacher for 18 years and now have the position of Assistant Headteacher and Year 6 teacher at St Mary’s R.C. Primary School.

I also have a son who attends St Mary’s.  As a parent, I appreciate how dedicated the staff and governors are towards creating a happy, safe and secure learning environment for my child.

I am proud to be part of a fantastic team of teachers and governors, who put every effort into the wellbeing and education of the children in their care.  I am excited to play an active leadership role in the school’s future and to help contribute to the opportunities that lay ahead.

Peter Farley

I have recently been appointed as a Foundation Governor. I am a practising catholic. I am retired but have years of experience in a bookkeeping/accounting role within a Limited Company. I also have a number of years experience as a Foundation Governor in another primary school having been on their finance committee. I have been made very welcome by both Staff and Governors and look forward to supporting the school in the future.