Governors are like a Board of Directors and make decisions about how the School is run. They meet at least once a term in School.



  • decide what is taught
  • set standards of behaviour
  • interview and select staff
  • decide how the School Budget is spent

School Governors have legal duties and responsibilities. They can only act together and not individually.



  • parents
  • Teachers or Support Staff at the School
  • local Council Representatives
  • Diocesan Representatives (Foundation Governors)

Our school Governors are:


Mr Cragg - Chair of Governors

I have been a Foundation Governor at St Mary's for more than 11 years, following 19 years in total as a Teacher in the school - I was the Deputy Headteacher, 1991 - 2000. Previously to this, I spent 18 years as an Art Teacher in Secondary school. I am married to Anne, who is also a retired Teacher, and we have lived in Littleborough since 1970. We have two daughters and four granddaughters. My interests, other than school and family, are sport and theatre. I played football and cricket when I was younger and I support Rochdale AFC. I have taken part in musicals and plays for a number of local amateur societies and currently I am the set designer for The Curtain Theatre in Rochdale. I enjoy being involved in the life of St. Mary's and I hope to support the school in any way that I can, for the benefit of our wonderful children.


Mr Kaye

 I moved to Littleborough in 1987 and I work as an Information Systems Manager at a chemical plant.  I converted to Catholicism in 1988 and became a parent at St Mary’s in 1992.  I joined the Governing Body in around 1994.  I became Chair of the Resources Committee in 2013 and was privileged to be elected Chair in October 2014 until 2016.  I have a strong interest in education – my mum and my wife were both Teachers and my wife’s family includes retired Heads, Deputies and Teachers – education is always a topic of conversation at family gatherings.  I strongly believe that better governance will lead to better outcomes for our children.


Mrs Ruane

As the Headteacher of St. Mary’s, I am also a school Governor. I am now in my third year at St. Mary’s and am really proud of what we, as a school, have achieved; the education of the ‘whole child’ in which I believe passionately. The Governors ensure that we always put our children at the heart of all we do and that we continuously strive for excellence at St. Mary’s whilst providing a fun and happy place to learn. As Headteacher, I am always very busy but in my spare time I love spending time with my family. I have two children, a son and daughter, who are both at University. I enjoy socialising, eating out and when I can I walk, run or go to the gym – I used to run a lot and ran the London Marathon several years ago. I also have a slight wild streak and parachuted out of a plane not long ago! I also love travelling and visiting interesting places.


Mrs Kelleher

I am married and have three daughters (two still at home). I am also a "GranPam" to twin boys who have brought enormous joy to my life, as do all of my family. I am the Acting Headteacher of a Rochdale Primary school and previously served as a classroom Teacher for 39 years in Catholic Primary and High schools.  Working with so many children and their families over the years has been a privilege and I am delighted to be able to contribute to your community at St Mary's. I love life and enjoy sharing it in many ways with many friends.  I particularly enjoy going to the theatre, eating and watching old episodes of Star Trek...yes...for those of you who understand...I am a Trekkie!


Mrs Golding

Until July 2014 I was a Teacher at St Mary’s for 22 years. I have spent my whole career teaching in Catholic schools in Rochdale. I attend St Patrick’s Church where my family is involved in music, pastoral care and much more. It is very nice for me as a Governor to keep in touch with the children and see how they are growing and achieving success. While at St Mary’s I served on the Governing Body as Staff Governor on a number of occasions. I am married to David. I have three children Catherine, who is married with two beautiful boys, Helen, who is a Teacher and lives at home and Richard who lives just ten doors away with his wife. They are expecting their first baby on November 1st. I look after the boys every day and am now on the other side of the door at drop off and pick up because Odhran has just started at St Vincent’s school. My interests are many and varied but my first love is and will always be reading books.


Mr Shaw

As a father, I want the best for my children and the school that they attend.  My ambitions for St Mary’s, therefore, are driven by wanting our school to be the safest, happiest and best it can be. To date, I have been lucky enough to have attended St Mary’s school trips, participated in the Christmas celebrations in EYFS and, more seriously, have represented the views of parents during the recent Diocese of Salford Section 48 “Outstanding” inspection.I am a Warehouse Manager for a large retail company and I have a structured, logical approach to every situation.  I feel I can bring a business perspective to the role of Parent Governor as well as a parent’s point of view.My wife is a Secondary School Teacher  which allows me a perspective of understanding educational issues of parents and Teachers alike.I am happy to give all I have to help our children be all that they can be.


Mrs Ellis-Roberts

I am a Foundation Governor at St. Mary’s. I moved to Littleborough from my home town of Bolton in 1998, initially to work at Birch Hill Hospital as a newly graduated Occupational Therapist. I now work at a local hospital as the Site Lead for the Occupational Therapy Service.I am married to Dave and we have a son Lewis who is a pupil at St Mary’s. We have a Shitzu dog called Bobby and we all love to get away to our little caravan near Lancaster on a regular basis.I feel passionate that we are able to voice our thoughts and beliefs for the school and develop links with the school and the Church for the benefit of the pupils and the Church community.


Mrs Birrell

I am an Assistant Headteacher at a Primary school in Manchester. I grew up in the North East of England and, after studying at the University of Leeds, taught for many years in schools across London. Seeking a new challenge I moved to Spain and taught at the British Council School of Madrid. Here I met my, now, husband (a Secondary Teacher) and we moved to Littleborough in 2013. I have two children and my daughter became a pupil at St Mary’s in 2017. I look forward to being a part of St Mary’s school and hope to support the school and its pupils utilising my own experiences.


Mrs McCormick

I am a Foundation Governor at St Mary's.  I work at a local hospital as a data quality officer.  I am married to Dave and we have two sons who are both pupils at St Mary's. We have a horse and three dogs and enjoy walking, swimming and getting out on our bikes.  For the last two years, I have been a Beaver leader with my local Scout group.  I believe that by supporting our school, we can help it and every pupil achieve their best.


Miss Royle

As the Year 6 Teacher at St Mary’s, I am also a school Governor. I started my career here and I am now in my third year of teaching. I love teaching at St Mary’s: all the children, staff and parents/carers are incredibly welcoming and friendly. As the Staff Governor I ensure that the children are my main priority and everything that happens is in the interest of our children. Aside from being the Year 6 Teacher, I love spending time with my family and friends! One of my favourite things to do is to go out for food: breakfast, dinner or tea! I love going for days out, visiting new places and going for long walks. I have recently bought my first house so during a lot of my spare time I am busy making my house a home.  


Mr Taylor

Local Authority Governor







Governor Committees

Register of Business Interest

Governor Meetings 2018-2019