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.  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 attends St Vincent’s school. My interests are many and varied but my first love is and will always be reading books.

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, one of whom is a pupil 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 4 Teacher at St Mary’s, I am also a school Governor. I started my career here and 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 4 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

As a Senior School Leader I am able to offer a wider educational insight into specific aspects of school governance. I am also a parent and live locally so have a deeply vested interest in actively supporting and contributing to excellent outcomes and successes at St. Mary’s. 




Miss Moore

Associate Member (Staff)









Governor Committees

Register of Business Interest

Attendance at Meetings