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 since 2002, following a teaching career in both secondary and primary schools. I was the Deputy Headteacher at St. Mary’s from 1991 until 2000, finally retiring in 2007. I am married to Anne, who was also a Teacher, and we have lived in Littleborough since 1970. We have two daughters, one is a Teacher and the other is a biological scientist, and four granddaughters. Outside of school business and family, my interests are sport and theatre – I played cricket and football, when I was younger, and I am currently Set Designer at The Curtain Theatre in Rochdale. As a Governor, I am committed to doing what I can to support the school for the benefit of our wonderful children.



Mrs Ruane

As the Headteacher of St. Mary’s, I am also a school Governor. I have been the Headteacher here since 2013 and am really proud of what we, as a school, have achieved; high standards but also 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 grown up children, a son and daughter. My daughter lives at home and my son lives in Scotland! 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 a few years ago! I also love travelling and visiting interesting places.


Mrs Kelleher

I am privileged to be a member of St Mary’s school’s Governing Board and to be working with such dedicated school staff. I have worked in the education sector for a total of 44 years in a variety of roles. As a Teacher, I have been privileged to work with children aged 4-18. I began my career working in inner city Salford High schools for 12 years teaching French, History and Religion. I was also the Head of Year 7 and 8, the SENCO and the Liaison Officer for pupil transition. After the arrival of my own three children I decided to learn more about Primary Education, accepted a job in a Primary school where, for better or worse, I have been Headteacher for the last 5 years. I’m also a wife, mum and “GrandPam” to three lovely grandchildren.


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 few 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. 


Mrs Hudson    New Parent Governor

I am delighted to have recently been elected as a Parent Governor. I am married and have 2 daughters. I work as a Solicitor and live locally. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family. We enjoy having days out and socialising. I am proud to be part of the St Mary's School community in order to help to maintain the high standards that the school has. I strongly believe that the school offers a safe and encouraging working environment for the children in order to allow them to reach their full potential. I have become a Governor in order to work with others for the benefit of the children and their education.


Mrs Ennis        New Parent Governor

I am delighted to be given the opportunity to support St. Mary’s as one of the Parent Governors and also as a member of the FPTA. I am married with two children who both attend St Mary’s and in our spare time my husband and I are usually driving around Littleborough as both children attend local clubs such as Rainbows, Cubs, football and cricket. I live locally and work part time for the NHS so this gives me the chance to help out at school events which I enjoy.



Miss Moore     Associate Member (Staff)

I am now in my fifth year as Deputy Headteacher at St Mary’s and I am very proud to have this role in our school because I believe that our children and staff truly live our mission of loving God, loving learning and loving each other. As Deputy I am an Associate Governor, which means that I attend Governing Body meetings and other meetings and contribute to discussions but I do not vote. I am dedicated to our school and strive in all my roles to give the children in our care the best education possible. Outside of school I love to spend precious time with my family and good friends. I am a dedicated Manchester United fan and have been since early childhood, thanks to my dad! Family occasions are often spent watching our team. When I can I like to play badminton and squash. I also really enjoy the cinema and reading.




Register of Business Interests 2018/2019

Register of Business Interests 2019/2020

Governor Committees 2018/2019  

Governor Committees 2019/2020 

Dates of Attendance at Meetings 2018/2019 

Dates of Attendance at Meetings 2019/2020