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 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    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        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.


Father Lasia - Foundation Ex Officio Member


Register of Business Interests 2018/2019

Register of Business Interests 2019/2020

Register of Business Interests 2020/2021

Governor Committees 2018/2019  

Governor Committees 2019/2020  

Governor Committees 2020/2021

Dates of Attendance at Meetings 2020/2021