St. Catherine’s  Governing Body are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.

Our governors have three main roles:
  • To provide strategic direction for the school
  • To act as a critical friend to the headteacher
  • To ensure accountability

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies
  • Managing the school’s admissions
 Who can be a school governor?

You don’t have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school.  No specific qualifications are required but there are certainexpectations. What’s really important is that you have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education.

Governors come from all sections of the community, and all walks of life. Our Governors are a range of  parents, staff at the school, represetatives of St. Catherine’s church and residents in the locality. Some governors are elected by parents and staff, some are appointed by St. Catherine’s church and some are recommended to us. This ensures that our Governing Body reflect the community they serve. Our Governors workas part of a team, and give total commitment to our school.

Term of office and meetings
The term of office for a school governor is normally four years. Our Full Governing Body meets once a term (for approximately 2 hours). Governors are also members of committees which usually meet once a term. Most of our Governors find they usually attend meetings or visit a school three or four times each term. They are invited to special occasions such as assemblies, sports days, plays and presentations.
All governors can be contacted. Please email the main school office who will forward your message.
  • Governor-Attendance-2015-16.pdf

  • Governing Body Membership.pdf

  • Governing Body Attendance 2016-17.pdf

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Name: Rev Michael Behrend
Chair Appointed 1/5/03
I was brought up in the North West of England, but taught maths in a secondary school in Essex for ten years before training to be a vicar. I have been a vicar in Horwich and a governor of St.Catherine’s School since 2002.  My association with the school became even stronger when the older of my two children started at the school in 2010, and I took over as chair of governors in 2015.
avatar-f2Name: Mrs Janet Adamson 
Appointed 28/07/2016
My name is Janet Adamson.
avatar-f2Name: Mrs Victoria Allen
Appointed 07/07/2014
Victoria has 16 years of management experience in the National Health Service (NHS) where she has managed multiple improvement projects. She has a Master’s Degree in Change Management and uses the Science Improvement Methodology in her approach to managing change.  Victoria leads and manages teams in the development of new pathways and the analysis and redesign of current pathways. She helps teams and individuals to identify gaps, issues and constraints with current pathways and processes and develop possible areas for improvement. Her skills include scoping, developing and implementing programmes of work and developing project plans. Victoria sits on the Resources and Admissions Committees. She is our link governor for training and has a responsibility for anti-harrassment.
Name: Mr Ian Blinkhorn
Appointed 09/11/2015
My name is Ian Blinkhorn.
avatar-f2Name: Mrs Caroline English-Mather
Appointed 25/06/2015

I have worked as Deputy Head Teacher at St Catherine’s since 2001 – both at the ‘old’ school and the ‘new’! I enjoy my varied roles as Special Needs Co-ordinator, RE and PE subject leader and also teaching Year 6 and Year 2.
I am involved in all aspects of school life from organising sporting fixtures for football, netball and hockey to arranging Easter Egg Bingo!
I feel honoured that my time at St Catherine’s has allowed me to see all our pupils learning and shining together and developing into future citizens.
Name: Mrs Karen Graham
Appointed 1/09/2008
I am thrilled to be the headteacher at St. Catherine’s Church of England Primary School and have been here since 2008. It is a real privilege to work in such an incredible school with a dynamic staff team. I am committed to ensuring that our school can provide the very best opportunities for all of our children and I encourage us all to ensure that we continue to be amazing in all aspects. I particularly value our Christian ethos and warm family atmosphere.In addition to my work as headteacher I am chair of the Horwich and Blackrod Learning Collaborative, a highly effective and active group, as well as representing our cluster of schools at Staying Safe consultation group and at Primary Executive meetings. I also chair a Bolton Multi-Academy Trust’s Teaching School SCITT Board and their School Management Committee.
Name: Mrs Jenny Bingham
Appointed 9/11/2015

I am mum to Annabelle and Frankie who both attend St. Catherine’s and are thriving within its engaging and happy school environment. They also attend the very popular and aptly named Happy Faces after school club as I am a working parent.
My degree is in Psychology and I am extremely interested in the science of the mind and behaviour and in promoting good mental health and wellbeing. My other professional qualifications include PGCE, specialising in English, and the National Professional Qualification for Headship. I qualified as a teacher in 2000 and have worked in a number of schools in Bolton, across the primary phase and across the borough. I am currently Head teacher at Spindle Point Community School in Kearsley.
I am delighted to be a Governor at St. Catherine’s and have the educational background and experience to support the school ensuring the best possible outcomes for our children.
Name: Mrs Carol Parry
Appointed 11/11/2013
I have worked within the Criminal Justice System for the last 20 years. For the last 16 years I have worked for the Crown Prosecution Service based in Manchester, but my work requires me to attend Crown Courts in various locations throughout the whole of the North West. I have been a resident of Horwich all of my life, with the exception of a brief spell in Worsley many years ago. I attended the original St Catherine’s school until 1984 and this was followed by secondary education at Rivington and Blackrod High School. My two children attend St Catherine’s Primary School and we are regular attenders at St Catherine’s Church. I am an active member of the PCC (Parochial Church Council) and assist the church by being the resident Child Protection Officer.I have been part of the governing body at St Catherine’s for 4 years and, together with my fellow governors, work hard to ensure I contribute to the efficient and smooth running of the school.
Name: Mr Dale Ritchie
Vie Chair Appointed 30/11/2016
My own education took place in Canada, so differs from that provided by St Catherine’s. My wife and her sister attended St Catherine’s when it was on Richmond Street. My eldest daughter and my nephew both received an excellent education here, and my youngest continues to thrive at St Catherine’s. I am now in my second term as Governor and thoroughly enjoy being involved in our school and the education of our children.In my professional life, I have enjoyed many careers in the 20 plus years I have lived in the UK. Since 2010 I have held various Civil Service Roles. I now work as a Service Analyst which includes:

  • Promoting and supporting high standards of stakeholder engagement with external suppliers
  • Deliver benefits from the latest in technology, tools, and techniques
  • Working with other government departments (OGDs) to develop best practice and value.
  • Lead the business transition through contract renewals
  • Respond to incidents and any short notice changes in plans, and give effective input and leadership of incidents
  • Work flexibly to support colleagues across the business service lines

Outside of my work and school responsibilities I manage to keep quite busy. I have recently joined the Army Reserve so am looking forward to all the training involved in becoming a trained soldier. What remains of my spare time is spent riding, maintaining, or watching motorcycles.

avatar-f2Name: Mrs Susan Sharpe
Appointed 30/11/2016
My name is Susan Sharpe.
avatar-f2Name: Mrs Angela Wooff
Appointed 01/14/2015
My name is Angela Wooff.
Name: Mrs Sophie Yardley
Appointed 11/09/2017
I’m very new to the governor role, having only been part of the team since October 2017.

I work at the BBC in Salford as a Broadcast Journalist for BBC Radio Manchester. I’ve been there since 2010. My job needs me to be an effective communicator, a good people person, and also means I’m across current affairs- my particular interest being education! Prior to a career in journalism, I worked in Human Resources.
I’ve lived in the area most of my life. I went to school in Bolton. Both of my children now attend St Catherines. I’m part of the PTA, regularly help with school trips, and frequently come into school to help with reading. I’ve also been attending St Catherines Church since I moved back to Horwich with my family in 2011.
I’m really passionate about St Catherine’s and want the best for all the children here, regardless of their strengths and individual talents. I’m really excited to a part of the governing body, and hope I can be a very valuable asset.




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St Catherine's CE Primary School
Greenstone Avenue
Bolton, BL6 5SJ