St Andrews

School Governors

Governing Body

The Governing Body consists of 10 members appointed or elected by various bodies and groups including one member appointed by the Local Authority, five members elected by parents of the children at school, three Foundation Governors, one teacher governor, one non-teaching staff governor, two governors co-opted from the community and the Head Teacher.

The full Academy Committee meets twice a term. The governors work with the Head Teacher, staff and parents to ensure that the children receive the best education possible within a happy, secure environment.

Governors are responsible for:
1. The general conduct of the school
2. Discipline – in consultation with the Head Teacher
3. Overseeing the way the curriculum is taught in school.
4. Making decisions about particular aspects of the curriculum such as sex education
5. Deciding how the money allocated by the LA to run the school is spent
6. Interviewing and appointing members of staff
7. Making information available to parents.

Mr Gary Walczak

Mr Gary Walczak

Chair Governor
Link Governor for Health and Safety

“At St Andrew’s school governors, parents, children and staff work as a team, building on success in a Christian atmosphere where everyone feels valued.
The governors are very proud of St Andrew’s and actively support the Head teacher and school personnel in achieving the schools aims and objectives. The staff are vibrant, highly motivated, caring and professional in all aspects of education and under the leadership of Mrs Judith Rainford, we are fully convinced our children receive the help and guidance to attain their full potential.

It is important that as parents, you feel welcome. A good relationship between school and home helps to build a child’s confidence and assists their development in school. At St Andrew’s we strive to foster a relationship that doesn’t end at the school gate. School days should be the happiest days of your child’s life and we aim to ensure that your child receives a happy, secure and stimulating start to their education.”

Councillor Ashley Dearnley

Councillor Ashley Dearnley

Vice Chair Governor

“I became a Governor as representative for St Andrews Church in 1978, after election to Rochdale Council in 1982 I was appointed the Councils Governor and have remained a member to date.
Much has changed over the years the school has gone from strength to strength and is an integral part of our local community. School has doubled in size, but always ensured that our pupils are central to all that is done, always in a safe, calm and caring environment.
The establishment of the Nursery is something of which I am most proud
I especially enjoy working with the School in dealing with issues relating to the Council.”

Mrs Cynthia Giles

Mrs Cynthia Giles

Foundation PCC

Mr Alastair Fitton

Mr Alastair Fitton

Foundation Diocesan

“I have been involved with St Andrew’s School since I took over as Warden at St Andrew’s Church in about 2006. My association with the Church dates back to my teens.
I came to the school with no preconceived ideas of the place. My own son was at University, and he had been a pupil at St James’ Wardle. I was instantly charmed by the school - its character, the infectious warmth, the joy therein.
Time as a Governor has introduced me to many new opportunities - participating in debate and meetings, and given me a deeper insight into Education, way removed from the way it was in my Childhood - a life enriching experience.”

Mrs Judith Rainford

Mrs Judith Rainford

Head Teacher

Reverend Rachel Battershell

Reverend Rachel Battershell

Governor and Reverend at St Andrew’s Church, Dearnley.

“I was ordained at Manchester Cathedral in June 2011 and spent my Curacy in two small parishes in Oldham and then worked as a Team Vicar in a Parish in Ashton under Lyne. I became the Vicar of the Benefice of Dearnley, Wardle and Smallbridge, which includes St Andrew’s Church, Dearnley and Wardle Village Church in May 2017.
Before ordination, I worked as a nurse in a variety of settings; hospital wards, nursing homes, building sites and factories. The last 10 years of my nursing career, I worked in the field of Occupational Health, working in food factories, car manufacture and finally at the University of Salford where I looked after the staff of the university as well as students on health care courses.
I have enjoyed my interaction with the five schools in the area with many assemblies and visits to Church over the year. I am a Member of the Board of Wardle Trust following the two Church schools joining the trust in September 2017.
Being a Member of the board enables me to maintain the Christian ethos of St James’ and St Andrew’s schools. But this role also involves working with the other Members and Trustees to provide excellent teaching and outcomes for our Children both in primary and secondary levels. I look forward to the challenges ahead in the Church, Community and at the Trust.”

Mr Paul Lynch

Mr Paul Lynch

Teacher Representative

Mrs Sam Stericker

Mrs Sam Stericker

Support Staff Representative

Mr Amir Khan

Mr Amir Khan

Parent Governor

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