Introducing our Governors

“I have been a parent at St James’ since 2012 and have been a Parent Governor for over four years. The role gives me the opportunity to have a more active involvement in the school. I first applied for the parent governor role when my eldest daughter was in Class 2 and my youngest was about to join  Nursery. My eldest daughter has now left and attends Alder Community High School. My Youngest daughter is now in Year 3. I am keen to have a positive imput into the school and bring skills to the school to support and give insight from a parents point of view. I am a full-time Management Accountant for the NHS and so it was only natural that I would also be on the Finance and Premises Committee too. I am able to give help and guidance when it is required. St James’ has a lovely community feel to it and I want to help develop it to be the best in our area. In the 4 years I have been a Parent Governor I have seen the school develop and grow. The school has an excellent team of teachers and leaders who are dedicated to give every child the opportunity to develop, learn and succeed in the future.” Nicola Kirkham: Parent Governor

“During my career I have been a Mechanical Engineer, Youth Worker for Salford Diocese and I am now a retired Secondary School Teacher. I am also a retired member of Glossop Mountain Rescue Team. It is a pleasure and a privilege to serve the community of Hattersley as a governor of St James’ Catholic Primary School.” Peter Brown: Foundation Governor

“The Governing Body at St James’ is a hardworking, friendly group of people and I am privileged to work with them. Being the Headteacher of a Catholic School is very important to me as I enjoy being part of the wider community and supporting our children along their faith journey.  I have been a staff governor on my two previous schools’ governing bodies as I like to be involved in decision making and to have a school wide view of what is happening. Out of school I like to make music, be outdoors and I am an active Guide Leader, sometimes all at the same time! Jackie Walker : Headteacher Governor

“I am proud to say I have been involved with St James’ School most of my life, starting in 1966 when I became a pupil. I became a parent governor in 1993 when my son started Nursery and have remained as a Foundation Governor ever since, so I believe I am the longest serving governor ever at St James’, having been in post now for 27 years! I always enjoy attending Governor Meetings, finding out what has been happening and what progress is being made at school. In my job I am a manager in a Government Department, I have a lot of experience in recruitment so I am usually involved when the school needs to appoint new staff. I am also on the Curriculum and Finance Committees and I am happy to help wherever I am needed. I also enjoy being able to contribute to full Governing Body Meetings on the whole range of issues that affect school life. During my time at St James’ I have seen many changes and ups and downs. We have had fantastic teachers who have been dedicated to do all they can to give the children of St James’ a great start in life, but I am mostly impressed by the community of St James’ and the kind and caring ethos shown by all involved, from Parish Priest to Midday Assistants and everyone in between; we really are St James’ the Great!” Tricia Hallows : Foundation Governor

“I, too, am an ex pupil of St James, starting here in 1974 before emigrating to South Africa. There are still some letters that I wrote from South Africa to Mr Platt, as a child,  in the School’s archives! Being a governor helps me in my role as Office Manager at school as it enables me to have a overview of the whole school and all that happens in it.” Paula Boyce : Staff Governor

“I have been a governor at St James’ since September 2008 when I retired from my post as Headteacher at St Paul’s, Hyde. I was born and brought up in Hyde and so am really pleased to continue to support the local schools of my home town. Although I say, retired, this is never strictly true!!  I help the Diocese of Shrewsbury on appointments to schools and some RE inspections and I am also a governor at Our Lady’s in Ashton. St James’ is such a happy caring community I am only too pleased to be supporting the whole community in what ever way I can. ” Kevin Toms, Chair of Governors (Safeguarding Governor)

” I lived in Broadbottom until I married and now live in Godley. I married and had two children. I have four Grandchildren, the youngest is now 17. I was a pupil at St. Mary’s School in Glossop and attended Blessed Philip Howard Secondary School when it opened in 1961. I trained as a nurse and worked at what was then called “Ashton General”. I trained as a midwife in 1971 and worked as a Community Midwife for 30 years in Hattersley and Hyde, also working on the neonatal unit and visiting the premature babies when they came home. I have known many of the families on the estate and many of the babies I delivered or looked after have been pupils at St James’ school. It has been wonderful to see them growing up. I became a governor in 1997 and am a frequent visitor to school as Literacy Governor. Also I have had the pleasure of escorting our youngsters on days out, always impressed at their good behaviour and manners. I can honestly say that I am always proud to be associated with St James’ School. ” Maureen Evans, Foundation Governor

“I am married with two grown up daughters and a granddaughter. I go to St Edward’s church in Lees, Oldham. I am a retired headteacher. I started teaching at St James’ Hattersley in 1974! And loved it! I worked at St James’, St Paul’s Hyde and then back to St James’! I was an Early Years Advisory Teacher for 18 months which I loved. I became a deputy Head at Holy Trinity in Ashton u Lyne which provided me with a very different experience. I was Headteacher at Dowson Primary School in Hyde for 17 years until I retired two years ago. In my last year at Dowson it became an Academy. During my 43 years as a teacher I have had a very wide range of experiences. I am interested in all aspects of the primary curriculum but my special areas of interests are Early years, Literacy and the humanities. I have experience in all aspects of school management and sat on many Tameside committees representing Primary Headteachers. I have been involved in many different networks especially with Hyde schools. I have also been involved in regional and national events. I am passionate about every child having the opportunity to receive a first class education and to have the support they need to achieve their full potential. I have also been very committed to working with the whole family and engaging parents to be fully involved in their children’s education. I am delighted to be a Foundation Governor at St James’, I’ve come full circle! I am looking forward to working with my fellow Governors, the Head and all the staff, to ensure the school continues to provide an excellent education in a warm, supportive community.” Janet Rathburn, Foundation Governor

“I fell in love with St James’ Catholic Primary School almost seven years ago when I was invited to join them as a P.P.A teacher working with children across the school from Nursery to Year Six. I was made most welcome by the Governing Body, the Headteacher, the Staff and above all the children. I have the most wonderful memories of my time at St James’ and I am delighted at being appointed a Governor here at the school. I am a former Deputy Headteacher and subject Coordinator at several different schools in the Diocese of Salford and Manchester LEA. I have held curriculum responsibilities for Special Educational Needs, Modern Foreign Languages, Mathematics and Sport. I bring to the school a wealth of experience in the Primary Sector and my appointment enables me to work alongside a dedicated team supporting the needs of your children here in Hattersley. An avid Manchester United fan I have taught football, cricket, netball and lacrosse, being one of the founder members of Manchester’s Primary School Lacrosse Development Programme. Hobbies include reading, watercolour painting, travel, woodworking and DIY. I also play snooker at League Level and have been known to play the guitar and sing when called on. My wife and step daughter have been a constant source of support and are delighted that I am joining the Governing Body at St James’.  My hope is that I will be able to assist the staff and the Governors to ensure the very best education for your children. The school is already “outstanding” in so many ways and it is a privilege for me to be appointed as one of your governors.” Peter O’Keefe, Foundation Governor

Bits of paper… Hons Degree in Chemistry 1966, Post Graduate Certificate in Education 1967, Post Graduate Diploma in Management in Education 1983

Career… Taught “Science” for 23 years, ordained Priest 1995, Parish Priest at St James’ from end of August 2002

Some interests- alphabetical order… Gadgets, Preaching, Reading, Scripture, Star Trek, Travel and Walking” Fr. Paul Hughes, Vice Chair of Governors and Parish Priest