Introducing our Governors 3

“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