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. Currently, I am also acting Headteacher at Our Lady’s in Ashton for two days a week. 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

My name is Anne Allen and I began my teaching career in 1972. I have taught in schools in both the Salford and Shrewsbury Diocese, teaching children from Nursery to Key Stage 2. I was the SENCo (Special Needs Coordinator) in two of the three schools I taught at and although times have changed, the needs of the pupils are just as relevant now as they were 40 years ago. On my retirement in 2010, I was approached by Mrs Walker to volunteer to help children through the Better Reading Partnership to develop confidence in their reading. On two afternoons a week I look forward to my visits to school where I find both staff and children very welcoming, friendly and hardworking. Anne Allen, Foundation Governor