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Safeguarding Notice

St Edwards Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects the whole school community to share this commitment. For more information please click here to read our Safeguarding Policy.

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School Governors

What do Governors at St Edwards do?

There are 12 people on the governing body at St Edward’s. Each governor is elected in different ways so we may be nominated by parents, the local authority [Rochdale Council], the church or by staff. Every school has a different number of governors and different make up depending on whether they are, for example, a church school.

We meet as a full group three times a year but have smaller groups [sub committees] throughout the year to look at topics including what the children are learning/curriculum, buildings maintenance and monitoring of progress.

At governors meetings, we are presented with reports from the staff and also Rochdale Local Authority which we discuss and make decisions about. These reports will be on areas such as finance, staffing, new legislation affecting schools and a Head Teacher’s report which gives details of such as activities in school, the budget and priorities for school improvement.

Governors do not need to be experts but are a “critical friend” to the school. The ability to read and digest information, teamwork and decision making are all useful skills to be an effective governor. If you would like more information on governance, please contact the Chair or Vice Chair of Governors via the school office.

Committees and their Roles

Chair of Governors
Mr Roy Down - Co-Opted Governor

I am currently enjoying my third term as a governor of St Edwards, the last 10 years have gone so quickly! I have served with some fantastic governors at St Edwards and the current governing body are just as focused and enthusiastic as any of their predecessors.

I have worked in education for over 20 years, in many different roles at primary and secondary school level. Currently I work part-time at a local high school and the rest of the week I work for the Rochdale-based charity, Petrus.

In my spare time I am the proud chairman of Rochdale In Bloom and a season ticket holder at Rochdale AFC. 

Vice Chair of Governors
Miss Jill Smith - Co-Opted Governor


Head Teacher 
Dr Alison Petrie


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