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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.


Chair of Governors
Mrs Wendy Steele - Parent Governor 
 I've been a governor at St Edwards for the last 9 years and both my children have attended the school. I manage a welfare rights and debt advice charity in Manchester. I'm passionate about all children having access to an excellent education.


Vice Chair
Mr Philip Lord - Community Governor
I am presently Vice Chair of Governors. I was a headteacher in Bury before retiring in 2005. I have two grown up
children and a grandson in Australia. I have been a governor at St Edward's for eleven years.



Head Teacher 
Mrs Paula Mann  
I have been in education for over 25 years and began my teaching career in Salford before moving to Rochdale in 2002. I have worked in three schools in the borough with my most recent post being deputy head teacher at Moorhouse Primary School, a position I have held since 2009.
I have two grown up children (Chris and Rebecca) and a husband, Nick who is a native of Yorkshire.



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