St James

Governance

The school’s governors form the Academy Committee, which meets 6 times a year.  A separate Ethos committee has oversight of the school’s Christian Distinctiveness. 

What governors do?

The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions: Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction Governors set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. In action, this means: Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about pay Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school Governors must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. Governors are also be committed to their role and to young people; confident in having courageous conversations; curious with an enquiring mind; able to challenge the status quo to improve things; collaborative to build strong relationships; critical to improve their own work and that of the board; and creative in problem solving and being innovative.

Nigel Castledine - Chair of Governors

Nigel Castledine - Chair of Governors

“I have had a career in teaching, including spending many years as a headteacher within Rochdale. I currently carry out inspections of Church of England schools. I am delighted to bring my experience to St.James’ as Chair of Governors. If you wish to contact me, please email on

Howard Munson - Vice Chair

Reverand Rachel Battershell - Governor - Diocese

Reverand Rachel Battershell - Governor - Diocese

“I am the vicar for the parish of Dearnley, Wardle and Smallbridge. I enjoy my role as a governor at St.James’, contributing to the school’s development and its Christian distinctiveness. I spend a great deal of time in school and run an ethos group with the children”

Kendra Allen - Governor - PCC

Kendra Allen - Governor - PCC

“My whole career has been spent in education as a teacher (including in Special Schools) and headteacher (for the final 23 years of my career) in four different schools. I recently took early retirement from Headship. I currently work for Lancashire Local Authority, one day a week, as a School Improvement Officer, which I have done whilst a Headteacher, and since retiring, for twelve years.

I have worshipped at St James Church, Wardle and then Wardle Village Church all my life. On retirement I wanted to give something back to education, which had given me a fantastic career, so volunteered to become a LA Governor for the school. I have two grown up children and live in Smithybridge”

Julia Lees - Governor - Parent / Co-opted

Julia Lees - Governor - Parent / Co-opted

“I was elected as a parent governor at St.James’ two years ago. Although my child has left St.James’, I am passionate about ensuring the best school provision for the children of Wardle and the surrounding community”

Rob Andrew - Governor - Headteacher

“I have been the headteacher at St.James’ since September 2015. I work closely with the governing body to ensure the best possible provision for our children”

Nick Grindrod - Governor

Joanne Drysdale - Staff Governor

Alanna Harrison - Governor

Gareth Curtis - Governor

Gareth Curtis - Governor

During my role as a governor I am looking to take an active role in making the school better and it achieving the highest educational standards as set out in the school’s vision.

I served almost 18 years in the Armed Forces as a skilled mechanic progressing into high level management roles and settled in the village with my family approx. 8 years ago. My daughter is in year 4 and we are active members of the school and local community. I would hope my experience could benefit the school by the board drawing on my knowledge and me constructively challenging the school leaders to ensure compliance, accountability and that the educational needs of the children are being met.

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