“Members of the governing body are very knowledgeable about the school. They hold additional meetings to make sure they understand issues relating to teaching and pupils’ progress. They are highly supportive of the school, particularly when difficult decisions regarding staffing are needed. They ask very challenging questions which hold the leaders to account, especially for the use of pupil premium funding or where they have committed additional finances to support school improvement. They demonstrate a good understanding of their legal responsibilities.” – OFSTED INSPECTION 2012


Committed to Developing an Outstanding School for All Our Children

Sharon Charlesworth – Headteacher

Will Aitken (Chair)  I joined St. Paul’s in 2012 as a Community Governor. I reside in Rawtenstall and my 2 sons attends the school. I am Head of Computing at a Tameside school and hope to use this experience within my duties. I also write for the Guardian website and helped advise the previous government on e-safety. I enjoy playing hockey and football in my spare time. (CO-OPTED GOVERNOR) Since 26th June 2012

Mark Whittaker (Vice Chair) I am a Foundation Governor and Chair of the Curriculum. I have lived in Constable Lee since 2006 with my wife and two children, who have both attended St. Paul’s Primary School. I am a Facilities Management Consultant, working in Rawtenstall and also Regional Chair for the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM). In my spare time I am a keen distance runner, a season ticket holder at Burnley Football Club and love the great outdoors with my family and two rescue dogs. (FOUNDATION GOVERNOR) Since 28th February 2014

Paul Barber I have been a governor at St. Paul’s since 2010 and I currently chair the resource committee. My daughter Kate previously attended the school whilst my wife, Jackie, worked in the school office. I am a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner and partner in the Manchester firm of Begbies Traynor. My wife and I are actively involved in the social enterprise that operates Ski Rossendale, whilst I am also a season ticket holder at Oldham Athletic. (CO-OPTED GOVERNOR) Since 16th November 2010

Rev’d Chris Casey  My wife Jane and I arrived in the valley in February 2017 – and we are really glad to be here!  We spent the previous 10 years up at a Parish in Whitehaven, West Cumbria – so the valley is a bit of a change.  We have two grown up daughters, Racheal and Liana, who live in Edinburgh and Todmorden.  (EX-OFFICIO) Since 15th March 2016

Katy Ormerod  I have worked at St Paul’s since 2009 where I am also the Assistant Headteacher.  I live in Burnley with my husband and my three year old son. In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching films and having family days out!  (STAFF GOVERNOR) Since January 2017

Nusrat Karim I have lived in Rossendale since 1998 and have 4 boys who keep me very busy. The eldest two have now moved onto secondary school. The younger two are still at St. Pauls. Before becoming a mum, I worked full time in stroke research with a pharmaceutical company. Currently, I spend my time keeping the family organised. In any spare time I have, I enjoy learning new crafts, gardening and reading. (PARENT GOVERNOR) Since 5th October 2015

Ian Edwards I Joined St Pauls as a Parent Governor on the 5th of October 2015. I live in the Rossendale valley and my two children both attained St Pauls. I’m currently employed as the Managing Director of an Energy Management / Energy Generation company.  I have strong family and educational values and a passion for Sport and Music. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, going to concerts and most of all being a family man. (PARENT GOVERNOR) Since 5th October 2015

Andrea Horrocks I am a new Governor to St Paul’s CofE School. However, I have served as a Parent and Co-oped Governor at another Rossendale Primary school for ten years.  I have been involved with the education system of this country, at National, Regional and Local level, in some capacity, for over 27 years. While working for Rochdale and Manchester Authorities I developed a background in Education and Children’s Services at both front line and strategic levels. The knowledge, understanding and skills I have gained over the years informs my role as a governor.  I have been in my current role, at St Pauls, for two years. I find St Paul’s to be a school full of wonderful, committed individuals to whom our pupils and their families matter. It is a wonderful place to be a part of.  (CO-OPTED GOVERNOR) Since 17th November 2015

Jen Ainsworth (FOUNDATION GOVERNOR) Since Autumn 2017


Curriculum Committee Members

Mr M Whittaker (Chair)
Mr W Aitken
Mrs K Ormerod
Mrs S Charlesworth
Mrs A Horrocks

Finance & Resources Committee Members
Mr P Barber (Vice Chair)
Mr W Aitken
Mr I Edwards
Mrs N Karim
Mrs S Charlesworth

Register of Interests
Governor Roles 2017
GOV ATTENDANCE 2017 – 2018

Currently there are two vacancies.


Previous information

Curriculum – Terms of Reference 2015
Finance & Resources – Terms of Reference 2015