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School Governors

Governors' Duties

Whilst the Headteacher has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the school, the main function of the Governing Board is to act as a critical friend in order to secure a good education for the children in a safe environment. If you are interested in becoming a Governor, please contact the school. Involvement in the Governing Board provides a challenging and interesting way of being involved in your children’s education. Free training is provided in all areas of Governor responsibility.

The Governing Board meets at least six times a year and has two main Sub-Committees:

Finance, Personnel and Premises
Curriculum and Standards

Below is a list of all our Governors and documents regarding their areas of responsibility and terms of office. You will also find a record of attendance at the above meetings reported under Attendance at Meetings along with any Governor vacancies.


Governor Responsibilitypdf button

Governors Attendancepdf button

Annual Governance Statement - Autumn 2015pdf button


 The Governing Body

  • Mr. Steve Noble - Retired from post

  • Mrs. Adele Knott - Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair)

  • Mrs. Alison Leigh - Co-opted Governor

  • Ms. Lisa Ringwood - Co-opted Governor

  • Mrs. Christine Lyness - Co-opted Governor

  • Mrs. Lorna Moore - Authority Governor

  • Mrs. Lisa Wilkinson - Parent Governor

    Mrs. Lisa Wilkinson - Parent Governor

    I have been a Parent School Governor since September 2016. Within my role, I am the designated Child Protection Governor and have been allocated the Year 3 Class.

    Currently my 2 youngest daughters attend Buckton Vale and my eldest daughter attended before moving on to high school.

    For the past 3 years I have been a full time Childminder caring for children between the ages of 6 months to 11 years old, many of which attend Buckton Vale. This has enabled me to form positive relationships with both the parents and the children. Prior to this I was a Children and Families Social Worker for Manchester Local Authority, this has enabled me to build up a wide area knowledge and experience in relation to working with young people ranging from pre-birth up to 18 years of age, and from a variety of backgrounds.

    Community ethos is important to me and I am involved in various community projects such as Muddie Buddies, Operation Farm and I am also Secretary to the Incredible Edible Project and I have also taken a role in the 2017 Band Contest held in Carrbrook.

    In my spare time I enjoy gardening, reading, walking and love spending time with my family.

  • Mrs. Stacey Webb - Parent Governor

  • Dr. Gavin Wayte - Parent Governor

    Dr. Gavin Wayte - Parent Governor

    I joined the governing body in autumn 2016, the year my daughter entered the reception class at Buckton Vale. I have lived in Mossley for around a decade, having moved from south Manchester, being attracted by the open air, views and community atmosphere.

    As a freelance composer and conductor, I work in media and live performance with different partners all round the country, and the world. I also work in education, teaching composition at Chetham’s School of Music, lecturing in music at the Royal Northern College of Music and leading arts projects.

    I am the designated enrichment governor for Buckton Vale, focusing on arts, sports and development activities additional to the school’s central curriculum.

    I am the assigned governor for Year 1.

  • Mr. Nicholas Whitbread - Parent Governor

    Mr. Nicholas Whitbread - Parent Governor

    I became a Parent Governor in November 2016 and I have two children at Buckton Vale.

    I have lived in Carrbrook all my life and very dedicated to the community. I am a leader at the local Scout Group and lead the Beavers Colony every Monday night.

    I currently work for Rochdale Council as a Practice Manager for the Cared for Children Team. I manage Social Workers who are the lead professional for Rochdale's children who are in public care. This job means I have a lot of experience with safeguarding vulnerable children, hence why I am allocated the role of Designated Safeguarding Governor for the School.

    Outside of work and my voluntary work I enjoy spending time with my family, walking, running, football (all sports really!) and watching movies.

    I am currently the assigned Governor for Year 5.

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  • Mrs. Deborah Brown - Headteacher

    Mrs. Deborah Brown - Headteacher

  • Mrs. Sarah Blake - Staff Governor

    Mrs. Sarah Blake - Staff Governor

    I have been a teacher here since January 2008. I have taught years 1 to 5. I am very committed to the teaching and learning of all our children and love teaching.

    I have been the PE co-ordinator and I am currently the maths co-ordinator.

    My passion for the school led me to becoming a teacher governor to help lead the school to becoming an outstanding school.

    I work hard with Mrs Brown, all the staff and governors to ensure that we offer an enriched and varied curriculum for every child at Buckton Vale..

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