Governors Info & Duties

The Governors.

Please click on the links below to see the minutes from Governor’s meetings.

Minutes of Governors meeting Thursday 12th October

Minutes of Governors meeting Monday 27th November

Governors details on school website April 2018

St Anne’s Register of Interest (click to view)

Meet our Governing Body:

Mrs Penda Garnett
(Chair of Governors)


Penda Garnett, Chair

I joined the governing board in 2014 as a Parent Governor as I wanted to be more involved in all aspects of my son’s education at St Anne’s CE Lydgate.  I feel very privileged to take on the role as Chair of Governors and to work with senior leaders to ensure pupils achieve their full potential. My address is below if anybody needs to contact me.

Penda Garnett

6 Stonelands Way,




Mrs Pat Gillian (Foundation Governor)

Revd Pat Gillian

I am a curate in the (Church of England) Saddleworth Team and I feel my role is to strengthen the links between church and school for the children’s benefit and well-being.

Mrs Jill Wilson (Parent Governor)

Jill Wilson, Partner Governor

I became parent governor at St Anne’s in June 2017. I am a working parent and have two children at school. I have also previously undertaken the vice-chair role on the PTA (Parent Teachers Association).

Mrs Eleanor Cummings (Co-opted Governor)

Eleanor Cummings, Vice Chair

I joined the governing board in 2017. I am enthusiastic about ensuring that all children are provided with an education that means they reach their full potential and become the best that they can be. My professional background is in Marketing & Communications and many of these skills are useful for my role as a Governor. I have two children who are pupils at St Anne’s.

Mrs Fraser

Jane Fraser, Head Teacher

I have been the Head Teacher at St Anne`s CE Lydgate for 5 years following on from my role as Deputy Head Teacher. I am passionate about providing the very best for our children and feel privileged to work with such talented individuals. The collaboration between Governors, staff and parents is key and we all share high expectations and aspirations for everyone in our school.

Mrs Calverley-Smith (Staff Governor)

Claire Calverley-Smith, Teacher Governor

I am a teacher governor and Assistant Head at St Anne’s CE Lydgate. I am responsible for English and RE/SMSC across school. I work closely with Reverend Pat to organise assemblies and links with St Anne’s Church.

Mrs Sue Willett (Associated member)

Mrs Sue Willett (Associated Member)

I have had long associations with St Anne’s School as my two daughters and three of my grandchildren attended the  school. I joined the Governing Body when I was elected as the Ex-Officio Governor on a temporary basis in 2015, until we had a member of the Clergy to take over the role. I stayed on as a Governor and then from July 2017 I became an Associate Member on the board.  I am a member of the Faith Committee and my other roles are EYFS Governor and School Council Governor.


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Sue Howarth

(Faith Governor)

Sue Howarth, Faith Governor

I have been a faith governor for school since 2015. I work with Reverend Pat to provide a link between St Anne’s Church and school.


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Mrs Maureen Donohoe (Co-opted Governor)

Mrs Maureen Donohoe, Co-opted Governor.

I was appointed to the post of co-opted school governor in November 2017. I have worked in the NHS within mental health services for over 45 years. I felt my experience was transferable to education services and would contribute to supporting the school in maintaining the well-being of staff and pupils.



The role of The Governing Body


The Governing Body works alongside the Leadership Team in the leadership and management of the school, to provide an independent oversight of the management and operation of the school.

The whole Governing Body meets once per term, to  guide the school’s aims and strategies; review performances; consider problems and possible solutions; fulfil statutory obligations and make decisions in the best interests of the school’s pupils and staff and the wider community.

All governors are members of various sub committees who meet regularly to review policies, address action plans and keep up to date with local and national issues.

The whole governing body meet several times a year for training and also to discuss any immediate issues that need resolving.

How to become a Governor (click link to view)