Falinge Park High School
Opening Doors; Unlocking Potential
Being a School Governor is an important and responsible role. School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.
The role of the Governing Body is to make decisions about the school and how it is run. Governors are strategic leaders of the school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. The focus is to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, the performance management of staff and overseeing the financial performance of the school.
The Governing body is made up of staff, parents, community, associates and local authority members which all have different skills and attributes.
Governors are expected to serve for a four year term. There are three full Governors meeting per year and sub committee meetings each half term.
The Governor Register of Attendance can be viewed by clicking this link.
The following is a list of the school’s current Governing Body. Clicking each name will open a brief biographical account of that governor;
Mr Paul Young - Chair of Governors
Mrs Pauline Rowe - Vice Chair of Governors
I am currently Vice Chair of Governors, I have lived in Healey for over 30 years.
I am retired, having worked in a range of roles in secondary and further education. I worked in secondary schools in Rochdale for nineteen years as a teacher, Head of Department, Head of Year and senior manager. I then moved into Further Education, working in three colleges in a range of roles which enabled me to develop experience in teaching and learning, curriculum, staff development, quality, marketing, student services, work- based learning and human resource management at senior management level. I have also worked part time for a large international Awarding Body as a Quality Assessor a role which enabled me conduct monitoring visits in a range of secondary schools and tertiary colleges.
I am also Vice Chair of the Pennine West Citizens Advice Bureau, a local charity that provides advice across the boroughs of Rochdale and Oldham. This is also a voluntary role.
I do not have any financial or business interests.
Ms Janice Allen - Headteacher
I began teaching in 1998 at North Manchester High School for Boys and stayed there for 8 years as a Head of Faculty. I joined Harrop Fold School, Salford in 2006 as Assistant Headteacher for Curriculum and Standards and was promoted to Deputy Headteacher in 2008.
In 2012 I moved to Abraham Moss Community School, Crumpsall, Manchester, a 3-16 school as Deputy Headteacher. During my time here I served as a community governor in a local primary school and sat on both Resources and Standards committees. I stepped down as a governor in July 2016 following the restructuring of the school governance board. I was able to use my educational background to advise the board on the hard federation with another school.
I joined Falinge Park High School in 2015 as Headteacher. I believe strongly in the importance of a community school which serves the community. I currently represent Secondary Headteachers on the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board and Schools Forum.
Mrs Elisabeth Baron - Associate
I have worked at Falinge Park since August 2000 and in the role of Director of Resources since April 2015. My background is finance as I worked in a bank for 16 years. I live locally and attended the school which formerly stood on this site. I have two sons both of who attended Falinge Park. I am proud to work here and play an active part in school life.
I am an associate member of the governing body because of the financial role I hold in school but do not have a vote at full governing body meetings.
Mr George Barrett - Parent
My name is George Barrett and I’m the father of two students at Falinge High School. I’m married and reside locally.
I am 52 years old and was born in Salford but spent most of my childhood in Jamaica. In Jamaica I went to high school where I did O & A levels and returned to the England when I was 18.
Joined Greater Manchester Police at age 21yrs and retired last year after 30 years service achieving the rank of Police Inspector. I’d describe myself as a people person and throughout my extensive police service have gained leadership and management skills. I’m highly experienced in dealing with conflict and difficult situations, mentoring, highly attuned and adaptable communication skills, excellent time management. I am driven, relentless in tasks, morally and socially aware.
I am a committed family man, with a healthy work-life balance, (balancing unsociable hours with a strong work ethic); keenly interested in sport, health & fitness, recently achieved Diploma in Fitness & in Personal Training;
I am currently being mentored as an athletics sprint coach with Sale Harriers; Also a member of the Manchester Inspirational Voices Gospel Choir.
Even though recently retired I’m looking forward to my involvement with Falinge High School as a governor and hope apply my skills and experience to the role.
Mr Graham Boff
I have taught in Rochdale schools for 38 years, 22 of them at Falinge Park, the last 16 of these prior to retirement as Deputy Headteacher. During this time I taught Geography, RE, Health & Social Care and PSHE; as well as being responsible within the school for finance, personnel, KS 4 (Years 9/10/11) examination work and liaison with colleges, training providers and employers. I have also worked previously for Rochdale Council as an educational advisor.
I live locally within one mile of the school. I was appointed as a Local Authority Governor in 2012 and as a co-opted Governor in 2015 and have been involved with many appointments to the school, meetings with pupils and parents as well as the monitoring and support for resources and curriculum development. I am the link governor for Science and the CEPA Faculty.
I am delighted to still be involved and supporting Falinge Park as a Governor, ensuring all of our students have opportunity realise their potential academically, emotionally, creatively, physically and socially, and to promote Falinge Park as an asset the local community can feel proud of.
Mr Paul Booth - Chair of Resources Committee
I have enjoyed being a Governor at FPHS for the past 13 years, initially joining as a parent Governor in 2003 when my daughter was in year 8. My original thoughts about giving something back to society have not changed since I took on the role, having seen both my daughter and son pass successfully through the school I decided to continue with the commitment when I was invited to be co-opted once they had left. Being asked to chair the Resources Sub Committee was and continues to be an honour for me, being able to help guide and support the school through major changes including the new school building and subsequent extension has been a real success story for the school.
I am very passionate about the students having a safe and creative environment where they can learn the necessary life skills and express themselves well.
In my professional career outside of school I am an Account Director for a major international Food Manufacturing business dealing on a day to day basis with the high street retail chains in a commercial role. This job equips me with the skills to understand the business of running a school, issues relating to Human Resources and people management. It also gives me a good understanding of, and the confidence to, support and monitor the activities of the schools finance team in delivering a good performance in setting and delivering to budget targets.
My other passion is music, as a keyboard player with a progressive rock band it makes me a strong supporter of the arts and music in school, as CEPA link Governor I help support the faculty in delivering the good results the students enjoy whilst at the school.
Mrs Shefali Ahmed - Parent
Falinge Park High School is unique. From the standards set for behaviour to achievement, there is none quite like it. What truly sets it apart, most importantly, is the care for its students: Falinge is a second home, where diversity is something to be celebrated and the development of positive relationships is encouraged. Falinge is a family. It is for this very reason, that I once again wanted to be a part of this cohesive community.
Having served as an elected Parent Governor at Falinge Park, for my full term from 2010-2014, I have experienced first-hand, how the governing body operates and if need be I have had the grit to challenge and scrutinise decisions and reports, on behalf of the parents, carers and students I have represented. Accredited to my in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of the school, (through my prior role as a Link Governor to the Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages departments and having been a part of the interview panels for recruiting teachers, heads of faculties and deputy heads) not only have I gained knowledge of the education being taught at Falinge, but I have had an active part in assessing and understanding how we are teaching our students – ensuring that we are encouraging them to be curious thinkers with growth mindsets. I have also acquired the first-hand knowledge and vital experience of handling resources and financial budgeting, as well as gaining crucial training and essential understanding of safeguarding children in a school environment.
Along with having gained the necessary skills for this role, I have always prized the responsibility of respectfully and faithfully representing the parents, carers, teachers and students. They gave me the opportunity to ensure the quality of our children’s education is nothing less than the best – as I have also done as a parent governor for the young children at Heybrook Primary School and as a Local Authority Governor at Greenbank Primary School. With children from the most diverse backgrounds and communities, this representation is essential, which is why I pride myself in the link I have with the wider community through my activeness as a member of the Rochdale community. Having served as an elected member for Rochdale in the Spotland and Falinge Ward, I recognise the needs of our young people and the opportunities that we need to create for them in the areas of higher education, apprenticeships, different career pathways and training. I strongly believe the views and concerns of parents and carers must be taken into consideration, as they have trusted the school to safeguard and educate their children for a better future.
Mrs Elsie Chadwick - Co-opted
I am a local resident of the school and I have been a governor at FPHS for over 20 years.
I am a retired midwife and delivered many of the pupils and parents. I also did Cert Education at Manchester University.
I keep up to date with governor training and attend the pupil and curriculum meetings I am also the link governors for SEND and drugs.
Mr Hellal Choudhury - Local Authority
I was born and brought up in Rochdale and have lived in the Wardleworth area all my life and know what is to live in a deprived area and growing in a divisive society as a bme citizen. I value education as a necessity for social mobility and advancement for all students. I have been through higher education myself and have worked in many fields at local council level and currently working for first choice homes Oldham.
Mr Peter Cloran - Co-opted
I have been teaching now for 22 years and really enjoy my job. I have taught Design Technology at Falinge Park High School since 2007. I was elected as a staff governor in 2015. I have been a parent governor at Norden Community Primary School for 12 years. I am a dad to three children, one of whom is currently in year 10 at FPHS. Other than being employed at the school I have no financial or business interests.
Mrs Ann Keary - Parent
My name is Ann Keary and I have always lived in the Falinge area. I have two daughters, LeeAnn and Lauren. I have been married for twelve years to Tony and have been a foster carer to two children, a job in which i love. I have worked at Howard Street Nursery for thirteen years and before that at Spotland Primary School as a welfare worker and play group leader. I am looking forward to being a parent governors at FPHS.
Mrs Claire Kitson - Parent
I was born in Hereford a few years ago!!! I have qualifications in Business, and have been a mental health nurse for 15 years. I have a lot of experienced working with children and young people with emotional and mental health disorders; including neurodevelopmental difficulties, such as autism, ADHD, as well as depression, anxiety schizophrenia, psychosis, mood disorders, as examples.
I have also run children residential homes, which have been very challenging and rewarding, and been involved in child protection for many years; I was a supervisor for the trust I worked in, prior to living in Rochdale.
I am passionate about working with children and young people, and really believe that EVERY child, no matter what, should have the same opportunities as the next child, I believe in encouraging our children to be the best they can, to be happy, and safe.
I don’t get much chance for socialising but when I do, I like to spend time with my daughter, family, enjoy swimming, love reading, and I have three cats and two guinea pigs, which all keep me very busy!
Mr Dharmendra Patel - Associate
Fabrication welding background.
2nd term as Community Governor / associate
Self employed since 1991
A member of Rochdale Freemasons from October 2015
Mr Adam Walker - Staff
I have been teaching Art, Design and Photography for the last 21 years. I have been working at Falinge Park High School as Head of Art and 2nd in C.E.P.A. for 12 years and am really enjoying my time and experiences here.
At my previous school I was Head of Art and a Head of Year and gained a wealth of experiences from both of these opportunities.
Outside of school I enjoy being involved in creative and making activities for example furniture making. I also love gaining opportunities to learn new things and explore new places.
I feel that we have entered an exciting time at Falinge Park High School and look forward to being involved in the schools future.
Mrs Mel Ross - Parent
I have lived in Rochdale for the majority of my life in close proximity to the school. I have worked as a primary class teacher for around 20 years throughout the borough thus providing me with a clear understanding of the education system and its challenges. I am currently Deputy Headteacher in a local primary school. I have enjoyed working with many of the staff at Falinge on various linking projects between our two schools over recent years and i am looking forward to developing new links as a parent governor. I have one child who is currently in year 11. I enjoy reading, swimming and going on holiday!
A full list of Governor Committee Details, Curriculum Responsibilities and any Business Interests can be downloaded from the links below.
|Pupil Welfare Sub Committee|
|Curriculum and Standards|
|Graham Boff (Chair)|
|Paul Booth (Chair)|
|Self Evaluation Group (SEG)|
|Faculty Link Governors|
|Maths||Paul Booth & George Barrett|
|English||Pauline Rowe & Claire Kitson|
|PE & Healthy Lifestyles||George Barrett|
|Access & Achievement||TBC|
|Design & Technology||Paul Young|
|Whole School Links|
|Training & Development||Paul Young|
|Behaviour & Attendance||George Barrett|
|Safeguarding||Claire Kitson & Elsie Chadwick|
|Teaching & Learning||Pauline Rowe & Graham Boff|
|Staffing||Graham Boff & Hellal Choudhury|
|PFI and Health and Safety||Paul Young & Paul Booth|
|Budget Monitoring||Paul Booth|
|Looked after Children||TBC|
|Pupil Premium and Catch up Premium||Paul Young|
|Equalities, inclusion and SEN||TBC|
|Disciplinary, grievance and pay|
Governors register, information and business interests 2017/18
|Title||Forename||Surname||Remit of member||Business Interest||Term of office||Date of appointment||Appointed by||Governor at other voluntary organisations||Relationships in school||Other information|
|Mrs||Pauline||Rowe||4 years||01/09/2015 – 31/08/2019||Co-opted during reconstitution of governing body 2015||Vice Chair at Pennine West Citizens Advice Bureau|
|Mr||Graham||Boff||4 years||01/09/2015 – 31/08/2019||Co-opted during reconstitution of governing body 2015|
|Mr||Paul||Booth||Chair of Resources committee||4 years||01/09/2015 – 31/08/2019||Co-opted during reconstitution of governing body 2015|
|Miss||Janice||Allen||Head teacher||4 years||01/09/2015||Governors|
|Mr||Paul||Young||Chair of Governors||4 years||01/09/2015 – 31/08/2019||Co-opted by governors|
|Mrs||Claire||Kitson||Parent||4 years||13/01/2015 – 12/01/2019||Parental election|
|Mr||Adam||Walker||Staff||4 years||1/12/2016 – 30/11/2020||Staff election||Partner is a teacher at FPHS|
|Mr||George||Barrett||Parent||4 years||09/11/2015 – 08/11/2019||Parent election|
|Mr||Hellal||Choudhury||Authority||Wardleworth Community Centre||4 years||01/09/2014 – 31/08/2018||LA||Chair of Wardleworth Community Centre|
|Mrs||Elsie||Chadwick||Co-opted||4 years||01/09/2015 – 31/08/2019||Co-opted during reconstitution of governing body 2015|
|Ms||Angela||Coric||Co-opted||4 years||01/09/2015 – 31/08/2019||Co-opted during reconstitution of governing body 2015|
|Mr||Peter||Cloran||Co-opted||4 years||26/11/2015 – 25/11/2019||Staff election||Partner is an FPHS governor|
|Mr||Dharmendra||Patel||Associate||Agreed during reconstitution of governing body 2015||Rochdale Freemasons||Has a vote at sub-committee meetings, not at full governors|
|Mrs||Elisabeth||Baron||Associate||Hetheringtons Office Supplies – Husband works for the company||Governors||Mother is previous Chair of Governors||Has a vote at sub-committee meetings, not at full governors|