School Governors

School Governors

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
I am married, with four children and we have lived in Shawclough for over 25 years. I joined the team of Governors at the beginning of September 2015, but my association with the school goes back much further. Our youngest daughter spent five happy and successful years at FPHS from 2005 to 2010. I sit on the Resources Committee and the Pupil and Curriculum Committee. I am now retired, following a long career in local government.
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.

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 Sehra Hussain-Choudhry - Parent

My name is Sehra Hussain-Choudhry. I have three children, one of which attends Falinge Park High School. The other two attend Shawclough Community Primary School.

I currently run a small business from home as well as work part time at Shawclough School. I am the Chair of the Shawclough School PTA and also a Leader In training for Unit 17 Rochdale Rainbows and Browines.

I have a varied professional work background and have held many different positions within the voluntary sector. I have set up/coordinated and managed many community projects, a lot of which have bought me into contact with children, teenagers and young adults. I have also worked with young adults with learning difficulties.  I have sat on committees previously and held various roles within them.  I have recruited and supervised volunteers also.

Being a parent, I understand other parents concerns when it comes to the school life of their child and believe it should be a balanced and happy one, educationally, socially and emotionally.

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.

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.

Mr Dharmendra Patel - Associate

Fabrication  welding background.

Ex sub-postmaster

2nd term as Community Governor / associate

Self employed since 1991

A member of Rochdale Freemasons from October 2015

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!

Ms Rukhsana Haq - Parent

My name is Rukhsana Haq and I have 2 children, one who currently attends Falinge Park High School. I live locally and attended Greenhill High School which formerly stood at the current site. My previous roles as an Engagement Manager have provided me with a vast array of skills which I hope to utilise as my role as Governor. I look forward to working as a Governor and assisting wherever need be to further enhance the role of Falinge Park High School within the community and assisting to improve the learning experience of the student and the challenges that lie ahead.

A full list of Governor Committee Details, Curriculum Responsibilities and any Business Interests can be downloaded from the links below.

Governor Responsibilities

Governors Register of Information & Business Interests 2016-17

Pupil Welfare Sub Committee
Elsie Chadwick
Janice Allen
Curriculum and Standards
Graham Boff (Chair)
Pauline Rowe
Paul Young
Janice Allen
Paul Booth (Chair)
Hellal Choudhury
Paul Young
Janice Allen
Self Evaluation Group (SEG)
Paul Young
Paul Booth
Graham Boff
Pauline Rowe
Faculty Link Governors
Maths Paul Booth
English Pauline Rowe
Science Graham Boff
MFL Paul Booth
PE & Healthy Lifestyles TBC
Humanities Paul Young
CEPA Graham Boff
Access & Achievement TBC
Design & Technology Paul Young
EAL Hellal Choudhury
ICT Vacant
PSHE Elsie Chadwick
Whole School Links
CEIAG Graham Boff
Training & Development Paul Young
Behaviour & Attendance TBC
Safeguarding Elsie Chadwick
Teaching & Learning Pauline Rowe & Graham Boff
Curriculum TBC
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
All Governors
All Governors
All Governors

Governors register, information and business interests 2018/19

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 01/09/19 – 31/08/23 Co-opted during reconstitution of governing body 2015 Vice Chair at Pennine West Citizens Advice Bureau
Mr Graham Boff 4 years 01/09/19 – 31/08/23 Co-opted during reconstitution of governing body 2015
Mr Paul Booth Chair of Resources committee 4 years 01/09/19 – 31/08/23 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 01/09/19 – 31/08/23 Co-opted by governors
Mr Hellal Choudhury Authority Wardleworth Community Centre 4 years 31/07/18 – 12/07/22 LA Chair of Wardleworth Community Centre
Mrs Elsie Chadwick Co-opted 4 years 01/09/19 – 31/08/23 Co-opted during reconstitution of governing body 2015
Mr Dharmendra Patel Associate 01/09/19 – 31/08/23 Agreed during reconstruction of governing body 2015 Rochdale Freemasons Has a vote at sub-committee meetings, not at full governors.
Mrs Melanie Ross Parent 4 years 13/07/2018 – 12/07/2022 Parent election
Mrs Ann Keary Parent 4 years 13/07/2018 – 12/07/2022 Parent election
Mrs Shefali Ahmed Parent 4 years 15/08/2018 – 14/08/2022 Parent election
Mrs Sehra Hussain-Choudhury Parent 4 years 17/10/2018 – 16/10/2022 Parent election
Ms Rukhsana Haq Parent 4 years 5 Mar 2019 – 4 Mar 2023 Parent election Governor at Howard Street Nursery