School Governors

School Governors

School governors are volunteers who work together as a governing board to provide independent oversight of how the school is run, with the aim of improving the quality of education provided and raising standards.

The governing board work alongside the headteacher and senior leaders to provide strategic leadership and to ensure accountability. The board has three key functions:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well-spent.

Governors do not run the school on a day-to day basis; that is the responsibility of the headteacher and senior leaders.

As a school, we’re really proud of our links with local communities and partners and we’re keen to ensure that our governing board reflects this. The board is made up of parents, representatives from the local community, the headteacher and an elected staff governor. They each bring their own skills and experience to the role, but more important, they all share a passion to provide the best possible education for every pupil at the school.

The governing board meets formally once a term, but much of the detailed work is carried out at meetings of our three committees:

  • Pupil Welfare
  • Curriculum and Standards
  • Resources

Governors are usually elected to serve for a term of four years. Each year, governors elect a Chair and Vice Chair of the governing board and for each committee.

The Governor Register of Attendance can be viewed by clicking this link.

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 35 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 assurance, marketing, student services, work- based learning, finance 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 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 Paul Booth - Chair of Resources Committee

I have enjoyed being a Governor at FPHS for the past 18 years, initially joining as a Parent Governor in 2003 when my daughter was in year 8. My original thoughts at that time regarding my 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 have decided to continue with the commitment, when I was invited, to be co-opted once my children 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 in the past few years including the new school building and two subsequent classroom extensions has been a real success story for the school and one of which I am proud to have played my part.

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 the Managing Director of my own management consultancy business working with SME’s helping them thrive and grow their businesses. My career experience previous to this recent new venture was as a director of major international Food Manufacturing businesses dealing on a day to day basis with the high street retail chains in commercial roles.

My work experience 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 budgeted targets.

Outside of work and school one of my other passions is music, as a semi-professional music producer with my own studio in Halifax and as a keyboard player with a progressive rock band it makes me a strong supporter of the arts and music in school.

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.

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 the Rochdale area and have lived in the Wardleworth area of Rochdale during the entire period of my life.

I have valued education as a top priority all my entire life.  I actually attended this school for two years when the former Greenhill School merged with Broadfield Upper School  in 1988. I have been to college and university in the UK  and have achieved a degree. Due to this life experience I feel it is highly important that all children should be given the same opportunities to achieve their potential in life. This was the main driver for me to enter school governance about 25 years ago and give back to the local community.


I have had many careers in local government through the last 24 years in Rochdale and Oldham Council and within the housing association sector.


I am now a full time carer of a family member with learning disabilities.


 I have been a school governor for over 25 years in the Rochdale borough including this school and Greenbank Primary School.

Mrs Ann Keary - Parent

My name is Ann Keary and I have always lived in the Falinge area.  I have two daughters Lee-Anne and Lauren.  I have been married for 16 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 13 years and before that at Spotland Primary School as a welfare worker and playgroup leader.  I am looking forward to being a parent governors at Falinge Park High School.

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. I have worked as a primary class teacher for over 20 years throughout the borough thus providing me with a clear understanding of the education system and its challenges. I am currently a 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. I enjoy supporting the school and my local community. 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
Rukhsana Haq (Chair)
All Governors are invited to attend
Curriculum and Standards
Graham Boff (Chair)
All Governors are invited to attend
Paul Booth (Chair)
All Governors are invited to attend
Steering and Self Evaluation Group (SEG)
This comprises the Chair and Vice Chair of Governors and the Chair’s of each of our committees. Currently this membership is, Paul Young, Paul Booth, Graham Boff, Pauline Rowe & Rukhana Haq
Faculty Link Governors
Maths Mrs E Chadwick & Mr P Booth
English Mrs A Keary & Mrs P Rowe
Science & Technologies: Science, Technology, ICT, Computing Mr G Boff
English Baccalaureate: Languages, History, Geography Mr P Young
Cultural Capital: Performing Arts, Creative Arts, PE Mrs R Haq & Mrs M Ross
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development: RE, Citizenship and PSHE, Vocational  Mrs S Hussain-Choudhury & Mrs H Choudhury
Whole School Links
Finance Mr P Booth
Safeguarding Mrs R Haq & Mr P Booth
Health & Safety Mr P Booth
Raising Achievement, Teaching, Learning and Assessment Mr G Boff & Mrs P Rowe
Pupil Premium Mr P Young
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Mr P Young
SEND Mrs P Rowe & Mrs R Haq
CIAG Mr G Boff
Pastoral Care Mrs P Rowe & Mrs R Haq
Ad-Hoc Committees
Disciplinary, grievance and pay
Membership is drawn from all governors
Membership is drawn from all governors
Membership is drawn from all governors

Governors register, information and business interests 2020/21

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  None 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  None 4 years 01/09/19 – 31/08/23 Co-opted during reconstitution of governing body 2015
Miss Janice Allen Head teacher  None 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  None 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  None 4 years 13/07/2018 – 12/07/2022 Parent election
Mrs Ann Keary Parent  None 4 years 13/07/2018 – 12/07/2022 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