St Oswald's RC Primary and Nursery School, Accrington

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Governing Body


A group of Governors is called a Governing Body. It is the Governors’ role to make sure that the school provides the children with a good quality education.

The Governing Body meets once a term with three further committee meetings each term which cover:

  • Finance, Personnel & Premises
  • Curriculum and Monitoring
  • Health & Safety

Find out a little more about our Governors ......................

John Jordan - Chair of Governors

I am a retired Manufacturing Manager and was persuaded by my parish priest to serve as a governor at St Oswald's 11 years ago. I have been Chair of Govenors for 9 years working with two Headteachers and the present acting Head.
My family and my faith are of upmost importance in my life and I have been happy to support other families through my work at St. Oswald's and also to bring the skills and
experience from my working life into school.

Terry Coogan - Vice Chair

I have lived locally since 1969 and have had an interest in St Oswald's since 1975 when my eldest child started school. At present I have a grandchild attending in the juniors. I am a parishioner at St. Mary's Church and recently retired after 16 years working with children and adults with physical and learning difficulties. Before that I was a design engineer with BT for many years. I have a degree in Accountancy. I firmly believe that every child deserves a good education to enable them to achieve their potential in life and I have been on the governing body of St. Oswald's for about fourteen years in order to make a small contribution towards this.

I continually witness the great efforts made by the talented staff, enthusiastic pupils and supportive parents at St. Oswald's and feel that it is the team efforts which is a contributory factor to this school's happiness and success. Terry Coogan, Foundation Governor, Nov. 2016

Jackie Ringer

I am a Foundation Governor, having been appointed in April 2015.  I retired in 2012, having worked for seventeen years for a social enterprise company where I managed a Childcare Care Agency, supplying qualified childcare workers to various venues including Children’s Centres throughout East Lancashire. The previous twenty years I was employed by a government department in various managerial roles. I volunteer on a weekly basis as a cashier for a local Credit Union. My religion is an important part of my life; I am a Eucharist Minister and take communion to the sick and housebound on a weekly basis. I have been an occasional helper at The 7th Oswaldtwistle St. Mary’s Brownies for the last couple of years and I am currently training to become a Brownie Leader. I am proud to be part of a school which holds an ’outstanding’ record and aim to support staff, pupils, parents and other governors to maintain this.

Jessica Collinge

My name is Jessica Collinge and I am the staff governor for St Oswald's school.
After completing a BA honours in Special Educational Needs with qualified teacher status (QTS), I took up my first teaching post here at St. Oswald's in 2009 working in year 5 and 6 and I've been here ever since.

Within school, I am responsible for the Literacy and Religious Education aspects of the curriculum and I also lead the School Council.

I hope to bring the experience I have gained and my knowledge of the school to the governing body.

I firmly believe that St. Oswald's is an outstanding school and I am incredibly proud to be part of the team.

Marie Leaver

I have been a foundation Governor at St. Oswald’s R.C. Primary School for the last six years. I was happy to take on the role as I have always worked in education, being a primary school teacher for 35 years. Also, I have an association with the school as I was a teacher at St Oswald’s for almost 10 years from 1975 to 1985; it was during this period that the school was burnt down and the fight for the present building took place. As well as this, my mother was a secretary of the school for a number of years. When, on retirement, I was asked to be a governor, it was an easy decision to make and it is a privilege to be involved with the hardworking and dedicated staff who make St Oswald’s such an outstanding school.

As a governor, I hope to support the other governors, staff and children through the meetings, observations and courses that all the governors undertake. Where possible, I also try to attend masses, performances and fund raising activities.

Victoria Kenyon

I have just joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor. I have been involved in the St Oswald's School community for several years now. I am an active member of the school PTFA, providing refreshments at school events and raising funds through fairs etc. I have three children at St Oswald's in the juniors and their older sibling recently left to join Mount Carmel. I have a deep and abiding interest in all aspects of education and school life. (October 2017).

Mrs Jennifer Barlow - Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor and currently have two children attending St Oswald’s, one in Juniors and one in nursery. I have a keen interest in ensuring all children have access to Outstanding education and enjoyable time at school.

My governing roles in school include website coordinator and I have just taken on the Safeguarding children role this term.

My background – I work as a Nurse Practitioner, specialising in Post Kidney Transplant patients in Royal Preston and Royal Blackburn Hospital, I enjoy family life, football and baking and attend St Marys Church. (October 2017).

Mr. Damian Georgy

Foundation Governor

Mrs. Sue Warburton

Associate Governor

Fr. John Daly

Parish Priest