Governing Board

The Governing Board is charged with the overall management and strategic direction of Rivington and Blackrod High School. The main responsibilities of the governing board are:

  • Strategic - providing a strategic direction for the work and improvement of the school
  • Act as a critical friend - support, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school
  • Ensure accountability - hold the school to account (to Parents, Ofsted, the Local Authority) for the standards achieved and the quality of education.

As a board we meet regularly and our members are involved in committees that deal with the schools finance, general purposes, staffing and property, community, curriculum and welfare.

To view our Annual Governance Statement for 2014-2015 please click the link here.

Judith Marsden, Chair of the Governing Board
Judith has been a Governor for over 20 years and attended Rivington and Blackrod herself, as did her three children.  Having worked as a Midwife in Bolton, she now organises the Bolton Hospital Choir for fun.

Judith sits on the following committees:

- Finance, General Purposes and Staffing
- Property, Health and Safety
- Standards and Effectiveness, Curriculum and Development, Community and Welfare
- Pupil Discipline
- Curriculum Complaints and General Complaints
- Staff Discipline and Redundancy
- Performance Review
- Health and Safety

Judith is passionate that the Governors should provide highly effective monitoring and support the school to provide a very high standard of education for all ensuring our students leave as polite, well rounded, highly employable individuals.

Judith has no business interests to declare.  Her term of office began on 01/09/2012 and finishes on 31/08/2016.

Simon Foster, Vice Chair of the Governing Board
Simon has lived in Horwich for 26 years and has been a Governor at Rivington and Blackrod High School for 8 years. He owns and runs a training agency which is based in Bolton which supports young adults and helps them to secure employment. His son, Liam is studying for his 'A' Levels at RBHS and is planning to study PE at Edge Hill University.

Simon sits on the following committees:

- Finance, General Purposes and Staffing (Vice Chair)
- Property, Health and Safety (Chair)
- Standards and Effectiveness, Curriculum and Development, Community and Welfare
- Pupil Discipline
- Staff Discipline and Redundancy
- Staff Grievance
- Performance Review
- Health and Safety

Simon is Managing Director of the Alternative Curriculum Service Ltd.  His term of office began on 15/03/2013 and finishes on 14/03/2017.

Reverend Stephen Fletcher, Foundation Governor
Reverend Stephen Fletcher has been a Foundation Governor since 2001, when he arrived as Team Rector of the Horwich & Rivington Anglican Churches (now in partnership with Blackrod Church). His two children attended Rivington and Blackrod High School and, with two other Foundation Governors, he is appointed by the Deane Deanery to represent the original Founders of this Voluntary Controlled Church of England High School.  Stephen is a Governor at Horwich Parish CE Primary School.

Stephen sits on the following committees:

- Property, Health and Safety
- Standards and Effectiveness, Curriculum and Development, Community and Welfare
- Staff Discipline and Redundancy
- Staff Appeals Committee

Stephen has no business interests to declare. His term of office began on 01/09/2012 and finishes on 31/08/2016.

Reverend David Griffiths, Foundation Governor
Reverend David Griffiths is a Church Foundation Governor and a retired CofE vicar in Horwich, Heaton and Ainsworth. He is married to Brenda. Their 3 children attended Rivington and Blackrod High School. His particular interests include Rivington and Blackrod High School being an 'open' inclusive church school, involved in the community with high standards across subjects including Religious Studies; and provision for most able and special needs students.

David sits on the following committees:

- Standards and Effectiveness, Curriculum and Development, Community and Welfare
- Pupil Discipline
- Staff Appeals Committee

David is the special educational needs governor and the link governor for most able.

David has no business interests to declare. His term of office began on 01/09/2012 and finishes on 31/08/2016.

Peter Holden, Foundation Governor
Peter Holden is a Foundation Governor who is married with 2 adopted grown up sons.  He is Assistant warden at Rivington Parish Church and a retired secondary school teacher of Mathematics, Computer Studies and Information Communication Technology with 32 years of service.  His last teaching post was Head of ICT and ICT Coordinator at Bishop Rawstorne C of E Language College.  Peter believes that education is the foundation for life as an adult and young people need support to be able to access opportunities open to them.  As a practising christian he feels that the church has a role in helping to provide education for all.

Peter sits on the following committees:

- Finance, General Purposes and Staffing
- Pupil Discipline
- Staff Appeals Committee

Peter has no business interests to declare. His term of office began on 20/05/2013 and finishes on 19/05/2017.

Hitesh Patel, Co-opted Governor
Hitesh is an IT Project Manager and also a qualified accountant. He has worked at Warburtons for more than 20 years and is married to Tarla Patel, who is a Primary School teacher in Bolton. Hitesh has two sons both of whom are at Rivington and Blackrod High School.

He is particularly interested in the school delivering high standards of achievement.

Hitesh sits on the following committees:

- Finance, General Purposes and Staffing
- Standards and Effectiveness, Curriculum and Development, Community and Welfare

Hitesh declares that he is IT Project Manager at Warburtons.  His term of office began on 03/02/2014 and finishes on 02/02/2018.

Rebecca Grantham, Co-opted Governor
Rebecca is Assistant Head of Rivington and Blackrod High School with a responsibility for Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages .She has taught in Huddersfield, Salford and Leeds and has been teaching for 18 years. Rebecca lives within the local community and is interested in all aspects of school improvement and quality assurance.

Rebecca is married with 2 children. Matthew, who is 12 years old and Suzanne, who is 7 years old.  She enjoys walking and has completed the 'three peaks' and the 'Keswick to Barrow' walk. She has been a Manchester United season ticket holder for many years.

Rebecca sits on the following committees and is the Governor for Safer Recruitment:

- Standards and Effectiveness, Curriculum and Development, Community and Welfare

Rebecca has no business interests to declare.  Her term of office began on 01/09/2012 and finishes on 31/08/2016.

Sylvia Oakes, Co-opted Governor
Sylvia is married with one daughter who attended Rivington and Blackrod High School. She has a passion and special interest in working on behalf of children and young people who are vulnerable and / or have special educational needs and disability, and is also a retired teacher. She has been a governor at Rivington and Blackrod High School for a number of years.

Sylvia sits on the following committees:

- Finance, General Purposes and Staffing
- Standards and Effectiveness, Curriculum and Development, Community and Welfare
- Pupil Discipline
- Complaints
- Staff Discipline and Redundancy

Sylvia is the special educational needs governor and the link governor for training. 

Sylvia is a co-opted Governor on the Governing Board of Ladybridge High School and All Saints Primary School.  Her term of office began on 01/09/2012 and finishes on 31/08/2016.

Ingrid Cox, Co-opted Governor
Ingrid has been a governor at Rivington and Blackrod High School in various roles as parent, teacher and community governor for thirty years. She has a long association with the Horwich and Blackrod community and a belief in the enduring power of a broad and balanced education to build both our current citizens as well as those of the future. She totally endorses and supports the principles of Community, Standards and Inclusion and works diligently to promote the growth of young people's leadership in their school and the wider community.

Ingrid sits on the following committees:

- Finance, General Purposes and Staffing
- Standards and Effectiveness, Curriculum and Development, Community and Welfare
- Pupil Discipline
- Curriculum Complaints and General Complaints
- Staff Discipline and Redundancy

Ingrid is the representative governor on Governors / LA Partnership and the Governor with responsibility for Culture and Diversity and Equal Opportunities.

Ingrid declares her business interest as Ingrid Cox Consultancy - Education. Her term of office began on 01/09/2012 and finishes on 31/08/2016.

Kevin McKeon, Local Authority Governor
Kevin is a retired secondary school teacher and member of Bolton and Horwich Councils. He has three grown up sons and three granddaughters. His experience and interest is in education. Rivington and Blackrod High School serves the community he represents and he says the school has a proud history and deservedly, has a great reputation. With the rest of the Governors he is very keen to use his skills and knowledge to support the school in its mission to nurture and educate the young people in our care.

Kevin sits on the following committees:

- Standards and Effectiveness, Curriculum and Development, Community and Welfare (chair)
- Pupil Discipline
- Staff Discipline and Redundancy
- Staff Grievance

Kevin is the representative governor for Child Protection and Children Looked After.

Kevin is Director at Bolton at Home, Chair of Governors at Chorley New Road Primary School and on the Governing Board of Claypool School and the Pupil Referral Unit.  His term of office began on 01/09/2012 and finishes on 31/08/2016.

Louise Elo, Parent Governor
Louise is a new Parent Governor to the school with eighteen months experience of her new role which she has thoroughly enjoyed. Louise has been able to undertake a range of governor training and been involved in two Governor Business Weekends, which have helped her to understand the role and responsibility of a governor, as well as the challenges teachers face with significant changes to the curriculum. Both of her children will be attending Rivington and Blackrod High School in September 2015. Louise works for a district council as a Neighbourhoods Manager which involves working with many different agencies such as youth services, social care, police and the voluntary sector to provide healthy and safe communities to live, work and play in. All of her work involves developing community cohesion and early intervention by working in partnership to achieve the same goal.

Louise is particularly interested in how we, as a school support all children of all learning abilities through the use of our funding (pupil premium) and innovative methods such as coaching ( for students and staff). She is a qualified coach and manager, and is currently undertaking part-time study for an MSc in Children and Young People’s Integrated Practice. Louise says that she hopes to put these skills, knowledge and experience to good use as a Parent Governor during her 4 year’s service.

Louise sits on the following committees:

- Property, Health and Safety
- Standards and Effectiveness, Curriculum and Development, Community and Welfare

Louise declares that she is a Neighbourhood Manager, Chorley Council. Her term of office began on 14/02/2014 and finishes on 13/02/2018.

Sarah Horan, Parent Governor
Sarah has 3 children who have all attended Rivington and Blackrod High School. She works in the pensions industry, managing one of the UK’s largest pension schemes.
Sarah’s particular interests as a governor are to ensure that school’s funds are used as effectively as possible to support the students in achieving their full potential.

Sarah sits on the following committees:

- Finance, General Purposes and Staffing (Chair)
- Staff Discipline and Redundancy
- Performance Review

Sarah's business interests are Company Secretary  of PACE Trustees Ltd, Co-Operative Group, Pace Trustees Ltd and TCG Northern Trustees Ltd. Her term of office began on 01/09/2012 and finishes on 31/08/2016.

Christopher Knowles, Parent Governor
Chris Knowles is a Chartered Engineer with Lloyd’s Register and Chairman of the Institute of Asset Management Examinations Board. Chris is married to Pam with two sons, one at Rivington and Blackrod High School and one now at the University of Manchester. His focus is on the sustainable management of RBHS, providing a safe environment in which everyone can learn and excel.

Chris sits on the following committees:

- Finance, General Purposes and Staffing
- Property, Health and Safety
- Staff Appeals Committee

Chris has business interests as Vice President of Asset Management Consultancy, Lloyd’s Register and as Chairman of the Examinations Board of the Institute of Asset Management.  His term of office began on 01/09/2012 and finishes on 31/08/2016.

Claire Rehan, Parent Governor
Claire is a new Parent Governor. She is currently participating in Governor training and “sitting in” on committees prior to deciding where her skills and interests will be most suited. She is keen that all children reach their full potential and take an active role in their learning and development. Her eldest child is in year 9 at the school.

Claire is a Clinical Psychologist working with adults with physical health problems and is based at the Royal Bolton Hospital. Her clinical training gave her a broad range of experience working with children, adults, and learning disabled adults as well as research. She hopes to use these skills in her term of office. Her four year term commenced from October 2015.

If you would like to get involved and become a governor, please contact Yvonne Massey on ymassey@rbhs.co.uk for further information.

‘Governors bring a good range of skills and experience to the role.’ Ofsted 2013

‘Leaders and governors have a good understanding of how well the school is performing.’ Ofsted 2013