Coronation Road, Radcliffe, M26 3RD
0161 723 4538


 Welcome to the Local Governors' page and thank you for your interest in our school.

Radcliffe Primary School is part of Bury College Education Trust. We have a Trust Board made up of 7 Trustees who provide strategic direction for the Trust as a whole.

Radcliffe has its own Local Governing Body (LGB) which is a committee of the Trust Board and includes representatives from our local community.

Local governors are volunteers who make a positive contribution to the school by giving their time.

They come from all walks of life and offer a range of skills and expertise including areas such as management, premises and buildings, health and safety, special educational needs, parenting and much more. We welcome people who are interested, enthusiastic and committed. You do not need specific qualifications to become a local governor, but team working and problem solving are useful skills to possess.


Each school in Bury College Education Trust has an LGB which is accountable to the Board of Trustees and should comprise of:

  •  The headteacher (ex officio)
  •  One further elected staff local governor (term: 4 years)
  •  At least two elected parent governors (term: 4 years)
  •  Up to five governors appointed by the Trust Board and selected on the basis of their skills or professional experience, each for a term of 4 years

The chair of each LGB is appointed annually by the Trust Board.

LGB meetings are supported by the clerk to the Trust Board, in collaboration with whom agendas locally are planned in line with areas of responsibility set out below.

The LGB meets at least once a term (three times per academic year)

The primary role of the LGBs is to provide support and challenge to the Headteachers of the schools in ensuring every child makes good or better progress and that parents and carers are fully involved in their child’s education. To maximise the ability of the local governors to focus on this key area, the LGB is not required to manage financial resources, staffing or many of the other areas traditionally associated with a maintained school governing body as these issues are dealt with at a Trust level. However, in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education, the LGB does play an important role in safeguarding pupils.


Areas of responsibility for LGBs

LGBs have a critical role to play in supporting the work of the School and the Trust. Their role falls into two main areas:

  1. Contribute to the strategic direction of the school and Trust by considering:
  • vision and values;
  • clear and ambitious strategic priorities and targets;
  • access of children, including those with special educational needs, to a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum;
  • ensuring all groups and individuals are making good or better progress;
  • the quality of education;
  • the implementation of the Trust’s policies;
  • the development of links with the local community; and
  • the establishment of mechanisms to promote good parent/carer/family relations.

    2. Hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the school’s performance, including:

  • agreeing the outcomes from the school’s self-evaluation and ensuring they are used to inform the priorities in the school’s action and improvement plan;
  • considering all relevant data and feedback provided on request by school leaders and external sources on all aspects of academy performance;
  • asking challenging questions of school leaders;
  • ensuring senior leaders have implemented the required policies and procedures and the academy is operating effectively according to those policies;
  • appointing link governors on specific themes (specifically safeguarding and SEND), making relevant enquiries of the relevant staff, visiting school and reporting to the LGB on the progress on the relevant school priority; and
  • listening to and reporting to the school’s stakeholders: pupils, parents, staff, and the wider community.


When required, LGB governors may serve on committees of the Trust to:

  • appoint staff in the school;
  • hear discipline, exclusion, admissions and appeals cases.


Who We Are

Radcliffe Primary School LGB –  (Date Appointed)

Radcliffe Primary has 7 governors. There are three co-opted community governors, two parent and two staff governors. There is a vacancy for a community governor.

Mrs A Walsh - Head Teacher (01/09/2019)

Miss B McKenna – Staff (Re-appointed 01/01/2020)

Mrs P Evans - Community (01/04/2022)

Mrs N Cleaver - Community (01/05/2020)

Mrs S Thornton - Community - Chair (01/09/2022)

Ms Gemma Bowman - Parent (01/09/2022)

Mr Philip Wright Christie -  Parent (01/09/2022)

James Tomlinson - Parent (01/04/2020 - 01/03/2023)


You can view the latest version of Bury College Education Trust's Scheme of Delegation document, Governance Handbook and the Register of Business Interests on the links below: 

BCET Scheme of Delegation 

Governance Handbook 2023-2024

Register of Business Interests 

Local Governing Body Meetings - Agendas & Approved minutes are available on request


Need further information? 

If you need more information about the work of the Governing Body at Radcliffe, please contact the school office who will take your details: Tel: 0161 723 4538, Email:


Should you need to contact our Chair of Governors, Mrs S Thornton, this can be done via the School Office: 

Tel: 0161 723 4538, Email:

Address: Radcliffe Primary School, Coronation Road, Radcliffe, Manchester, M26 3RD