St Mary's RC Primary School, Oswaldtwistle

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List of Governors 2019/2020


Mr D. M. Joyce                 (Chair).                      Child Protection, Pupil                                                               Premium RE, Link

Member of the Governing Body for over 18 years and Chair for 5 years.
Previously employed as a senior manager in Further Education and more recently as a Non Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair for East Lancashire Primary Care Trust.
Currently an independent member for the north west police authorities misconduct panels.
Married with three grown up children who all attended St Marys.

Mr. A.J. Alveston                                                      

I worked in the ceramic tile industry for many years and primarily in Sales and business management, being a Fellow of the Institute of Sales & Marketing.  Eventually it was time to change my career path and move into business management as Sales Director for Tiles UK a national tile import and distribution business. This was followed by employment as a Business Development Consultant for a Spanish tile manufacturer. The objective was to develop new markets and specification  business in the UK.

In my social time, I have been active in many sporting field's, and worked as Golf Club Secretary, Commercial Manager for a local football club and Advertising / Fund Raiser for a Lancashire League Cricket Club.


Mrs L Wolstenholme             (Headteacher)

I have been a teacher at Saint Mary's for 11 years in a number of different roles including deputy head and in September 2018 I became the Headteacher. I have a passion for working with children and a focus on working with parents and the local parish community. I am also a catachist at our Church and help Father O'Brien deliver the Sacramental Programme. I enjoy reading, walking and eating out in my spare time. 


Mrs T Duckworth (Deputy Head Teacher)

I have worked at St. Mary's for 20 years now, as a Key Stage 2 teacher. I become the deputy headteacher this September, and am also the English lead for our school. As part of this role my aim is to increase reading for pleasure for the children, as reading is a hobby that I thoroughly enjoy. I also enjoy baking, walking, shopping,  going to the gym and looking after our four chickens.


Mrs D Reddin

I am the Office Manager in school and have been for 20 years. I have a Diploma in Administrative Management with NCSL.   I have two daughters, one living in Edinburgh and one in Worthing and a son studying Business at York University.  I have recently started watercolour classes and enjoy gardening, reading and interior design.  I feel very proud to be part of a strong team who all work very well together for the good of the children.

Mrs E Leyland                                               

I became a Parent Governor in 2014 and have recently become a Foundation Governor. Previously employed by Greater Manchester Fire Service I now work in a Primary School in Burnley. I have been married for 15 years and have two daughters, one who attends St Mary's RC School and one who has just left for Secondary School.  I am a member of St Mary's parish and regularly help out at St Mary's Brownies. 


Mr A Bentley

I became a Parent Governor at St.Mary’s having previously served the school as a class teacher for 5 years. Prior to qualifying as a teacher I worked in the legal profession. I currently teach at The Manchester Grammar school where I enjoy the opportunity to pursue my sporting interests which include Football, Cricket, Running and Skiing. I enjoy organizing school trips,  both at home and abroad, and have also worked as a Ski Rep during school holidays.  I have been married for 5 years and am a father of 2 children, one of whom attends St.Mary’s. I recently enjoyed the opportunity to deliver the Sacramental program, preparing the children of the Parish for Reconciliation and Holy Communion.


Mr D Georgy

I am a Foundation Governor, having been appointed in January 2018.  I work as a Senior Commercial & Procurement Manager in a large multinational company and believe my education and experience will be an asset to the management and administration of the school through the Governing Body. My religion plays an important part of my life and I aim to ensure the school is conducted in accordance with the rites, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Faith. I have been married for 8 years and am a father of three children, one of which attends St Mary’s. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, hobby gardening, fishing, golf and socialising with family and friends.


Mr M Partington

I am a Foundation Governor having been appointed in November 2018. I am a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors having retired from my post in 2017 as an Associate Partner with a national property company where my work involved commercial property valuation throughout the north west of England. I am a lifelong member of St Mary’s RC Parish and actively involved in parish life and various parish projects. I am the Group Scout Leader of 109th Loyola Scout Group Oswaldtwistle, working with children of mainly primary school age for over 40 years. I am married and have lived in Oswaldtwistle all my life.


Mrs P Kornecki 


Mrs A Spiteri-Braysford 

I was fortunate to be nominated as a Parent Governor in February 2019.  I currently work in the office at a primary school in Oswaldtwistle which is varied and eventful but I wouldn’t have it any other way!  Prior to this I worked at Network Rail for 14 years, covering Lancashire, Cumbria and Manchester areas.  I am married with two children who both attend St Mary’s RC Primary School.  As a family we have a small holding with cows and sheep so we are kept very busy!  We love our holidays in particular skiing trips which both children thoroughly enjoy. 


Mrs E Marsden


Mr N Pitman






The governors at St. Mary’s:


Promotes the Catholic ethos of the school and drives its aims and values.

Supports the school as worshipping community.

Ensures  that the school constantly bears witness to the Good News in every aspect of its life.

Has the determination to help Saint Mary's to become and outstanding school.

Promotes high standards of achievement in all areas.

Serves to help every individual to reach their full potential in the image and likeness of God.

Is at the heart of strategic planning both for the present and for the school’s long term future

Actively engages in Policy Formation and review

Deploys resources effectively in support of the school's development cycle

Is active in target setting and promotion of raising standards

Involved in Performance Management

Has a planned and robust approach to monitoring and evaluation

Challenges and supports the Headteacher and teaching staff

Forms an effective partnership with Headteacher and teaching staff

Contributes to the happiness and welfare of the whole school community