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The Governing Body is an integral part of our school structure. They work with the Head teacher and staff to make sure it provides high quality education for all our pupils and constantly strive to improve. They’re involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards of school discipline. Governors also help to make big decisions about the school’s long-term goals. The Governing Body acts as an important link between the school, parents/carers and the local community and forms part of the education partnership responsible for providing the best possible education for the children in Arundale. Maintaining this important link will ensure Arundale Primary School continues to be a thriving and successful school.


Mrs Ruth Dolan

Chair of Governors, Co-opted, End of Term - 31.08.2019

Arundale is a very happy and exciting place with wonderful staff who do their very best to give the children the skills and confidence to reach for the stars! I know this because I've been a governor here and at Pinfold for almost 10 years and I worked at Hattersley Neighbourhood Partnership for 5 years. It's great to see our schools working together at the heart of a great community. I'm now a DfE National Leader of Governance working with lots of different schools sharing best practices. I am currently Chair of the Board and Vice Chair of Finance Committee. 

Business Interests:

  • Vice Chair of Governors at Pinfold Primary School
  • Self Employed Governance Trainer - one-off contracts with various schools and Education Trusts
  • Employed on a consultancy contract by Windermere Education Trust

    Employed on a consultancy contract by One Education Ltd, Manchester


Mr Steve Clark

Executive Headteacher

I have worked in Hattersley as a teacher, Deputy Head and Headteacher since 1993. I am proud of the work that our school does with children and within our community. The things that I like most about our school are the people, staff and parents (children too!). I am very proud of the wide range of activities that we involve the children in at Arundale.

Business Interests:

  • Executive Head of Pinfold Primary School & Aldwyn Primary School


Mr Peter Hartley


I am proud to have worked at Arundale since September 2011 and I am really enjoying getting to know the children and parents. I previously worked as a teacher at schools and children's centres in Greater Manchester. I am excited about the opportunity to be part of the Governing Body at Arundale and to contribute to the development of the school.


Miss Nicola Jones

Parent Governor, End of Term - 08.02.2019

I am a working mum of two children. I have been a parent governor since 2015 and have a keen interest in continual improvement of the school, especially around children with additional needs.


Miss Rebecca Harrison

Vice Chair of Governors, Parent, End of Term - 08.02.2019

I am a parent governor at Arundale Primary School. I have a keen interest in education and safeguarding. I want to ensure all young people feel safe, secure and valued during their time here. I have taken on the role of Safeguarding Governor and Looked After Children Governor to help ensure just that. We can not underestimate the vital role education plays in helping children and young people become successful, contributing adults. I hope to help in this transition, giving our children good self-esteem, self-worth and identity, being empathetic to others, with a strong sense of right and wrong.

Mr Sam Cooper

Co- opted, End of Term - 09.05.2020

I am a community investment officer at Peak Valley Housing Association and have been working in the Hattersley and Mottram community for over 5 years. With a keen interest in community regeneration, I see my involvement in the school as an important part of securing a successful future for Hattersley and Mottram.


Mrs Sharon Costigan

Co-opted, End of Term - 31.08.2019

I have been a governor for 14 years. I have worked at Arundale for 19 years and have held different positions within the school. I have enjoyed being part of the school team and governing body that has seen the school go from strength to strength to be in the position that it is today. I enjoy representing the parents and children of Arundale.


Mrs Anne Corrie

Co-opted to Local Authority, End of Term - 31.08.2019

I have been a Governor for many years. I am particularly interested in how children learn to read and I am particularly delighted to see that school teaches Phonics in the way that it does.


Mrs Janette Van der Stel

Parent, End of Term - 13.10.2018

I am a mother of four children and a parent governor.  I also work as a midday assistant at this school as well as volunteer here.  The volunteer work is listening to the children read.  This is very rewarding as you see the progress the children make during the course of a year. 

I also work along with the Friends of Arundale, helping to raise funds for the children of the school.


Miss Lauren Mckee

Staff Governor, End of Term - 


Mrs Pat Harrison

School Business Manager, Professional Advisor


Finance Committee


Mrs Ruth Dolan - Chair of Governors

Mrs Sharon Costigan

Mrs Anne Corrie

Mr Sam Cooper

Mr Steve Clark

Governing Body Minutes