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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 - 19.11.2023

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 for more than 10 years and have seen the school develop a wide range of teaching and learning opportunities through excellent classroom practice to support academic attainment and delivery of a range of activities - including our exciting Forest School programme - to support the development of life skills as our children develop as citizens in a rapidly changing world. Arundale continues to work in close partnership with other schools and with lots of groups as an important part of our local community.

My work and volunteer activities (including as a Department for Education as a National Leader of Governance) help me to support the school’s leaders through effective governance. Our governance team is strong and we work hard to play our part in ensuring the best possible outcomes for all of our children.

I am currently chair of the board and of the Finance Committee.


Mr Peter Hartley


I am proud to be the Headteacher of Arundale Primary School and having worked at the school since September 2011, I have really enjoyed getting to know the children, parents and members of the community. I previously worked in schools and children's centres across Greater Manchester.

I believe that apart from home, school is the most important influence in a child's life.  My job at the school and my role in the Governing Body is to ensure that the children of Arundale are safe and happy and enjoying the best education and school experience they possibly can.  I am passionate about leading the continuing growth and development of the school.


Mrs Lauren Howarth

Staff Governor, End of Term - 04.11.2024

I have been a teacher at Arundale for 9 years working in different year groups across Key Stage 1 and 2. I have previously lead PE, Science and Maths throughout school and currently lead Phonics, Reading and Writing.  I love to find new ways to improve the curriculum so that children at Arundale are engaged and have a love of learning while they are here with us.

I enjoy being a governor as I like to help contribute to the development of the school and suggest ideas of how we can make Arundale the best learning environment for our children to flourish and grow into independent learners who can succeed in their future learning.


Mrs Anne Corrie

Co-opted, End of Term - 19.11.2023

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.


Ms Kelly Davies

Parent Governor, End of Term - 07.12.2024

I am proud to have worked at Arundale since 2015.  As part of my governor role, I enjoy being able to help contribute and support the running of the school.  I take great pride in the job roles I have at school and I enjoy working with a great group of staff.  Arundale has always been a big part of my life as I attended myself when it was the old school and I have great memories of that. 


Mr Rhys Davies

Co-opted, End of Term - 07.12.2024

I have lived locally for many years and I was formerly a solicitor in the Manchester area.  I have been involved in running and supporting lots of local community groups including being a Governor at a different school for ten years.  I am pleased now to have been co-opted onto the Governors at Arundale Primary School so that I can support the pupils and also the staff in the remarkable work that they do. 


Miss Laura Nicholas

Parent Governor, End of Term - 02.02.2027

Arundale has been a part of my extended family’s life for many years. I am a working Mum with one child currently attending the school. I have a keen interest in making the school the best it can be for the children that attend, their family and the wider community. I am new to the role of being a parent governor and hope I can contribute to the development and changes within the school. 


Finance Committee


Mrs Ruth Dolan - Chair of Governors

Mr Rhys Davies - Co-opted Governor

Mrs Anne Corrie - Co-opted Governor

Mr Peter Hartley - Headteacher


Governor Minutes


Minutes of board and Committee meetings are available for public inspection by contacting the Chair of the Governing Board via the school office.