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Vacancy, Foundation Governor

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

Local Governing Committee

The Local Governing Committee consists of 12 members. The constitution is;

  • two parent governors
  • one staff governor
  • the Headteacher
  • three diocese governors
  • five co-opted governors 

Local Governors Committee Attendance Record 2019-2020

Mr P Roach, Headteacher


Mrs L Elo, Chair

Mrs Elo has undertaken a range of governor training and has been involved in two Governor Business Weekends, which have helped her understand the role and responsibility of a governor and the challenges teachers face with significant changes to the curriculum. Mrs Elo has over 20 years experience of working within local council services and has recently joined the NHS as a Senior Service Development Manager creating and leading innovative ways of working to support care for patients across the North West.

Mrs Elo is particularly interested in how we, as a school, support all children of all learning abilities through our funding (pupil premium) and innovative methods such as coaching (for students and staff). She is a qualified coach, manager, and Careers Adviser and has also achieved an MSc in Children and Young People's Integrated Practice at Edgehill University.

Mrs Elo is a Senior Manager at North West Ambulance Service.

Her term of office began on 08/01/2020. Mrs Elo is the Governor for Safeguarding at the school.

Reverend D Griffiths, Foundation Governor

Reverend Griffiths is a Church Foundation Governor and a retired Church of England vicar in Horwich, Heaton and Ainsworth. He is married, and their three 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.

Reverend Griffiths has no business interests to declare.

His term of office began on 08/12/2020.

Mr P Holden, Foundation Governor

Mr Holden is a Foundation Governor who is married with two adopted grown up sons. 

He is Church Warden at Rivington Parish Church and a retired secondary school teacher of Mathematics, Computer Studies and Information Communication Technology with thirty-two 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 access opportunities open to them. 

As a practising Christian, he feels that the church has a role in helping to provide education for all.

His term of office began on 08/12/2020.

 Mr K McKeon, Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair)

Mr McKeon is a retired secondary school teacher and is a member of Bolton Council. He has three grown up sons and five grandchildren. 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 an excellent reputation. With the rest of the Governors, he is keen to use his skills and knowledge to support the school in its mission to nurture and educate the young people in our care.

Mr McKeon is Vice Chair of RBHS Local Governing Committee, Director of Bolton at Home and Chair of Governors at Chorley New Road Primary School.

His term of office began on 08/12/2020.

Mr H Patel, Co-opted Governor

Mr Patel is an IT PMO (Project Management Office) Manager and also a qualified accountant. He has worked at Warburtons for approaching 25years, in various roles at sites and Head Office. He has sons who successfully completed their GSCE's at RBHS, leaving school with more than 10 GCSE's.

His term of office began on 01/03/2017.

Resigned 26/11/2020

 Mr P Wright, Co-opted Governor

Mr Wright is a Horwich resident, a primary headteacher in Salford and a coach of one of the RMI youth football teams. He is passionate about creating the very best provision of a wide range of opportunities for youngsters in our area and sees the school as central to serving its pupils and the community. Through his work in education, he has full knowledge of curriculum, finance, staffing and premises. He would particularly seek to ensure constructive links with stakeholders to give the best possible transition for pupils from primary to secondary and is keen to see the school continue its strong links with colleges, universities and local/regional employers. 

His term of office began on 01/12/2019.

Dr C Wakefield, Co-opted Governor

Dr Wakefield is an Associate Professor at Liverpool Hope University and a former pupil of the school. Coming from a science background, she is keen to assist with the development of the science subjects and make these accessible for all pupils. Working in a University setting, she is also passionate about helping young people to reach their potential and developing the transition from school to university life.

Her term of office began on 12/06/2019.

Dr C Rehan, Co-opted Governor

Claire is keen that all children reach their full potential and take an active role in their learning; in a school environment that supports positive emotional health and wellbeing. She 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, learning disabled adults and research. She hopes to use these skills in her term of office.

Her term of office began in 10/12/2020.

Mr A Brown, Staff Governor

Mr Brown is Head of PE at RBHS.

His term of office began on 25/01/2018.

Mr G Merritt, Parent Governor

Mr Merritt is a former RBHS student and a parent of three boys who also attend RBHS. 

He is grateful for the opportunities gained at RBHS, including his career as a secondary school teacher, which provided him with extensive knowledge in education and the challenges facing the schools. 

With 20 years of experience in secondary education, he assists school leadership in key decision making. He previously held the position of Staff Governor. He demonstrated diplomacy and professionalism and was assertive in holding school leaders to account in ensuring they secure the best possible outcomes for its students. As a local resident, he has a strong understanding of the school's key role in the community. I now wish to contribute my skills, knowledge and experience, both in Education and in local issues, as a Parent Governor.

His term of office began on 19/12/2019.

Mrs Sally Leyland, Parent Governor

With a background in Human Resources, IT, Finance and Sales, Sally has a broad range of transferrable skills to her role as Parent Governor. Throughout her career, Sally has developed expertise in recruitment, discipline, payroll, training, developing strategic direction, writing and ensuring adherence to policies, marketing and accounts. 

Until 2019, she ran a successful children's music business for over seven years, which developed her experience with safeguarding and provided her with excellent communication with both adults and children. Sally now works part-time as a training manager for a UK franchise.

With two children at RBHS, Sally has a vested interest in ensuring the school's success. She volunteered at her daughters' primary school for ten years and believes she has the time and energy to commit fully to the role of Parent Governor. Sally believes all children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Her term of office began on 05/02/2021.


Vacancy, Foundation Governor

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