Governor                 Type of Governor   Term of office               Register of Business and Personal Interests  
 Mohammed Altaf  Parent  08.06.15 - 07.06.19  Father of one child at the school
 Paul Clarke (Chair)  Co-opted  06.01.15 - 05.01.19  None
 Carole Clarke  Co-opted  21.06.16 - 20.06.20   Tbc
 Sean Fielding  Local Authority  01.01.15 - 31.12.18  None
 Sarah Horrocks  Associate   21.06.16 - 20.06.20  None
 Gordon Leach  Head Teacher              n/a  None
 Carole Mackie  Staff  07.10.11 - 31.12.18  None
 Zerg Raja  Parent  21.06.16 - 20.06.20  Tbc
 Julie Roebuck  Parent  21.06.16 - 20.06.20  Tbc
 Katie Thornton  Co-opted  01.09.15 - 31.08.19  None


Here is some information about all of our Governors so that you can get to know them a little bit better:

 Mohammed Altaf

I currently have one child at Greenacres Primary School. I became a Parent Governor in 2015 as I wanted to offer my skills to a school which is working hard to educate and prepare children for further education. I believe that the staff and Governors of Greenacres are striving to improve the standard of the school and I wanted to become a Governor to play a more active role. I understand that children flourish in stimulating environments where they feel secure and valued. I regularly attend different meetings in my role and I want to use my knowledge and experience to continue to support the school in its continuous efforts in improvement, given the continued support of the parents. I have worked in the financial industry for the past 20 years and am also a trustee of a charity.




Paul Clarke 

Hello, I am Paul Clarke, Chair of Governors at Greenacres Primary School. I have been a Governor at Greenacres for approximately 12 years. I have been a Parent Governor, Associate Governor, Local Authority Governor, Vice-Chair of Governors and I was recently elected as Chair of Governors. I have Governor Responsibility for Year 1 and 5, Child Protection, Safeguarding, Looked After Children and The Headteacher’s Performance Review. I am committed to improving education for all pupils in school and to the school’s vision and ethos. I am an experienced leader with involvement in the performance management of a number of staff.  I have knowledge of Health & Safety legislation and of risk assessments. I consider myself to be a good communicator, friendly and approachable. I have had a long association with the school having had a niece, two brothers, three sons and a nephew educated at Greenacres. I coach football after school on Tuesdays with Mr Chadderton and have been involved with coaching football for 12 years, predominately in goalkeeping.



Carole Clarke

I have had a long association with Greenacres Primary School going back over 20 years. My son, stepsons and other family members have all been educated at Greenacres over this time. I work for Greater Manchester Police and have responsibility for the performance management, training and welfare of a number of staff. I am also the Force contact for particular IT systems used by GMP. I have a background in finance and management and believe that a good foundation in numeracy and literacy are essential skills in life that should be taught from an early age. I am committed to improving standards in the school and working with all involved in this process. In my spare time I bake & decorate cakes. I love reading and walking and I am a member of the National Trust. I take a keen interest in sport, particularly football where I hold a seasoncard for Manchester City FC.


Sean Fielding

I was elected to Oldham Council in May 2012. In addition to Greenacres Primary School, I serves as a member of the Interim Executive Board of Failsworth School having previously been a Governor there. I have a particular interest in the teaching of numeracy and how to best smooth the transition for children from Primary to Secondary education. For my day job, I am a Policy and Communications officer in nearby Tameside. Outside of work and my Council duties, I play lead trumpet in a local swing band.


Sarah Horrocks

I have worked at Greenacres Primary School since March 2015 and prior to that I worked at Oldham Council in school's finance for over 8 years so I have a lot of experience in this area in particular. 



Carole Mackie

Hello, my name is Carole Mackie. I've worked at Greenacres since 1999 as a Teaching Assistant. I currently work in Year 4 but have experience throughout each Key Stage. My hobbies are spending time with my family which includes my husband Gordon, my two daughters and my granddaughter.

Zerg Raja

I decided to take up the post of Parent Governor, because I know what a real difference parents can make to how a school is run and the experience of its pupils.
Having worked in social housing for nearly two decades, I am experienced in education, health and community development. In my spare time I volunteer with the RSPB and also deliver training on behalf of Good Relations Oldham (CIC).
I believe strongly in the link between standards of behaviour outside of the class room and the ability of pupils to learn when in lessons.

Julie Roebuck

I have been volunteering and listening to the KS1 pupils read at Geenacres for 4 years and have escorted the children on various School trips. In previous roles I have worked in retail and care. I have attended courses on fire safety, health and safety awareness as well as food hygiene and safety. I am organised and a good time keeper and listener.



Katie Thornton

I have been teaching for 13 years. I was a Year 6 teacher for 2 years and then became the Year 5/6 phase leader for another 2 years before becoming Assistant Head Teacher. I spent 8 years in this role before moving to Greenacres Primary School to become Deputy Head Teacher. I was also a Governor at my previous School for 4 years.


 Governor attendance at meetings

The table below shows the attendance at Governors meetings for this academic year (from September 2016 to August 2017). The full governing body meets 3 times per year.



Number of full governing

body meetings possible

Meetings attended  Percentage 
 Mohammed Altaf 3 3 100%
 Paul Clarke (Chair) 3 3 100%
 Carole Clarke 3 3 100%
 Sean Fielding 3 3 100%
 Sarah Horrocks 3 3 100%
 Gordon Leach 3 3 100%
 Carole Mackie 3 2 67%
 Zerg Raja 3   2   67%
 Julie Roebuck 3 3 100%
 Katie Thornton 3 2 67%


Committee Meetings

As well as Governors meetings three times a year, our Governors are also required to attend committee meetings. Here is the attendance of our committee meetings so far:



 Number of finance

committee  meetings possible

Meetings attended  Percentage 
 Mohammed Altaf 2 0 0%
 Paul Clarke (Chair) 2 2 100%
 Carole Clarke 2 2 100%
 Sean Fielding 2 1 50%
 Sarah Horrocks 2 2 100%
 Gordon Leach 2 2 100%
 Carole Mackie 2 0 0%
 Zerg Raja 2   2   100%
 Julie Roebuck 2 1 50%
 Katie Thornton 2 1 50%


We currently have vacancies for two co-opted governors.


If you are interested in becoming a Governor at our school please enquire at the school office or click on the following link for more information:


Becoming a School Governor







Dunkerley Street , Greenacres , Oldham


0161 770 5350