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Our Governors

We are duty bearers helping to ensure that the children of Northern and beyond enjoy and have access to all of their rights as set out by the United Nation's Convention for the Rights of the Child. Our role is to support and challenge the Northern community to make it the best it can be.

Mrs Collinge - Parent Governor

Who are we?

Cara Duffy

Chair of Governors

Mrs Duffy has been a Governor at both Nursery and Primary Schools in the local area for over 8 years. A business owner and veteran, she has many transferable skills to the role of governor. As an alumnus of Northern Primary School and a resident of Weir, Mrs Duffy has a keen interest in the school and community that surrounds it. Helping to provide the children of the area with the best start in life and a love for learning is at the epicentre of her motivation to be a governor. Mrs Duffy enjoys reading, running, and has a passion for coaching football.


Anna Ewens


I am extremely proud to be the Headteacher of Northern Primary School.  I have a passion for ensuring that all children receive an education which is engaging and exciting and which gives children a thirst for learning.  I started at Northern as Deputy Headteacher in 2019 and began my journey as Headteacher here in September 2022.  I have previously been an Assistant Headteacher at a large, two form school and have experience of teaching all age ranges across the primary phase.  I am a very proud mum and love spending time with my family as well as my two beautiful dogs!


Katie Ridge

Parent Governor

I am mum to Eddie in Year 4 and Ada in Year 1 and work for North West Ambulance Service as a Portfolio Assurance Manager. In my role at NWAS I provide challenge and scrutiny at executive level on a daily basis for the organisation’s portfolio of projects, ensuring that best practice standards are achieved and projects are delivered successfully. I have extensive experience in organisational governance, leading teams and developing strategy and vision. I hope to bring these skills to the Board of Governors to ensure school leaders are held to account for educational performance of Northern, its staff and pupils by working collaboratively, asking challenging questions and bringing new ideas to the table. More importantly in my role as a parent I am a keen advocate for mental health and neurodiversity and aim to use my lived experience, as a parent of a child with ADHD and significant special educational needs, to contribute towards the ethos, vision and strategic direction of the school, ensuring this is centred around all of the children at Northern.


Joanne Ramsbottom

Parent Governor


I am mum to two children in Year 6 and I work as a primary school teacher in Rochdale. I have worked in all age ranges across the primary phase, as SENCo and also Key Stage One Leader. I have extensive knowledge of what is important in a primary school setting and it is essential to me that all children are receiving the best possible education in a safe and nurturing environment. I particularly love the way in which Northern provides lots of enrichment activities out of school. The Autumn Festival and School discos are a huge success as well as the wide variety of clubs on offer for our children. 

I love spending time with my family, enjoying days out and holidays!