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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 is an alumnus of Northern Primary School and has resided in the village of Weir for over 37 years. Mrs Duffy has been a governor of several schools for over 7 years. A business owner and active member of the community, Mrs Duffy is passionate about assisting Northern and the wider community to build an enriching and supportive environment in which our children can thrive.


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.