Governance

The full Governing Body of Mossley Hollins meet monthly. They are a dedicated team devoted to the progress of all students in the school.

As a group the Governors challenge and support the Headteacher, Senior and Middle Leaders, teaching staff and support staff to ensure that every group of pupils within the school whether they be Pupil Premium, Looked After, LPA, MPA and HPA are given aspirational targets and progress steadily towards them.

By meeting on a monthly basis the Governors have a regular overview of the School Improvement Plan and are furnished with all student data, interventions and enrichment programmes.

The Governing Body is committed to their co-leadership status and regularly attend training courses to update their skills and develop this role.

Governing Body

Mr John Denton – Authority Governor – Chair of Governors

I became a parent governor when our youngest son was a pupil at Mossley Hollins about 30 years ago. This was a result of my experiences at my primary and secondary schools where academic ability, achievement and aspiration were not encouraged, resulting in me leaving school at 15 without any qualifications.

As a governor I see my role as supporting all staff of the school to achieve excellence in their roles resulting in greater opportunities for pupils both personally and educationally.

I am a Board Member for the MCSP Partnership.

I am a retired Senior Pathology research fellow and have been Chair of Governors for 30+ years.

I am proud to support our outstanding school where children are safe, happy and well educated.

Mrs Din – Headteacher

Mrs Din began her teaching career in 2003 in Leeds, as an ICT teacher. In 2005, she was appointed as KS3 ICT Co-ordinator at Droylsden School for Girls, where she quickly established herself, improving the ICT curriculum and provision with a significant positive impact on the ICT results. She was part of the ICT teachers network across Tameside. She then took on the role of Head of Department ICT in 2005 and then successfully secured a Temporary Assistant Headteacher, (Alternative Curriculum) role in 2008. Mrs Din worked alongside other curriculum leaders across Tameside as part of the Curriculum Network Group and the Diploma Board, where she led on aspects of Diploma development. In the same year she also successfully underwent an assessment to become a school based Advanced Skills Teacher for ICT, supporting staff across the school in their use of ICT for teaching and learning.

Mrs Din first joined Mossley Hollins in 2010, where she was Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for whole school ICT and alternative curriculum and senior leader of Technology.   She has led on different aspects of school leadership since this time, including Raising Achievement, Curriculum Development, Timetabling and Pupil Development.  She was appointed as Headteacher in September 2021. 

Mr Damien Delsoldato – Co-opted Governor/ Health and Safety

I have been associated with Mossley Hollins High School for 8 years first as a parent and then as a parent governor for the past 4 years. I am now a Co-opted Governor. During this time I have seen many changes where the school has gone from strength to strength; a new building, a new school uniform and advances in all aspects of learning. Through the hard work and dedication of the staff and Governors, working together with the children and their parents and carers, the school has achieved consistently high results. The caring, sharing, hardworking ethos of the school is shared by all. Community, artistic and sporting links are wide ranging and are a source of pleasure and pride to many.

As an Electrical Engineer, with a particular strength and interest in Health and Safety, I feel that I am able to bring the wider perspective of Industry to the role and skills which have been of benefit to the school’s needs.

I am honoured to spend my time serving the school as a Co-opted Governor of Mossley Hollins.

Mr Steven Goodwin – Co-opted Parent Governor

Chair of the Finance and Pay Committees

Previously from Stalybridge I have lived in the Mossley/Carrbrook area for over 26 years. My three children have all attended Mossley Hollins High School, from 2007 onward, with the youngest having started in September 2021.

I have over 33 years’ experience working in Education Finance, professionally supporting all financial management and funding aspects for Maintained Schools and Academies. I have also worked for many years as a member of the DfE Schools and Academies Funding Group (SAFG) and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services – Finance and Sustainability Policy Committee (ADCS) and have a keen interest in special needs funding.

As a Parent Governor I look forward to providing effective Governance to assist all associated with the school in sustaining its excellent expectations and ongoing success for all. I am confident that together we can ensure that Mossley Hollins High School continues to provide the best possible outcomes and opportunities for ALL pupils.

Mrs Keeley Schofield – Parent Governor

Keeley has worked in education in a large secondary school with responsibility for behaviour, attendance and safeguarding. After studying Dance to degree level Keeley gained her teaching qualification in PE and began her teaching career in secondary education. Keeley continued to develop her career via her appointments to Head of Department, and later Head of Year. Finally, Keeley was appointed as the Director of Pupil Services.

Since leaving the teaching profession Keeley has worked in school admissions dealing with Fair Access cases.

As a local resident living in Mossley and a parent of two children, one of which attends Mossley Hollins, Keeley thought it would be an exciting opportunity to be a part of the Governing Body which would allow her to continue to assist in the development of the education of young people from a different perspective.

Mr Russell Bowers – Parent Governor

I have a daughter at Mossley Hollins High School.
Having had a good education, I left school with absolutely no career direction, aspiration, or clarity, nothing mainstream held any interest whatsoever.
I drifted into sales and marketing, primarily in new technologies, fax machines, internet, Bluetooth, office networks at a time when this tech was far from mainstream, progressing with multinational companies to senior positions, managing large teams, and working with multinational boards.
However by my very nature I moved into other fields, quite diverse, my love of music (although I cannot make music) led me to managing small rock bands, working at radio stations, and into managing, producing, and touring musical theatre, and forming an entertainment company. As well as dabbling in distribution.
I now run several small businesses in Mossley, revolving around entertainment and leisure.
My interest in becoming a parent governor at Mossley Hollins stems from having a strong entrepreneurial, problem solving mind and attitude,  wanting to add an alternative perspective to mainstream education, to try and help expand the opportunities, mentality, and successes for our children, who like me may not be tuned as to where to go in life, to try and help with their individualism, and to help them embrace and discover that which really interests them.
My family and I have a very current and personal understanding of the problems and opportunities parents experience and hope to be able to bring that experience as a parent to the governing board.

Mr Gary Fletcher – Vice Chair of Governors

Gary is currently the Group Head of Enterprise Risk for a major UK financial services firm, prior to this he worked in the Banking sector for 30 years undertaking roles in Internal Audit and Risk / Regulatory Management. In addition to his risk management background, Gary has significant governance experience having been a Non-Executive Board Director and a member of the Audit, Operational Risk and Executive Risk Committees for a national payment infrastructure company.

Gary has lived in Carrbrook for over 20 years and his two daughters are currently students at Mossley Hollins High School. Gary became a Co-opted Governor in 2018 and was appointed Vice Chair of Governors in October 2019.

Dr Catherine Franc – Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Mossley for over 20 years. I am a Senior Language Tutor in French at The University of Manchester and an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. Being a governor gives me the opportunity to work with MHHS, especially the MFL team, to help contribute to high standards in education as well promote a supportive environment for all children. 

Mrs H Duncan – Community Governor

I have been teaching at Mossley Hollins since 2016 as Head of Faculty for Technology , Art and Computer Science. Previously I worked at Fairfield High school as a Food and Nutrition teacher and Head of Teaching and Learning. I have been in education for 32 years and serving on 2 governing body’s as a parent governor at St Mary’s primary school and Saddleworth secondary school. I am excited to now serve as a teacher governor at Mossley Hollins under the new headship of Mrs Din and support the school as it moves forward and builds on its previous success.

Miss Barclay – Staff Governor

I am currently a teacher of English and Media Studies at the school. After studying my English Language and Literature degree at Newcastle University, I worked in marketing for educational settings before venturing off to live and work in Australia.

When I arrived back to the UK, I lived and worked in York before deciding I wanted to return to full-time education and complete my Master’s degree in Film Studies at the University of Manchester. Following on from my Master’s, I enrolled onto the Schools Direct teacher training course, and carried out my first placement at Mossley Hollins; my second at Droylsden Academy.

Having been nurtured by the Mossley Hollins community through my teaching profession, I am thrilled to be offering my insights to the governing body in order to make a real difference to this school and our community.

Mr James Dawson – Co-opted Governor

James is a Principal Consultant at BT with responsibility for transforming service delivery to BT’s global clients.  He has a strong interest in continual, measurable improvement, ensuring business investments make a material difference.  Additionally he manages Graduate progression within BT Consulting, helping new colleagues begin their business career.
James lives in Mossley, having moved to Manchester to complete his degree and then to Mossley to bring his family up.  His son currently attends Mossley Hollins and his daughter is in her final year at Primary school. 
James joined the Governing Body and Finance Committee in 2021 as a co-opted governor.

Mrs Mary Howarth – Clerk to the Governing Body

Mossley Hollins High School Governors November 2023

    Links / special areasExpiry DateRelationshipsGovernance or links to other establishments
MissS.BarclayStaff (teaching) (2yr) 30.11.25  
Mr.R.BowersParent (2 yr)Humanities Entertainments02.10.25  
Mr.J.DawsonCo-opted (2 yr)Finance/Pay Technology01.10.25  
Mr.D.DelsoldatoCo-opted (2 yr)Health and Safety31.07.25  
Mr.J.DentonLA (4 yr)Science23.09.24 MCSP Board Member
Mrs.A.DinEx Officio (Hd)n/aHeadteacher  
Mrs.H.DuncanCo-opted 30.11.25  
Mr.GFletcherCo-opted (2 yr)Finance/Pay English31.07.25  
Dr.CFrancCo-opted (2 yr)MFL31.07.25 Manchester University
Mr.S.GoodwinParent (2 yr)Finance/Pay Chair SEND Pupil Premium02.10.25 Tameside MBC
Mr.R.PilkingtonCo-opted staff (2yr)Staff Wellbeing02.20.25 Works across MHHS and Droylsden Academy
Mrs.K.SchofieldParent (2 yr)Arts & Sport Safeguarding02.10.25 Childrens Services Oldham

Mossley Hollins High School Governor attendance at meetings 2022/2023

Parent Governors  Co-opted Governors  
Russell Bowers  6/7James Dawson7/7
Steven Goodwin 6/7Damian Delsoldato7/7
Keeley Schofield 6/7Helen Mayers      Retired 30.07.237/7
Staff Governors  Gary Fletcher     Vice Chair of Governors7/7
Andrea Din          Headteacher n/aDr Catherine Franc7/7
Helen Duncan    Retired 30.07.23 5/7   
Rob Pilkington 6/7   
Authority Governor     
John Denton      Chair of Governors7/7   

Finance Meetings

Parent Governors  Co-opted Governors  
Russell Bowers  6/7James Dawson7/7
Steven Goodwin 6/7Damian Delsoldato7/7
Keeley Schofield 6/7Helen Mayers      Retired 30.07.237/7
Staff Governors  Gary Fletcher     Vice Chair of Governors7/7
Parent Governors  Co-opted Governors  
Steven Goodwin Chair Finance5/5James Dawson4/5
Authority Governor Gary Fletcher5/5 
John Denton      Chair of Governors3/5

Curriculum Quality Meetings

Parent Governors  Co-opted Governors  
Steven Goodwin 1/3Gary Fletcher Vice Chair of Governors3/3 
Keeley Schofield 2/3Dr Catherine Franc2/3 
Authority Governor
John Denton      Chair of Governors 3/3
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