Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham, S65 2NU

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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Chair of Governors

Colin Taylor

I am Colin Taylor and I am currently the Chair of Governors.  I have been married to Frances for over forty years; and we have four grown up children and nine grandchildren. We moved to the parish in March 2016 and I joined the governing body later that year.

I worked as a manager in the IT department of a major bank for nearly 40 years until I retired at the end of 2016.

I enjoy watching sport and follows the fortunes (or otherwise) of Blackburn Rovers. I enjoy jogging and have completed both the London Marathon and the Great North Run, raising money for a number of charities including Bluebell Wood Children’s hospice and homeless charities Shelter and Shiloh.


Vice Chair / Foundation Governor

Michael Jones

My name is Michael Jones, I’ve lived in South Yorkshire since 2008 and during that time I have had various roles in educational settings across the region ranging from TA, learning mentor, alternative provision provider to Secondary school teacher. 

 My wife and I joined the parish in 2012 and shortly afterwards our eldest daughter was born. Since then she has been joined by two more sisters and our family have been settled here ever since. 

 As a member of the parish you may see me reading at church on a Sunday. Other than family, work and church my remaining spare time can be found out and South Yorkshire in the beautiful local scenery. 


Ex - Officio / Parish Priest

Fr Desmond Sexton


Parent Governor

Emma Lee


Foundation Governor

Peter Short

I attended St Bedes school in 1953 and moved to St Bernard’s when I was 12. I was born in Rotherham and have lived here all my 71 years. I have been a governor at Maltby school and also at Sitwell school when my children were there.

I was chairman of the first School PTA and played an active part in the school for some years. 4 years ago I was elected to RMBC as a Councillor for Sitwell Ward and still sit on several committees.

I hope to bring my limited life skills to my role at St Mary’s and look forward to working with staff and governors to ensure an excellent happy school for the children.

Foundation Governor

Jacqueline Trayner





Parent Governor

William Pashley

Hi, I am William Pashley and a parent Governor at St Mary’s. I went to St Bedes and St Bernards so I am really pleased I have the opportunity to give something back within the  catholic school community. I have two children, one who is in the Juniors at St Mary’s and another due to start in September.

I work in the Steel Industry as a Senior Manager in IT and have been there 13 years starting as a Graduate. In my spare time I enjoy playing football, going to the gym and listening to music.

Staff Governor

Liam Wallace

HI, I am Mr Wallace and I have recently become staff governor at St Mary’s. I am the Foundation class teacher after 3 years teaching in Year 5 and Year 1.

In my spare time I play for Sheffield Tigers Rugby Club and have earned over 200 caps for them.  Other than rugby and school I like spending time outdoors or with friends.

Ex Officio / Headteacher

Anna Osborne

Hi, I am Anna Osborne and I started working at St Mary’s in June 2020 as Acting Headteacher and was appointed as Headteacher in January 2021.

Having qualified as a teacher in 2002, I have worked at many primary schools in the Diocese of Hallam including St Bede’s School where I attended as a child and grew up in the parish.  I have experience teaching in all age groups in primary education and have specialised in maths, English and PE

After moving into the Parish of The Immaculate conception, both my children have attended St. Mary’s.  My son is now in KS2 and my daughter now attends St. Bernard’s.

Associate Governor / Deputy Headteacher

Zoe Holt

Hi, I am Zoe Holt and I am Deputy Headteacher at St. Mary’s. I will have been at St. Mary’s for 3 years this coming January. I started in Year three and am now in Year six where I am teaching the same class I started with when I started! I have two beautiful children who also attend St. Mary’s.

I have been teaching for almost 14 years and previously worked in two other local Rotherham schools. I love being a teacher and being a significant part of children’s education, finding exciting ways to engage the children.

I have a passion for English and thoroughly enjoy leading this subject within school. When not in school I love spending time with my family, exploring and finding lots of fun places to visit near and far.

Associate Governor / School Business Manager

Catherine Peace

Hi, I am Catherine Peace and I have been School Business Manager for 3 years, 22 years after leaving as a pupil!

I really enjoy my job and the fact that no two days are ever the same and I am very lucky to work with a fantastic staff team.

 In my spare time I enjoy adventures with my family, exercising, playing and watching sport.


Associate Governor / Deputy Headteacher

Molly Doran 

Hi, I am Molly Doran and I am Deputy Headteacher at St. Mary’s. I have been teaching at St Mary's for 8 years! At St. Mary's, I have taught in Year 5, Year 4 and I'm now in Year 2. I have taught for 10 years and previous to joining St. Mary's I was a Year 6 teacher in Rotherham. 

I am a designated safeguarding lead in school and keeping our children safe and happy is one of my favourite parts of my job.  

During the holidays I stay busy looking after my two little children and you can usually find me in the USA visiting my family and childhood friends, as well as soaking up the sunshine!