St John Fisher RC Primary School

Come Follow Me and I Will Make You Fishers of Men

Manor Road, Manchester, Lancashire, M34 7SW, United Kingdom


‘Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men’As we walk in the footsteps of Jesus we let our FAITH shine through our prayers, thoughts, words and actions.We welcome you as we would welcome our friends and family with LOVE, respect and compassion.We seek to be the best in all that we learn and do, showing creativity, self-belief and PASSION for learning and life.We will have COURAGE to change the world for the good of others and be proactive in protecting all of God’s creation. FAITH LOVE PASSION COURAGE

Meet the Governors

Donal Townson

Having spent 40 years, before retiring, teaching in primary schools in Tameside, including twenty-four at St. John Fisher RC Primary,  I wanted to use my classroom and senior management experience in service and support for a school which operated with a philosophy that held those things as important which were close to my heart, such as a real partnership aimed at all children achieving their potential through delivering a wide curriculum, including excellent extra-curricular sporting provision – St. John Fisher is such a school.

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2015 by Fr. Peter and have just signed up for another four years term of office because the school is on such an exciting journey with Headteacher, Mrs. Harris and her dedicated staff and I would like to be part of it. I’m the Chair of Governors for 2019-2020.

Since 2015, I have completed a wide range of Diocesan, LA and NGA training courses to enable me to support and challenge the Headteacher in terms of achieving the best possible outcomes for all pupils. In 2017, I completed the National Governors’ Association’s Chair of Governors Leadership Development Programme. I’m also a member of the Tameside Schools’ Forum, Tameside Governors’ Forum and the Tameside Children’s Working Group.

In addition to my governance duties, I’m a member of the parish leadership team, the parish social group, the parish global healing group, Secretary of Tameside Schools’ FA, a keen supporter of non-league football, a regular walker with the Tameside Ramblers and, finally, a family man with three children and a recent grandfather, with the arrival of our first grandson, which has given me great joy. A second grandchild is due in April 2020. D.V.

Mandy Harris

 I am very proud to be the Headteacher at St John Fisher RC Primary School. I came here in September 2018 from St Catherine's RC Primary School in Didsbury, where I was the Deputy Headteacher for four and a half years. I have taught for 27 years and have experience ranging from Year 1 right through to year 6. My favourite subject is Maths and I still love to teach it. I have lots of experience in curriculum development and assessment and quality first teaching. All of which are skills I share with the staff here at St John Fisher. I have also previously been the Teacher representative on the governing body. 

I have four children all of whom were educated in the catholic sector and I am committed to developing the faith life of our school in conjunction with the academic. Developing the whole child and helping them to be ready for the next stage in their lives is an important part of our job. 

I am passionate about education and am dedicating to making St John Fisher the best Catholic Primary School it can be. 


Lindsey Hamnett

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Bishop of Salford. My Job is to ensure that the school is conducted in accordance with the rites, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Faith.

I have been a part of the school/church community for 16 years volunteering at PTA events as well as being a Faith Friend helping out with the sacramental programme and the children’s chapel at St John Fisher Church.

I am a stay at home mother to 4. My eldest, Aimee is currently studying A-levels at college. My son Harry is at secondary school and my youngest two daughters, Charlotte and Megan attend St John Fisher.

Having four children of my own I understand that every child is unique and special. I volunteered to be part of the governing body to ensure each pupil reaches their full potential at this school.


Claire Higgins

My appointment as Local Authority Governor commenced in March 2019 and I attended my first Governors meeting that month.  My two boys attend St John Fishers and I am very keen to support St John Fishers to perform as well as they can to provide an outstanding level of education to young children.  I look forward to the challenge ahead.

I have 20 years’ experience in postgraduate medical education as a Specialty School Manager for the Schools of Medicine and Surgery at Health Education England (formally the North Western Deanery).  This role provided invaluable insight in to monitoring standards and ensuring appropriate recommendations were set and delivered by the Specialty Training Committees and Hospital Trusts to improve training opportunities.  I very much see this as transferable to the role of LA Governor.  From January 2018 I became a Co-Director and Business Manager of my parent’s business, upon their retirement, with my husband Keith.  I am particularly interested in finance, attendance, performance, health and safety, risk assessments and ensuring that policies and procedures reflect any changes in legislation. 

Outside of work I enjoy being with my family, supporting my boys with their many hobbies, holidaying and being a member of a running club.


Danielle Emery 

 My name is Danielle Emery, and I have been appointed into the role of parent governor. I am looking forward to supporting the school on its journey of improvement. I have 2 daughters, one in Year 1, and a one year old and I have lived in Denton all of my life. I am the English Coordinator at a local secondary school, where I focus on developing exciting learning opportunities and inspiring a love of learning for all students.

I am a firm believer of children having a broad and balanced curriculum, which include the arts, as well as their core subject areas. This ensures that the talents of all students may be developed, no matter where they lie.

I have worked in education for over 12 years and am now keen to look at things from a parental perspective. I am looking forward to giving something back to the school,  which I feel is helping my daughter develop so well. 


Nicola Duffy

I am a Foundation Governor at St John Fisher and have been since November 2018

I was born and raised in the parish and attended both St John Fisher and St Thomas More schools.

Both of my children are currently following the same educational path and they have been very happy and active in the school community.

My career background is in both Audit and Management Accounting, which helps with the financial and resources side of my governing duties. I currently work for an insurance company which, as a part of the financial services sector, is highly regulated and this insight into needing robust policies and procedures in place also helps with my role as a governor.

I am keen to support the school and to help ensure that the children have every opportunity to achieve their full potential. Being able to give something back to St John Fisher, which has played such an important role in my family and been a great source of pride to me, is something I am very passionate about.


 Claire Sumner

I have been a teacher at St John Fisher for over twenty years and an elected staff governor for over 3 years.

During my time teaching at this school I have taught across a range of year groups.  I was born and raised in Haughton Green and am a former pupil of St John Fisher and St Thomas More. Currently I am the year 3 teacher, Science and Design Technology leader at St John Fisher.

Lewis Turner

 I was appointed in 2019 as a foundation governor by the Bishop of Salford. I have 2 children who attend St John Fisher, my eldest son Luca is currently in Year 2 and Noah my youngest is in Year 1. I have been involved in many different activities/events since my first son came to the school nursery in 2016. I have also been a member of the St Mary/St John Fisher parish for a number of years and took part in the parish production of Oliver in 2019. As a member of the governing body at the school I have a keen interest in wanting to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their potential whilst also enjoying their school life. 

Manor Road, Manchester, Lancashire, M34 7SW, United Kingdom