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Our Governors

The Governors help us make our school the best it can be. They meet regularly to support the Leadership Team in the decision making process and to ask challenging questions about how well we are doing and how we can improve.

The Governor's Vision for our school incorporates our "Caring, curious, courageous" motto but expands this further.  The reason for this vision plan is so that we as a board can focus on what we expect to see from our staff, children, parents and other stakeholders of our school.  Here is our vision.

The Chair of Governors is Mrs Elizabeth Durning (e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and our Clerk to Governors is Mrs Christine Killey. Our Governors are caring, curious and courageous people who give up their time voluntarily to support the school and we are very grateful for the contribution they make. 

Governor News

As we start a new academic year, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome you all back to school and to a new year of learning at St. Mary’s. It is wonderful to have all the children back at school once again. I hope you all had an enjoyable break and that the children are refreshed, energised,and enthusiastic for school and all the challenges that this new school year will bring.

Can I also extend a very special welcome to all the children and their parents who are starting at St Mary’s for the first time. We hope that you will all settle quickly into the routines of your new classes and make lots of new friends.

Covid restrictions last year meant that most of our Governor meetings had to be carried out over Teams, and that we were unable to visit the school in person. We were kept well informed by the school’s Leadership Team who provided us with regular reports of the children’s achievements and, as the Covid restriction were lifted, Governors were finally able to visit the school in person and as always, were very impressed with what the children had learned and experienced.

At the end of last term, we said goodbye to our Year 6 pupils as they moved on to secondary education. It is always tinged with sadness as pupils leave us, many of whom have been with us since their Reception year, but they always share many memories of their time in our school. It is a tribute to all our teaching staff that the pupils speak with such fondness about all their teachers throughout their years at St Mary’s.

This year, several members of staff have moved on from our school to new pastures, but we have been fortunate to employ some wonderful replacements. We are incredibly lucky to have an amazing team of highly dedicated and skilled professionals who truly put their all into every day at school, and on behalf of the Governing Body, I would like to thank them all for everything that they have done in the last year.

With all good wishes,

Elizabeth Durning (Chair of Governors)  

Governing Committees

The Full Governing Body is responsible for:

  • Monitoring and challenging the progress of the school in achieving its priorities;
  • Setting the strategic direction, vision and ethos of the school;
  • Recruiting and performance managing the headteacher;
  • Exercising employer responisibility;
  • Ensuring the school meets its statutory responsibilities;
  • Ensuring financial probity;
  • Ensuring the premises are well managed;
  • Reporting to the school's stakeholders.

We also have two sub-committees - the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Resources Committee:

The purpose of the Teaching & Learning Committee is to monitor and improve standards of pupil performance and the teaching of the national curriculum. The committee will support and advise and challenge the Headteacher and the Governing Body on the distinctiveness of St Mary's as a church school and on communication and engagement with parents and the community.  The committee will also ensure safeguarding meets statutory requirements.

The purpose of the Resources Committee is to ensure effective use of the school's financial resources, that the premises are fit for purpose and meet relevant health and safety requirements and to provide guidance to the Headteacher on personnel issues.

 

Our Governors

Each Governor has a specific curriculum responsibilty and a defined term of office.

Name 

Gov. Type & Appointing Body

Term of Office 

Committee Membership 

Area of Responsibilty

 

Rev. Poppy Hughes

Ex-Officio

Foundation

 

Teaching & Learning

 RE/SIAMS/ART

Jo Woolley

 Headteacher

 

Resources 

Teaching & Learning

 

Rosemary Bailey

Foundation

Diocese

01/09/2019-31/08/2023

Teaching & Learning

 

 Pupil Premium & Disadvantaged 

David Greenwood

Foundation

Diocese

01/09/2022-31/08/2026

Vice Chair of Governors

Teaching & Learning (Chair)

 

Vice Chair of Governors

Maths

 

 

Clair Hodgson

Foundation

Diocese

01/10/2021-30/09/2025

Resources

 

OPAL/PE

History/Geography

Headteacher Performance Mgmt

Rachel Cartledge

Staff

School

05/10/2021-04/10/2025

Teaching & Learning

 

Lesley Baldwin

Foundation

Diocese

01/11/2020 -31/10/2024

Teaching & Learning

Science

Crispin Auden

Foundation

Diocese

01/11/2020-31/10/2024 Resources (Chair)  English
Kate Turner

Parent

Parents

01/02/2022-31/01/2026 TBC  Special Educational Needs
Elizabeth Durning Co-opted 01/11/22 - 31/10/26 Chair of Governors  EYFS/Phonics
Jo Tancock

Foundation

Diocese

01/09/2019 - 31/08/2023 Resources

Safeguarding

Mental Health Lead

PHSE

Kelly Bowden

Parent

Parents

11/01/2021-10/01/2025 Teaching & Learning  Computing

Mike Avis

Foundation

Diocese

01/04/2021-31/03/2025

 Resources

 Design Technology

Colin Rae  LA Governor 14/07/2021 -13/07/2025 Resources 

Health & Safety

Music

Modern Foreign Languages

Christine Killey Clerk to Governors 01/10/2014    

 

Name Register of Interests

Attendance

to Dec 21 - virtual

Attendance

to Apr 22 - in person

Attendance

to July 22 - in person

Rev. Poppy Hughes  

FGB 2/2

T&L 1/2

 FGB 4/4

 T&L 2/3

 FGB 4/6 

 T&L 3/5

Jo Woolley  

FGB 2/2

T&L 2/2

Resources 2/2

 FGB 4/4

 T&L 3/3

Resources 4/4

 FGB 6/6

 T&L 5/5

Resources 6/6

Jo Tancock

 

FGB 2/2

Resources 1/2

 

FGB 4/4

Resources 3/4

 

FGB 6/6

Resources 5/6

David Greenwood  

FGB 2/2

T&L 2/2

 FGB 3/4

 T&L 3/3

 FGB 5/6 

 T&L 4/5

Clair Hodgson  

FGB 1/2

Resources 2/2

 FGB 3/4

Resources 4/4

FGB 5/6

Resources 6/6

Kelly Bowden  

FGB 2/2

T&L 2/2

FGB 4/4

T&L 3/3

FGB 6/6

T&L 5/5

Rachel Cartledge   

FGB 2/2

T&L 2/2

FGB 4/4

T&L 3/3

FGB 6/6 

T&L 5/5

Lesley Baldwin  

FGB 1/2

T&L 2/2

 FGB 3/4

 T&L 3/3

 FGB 4/6 

 T&L 5/5

Crispin Auden  

FGB 2/2

Resources 2/2

 FGB 4/4

Resources 4/4 

 FGB 6/6

Resources 6/6

Kate Turner  

FGB N/A

T&L N/A

 FGB 2/2

 T&L N/A

 FGB 4/4

 T&L 2/2

Elizabeth Durning  

FGB 2/2

T&L 1/2

 FGB 4/4

 T&L 2/3

 FGB 4/6

 T&L 4/5

Rosemary Bailey  

FGB 2/2

T&L 1/2

FGB 3/4

T&L 2/3

FGB 4/6

T&L 3/5

Mike Avis  

FGB 1/2 

Resources 2/2

FGB 3/4

Resources 3/4

FGB 5/6

Resources 5/6

Colin Rae  

FGB 2/2 

Resources 2/2

FGB 4/4

Resources 4/4

FGB 6/6 

Resources 6/6

 

 

 

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