The Department for Education states that school governing bodies should focus on three core strategic functions:
1. Ensuing clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
To these we would add a fourth, as recommended by the National Governance Association:
4. Communicating with stakeholders: pupils, staff, parents & the wider community.
In order to carry out these important functions, there is a full Governing Body meeting at least once a term. The formal minutes of these meetings are made available on this website once they have been approved.
Under our Instrument of Government (2014) the Governing Body comprises 14 governors. The Chair and the Vice-chair are elected annually from their number. The governors are nominated or elected by staff, parents, the Church Foundation, Local Authority or diocese. They can also be chosen by the governing body for their particular skill. You can find out more about our governors on the ‘Who we are’ page.
Governing Body Membership 2019-20
Andrew Gunn (co-Chair), Foundation Governor (PCC)
Malcolm McKinlay (co-Chair), Parent Governor
Christina Sturge (Vice Chair), Co-opted Governor
Natalie Robinson, Parent Governor
Kelly Burley, Foundation Governor (Trustees)
Ila De Mello Kamath, Foundation Governor (Trustees)
Caroline Rayfield, Foundation Governor (Trustees)
Geoffrey Goddin, LA Governor
Victoria Busby, Foundation Governor (PCC)
Eloise Leeson, Foundation Governor (PCC)
Liz Rhodes, LDBS Governor
Ruth Knight, Staff Governor
Jeff Hopkins Williams (Rev), ex officio (St Mary’s Church)
Angela Abrahams, ex officio (Headteacher)
In addition to the above, Associate Members are appointed by the Governing Body as members of committees, on which they have full voting rights. Currently serving as an Associate Member is Dan Cadman, Deputy Headteacher.
The majority of governors’ business is administered through its committees and groups, which meet at least once each term:
Curriculum and Standard
Finance and Staffing
Safety, Community & Ethos
If you would like to contact the Governing Body you can do so in the following ways:
Letter: drop a note into the school offices addressed to the Chair of Governors
The Clerk to St Mary’s Governing Body is Alison Watts