St Mary's Catholic Primary School

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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

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Our Governors

KCSP Governance Model


Foundation governors are selected by the appointing body to which the school is attached. They are appointed to preserve and develop the religious character of the school and to secure compliance with the trust deed.


Staff governors are elected by the school staff. Both teaching and support staff paid to work at the school are eligible to be staff governors. The Academy Principal is automatically a member of the governing body.


Parent governors are elected by parents of pupils on the school roll at the time of election. They must be parents of pupils on the school roll themselves to stand for election.

Chair of Academy Committee: Mrs C Giles



At St. Mary’s we are fortunate to have a very dedicated and committed governance committee who work hard, in partnership with the home, school and parish, to provide the best possible education for all the pupils in our care. The Governance Committee is a ‘critical friend’ of the school. It provides Strategic Leadership in school improvement. It does this by being appropriately involved in the school improvement cycle as follows:


  1. Developing and sharing the values and vision
  2. Setting out the aims and objectives of the school
  3. Setting out the policies and procedures by which the aims and objectives will be achieved
  4. Establishing the criteria by which the aims and achievements will be seen to be achieved
  5. Taking the views of stakeholders into account
  6. Evaluating evidence on how well the school is doing
  7. Finding out how well the school is doing in comparison with similar schools
  8. Agreeing targets for improvement
  9. Planning to achieve improvement
  10. Ensuring that deployment of staffing and resources match the school’s priorities.

Key Issues


The governance committee will consider and keep under review: the progress and attainment of all groups of pupils, evidence of narrowing gaps between under achieving groups and other pupils, improvements in the quality of teaching, the school’s improvement since the last inspection, and the school’s self-evaluation of how well it is doing currently. Governance committee members are not expected to be involved in the day to day running of the school.


 Who can be a governance committee member?


  • Almost everyone over 18 can become a member. Governance committee members are volunteers from all walks of life – everyone has experience and skills to offer
  • An effective governance committee has people from different backgrounds and with a mix of skills. No formal qualifications are needed to be a member
  • Governance committee members are not education experts – they are there to offer a fresh perspective


What makes a good governance committee member?


  • The ability to work in a team
  • An interest in education and a commitment to the school
  • Patience, energy and enthusiasm
  • A willingness to listen, learn and to spend time in school
  • A willingness to undertake training



St Mary’s Academy Committee Members


Governor Name


Appointing Body and Term of Office

Details of Responsibility

Register of Business Interests


Mrs Christine Giles


Co-opted Governor



26/5/22 – 26/5/26



Safeguarding and wellbeing


Form Complete – nothing to declare

Michele Blunt

Academy Principal



Form Complete – nothing to declare


Susanna Avery


Staff Governor


Elected by school staff

19/3/19 – 18/3/23




Form Complete - Employee of Kindergarten Kids

Vanessa Montgomery

Parent Governor

Elected by parents

28/6/21 – 27/6/25


Form Complete – 2 children attending the school


Chris Richmond


Foundation Governor



29/7/21 – 28/7/25




Form Complete – nothing to declare


Lauren Riby



Fr Philip Glanfield



Andrew Duncan





Foundation Governor



Foundation Governor






31/1/22 – 31/1/26



13/7/22 - 13/7/26





Catholic Life


Form Complete – nothing to declare


Form Complete – nothing to declare





Copies of Governing Body minutes are available from the School Office.


Please see details below for information regarding business interests and attendance at GB meetings.