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Our school boasts a committed Governing Body which plays an active part in the life of the school.  Governors are responsible for running the school and ensuring it is constantly developing to meet the very highest of standards for our children’s learning. It was recognised in the February 2015 OFSTED inspection as outstanding in its effectiveness. Please refer to our Ofsted Report for further information.

The Governors undertake the job of governing the school on a voluntary basis.

The overall purpose of the Governing Body is to help St Mary’s provide the best possible education for its pupils, in order to develop every child’s full potential.

This involves, in particular:

  • Setting the school’s vision and strategic objectives, agreeing plans and policies, and making creative use of resources.
  • Monitoring and evaluating performance and acting as a critical friend to the Head Teacher, in order to support and challenge them in managing the school.
  • Ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, its local community, those who fund and maintain it, as well as the staff it employs.
  • Good governance makes an impact in the classroom and St Mary’s Governors aim to contribute to high standards of attainment, together with good quality teaching and pupil behaviour.

The Governors aim to encourage a caring partnership between the School, Church, Parents and Governors, based on trust and shared understanding in order that the pupils’ education will benefit the children themselves, the school and wider community.


Mrs G Woodward

Head Teacher

Mr N Solanki

Chair of Governors

Mr J Ratcliffe

Foundation Governor

Appointment Start : 23/10/2014 Appointment End : 22/10/2022

Mr R Miller

Parent Governor

Appointment Start : 16/03/2020 Appointment End : 16/03/2024

Mr R Critchley

Foundation Governor

Appointment Start : 01/09/2015 Appointment End : 31/08/2023

Ms K Walls

Foundation Governor

Appointment Start : 01/09/2012 Appointment End : 31/08/2024

Cllr. D Gunther

Local Authority

Appointment Start : 31/10/2018 Appointment End : 30/10/2022

Mrs C Boardman

Staff Governor

Appointment Start : 01/01/2020 Appointment End : 31/12/2024

Reverend Ian Smart

Foundation Governor

Appointment Start : 01/01/2021 Appointment End : 31/12/2024


Attendance Record for Full Governors Meetings 2019-2021