The chief role of the governing body is to support the head teacher and the whole school staff in determining the strategic direction of the school. As a group of volunteers committed to the success of the school, the governors share the hopes and aspirations of the head teacher and the staff. St Mary’s has twelve governors, representing parents, teachers, the local authority, the local community and the Church of England.
Governors have no individual authority to act on behalf of the governing body, except in exceptional cases where a quick response is needed, when the chair of governors may act on behalf of the whole governing body. The governors have collective responsibility for supporting and listening to the staff, and the appointment of the headteacher and assistant headteachers. It is also the responsibility of the governors to approve the school budget. Their most important responsibility is to ensure that every child receives the best possible education, taking into consideration their widely differing abilities, to help them to achieve the best possible results.
Chair of Governors Mrs J Kapur
Vice Chair Revd R Lumley
Our Governing Body consists of 10 members consisting of :-
3 Parent Governors
1 Staff Governor
3 Foundation Governors
2 Co-opted Governors
Plus 1 Associate Governor
As well as the full Governing Body there are 4 other committees these are :-
Progress and Achievements Committee
To monitor and evaluate progress towards meeting school improvement targets including targets
relating to children with identified special needs and those in receipt of pupil premium funding.
To provide support, guidance and challenge for the Headteacher and senior leaders in all matters
relating to progress and achievement, including progress towards meeting areas for improvement raised
To consider and agree strategies to raise progress and achievement across the school.
Finance, Safety and Resources Committee
Responsible for overseeing financial performance
Responsible for overseeing staffing resources
To provide support, guidance and challenge for the Headteacher in all matters relating to the school
premises and grounds, security and health and safety
Performance Review Committee
Responsible for the Headteacher's performance management.