St Mary's

Catholic Primary School



The governing body of St Mary’s Catholic School is an Interim Executive Board (IEB), licenced by the Secretary of State for Education, to manage the School for a limited period. The members of the IEB are appointed, approved and accountable to Wiltshire Local Authority (LA) and have a duty to conduct the business of the School in such a way as to: “secure a sound basis for future improvement in the School and this should include the promotion of high standards of educational achievement” (DfE guidance for LAs on schools causing concern).


The IEB carries out the functions of a governance board for the time that it is in office, and so takes on all responsibilities of a board of governors regarding the conduct of the School, but must at all times take into account the views of the LA when decision making is required in key areas, including:


  • Management of the budget.
  • The curriculum and standards.
  • Pay and performance management.
  • The appointment of the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher.


In practice, this means that the IEB has four main strategic objectives:


  • Ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of St Mary’s.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the School and making sure its money is well spent.
  • Maintaining the Catholicity of the School.



The IEB currently has five members, including a representative of the Diocese of Clifton. All are experienced governors with wide skill sets. Each member has a portfolio of individual responsibilities, which are currently:



Roles and Responsibilities


Roles and Responsibilities

Michael Millard

Chair of IEB.

Liaison with Order

Health and Safety (H&S).



Michele Blain

Leadership and Management.

Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS)


Paul Kehoe

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Outcomes for pupils.

RE and Catholicity.

Academisation progress.



The members of the IEB operates to an agreed Code of Conduct which defines roles and responsibilities, commitments, confidentiality, conflicts of interest and other areas that impact on the way it works.


The IEB began its work on 14 November 2018 and expects to complete it before the end of academic year 2019/2020. The IEB meets about every two weeks in term time. The Headteacher and a representative of the Local Authority attend all IEB meetings.


To view our Annual Review Statement for 2018-2019 click here