St Mary's

Catholic Primary School



Our aim as governors is to work with the the Local Authority, the headteacher, all the parents, teachers and pupils to make and keep St Mary's Catholic Primary School a caring and positive place to learn and to enable all pupils to fulfil their potential.


The board of governors have responsibility 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 governors have 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 Governing body currently has six 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).



David Wheat

Foundation Governor

Michele Blain


Leadership and Management.

Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS)




Robert Daley

Foundation Governor




Paul Kehoe




Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Outcomes for pupils.

RE and Catholicity.

Academisation progress


Jan Downie

 Foundation Governor


The members of the Governing body 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.


Through the year all Governors have the opportunity to visit the school and participate in school life.


As Governors we welcome any comments or suggestions which will help us maintain and improve the school.

To view the IEB Closure Report January 2021 click here

To view our Annual Review Statement for 2019-2020 click here

2018-2019 click here

To view the St Mary's Virtual Governance Policy click here