St Mary's

Catholic Primary School

A message from the Governing Body

 

Thank you for visiting the Governor section of our school web site.  We hope you will find it informative.

 

A governing body was reinstated in November 2020, following a period of time when a small Interim Executive Board discharged governance oversight.

 

The school has a new Instrument of Governance, which outlines our membership and has been approved by the Local Authority and the Diocese of Clifton.

 

For a Copy of Instrument of Governance please click here

 

Governing Bodies have three core responsibilities as outlined in documentation provided by the Department for Education.  The responsibilities are:

 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

As a Voluntary Aided school Governors have an additional responsibility for oversight of all aspects of catholicity, which includes religious education and worship.

 

Please click here for the latest Governors Newsletter.

 

 

Name

Responsibilities

Term of Office

Category

Michael Millard

Chair of Governors

Premises

Health and Safety

Liaison with the Order of the Poor Sisters of the Mother of God (PSMG)

Pay and Performance Management

Finance

4 years from November 2020.

Foundation

Michele Blain

Vice Chair of Governors

Safeguarding

School Improvement including Pupil Premium and Special Educational Needs

Pay and Performance Management

Finance

4 years from November 2020.

Foundation

Paul Kehoe

Pay and Performance Management

Catholicity and worship.

Finance

4 years from November 2020.

Foundation

David Wheat

Catholicity and worship.

Safeguarding

Finance

4 years from November 2020.

Foundation

Robert Daley

Premises

Health and Safety

Finance

4 years from January 2021.

Foundation

Jan Downie

Nursery and Early Years

School Improvement

Finance

4 years from November 2020.

Local Authority

 

Paul Bacon

 

 

NA

Head teacher

 

Planned elections for staff and parent governor vacancies have been slightly delayed

due to Pandemic constraints and will happen after half term February 2021.

 

 

 

Governor pen portraits

Michael Millard (Chair of Governors)

I am a former member of the IEB and have been appointed as a Foundation governor.  I have considerable background in Buildings and Premises management and consequently am responsible for Premises, Health and Safety and liaison with the Order of the Poor Sisters of the Mother of God.

 

Michele Blain (Vice Chair)

I am a former member of the IEB and have been a National Leader of Governance. I previously worked in education and governance.  I have taken on responsibility for Safeguarding along side monitoring the journey of School Improvement.

 

Paul Kehoe

I am a former member of the IEB and have worked as a head teacher in London and currently work as part of the Education Team for the Diocese of Clifton.

I am responsible for Catholicity within the School and am a member of the Head teacher Performance Management Panel.

 

Paul Bacon

I have been a teacher and school leader since 1989 and have worked in a number of different schools in this time. My first school was in Swindon where I taught Reception and Year 1. I have also taught in several other schools in Wiltshire, Bristol and excitingly for me, Nepal and Gabon in central West Africa.

Prior to joining St Mary’s in September 2019, I had been a head teacher for 16 years. My first Headship was for the Shell Oil Company in an international school and subsequent to this I had two other headships in Wiltshire.

I also took a sabbatical between 2018 and 2019 to study for an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science. My primary research area was physiology, cardiac health and the effect of physical activity on children’s learning.

I have always felt privileged to work in St Mary’s and feel proud to have been entrusted with the headship of this wonderful school. I am fully committed to the school’s Catholic ethos, the staff and the wider community. I truly want to be part of the journey to be recognised as a good school again. 

 

Jan Downie

I am delighted to be appointed as a local authority governor at St Mary's Catholic Primary School. Although this is my first appointment as a school governor my whole working life has been directly connected to education and training at different educational stages.  I am committed to the transformative impact of learning. I currently work for the Department of Education on a programme set up to improve the social mobility of children and young people through excellent education.

I am responsible for Nursery and school Improvement.

 

Dave Wheat

I have been involved in Catholic Youth Ministry and Education for over 20 years, working in the Dioceses of Brentwood, Westminster and most recently as Coordinator of Youth Ministry for the Clifton Diocese, which I held for 9 years. I am currently the Regional Community Fundraiser for Mission, covering the South of England and Wales. We moved to Chippenham in 2011 and our Son went through St Mary’s and is now attending St Augustine’s College, Trowbridge. I am honoured to be appointed as a Foundation Governor by Bishop Declan and I’m looking forward to supporting the students, staff and parents of the St Mary’s community.

Areas of responsibility: RE & Catholicity, school effectiveness including vulnerable groups and SEND, website compliance, and admissions.

 

Rob Daley

I was appointed as a foundation governor in January 2021.

I am married, with 2 children, both of whom attend St Mary's School and am a parishioner at St Mary's in Chippenham. I work in operations management in Chippenham.

 

 

Governor Minutes

See separate page

 

Governor Meetings

 

The Governing Body is currently meeting every fortnight on a Monday at 4pm. This is to continue the level of accountability and oversight the IEB discharged.  The Governing Board will review its practice after the school receives an Ofsted Inspection.

 

Spring Term 2021

Monday January 11th 2021 FGB 3           

Monday January 25th FGB 4             

Monday February 8th FGB 5              

Monday March 1st FGB 6                        

Monday March 15TH FGB 7                      

Monday March 29th FGB 8

 

Summer Term 2021

Monday April 26th FGB 9                

Monday May 10th FGB 10            

Monday May 24th FGB 11              

Monday June 14th FGB 12               

Monday June 28th FGB 13

Monday July 12th FGB 14

 

 

As Governors we welcome any comments or suggestions which will help us maintain and improve the school. Please contact the Chair of Governors with your comments:

 

Mr M Millard

Chair Of Governors

St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Rowden Hill

Chippenham

Wiltshire SN15 2AH

 

mmillard@st-marys-pri.wilts.sch.uk 

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