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Meet the Governors

What do Governors do?
St Mary's Catholic Primary School governors are drawn from different parts of the community; they are parents, staff, and members of the local neighbourhood and parish. This helps to ensure that the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience.  Governors do not interfere in the day-to-day teaching and running of the school, but are committed to school welfare and improvement and the importance of  Catholic education in our area both now and in the future. In consultation with the head teacher and other staff, our main responsibilities are to:

  • set aims and agree policies, targets and objectives for the school
  • support and challenge decisions
  • help determine the Catholic ethos of the school
  • agree how to spend the school budget
  • appoint new head teachers and assist in the recruitment of other staff


How does the governing body work?
There are normally six to eight meetings a year which involve the full governing body. We hear reports from the head teacher, other members of staff and from the various committees about the work they have been doing. We ask questions, make decisions, comment on proposals, offer advice and act as a sounding board for ideas. Our objective is always to arrive at the best solution for the school.

We monitor specific objectives listed on the School Development Plan. This allows governors to focus on a particular area and work more closely with the relevant teachers and to then feed back to the full governing body.

How can I get more information?
The members of our school governing body are listed in the table below.    

The Clerk is Mrs Margaret Shenton.

Name

Appointed or elected by

Type of membership

Date of appointment

Term of office

(up to)

Committees

Official responsibility

Date stepped down

Interests – business and pecuniary

Governance roles in any other educational institutions

Mrs Ellen Wainright

Archdiocese of Birmingham

Foundation

2.6.12

1.6.18

Curriculum

Finance and staffing

Chair LAC

N/A

None

Director CTKCC

Rev Paul McNally

 

Archdiocese of Birmingham

Foundation

2.6.12

1.6.18

 

Vice Chair LAC

RE Link

N/A

None

None

Mrs Jacqueline Longworth

Archdiocese of Birmingham

Foundation

7.10.16

6.10.20

Curriculum

 

Vice Chair Curriculum

Literacy Link

 

N/A

Sister in law in school

None

Mr David Smith

Archdiocese of Birmingham

Foundation

2.6.12

 

1.6.18

Finance and staffing

Chair Finance and staffing

PE Link

N/A

Wife in school

None

Mrs Christine Allmark

Archdiocese of Birmingham

Foundation

2.6.12

 

1.6.18

Finance and staffing

 

N/A

Grandchildren in school

None

Mrs Victoria Sarwar

Archdiocese of Birmingham

Foundation

2.6.12

1.6.18

Curriculum

Curriculum Chair

EYFS Link

N/A

Child in school

None

Mrs Alison Murray

Archdiocese of Birmingham

Foundation

30.4.15

29.4.19

 

PP and SEN Link

N/A

None

None

Mrs Kirstine Heath

Co-opted

Staff

2.6.12

1.6.18

 

Health and safety, prevent and safeguarding Link

N/A

None

None

Mrs Michelle Palin

Staff elected

Staff

1.12.15

30.11.19

Curriculum

 

Music Link

N/A

Sister in law in school

None

Mrs Samantha Breese

Parent elected

Parent

17.11.15

16.11.19

Curriculum

 

 

N/A

Children in school

None

Mr Gavin Riley

Parent elected

Parent

7.11.16

16.11.20

Curriculum

Finance and staffing

Vice Chair Finance and staffing

N/A

Children in school

None

Miss Bernadette Sims

 

Head teacher

 

 

Curriculum

Finance and staffing

 

N/A

None

None

Mrs Elizabeth Oxley

Observer

Deputy Head teacher

 

 

Curriculum

Finance and staffing

 

N/A

Sister in Law in school

None

Mrs Susan Potts

Co-opted

Bursar

 

 

Finance and staffing

 

N/A

None

None

Governor's attendance at meetings held in the years 2015 and 2016

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