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St Mary's School Governors

The role of the school governors is to set strategic direction, to hold school leaders to account for improving performance – by acting as a critical friend – and to make sure money is well spent. As a voluntary aided, Roman Catholic school, our governing body is made up of:

  • 7 Foundation Governors: appointed by the school’s founding body – the Diocese of Clifton
  • 2 Parent Governors: elected parents of children at the school
  • 1 Staff Governor: member of the school staff
  • 1 Local Authority Governor: nominated by the Local Authority
  • The Head Teacher
  • 2 Associate Governors: members of the school community (appointed by the rest of the governing body) to contribute specifically on issues related to their particular area of expertise.

The full governing body meets approximately five times a year where the on-going business of committees, the governing body and the school are discussed, reported on and where decisions are taken by a majority vote. Most of the work of the governors is done at committee level. Our governor committees are:

  • Finance
  • Buildings
  • Curriculum
  • Personnel
  • Admissions

Governors (September 2015)


  • Lisa Slater ­– Acting Chair/Foundation Governor
  • Fr Jeremy Rigden – Foundation Governor
  • Mark Lunn – Foundation Governor
  • Terrence Bletso – Foundation Governor
  • Anthony McNiff – Foundation Governor
  • Vacancy – Foundation Governor
  • Vacancy - Foundation Governor
  • Andrew Tarrant –  Head Teacher
  • Christina Luque – Staff Governor
  • Vacancy – Local Authority Governor
  • James Read – Parent Governor
  • Kelly Burge – Parent Governor
  • Kathryn Moore – Associate Governor
  • Caroline Moore – Associate Governor