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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 LA Governor: appointed by the LA
  • 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 4 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 and Infrastructure
  • Mission and Ethos (part of the Full Governing Body meeting)
  • Standards and Quality
  • Personnel

Governors (October 2019)


Dave Worden –  Chair/Foundation Governor (currently sits on all committees)

Laura Stotesbury ­– Vice-Chair/Foundation Governor (Chair of Standards and Quality Committee)

Natalie Ballantyne – Foundation Governor (Chair of Personnel Committee)

Pam Skeet – Foundation Governor (Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor, including Looked After Children)

Vacancy – Foundation Governor

Mgnr Jeremy Rigden – Foundation Governor

Vacancy – Foundation Governor

Andrew Tarrant –  Head Teacher (sits on all committees)

Christina Luque – Staff Governor (Standards and Quality Committee)

Sarah Sharma – Parent Governor (Standards and Quality & Personnel Committee)

Bethan Petre – Parent Governor (Standards and Quality Committee)

Laura Knight – LA Governor (SEND and Inclusion Governor & Standards and Quality Committee)

Kathryn Moore – Associate Governor (Standards and Quality Committee)

Caroline Moore – Associate Governor (Finance and Infrastructure Committee)

Lisa Slater - Clerk to the Governing Body


Governors who have stepped down from the governing body in the past 12 months:

James Read

Seamus Brogan

Anthony McNiff

Lisa Brett

David Llewelyn

Mark Lunn

Terry Bletso

Kelly Burge

Ed Bodiam

Lisa Slater

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