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1 Corinthians 16 vs 13-14

Enabling children to flourish and succeed

Governing Committee

St Mary's School Governors


This page will give you an outline of the role of our Governing Committee, who we are and our roles.


As Governors we enjoy working in partnership with the Head Teachers, parents, teachers, pupils, the Rise Multi Academy Trust and education authorities.  By doing this we ensure St Mary’s Primary School is a caring and positive place to learn and enabling our children to flourish and succeed.  We welcome any comments or suggestions which will help us to maintain and improve our school.  


Please feel free to contact any of us directly in person or via the school office email; mark the 'subject' as FAO Dr. L. Gregson-Green PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL; put your correspondence in an encrypted attachment. Alternatively, post through the school letterbox marking the envelope FAO Dr. L. Gregson-Green 'PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL'.


We look forward to meeting you at school and at our events.


Dr. Lucy Gregson-Green
Chair of Governors



Governance at St Mary’s

St Mary’s is part of the Rise Multi Academy Trust.  As Governor’s our key responsibilities are:

  • Ensuring the school is run effectively and provides our children with the best possible education
  • Challenging and supporting the school to achieve more
  • Taking a strategic view, setting policies, plans and targets
  • Monitoring and evaluating results
  • An oversight of the school’s finances, including the annual budget and ongoing spending
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff.

In doing this we are accountable for how St Mary’s is run to parents and to Rise Multi Academy Trust.


As Governors we are not involved in the detail of the day-to-day management of the school – this is the responsibility of the Headteachers and Senior Leadership Team. We work in partnership with them, to support and challenge the work of the school. Therefore, the Governors are continually evaluating and monitoring the work of the school against agreed policies, plans and targets. 


We do not get involved in with individual pupil issues unless there is a serious incident or appeal.  Foundation and Trust Governors represent the wider local and church community.  Our Parent Governors represent the interest of all pupils at St Mary’s and not just those of their own children. 


The full Governing Committee meet once a term to monitor the strategic direction of the school.  All our Governors visit classes and attend assemblies and events.  We continually work with Headteachers and staff to keep updated with developments in teaching and learning across the curriculum and the wider school.


Our Governors

As Governing Committee, we represent of all the different groups involved in our school: local community, staff, parents, and the Church. We are all volunteers and we give our time and skills for the benefit of the children and our school. The Rise Scheme of Delegation outlines the Advocacy roles within our Committee.  A Governor’s term of office is four years from appointment.


Who's Who


NameAppointment Type





Dr Lucy Gregson-Green

Chair of GovernorsRISE26.06.2026
Vice Chair of GovernorsTo be confirmed  

Mrs Tracey Irving

Parent GovernorLGC


Mr James GutteridgeFoundation GovernorRISE


Mr Brian WrayFoundation GovernorRISE02.11.2026
Mrs Dina NealeFoundation GovernorRISE22.03.2026
Mrs Julia PointonTrust GovernorRISE13.03.2026

Mrs Laura Oakes




Rev Mary BarrEx-OfficioRISE01.09.2023
Mrs Frances PortStaff GovernorRISE11.02.2028
Clerk to the GovernorsMrs. Nicola TyersN/AN/A



PositionName of Governor

Safeguarding Advocate

Dr. Lucy Gregson-Green
Health and Safety AdvocateMr. Brian Wray
SEND AdvocateDr. Lucy Gregson-Green
Wellbeing AdvocateTo be confirmed
EYFS AdvocateMrs. Dina Neale
Church Distinctiveness AdvocateMr. James Gutteridge


Local Governing Body Register of Pecuniary Interest

Local Governing Body Record of Attendance 2022-23

Local Governing Body Record of Attendance 2023-24