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Meet the Governors

Governors 2020/21

Our aim as Governors is to work with the head teacher, all the parents, teachers, pupils and education authorities to make and keep St Mary’s Primary School a caring and positive place to learn and enable all pupils to fulfil their potential.


Who's Who


Position            Name of Governor Date of Appointment End of Term         

Chair of Governors

Mr. Derek Cullen 08.05.17 08.05.21

Vice-Chair of Governors

Mr. Stephen Cooper 10.10.16 10.10.20
Parent Governor Dr. Lucy Gregson-Green 27.06.2018 27.06.2022
Parent Governor Mrs. Helen Cliff 27.06.2018 27.06.2022
Foundation Governor Mrs. Dina Neale 23.09.2017 23.09.2021
Foundation Governor Mr. Keith Wilson 01.03.2017 01.03.2021
Foundation Governor Mr. Brian Wray 23.03.2018 23.03.2022
Staff Governor Mrs. Laura Oakes 20.09.17 19.09.21
Ex-Officio Rev. Kevin Ashby 01-03-2017 N/A
Ex-Officio Mrs. Louisa Morris 24-08-2020 N/A
Clerk to Governors Mrs. Nicola Tyers


Position Name of Governor

Pupil Premium Governor

Mrs Helen Cliff

Safeguarding Governor

Mr. Derek Cullen

Sports Governor

Mr. Brian Wray
Health and Safety Governor/s Mr. Derek Cullen and Mr. Keith Wilson
English Governor Mr. Keith Wilson
Maths Governor Mrs. Dina Neale


What do the Governors do?

The Governors' key responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring the school runs effectively and provides the best possible education,
  • Challenging and supporting the school to do better,
  • Taking a strategic view, setting policies, plans and targets,
  • Monitoring and evaluating results,
  • Monitoring the finances, including the annual budget and ongoing spending, and,
  • Delegating enough power to the Headteacher to run the school effectively.


In all this we are accountable for how the school is run to the parents and the Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust.


What the Governors don't do is organise, manage or control the school on a day-to-day basis - this is the responsibility of the Headteacher. Nor do we get involved in individual pupil issues unless there is a serious incident or an appeal. Community governors represent the interests of the wider community, whilst parent governors represent the interest of all the parents and not just their own children.


The full governing body meets every term and there are several working groups that meet throughout the year to monitor the strategic direction of the school. All the Governors also visit classes and assemblies from time to time. We work with Ms Morris and the staff, and especially the subject leaders, to keep in touch with the developments in teaching and learning across the curriculum and the school.


The School Governors

Governors usually serve a four year term on the Governing Body. The role of Governors is now far reaching with wide ranging responsibilities. In order to carry out these responsibilities effectively, we have formed working groups:

  • Finance and Health and Safety

  • Curriculum and Standards

These meet separately, before presenting their recommendations to the full Governing Body.


As Governors we welcome any comments or suggestions which will help us to maintain and improve the school.


Mr Derek Cullen

Chair of Governors