Message from the Governors

We are delighted to welcome you to our website which we hope provides the necessary information to parents and visitors about how our school is run and the aims and expectations we set ourselves.

St Mary’s values its reputation as a warm and friendly school. With a strong Catholic ethos, it serves as a witness to the Catholic faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and it is from this foundation that the success of our school is built.  Our school’s Mission Statement emphasises the value that is placed on the uniqueness of individual pupils, who are encouraged to develop and celebrate their talents and spirituality in order to achieve their full potential as children of God.

Under the outstanding leadership of Mrs Raynor, our staff are conscientious and hard-working and ensure that all the children are valued.  In our school, we seek to achieve amongst our pupils academic excellence whilst also promoting their emotional, social and spiritual well-being. If you choose to visit our school you will see and hear pupils eager to learn and willing to express their ideas creatively.

The Governors are very committed to supporting Mrs Raynor, staff and children, in setting and maintaining very high standards, and in the constant pursuit of improvement. Governors serve on a number of committees and, in addition, have particular areas of responsibility with links to individual classes. Linking up with a class allows us the fantastic opportunity to see directly how the children enjoy their learning at St Mary’s, and also enables us to feel very much a part of the St Mary’s family.  The 3 main committees at St Mary’s are Finance & Resources, School Effectiveness and Staffing. All governors give their time freely and details of who we are can be seen below.

We are incredibly proud of St Mary’s school and all its achievements. We do hope our website answers many if not all of your questions, but Mrs Raynor and the Governing Body are always happy to respond to any concerns or queries you may have.


Governor Role Name of Governor Term from Term to
Chair / Foundation Jane Leader 01/09/2017 31/08/2021
Vice Chair / Foundation Alison Stones 01/09/2017 31/08/2021
Head Teacher Dee Raynor 01/09/2015 31/08/2019
Foundation Mark Brady 15/06/2015 14/06/2019
Foundation Orina Hall 01/09/2017 31/08//2021
Foundation Emmett Mailey 01/09/2017 31/08/2021
Foundation Rachel McNamara 01/09/2017 31/08/2021
Foundation Fr Barry Lomax 01/09/2015 23/09/2018
Local Authority Pat Hubbard 30/11/2015 29/11/2019
Parent Nicola Cusick 01/09/2015 31/08/2019
Parent Craig Seddon 19/01/2018 18/01/2022
Associate Margaret O’Brien 19/11/2013 18/11/2017
Associate Joseph Bourke 19/11/2013 18/11/2017
Staff Suzanne Brown 01/09/2016 31/08/2020
Observer Shelley Kinman 15/11/2016 14/11/2020

Voting rights

Mrs S Kinman – observer only
Mr J Bourke – Can vote in sub committees but not in full GBM
Mrs M O’Brien – Can vote in sub committees but not in full GBM

St. Mary’s Governing Board

The full Governing Board meets five times a year. Each member of the governing Board is also a member of one or more of our committees and may also have a specific area of responsibility. We have committees all of which give feedback to the full governing body:

  • Finance and Resources: To deal with all matters delegated by the Governing Board regarding, Finance, the school premises and Health and Safety.
  • School effectiveness: To deal with all matters delegated by the Governing Board regarding; Standards in school and Curriculum.
  • Staffing: To deal with matters arising regarding staffing, personnel and pay
  • Admissions: To deal with all matters related to school admissions

These committees meet at least once each term. St. Mary’s Governing Board consists of:

  • Local Authority Governor:  appointed by the LA
  • Parent Governors:  2 parents are elected by other parents at school
  • Foundation Governors 7:  governors are appointed by the Diocese. These governors represent the views of the Bishop.
  • Staff Governors:  One governor is elected by the school staff.
  • The Head teacher is also a governor.
  • Associate Governors 2:    Associate members do not form part of the constitution of the governing board of governors. They are additional people who bring useful skills to an aspect of the work of the governing body.

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The Chair of Governors is Mrs Jane Leader who can be contacted via the school office.


The main Roles of the Governing Board

  • Ensuring clarity of the Catholic vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Link to statutory guidance-

As a Catholic Voluntary Aided School we also have responsibility for maintaining the Catholic character of our school and ensuring that all our children have the opportunity to know, love and serve almighty God, and develop their full spiritual, moral, academic and physical potential in a caring atmosphere reflecting the true spirit of Christ’s love and compassion.

Click these links to see our Governors Register of InterestsAttendance, Terms of Reference, Instrument of Goverment and Committee membership