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What is the role of the Governing Body?


The day to day running of the school is the responsibility of the Head Teacher and members of the Senior Leadership Team. However, the Governing Body has the responsibility to ensure that the school is run to promote pupil achievement. Its duties include:


  • Working in partnership with the Head Teacher and staff to establish the strategic direction of the school.

  • Establishing and reviewing school policies.

  • Working with the Head Teacher to set targets and objectives.

  • Approving the school budget.

  • Reviewing progress against the budget and objectives.

  • Appointing, challenging and supporting the Head Teacher.



How do the governors work with the school?


  • There are weekly meetings between the Chair of Governors and the Head Teacher.

  • Regular governor visits take place, these will focus on one aspect of school provision. Following on from the visit the governor will produce a short report for all governors.

  • Comprehensive Head Teacher reports are produced for the governing body.

  • Training courses provided by the Local Authority give information about what the school should be working on and policies that should be in place.

  • Governors are linked to a Curriculum area and meet to review this area with the subject leader responsible.



Who are the Governors?


The formal instrument of Government details that St. Mary’s governing body is made up of 14 Governors.

  • 7 Foundation Governors; appointed by the Diocese of Gloucester

  • 1 ExOfficio Foundation Governor appointed by virtue of office held as Vicar of St Mary’s Church

  • 2 Parent Governors; proposed and elected by parents and carers of children at the school

  • 2 Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher and 1 of the school teaching staff; proposed and elected by the staff

  • 1 Local Authority Governor; appointed by the Local Authority

  • 1 Co-opted governor ( A non-teaching member of staff; proposed by the staff and elected by the governing body)


The term of office for each Governor is 4 years from date of appointment or election. Governors are selected based on their skills and experience.

Foundation Governors are appointed by the Dioceses of Gloucester. Foundation Governors are expected to bring to the Governing body an informed regard for the Church nature of the foundation of the school, to ensure that its Christian ethos is preserved and developed, and the religious worship reflects the tradition of the Church of England.

Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body and are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.


Register of Governors and pecuniary interests

Governors NameDate of AppointmentExpiryBusiness & Pecuniary InterestsType
Sam Gillman01/09/2012ongoing Head Teacher
Chris Eastwood01/02/201801/02/2022Child at the schoolFoundation
Ann Edis01/04/201401/04/2022Child at the schoolFoundation
Robin Gupta01/05/201601/05/2024 Foundation
Kathleen Newell01/02/201901/02/2023Child at the schoolFoundation
Grace Murray01/10/201901/10/2023 Local Authority
Jane Cowell11/11/202011/11/2024Works at the schoolCo-opted
Lee Francis02/09/202002/09/2024Works at the schoolStaff
Lewis Sanders02/11/202002/11/2024Child at the schoolAssociate
Sabine Doil02/11/202002/11/2024Child at the schoolAssociate
Joy Ludlow02/11/2020ongoingGovernor at Oldbury C of E SchoolFoundation
Jon Craig01/03/202101/03/2025 Foundation
Charlotte Miller01/05/202101/05/2025 Foundation



The whole Governing Body meets at least 6 times a year. They also meet regularly in 3 smaller committees which report back to the Full Governing body meetings. Every Governor is able to decide which committee they feel best suits their expertise. The committee structures are as follows:


Resources Committee – This committee reviews where we are against the budget at each meeting and reviews any changes to staffing. This committee is also responsible for ensuring that the buildings of the school are safe and fit for purpose and to ensure the school complies with Health and Safety regulations.


Standards Committee – This committee is responsible for ensuring the high standards of education and ensuring the national curriculum is taught effectively. They monitor & review the pupil and school performance and attendance.


Ethos Committee – The main responsibility of the committee is to support, advise and challenge the Head Teacher and the Governing Body regarding the distinctive ethos of St Mary’s as a church school, and the impact which this has on the pupils and the whole school community.


Governors NameStandardsEthosResources
Sam GillmanRRR
Chris EastwoodR R
Ann EdisR R
Robin Gupta  R
Kathleen NewellRR 
Grace MurrayR R
Jane CowellRR 
Lee FrancisRR 
Lewis SandersR R
Sabine DoilR R
Joy Ludlow R 
Jon CraigRR 
Charlotte MillerRR 


If you would like to know more about how to volunteer and join the governors in delivering the school vision please leave your contact details with the school office and one of our Governors will contact you.

List of previous Governors

Goverors NameDate of AppointmentExpiryDate of Stepping DownBusiness & Pecuniary InterestsType
Richard Hampshire01/02/201401/02/201801/02/2018 Foundation
Pam Benson01/10/201501/10/201915/11/2016 Foundation
Jane Cowell01/09/201201/09/201601/01/2016Works at the school as a TAParent
Phil Lucker01/02/201301/02/201701/01/2016 Foundation
Gavin Teague01/09/201401/09/201801/09/2016 Foundation
Fran Smith02/09/201302/09/202130/01/2018 Staff
Mo Newton22/03/201622/03/202012/03/2018Child at the schoolParent
Elizabeth Vooght01/02/201701/02/202101/11/2018 Foundation
Jan van der Lely04/09/2012ongoing01/04/2019Governor at Oldbury C of E SchoolFoundation
Jonathan Barford-Turner22/03/201622/03/202001/09/2019Child at the schoolLEA
Helen Brooks22/03/201622/03/202001/03/2019Works at the school as a TACo-opted (Staff)
Judith Richardson01/07/201301/07/202101/09/2019 Foundation
Claire Clarke01/11/201301/10/202101/09/2019Child at the schoolFoundation
Graham  Reaper-Brown01/09/201901/09/202301/07/2020 Foundation
Graham Pike01/03/201701/03/202001/08/2020 Staff Governor
Lisa Turner01/09/201901/09/202301/01/2021Child at the schoolFoundation
Rachael Campbell01/02/201701/02/202101/08/2021 Foundation
Ali Drury08/01/201408/01/202201/08/2021Child at the schoolParent
Shona Heath01/05/201801/05/202201/08/2021Child at the schoolParent


Governor Attendance Records