The Governing Body

On behalf of all the Governors at St Mary’s, I want to let our parents and carers know how grateful we are for all the hard work, dedication and professionalism we have seen from Mr Henry and all the staff of St Mary’s over recent weeks. These are unprecedented challenges and difficulties we are all experiencing at the moment. Nothing could have prepared us for anything quite like this and the official advice is often changing day by day. Despite this, we have been immensely impressed by the constant support and guidance which Mr Henry and the staff have been giving children since this crisis began.

For those who are still attending school, the staff have continued to provide an effective, stimulating and engaging daily agenda of fun and learning. And for the majority, keeping a safe distance at home, we hope you have been as impressed as us at the constant supply of online materials, newsletters, updates and messages of support from your children’s teachers – as well as their availability for questions or discussions.

Nevertheless, if you do have any concerns about the way that St Mary’s is supporting your children and your families at any point during this lockdown period, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the school directly or with Governors by using the email address governors@stmarysn8.co.uk. Otherwise, we hope you stay healthy, happy and safe in the meantime and look forward to welcoming you all back to St Mary’s in person in the hopefully not too distant future.

Best wishes
Stuart Goldberg
Vice Chair of Governors

The Role of the Governors:

The Governing Body of St Mary’s School is made up people representing the Parish, the Local Authority and the School. Many of these are parents, staff and members of the congregation. The Governors are responsible for ensuring the school’s commitment to nurturing our children in a Christian environment and to showing them the importance of tolerance, understanding and mutual respect within our diverse community.

Governors work closely with the Headteacher in the development of the school. They monitor every aspect of school life and make sure that the school offers the very best experience and opportunity for each child. Governors are responsible for monitoring the progress of children, the curriculum, the buildings and the budget. They ensure the school is a safe and healthy environment for all children and are responsible for the implementation of the safeguarding and child protection policies.

Governors meet every half term as well as in committees for Resources, Curriculum & Achievment and Children, Families & Community.