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Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

 

Overview.

 

Our school governors come from all walks of life and bring diversity to the governing body through their many different skills and life experiences.  Above all, we have a common goal to provide the best education we can for your children - our students.

 

School governors play a very important part in raising school standards by:

  • Setting the strategic direction of the school 
  • Monitoring and evaluating school performance
  • Ensuring accountability

 

Governors are elected or nominated to serve for a period of 4 years. The governing body at St Mary’s is made up of governors from all areas of the community, as follows:-

 

3 Parent Governors - Parent Governors are elected by parents and must have a child at the school when elected

3 Co-opted Governors – Co-opted Governors are selected by the Governing Body to represent the local community

2 Staff Governors - Staff Governors must be employed at the School and are selected by staff.

2 Foundation Governors - Foundation Governors are nominated by the church

1 Milton Keynes Council Governor - Milton Keynes Council Governors are nominated by Milton Keynes Council

 

The full Governing Body meets once each term. There are also sub-committees (Finance & Personnel Committee; and Curriculum & Environment Committee), on which most Governors also serve. These meet at least once each term.  Twice a year governors and staff also meet as a whole group to discuss and review the School Strategic Plan together. 

 

Each of our Governors has a specific focus and they are strongly encouraged to spend time in school with the staff and children, on governor visits; and supporting fundraising events organized by our active Friends Association.  As a governing body we strongly believe that the only way to understand what our school needs is to know our children, staff and the curriculum. 

 

The school, through the Local Authority, provides excellent training opportunities for governors and all our governors, new and old, regularly attend training sessions to develop their skills and knowledge. 

 

Being a school governor is challenging but extremely rewarding. Existing skills are helpful - but new skills can always be gained. We are always keen to encourage any members of our school community who are interested in becoming a governor.  If you are interested please speak to Amanda Dicks, the head teacher, who will pass on your details.

 

Current Governors:

 

Method of Appointment:

Date Re/Appointed:

Position:

Committee Memberships:

 

 

 

 

C&EC

F&PC

PMP

Chairs

Others

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Dicks

Staff Appointed

1/4/2015

Head Teacher

x

x

 

x

x

Gillian Drew

Parent Appointed

25/9/2018

 

x

x

 

 

 

Clair Faid

Co-opted

28/11/2018

Assistant Head

x

x

 

 

 

David Hopkins

MK Appointed

1/9/2018

Chair

x

x

 

Chair

Chair

Nikki Ratcliffe

Staff Appointed

28/4/2014

Assistant Head

 

x

 

 

 

Helen Reynolds

Parent Appointed

12/10/2017

 

x

x

 

 

 

Patricia Rosewell

Foundation

11/3/2015

Vice Chair

x

x

x

x

x

Jennie Smith

Parent Appointed

21/10/2012

 

Chair

x

 

x

 

Hannah Wilkes

Co-opted

28/6/2017

 

x

x

 

 

 

Norman Wilkes

Co-opted

1/4/2015

 

x

Chair

Chair

x

x

Emily Yates

Foundation

11/5/2017

 

x

 

x

 

x

All Governors have full voting rights on the committees to which they are appointed.

Past  Governors (2017/2018):

Method of Appointment:

Until:

Ware, Andrew

Parent Appointed

June 2018

 

Notes:

  • C&EC – Curriculum & Environment Committee         
  • PMP – Head Teachers’ Performance Management Panel

 

  • F&PC – Finance & Personnel Committee
  • Others – Pay Review Body

 

  • A “pool” of Governors is available to form the Hearings Committee; Appeals Committee; Pupil Discipline Committee; and Complaints Committee.

 

 

Governor Attendance 2017/2018

 

Full Governors Meetings

(max. 3)

Curriculum & Environment

Committee (max. 4)

Finance & Personnel Committee (max. 4)

Dicks, Amanda

3

100%

4

100%

4

100%

Hopkins, David

1

33%

 

 

4

100%

Ratcliffe, Nikki 

2

67%

 

 

2

50%

Reynolds, Helen (since Nov 2017)

3

100%

2 (3)

67%

2 (3)

67%

Rosewell, Patricia

2

67%

3

75%

3

75%

Smith, Jennie

2

67%

3

75%

3

75%

Ware, Andrew (to June 2018)

2 (2)

100%

4

100%

4

100%

Wilkes, Hannah (since June 2017)

3

100%

2

50%

3

75%

Wilkes, Norman

3

100%

3

75%

4

100%

Yates, Emily (since June 2017)

2

67%

2

50%

 

 

Total/Average:

23

79%

23

74%

29

83%

 

Previous years:

Full Governing Board Meetings

Curriculum & Environment Committee

Finance &

Personnel Committee

2016-17

90%

89%

90%

2015-16

 

90%

74%

82%

 

 

 

Governors Business Interests:

 

 

Amanda Dicks

Head Teacher. No relevant business interests

 

Gillian Drew

 

No relevant business interests

 

Clair Faid

Assistant Head Teacher. No relevant business interests

 

David Hopkins

Retired.

Milton Keynes Council - Elected ward member; Wavendon Parish Council – Councillor (& Chair); Woburn Sands Town Council – Councillor;

MK Gallery – Director; Bucks & Milton Keynes Fire Authority – Director; MK Museum – Director; Greensand Country Landscape Partnership - Director

Poor Coals Charity – Trustee;

Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership – member; Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users Association – member; LCCIO (Local Council Chief Information Officer) – Member.

 

Nikki Ratcliffe

Assistant Head Teacher. No relevant business interests

 

Helen Reynolds

Business Manager at Network Rail. No relevant business interests.

 

Patricia Rosewell

Research Scientist (no current employer). No relevant business interests.

 

Jennie Smith

Taylor Wimpey South Midlands Ltd. – Buyers Administrator. No relevant business interests.

 

Hannah Wilkes

Retired Accountant. No relevant business interests

 

Norman Wilkes

Retired Banker. Poor Coals Charity – Trustee.

 

Emily Yates

Teacher, Walton High School (part of the Milton Keynes Education Trust).

 

 

Note: The only Governor who is also a Governor of another Educational Establishment is Mr. David Hopkins, who is a Governor of New Chapter Primary School.

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