St. Mary’s RC School Governors are enthusiastic and committed people who ensure the requirements of the national curriculum are met by the school and set targets, monitor achievement and ensure standards are improving. They also make important decisions on school budget and how money will be spent. Our Governors are drawn from the wider community who have an interest in education and a useful contribution to make. They include educationalists, business people, representatives of local community groups and religious bodies.
What does St Mary’s Governing Body do?
Together with the Headteacher, they:
· Decide the aims and objectives for the school
· Review pupils’ achievement and set targets for improvement
· Approve the school budget
· Make decisions about staffing
· Ensure the national curriculum and religious education are taught
· Approve school policies
· Make sure children with special needs have access to the curriculum
· Act as a link between the school and the community it serves
· Keep parents informed
· Consider complaints from parents
· Ensure the school is well maintained
· Ensure health & safety requirements are met.
All Governors are contactable through the school if you have issues you would like to discuss with them.
~ Meet our Governors ~
Chair Of Governors - Helen Hodgson
My name’s Helen and I’m chair of governors for St Marys school. I have been involved with the school since my eldest son started in 1997 when it was very different to the current school. My youngest started 2 years later. I was part of the (then) PTA and chaired that for a number of years. After my children left I followed the school through church based contact.
When approached by Father Tim to be a foundation Governor in 2010 I jumped at the chance as it is a fantastic place. I have been chair of governors since 2014. My professional background in education and SEN help my fulfil my governor duties but also my personal experience as a parent whose children saw immense change helps me govern the school with the St Mary’s family at the heart of all decisions.
Vice Chair - Father Tim Bywater
Foundation Governor - Mary Connor
Mary was the Chair of Governors during two previous OFSTED inspections when the school was rated outstanding. Mary was a teacher before her appointments in Teacher Training at York St.John and Course Leader for an MA degree in Leading Innovation and Change for NHS leaders. She is also an author on Coaching & Mentoring (Connor & Pokora, 2017).
She is a Governor because she wants to support, both staff and pupils, to achieve their full potential. She values the leadership which is evident at every level in the school and, as a member of the Staffing Committee she interviews all staff each year to monitor ways in which the school can be supported to remain 'Outstanding'.
Foundation Governor - Julie Render
Foundation Governor - Tony Finlinson
Foundation Governor - Lisa Gallon
I joined the board of governors in September 2018, acting as the finance governor.
I became involved as a school governor to support the school, using skills and knowledge from my previous career. The school is important to me, firstly because my son is a pupil there, but also because the school creates a sense of community and acts as an outpost from the parish church. In my previous careers I have worked in Public finance and understand the need for transparency in all public services, working on behalf of the public to ensure public funds are used in the most appropriate way for the benefit of all. I am also a qualified teacher and have a good understanding of how a well managed school can improve the outcomes for its students. I would like to think I am friendly and approachable, I am at school most days and always willing to talk to parents.
Foundation Governor - Philip Westmacott
Philip and his wife Sue have 4 children, aged between 27 and 39, and 3 grandchildren aged 1, 4 and 6. They all live in the South of England. Sue and Philip however have lived in Barton-le-Street since 2000. Philip is a retired lawyer who is currently the chair of the St Leonards’ Parish Pastoral Council in Malton and a trustee of the Diocese of Middlesbrough. Sue is the Pastoral assistant in Malton. Philip spent his working life in London where he was a governor of St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College in North Kensington (think Grenfell Tower/Ladbroke Grove) for over 20 years until 2017. Since leaving school in 1971 Philip has studied Engineering, English law and Canon Law (the law of the church). Philip enjoys walking, especially in the hills, cycling and some gardening.
LA Governor - Anne Pegg
When I worked for HMRC we were asked if we would consider being a school governor and I volunteered and to my great pleasure I was appointed as a school governor to St Marys I could not believe my luck.
When I moved to Malton in 1977 I immediately enrolled my children in St Marys and then my grandchildren. Soon to enter the school will be my Great Grandchild. I have watched the school grow over the years and obtain its highest Ofsted report with the hard work done by the teaching staff past and present. It is a great school!
Parent Governor - Victoria Tyler
“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts” – the Dalai Lama.
In an education system judged by performance, this can sometimes be forgotten. It is for this reason that we chose St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School for our two children. St. Mary’s is a special place; a place that retains its holistic approach and family ethos. As Parent Governor, I am especially keen to help ensure that St Mary’s remains this way in the face of tight government targets, narrowing curriculums and ever increasing funding cuts.
As a teacher and passionate linguist, with over 12 years of experience teaching in local schools, I want to use my experience, along with my passion for education, to ensure that our children get the very best opportunities. I am driven by a desire to give them the best possible start and the foundations for a happy and healthy future. It is, therefore, a privilege to represent the parents of St Mary’s, for the future of our children.
Parent Governor - Mark Yeung