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St Mary's Church of England (Aided) Primary School

Meet the Governors

Governor Meeting Stats 2020 - 2021

 

Welcome to the Governors' section!

St Mary’s is a church-aided school so a number of the Governors are appointed by the church, either by the church in Chipping Norton or by the Diocese of Oxford. Known as Foundation Governors, they must outnumber other Governors by at least two. There are also representatives of parents and staff and of the local council. The Governors meet as a body six times per year and various sub-committees meet in addition to this to focus on specific matters.

Besides their management role the Governors are there to help if problems arise. Parents are welcome to contact the Governing Body and may do so through the school office. 

Governing Body 2021/2022

Steve Nelson (Chair and LA Governor)

Yvonne Stallwood-Barnes (Headteacher)

Jo Graves (Vice Chair Foundation Governor)

James Kennedy (Ex-Officio)

Helen Perris (Foundation Governor)
Daniel Lawson (Foundation Governor)

Ian Pearman (Foundation Governor)

Jenny Williams (Foundation Governor)

Denise Povey (Foundation Governor)

Paul Wickham (Parent Governor)

Joel Marks (Parent Governor)

Lisa Drinkwater (Governor)

Miriam Elwyn (Staff Governor)

Vacancy Parent Governor

Vacancy 2 x PCC Governors

(16 posts in total)


About the Governors
 

Steve Nelson is the Chair of the Governing Body and the Local authority Governor.  He has two children at St Mary's School.  Steve sits on the Resources Committee, Standards Committee and the External Relations Committee.

Appointed 30 November 2020

Votes on all above committees

 

Yvonne Stallwood-Barnes is the Headteacher of St Mary's School.  Yvonne sits on the Resources Committee, Personnel Committee and the Standards Committee.

Appointed in 2003 when she became Headteacher

Votes on all above committees

 

Jo Graves is joint Vice Chair of the Governing Body, a member of St Mary's Church and a Foundation Governor.  She previously taught for twenty years at St Mary's, having finished in 2000, and her two daughters enjoyed their primary education years at the school.  Jo sits as a member of the Standards Committee, Personnel Committee and External Relations Committee.  Jo also co-ordinates the monitoring of English throughout the school.

Appointed 1 September 2018

Votes on all above committees

 

James Kennedy is the Vicar at St Mary's Church and is a Foundation Governor (Ex-Officio).   Having previously worked for ten years as a surgeon in Oxford, James is now vicar of Chipping Norton.  James sits on the Personnel Committee.

Ex-Officio Appointment when he took up the post of Vicar at St Mary's Church

Votes on Personnel Committee

 

Helen Perris  (To be updated soon regarding committees)

Appointed 3 February 2021 as a Foundation Governor

 

Daniel Lawson is a Foundation Governor. Daniel is a Maths Teacher at the Burford Secondary School.  Daniel sits on the Resources Committee and is the Health and Safety Governor.

Appointed 1 September 2017 (renewed 1 September 2021)

Votes on the Resources Committee
 

Ian Pearman is a Self-Employed Local Businessman and is a Foundation Governor.  Ian sits on the External Relations Committee.

Appointed 1 September 2018

Votes on External Relations Committee


Jenny Williams is a Foundation Governor and a retired secondary school Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) and mathematics teacher. 

 

Jenny is a member of the Standards Committee and the Personnel Committee.  Jenny is also the co-ordinator for monitoring Inclusion and Accessibility, Able, Interested and motivated (AIM), Child Protection and Safeguarding.

Appointed 1 September 2018

Votes on above committees

 

Denise Povey is a Foundation Governor and sits on the Personnel Committee.

Appointed on 27 March 2021

Votes on the Personnel Committee

 

Paul Wickham is a Parent Governor (voted for by the parents) with two children in school.  Paul is a Firefighter and he sits on the Resources Committee and the External Relations Committee.

Appointed 13 February 2019

Votes on above committees

 

Joel Marks is a Parent Governor (voted for by the parents) with one child in school.  Joel works in IT and sits on the Resources Committee and on the Personnel Committee.

Appointed 13 February 2019

Votes on above committees

 

Lisa Drinkwater is the Co-Opted Governor appointed by the FGB as the link between school and the Governing Body on External Relations Committee.  Lisa contributes to the input for the school PR and votes on this committee.

Appointed 28 June 2021

 

Miriam Elwyn is the Staff Governor (voted for by the staff) and Teacher of Year 3/4.  Miriam is the Lower Key Stage Two Teaching and Learning Manager (Temporarily) also the SIAMS and Worship Co-ordinator for the whole school.  Miriam sits on the Standards Committee.

Appointed 12 July 2021

Votes on the Standards Committee

 

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