The Govenors of St. Mary’s C.E. Aided Primary School
All governing bodies are made up of a group of people who have a particular interest in the life and work of the school. There are those who represent staff, parents and the wider community and in church schools, Foundation Governors representing the Diocese. In a Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, such as St Mary’s, the Governing Body has the additional responsibility of being the employer.
The full Governing Body meets termly. The current ‘Acting’ Chair of Governors is Keith Hissitt. The Governors perform most of their duties through the Resources and School Improvement Committees. These two Committees meet at least once each term, often twice.
St Mary’s is very fortunate to have a committed and hard-working Governing Body. Members are very conscientious and meetings are well attended.
Governors have recently completed work on the School Financial Value Standard (SFVS) and are working towards attaining the Governor Mark.
Governors recognise the support given to the school by the Friends’ Group. Their fundraising plus additional support from the Diocese has enabled the school to update IT equipment. This has greatly enhanced the curriculum for the pupils and eased the burden of planning for staff.
Parents will have noted that there have been changes made in school over the past few years to improve access for those with a disability and also to meet the needs of anyone with particular difficulties. The health and welfare of all staff and pupils is high on governors agenda and work is currently under way to produce the new scheme to meet the government demands of their Disability Equality Act.
The Governors openly seek the opinions of parents and children of the school and warmly welcome any suggestions or comments they may have. Contact can be made by speaking with the Head teacher, or to any governor, some of whom are frequently in school, or directly to the Chair of Governors.
Governing Body 2017/18
Head Teacher: Mr. D Moorfoot
Local Authority Governor: Mr. K Hissitt
Mr. J Clark
Mr. D Artley
Staff Governor: Ms. A Saunderson Darkes
Mrs. K Holmes
Mrs. C Knaggs
Rev. J Lambert
Mrs. K Snowdon
Mrs. J Lewis
Governing Body Pen Portraits
Kate Holmes I have been one of the Foundation Governors since my eldest child was in Reception. Two of my six children currently attend St Mary’s: the others having spent their entire primary school time there before moving to Egglescliffe Secondary School. I frequently spend time in school, where I am always made very welcome. I regularly visit the Key Stage 1 classroom (Years 1 and 2) where I enjoy getting to know the children as well as listening to young readers. It is this area that I have developed my role as a Link Governor, with a particular interest in literacy. I am also involved in other aspects of school life, including the Friends’ Group and the Choir. I feel I have developed a good understanding of the school as a result of the varied opportunities available to be involved in its day-to-day life, enabling me to assist in identifying and addressing challenges, as well as celebrating its many successes. 2018 it a time of change for the school, and I look forward to the exciting times ahead.
Mrs. C Knaggs I have lived in the village for many years raising my four sons who all attended St Mary’s and later Egglescliffe Comprehensive School. I am in my second term as a foundation governor and am currently employed by Stockton Borough Council as an auditor. Part of my job is to visit and audit schools throughout the borough which enables me to pass on information on good practices I have observed to St Mary’s. I strongly endorse the Christion ethos and community spirit within the school and do my best to support the staff to deliver the aims of the school through my role as governor.
Reverend J Lambert I am Vicar at Saint Mary’s Church in the village and also at All Saints’ Church in Eaglescliffe. I come in to school about once a month to lead Collective Worship (‘assemblies’) and I am involved in Godzone. I am married to Kathie and we have four grown up children (living in Newcastle, Norwich and Paris) and six grandchildren. I enjoy running, cinema and travelling – especially in France where we lived for 18 years. I have written a book called Believe It Or Not about the 26 reasons I am a Christian.
Kath Snowdon I am Kath and attend St Mary’s Church in the village. I have been involved with the school for several years as part of the GodZone team. I have recently retired after working with children in a variety of roles; After school and Breakfast Clubs, T.A. and Children’s Worker at Daisy Chain in Norton. I was also a Beaver Scout Leader for 15 years. I am married to John and have two sons and a granddaughter.