The Govenors of St. Mary’s C.E. Aided Primary School
I’m John Taylor, and I’ve been a foundation governor since 2008 and chair since 2010. I’m married to Janet, and we have a grown up daughter and grandson who live in Surrey. I’m retired, after working in the chemical industry in research, then in operational planning. I’m a Reader in the Church of England.
My other interests are in the Mission to Seafarers at Seal Sands, and more recently in the support of asylum seekers in Stockton, as well as anything to do with railways.
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.
I am Vicar at Saint Mary’s Church in the village and also at All Saints’ Preston on Tees in Eaglescliffe. I come in to school about twice or three times a term to lead Collective Worship (‘assemblies’) and I am involved in Godzone. I am married to Kathie and we have four children and five grandchildren. Three of our children, Anna, Nathan and Joseph are grown up now and live in Newcastle and Paris. Benjamin still lives with us in Eaglescliffe and is at Art College. 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 which is about the 26 reasons I believe God exists and Christianity is true.
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 Chair of Governors is Dr John Taylor and the Vice- Chair 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 of St Mary