Governing Board

Very sadly one of our Governors, Mrs Anne Clarey died on Christmas Eve.
Anne was a real pillar of the Stotfold community and gave her time freely and willingly to many groups.

As a retired teacher, she had a great understanding of the issues faced within educational environments and worked tirelessly to ensure she kept up to date with regulations and expectations. She could be relied upon to support in all areas of school life and her contribution to St Mary’s over the many years we knew her has been immeasurable.

It was a privilege to work with Anne and have her as one of our Governors and we will miss her very much. We all send our love and best wishes to her family and friends.

The Governing Board is composed of representatives of the local community, the Local Education Authority, the local Church and elected parent governors. There are currently 13 members.

The Government has given a range of duties to school governing boards and powers to carry these out. These powers include:

  • Deciding (with the Head) the aims and policies of the school, and how the standards of education can be improved.

  • Deciding the conduct of the school - in general, how it should be run.

  • Helping to draw up the school development plan.

  • Deciding (within set constraints) how to spend the school's budget.

  • Ensuring the National Curriculum is taught and reporting on assessments and examination results.

  • Selecting the Head Teacher and Deputy Head.

  • Appointing, promoting and supporting other staff, in consultation with the Head.

  • Acting as a link between the local community and the school.

  • Drawing up an action plan after an inspection, and monitoring how the plan is put into practice.

The Governors



Johnathan White

John Street

Robert Thornley

Staff Governors

Sam Bishop (Head Teacher)

Joan Welch (KS1 Lead & Teacher)

Debbie Flanagan (School Manager)

Foundation/Church Governors

Rev'd Bill Britt

Anna Matthews (Co-Chair)

Sue Steptoe

Parent Governors

Emma Garside

Louise Cavanagh

Caroline Chessum

Jilleane Brown

Others - Appointed Governors

Robert Thornley (Co-Chair)

Lorna Seymour