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St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is the trading name of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School (Academy Trust), Swindon, registered in England and Wales under 07697658, registered office Bessemer Road East, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 1PE

Would you like to become a Parent Governor?

What is a Parent Governor?

School governors are volunteers who help in the leadership of the school. Most schools work with a group of school governors - together they are called the 'governing body' or ‘board of directors’ (if the school is an academy). They get involved at a strategic level, eg overseeing the budgets and curriculum, rather than the day-to-day running of the school.

Governors also help to make decisions about the school’s long-term goals. At St Mary’s School, they support the Acting Head Teacher, but also ask questions to make sure the Senior Leadership Team is taking the school in the right direction.

St Mary’s School believes very strongly that it is important to have parents involved in the governance of the school, so please think about applying for the role of Parent Governor.

How To Apply

Below are the documents that you will need to apply to join the Governing Body of St Mary’s School.

The closing date for applications is Friday 3rd December 2021.

Click here for 'Letter to Parents'

Click here for 'Disqualifications'

Click here for 'Nomination Form'

Click here for 'Personal Statement'

Click here for 'Information about being a Governor'

Declaration of Business Interest

Amelia Penfold - Clerk to Governors

Clerk to Governors at:

  • Ridgeway School
  • Link Academy Collaborative Trust
  • St Catherine's Catholic Primary School
  • Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

Directors of St Mary's - our School Governors

School governors play an important role in the life of St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School. They provide strategic leadership and accountability and support the school in delivering its aims and objectives and ensuring the correct policies, plans and procedures are in place.

 At St Mary's, the role of Governors also includes the promotion of the school’s Catholic character and mission. The majority of our Governors are Foundation governors who are appointed by the Bishop and they are responsible for ensuring the religious character of the school is upheld and the school is run in accordance with Diocesan policies. 

 In addition to this, Governors are responsible for overseeing and agreeing the school budget, premises and admissions. Governors appoint and work closely with the Headteacher who manages these responsibilities alongside the day to day management and control of the school, delivery of the curriculum and implementation of policies on their behalf on a daily basis.  The Governors meet regularly to provide challenge and support for the school - they are the Headteacher’s “critical friend”.

If you would like to speak to any of the Governors about their role or their vision for the school or any other matter, please get in touch via email: Clerk@st-marys.swindon.sch.uk

The Directors of the Board of Governors 2021-2022

The directors of the board at St Mary's Catholic School 2021-2022Directors continued

The Directors of the Board of Governors 2020-2022

Attendance record 2021-2022
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