The Governors oversee and facilitate the strategic leadership of the school. The Governing Body is drawn from the wider community of the school including parents, staff, and the local churches, with members also elected by the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education and the Local Authority.
Details of our Governing Body 2019, the Committees they serve on and their attendance at committees.
Full Governing Body meetings at St Mary’s are open to observers, in particular staff, parents, carers and pupils or our school. If you would be interested in attending please let our Clerk have your contact details a week before the meeting so that we can provide you with relevant papers. It should be noted that although you are welcome to attend this is purely as an observer and unless agreed beforehand there will be no opportunities for comments or questions at the meeting. If you do have an issue you would like to raise about the school and its governance, we are happy to hear from you at any other time. The best way is to bring it to the attention of either the Headteacher or the Chair of Governors. Both of these individuals can be contacted via our Clerk.
The Governors’ Fund is a charity set up by the governors to provide our children with additional facilities that would not normally be provided by Government funding. Projects vary considerably in size and the Governors try to ensure there is a mix in their spending between essential projects, such as roof work and window and door replacements and projects that will contribute towards enhancing learning opportunities for the children.
The Governors’ Fund has paid contributions that ensured that the three year programme to renew all flat roof areas in the main school building that were approaching the end of their life had gone ahead. Summer 2016 was another busy year when we saw the third and final phase of these works completed AND a new hall floor laid. In addition to this essential work, the Governors’ Fund has made significant contributions in 2016 towards the pond refurbishment including a new pond liner and decking and towards wonderful new play equipment. 2017 saw the Governors commit funds towards the new MUGA built in the Autumn.
In 2018, as we move towards the amalgamation with the Infant School, the Governors will commit funds towards major ICT Infrastructure renewals to help us to function as one, well equipped, school. After that we will again need to focus on a new programme of flat roof renewals – this time on the Infants’ building!
St Mary’s is a voluntary aided school which means first and foremost that your children benefit from an education with a Christian ethos. It means that we have more independence to make decisions which we think will benefit our children and that we can apply for additional funding from the Diocese. The Diocese fund major projects in partnership with schools where the school pays 10% of the cost, and this 10% primarily comes from the Governors’ Fund.
We are so very grateful to those parents who have already supported us, and in particular we would like to take this opportunity to thank those who give generously above the level suggested (you know who you are!) Without your support we would not be able to maintain and develop the school to the high level we currently enjoy.
All donations to the fund are on a voluntary basis, and any donation will be greatly appreciated. Please see details on the Governors Fund Letter attached above about the many flexible ways in which you can make a contribution which will make a real difference for our children.
Governors’ Business Interests
It is important that Governors are transparent in ensuring that action they take for the good of the school does not conflict with their own interests and commitments outside of the school. We are required to maintain a register of their interests and publish information about this on our website.
Please click here to view their declared interests.
Become a Governor
We are always interested to hear from people who are interested in becoming Governors. For further information contact our clerk.