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Friday 23rd March: St Mary’s Got Talent in the afternoon, FOSMS Quiz Night in the evening

Touch screen Chromebooks and tablets ensure our children have access to the latest technology.Our children enjoy exploring and learning in the countryside with our Forest School.At St Mary's we combine modern facilities and teaching whilst retaining traditional values.“There is a strong sense of nurture which leads to the provision of warm pastoral care”. Ofsted 2016.“Standards are consistently good and on track to become outstanding”. Ofsted 2016“Pupils behave extremely well. Their conduct is outstanding”. Ofsted 2016.


Governors are like a Board of Directors and make decisions about how the school is run.





The Governing Body is appointed to…



  • Think and work strategically to help raise standards of education and care

  • Critical Friend - support the Head Teacher and staff as well as challenge their expectations

  • Monitor and evaluate progress towards priority targets

  • Account to all stakeholders for overall performance and decisions made


 The Full Governing Body meets twice a term. Governors also each serve on one or two of the following committees:

  • Curriculum

  • Buildings (including Health and Safety)

  • Finance

  • Personnel. 

Individual governors also have responsibility for Child Protection, Special Educational Needs, Publicity and links with the Diocese for training.


How are the 12 Governors chosen?

At St Mary’s our Governors are nominated by the Diocese of Guildford, the local PCC, teaching staff and parents. They serve a term of 4 years, although they can continue for subsequent terms.

St Mary’s is a voluntary aided school, which means at least half of the governors must be Foundation Governors. Foundation Governors are representative of the Church of England, and are the school’s link with parishes, deaneries and the diocese.

Parent Governors bring the views of parents to the Governing Body, but they speak and act as individuals. They should not be thought of as delegates or ‘mouthpieces’ of the parents - they do not vote for all parents in general. They have equal status in the work of the Governing Body and have voting rights.

Further information about our Governing Body:


Governance at St Mary's School

Governing Body Details 2016 onwards 

Governing Body Details (November 2016)

Governing Body Details (October 2016)

Governing Body Details (November 2015)

Governing Body Details (September 2015)

Register of Interests


Who are St Mary's Governors?



 Mrs Claire Milne

Chair of Governors and Foundation - PCC Governor

Claire started off with us as a parent governor whilst two of her children attended St. Mary's and she is now our Chair of Governors.  She is a solicitor and part-time lecturer in law.  In her spare time Claire likes walking with her family but in quiet moments, likes nothing better than a big peice of cake and a good book.


 Mrs Jennifer Downing


I have taught in infant and primary schools in Surrey and Hampshire over the last 12 years.  I am delighted to have been appointed as Headteacher and look forward to continuing the wonderful work within the school and developing it further.

I live in Hampshire with my husband and two children.  In my spare time I enjoy swimming, holidaying with my family and shoe shopping!






 Mrs Jo Bridges

Teacher Governor


Jo has worked as a teacher at St Mary’s since 2010 and currently teaches Goldfinch Class and coordinates learning in computing, science and history. She has two children who have attended the school between 2007 and 2012. Jo has lived locally in Farnham since 2002. She enjoys cycling, walking, arts and crafts, reading and cooking in her spare time.


Mr Al Bird

 Foundation - Diocesan Governor

Al moved his family to Frensham in 2012 and became a Governor in 2013 when one of his three children joined Kingfishers.  He now chairs the Finance committee.  Al is managing director of a corporate training company with a focus on technology-based learning.  Originally from Cardiff, Al's primary sporting interest is supporting (Welsh) rugby and he also enjoys playing and listening to all forms of music.


 Mrs Elizabeth Hetherington

Foundation Governor

Lizzy has lived in Frensham since 2012 and has recently become a Foundation Governor at St Mary's.  She has a son at the school and a younger daughter.  Lizzy, an experienced secondary school teacher, is currently teaching piano at More House School.  She is a member of the Frensham Church bell ringing-team.


 Mrs Sarah Davies

Parent Governor

Sarah is an experienced key stage 2 teacher specialising  in Literacy and Music.  She has taught in both the private and state sectors and also been involved in training student teachers.  Sarah currently works as a supply teacher for a local school and as a marker of the key stage 2 assessments.  Sarah has two children, her eldest currently at St Mary's.  In her spare time she enjoys singing, reading, walking and running.  


 Mr Richard Wood

Foundation – Diocesan Governor

Richard is a Management Consultant working in the Construction Industry and has been involved at St Mary's as parent, chair of FOSMs and Governor for over 20 years. He has lived in Frensham for 25 years and his three children all went to the school before they all moved to Waverley Abbey. For winter relaxation he enjoys walking and reading but in the summer you will find him on the cricket pitch where he is a qualified umpire.


 Mr Tony Luff

Foundation—Diocesan Governor

Tony has lived in Dockenfield since 1999 and became a Governor in 2006. He is chair of the Buildings, Health and Safety Committee and has a son in Woodpeckers. Tony is a partner in a surveying practice based in Guildford and spends most of his working days in schools in South London. A keen sports fan Tony enjoys watching cricket and football and is a long suffering West Ham supporter.


 Rev. Jane Walker

Ex Officio PCC Governor

Jane is the Priest-in-charge of Frensham and Dockenfield, and Chaplain at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.


" Born in Bognor Regis Sussex by the sea a long time ago, I met Mark and had two glorious children who are now all grown up. I always thought I would be a nurse, (and indeed was one for 23 years specialising in Orthopaedics), before God surprisingly called me out of that into the Priesthood. I served my curacy in Alton before becoming Chaplain at one of the most special places in the world - the Hospice at Farnham where I have been for over 3 years now. I became Priest for the people at Frensham and Dockenfield nearly two years ago and love serving here! My hobbies are riding horses, music - piano playing and singing, calligraphy, walking, and entertaining for dinner. It is an utter privilege to be a Governor for St Mary's School - it abounds in light, love and fun with constant learning for all ".



Mr Mark Mulberry 

Parent Governor 

Mark moved with his family to Farnham in 2015, and has not looked back since.  The green open spaces and parks are ideal for bike riding, scootering and dog walking with the whole family - something they all love to do.  Mark has four children attending St Mary's and as such he was very keen to take an active role in the local and school community and one where he could apply his skills as  a local business owner.  



Mrs Kerry Weeks

 Parent Governor

Kerry has enjoyed a happy association with St Mary's School since 2008 when her eldest child started school.  Since then her other two children have attended St Mary's, her youngest is currently in Woodpecker Class.  Kerry also teaches part time in a local primary school and is passionate about the importance that the early years of education play in forming children's attitudes towards lifelong learning.  In her spare time she enjoys being a busy parent, spending time with friends and family and shopping. 



Mr Stuart Mathieson

Surrey LA Governor

Stuart’s family moved to the Farnham area in 2008 and to Frensham in 2013. He joined the Board of Governors in September 2014 when his twin boys started in Goldfinches. Stuart is a managing director at a specialist fund management group based in London. When not chasing around after his boys, Stuart’s interests include most sports, in particular rugby (he is currently a parent coach for Farnham RFC), cycling, music and cooking.

   Mrs Kate Parry-Shield

Clerk to the Governing Body.

Kate has lived all over the country but having spent her formative years in Farnham she decided to return to raise her daughter.  Kate works in the finance department of a local primary school and is an experienced Clerk to governors.  She loves to bake and delights in testing out new bakes on friends, family and colleagues!