Governors

 

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

 

Role

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

Meetings

 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 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

St. Mary’s C of E (Aided) Infant School, Frensham

Governing Body details for those in place for academic year 2019 – 2020

 

Electoral Division: Waverley West.  DCSF No. 3346

Governor Posts (following reconstitution 05.01.15):

7 Foundation (3 PCC, 3 Diocese, 1 Ex-officio)

2 Parent

1 Head teacher

1 Staff

1 LA

Roles and Responsibilities:     

NAME                          

Type of governor

DATE APPOINTED

 

END TERM

 

 

MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES 

 

Jennifer Clements

         

Foundation Governor

(PCC appointment)

 

28.09.21

 

27.09.25

Personnel & Safeguarding, HT Appraisal (Chair)

Emily Morgan

Staff Governor

(Elected)

27.09.22

 

26.09.26

 

Curriculum

Lucy Allan

Headteacher

(Appointed by the GB).

01.9.2023

 

Full attendance at all appropriate major committees

         

Anthony Patrick Luff

Foundation Governor

(Diocesan)

01.12.20

30.11.24

Pay, Buildings & Finance (Chair, Buildings). HT Appraisal

Victoria Goodlet Foundation (Diocese)

 

04.06.23

 

03.06.27  

Mr Matthew Joy

 

Parent Governor (elected)

 

 13.11.20

 12.11.24

Hon Treasurer, Pay, Finance & Buildings (Chair, Finance) SFVS

Rev. Jane Louise Walker

Ex-officio

11.10.11

 

Personnel & Safeguarding, Admissions, HT Appraisal

Mrs. Kerry Weeks

Foundation PCC Governor

24.04.24

23.04.28

Curriculum, Personnel & Safeguarding

Mrs Katherine Weavil

Foundation PCC 

Governor 

15.09.22 14.09.26 Curriculum

Mr Matthew Soden

LA Governor

05.10.22

04.10.26

Chair of Governors 

Buildings, Finance, Pay

Mrs Juliet Williams

 

Clerk

(Appointed by the Governing Body)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governing Meeting Attendance 2022-23

Governing Meeting Attendance 2021-22

Governor Meeting Attendance 2019/20

Register of Interests

 

Who are St Mary's Governors?

 

Mr Matthew Soden 
Chair of Governors and LA Governor

Matthew has lived in Farnham since he was young and whilst he missed out on St Mary's himself as a child, his two boys have benefitted from the experience.  Both have now moved on to junior school.  Forest School was a particular favourite of boys and father alike.  Currently Financial Controller for a communications firm in London, the opportunity to be in the great outdoors in this part of the world is something that he always looks forward to when he gets the chance.

 

 Mr Matthew Joy

Parent Governor

Matt has lived in Farnham since 2016 and has three children, the middle of whom is fortunate to currently attend St Mary's whilst the eldest is now at junior school and the youngest yet to join us. Matt works as International Tax Manager for a law firm in London.  In his spare time, Matt enjoys trying to be active, and whilst not always successful, manages to fit in some cycling and walking as well as coaching with a local junior football team. 

 

Mrs Jennifer Clements

Foundation Governor (PCC)

Jenny  has lived in Farnham since 2011 with her husband and two children.  Both her son and daughter enjoyed their time at St Mary’s and are now at local junior and senior schools respectively.  Jenny is a solicitor and works for an international engineering consultancy.  Her original background is in construction law practice, but being in-house she has to turn her hand to a variety of areas.  In her spare time she can be found at the side of a football pitch/swimming pool/ballet studio supporting her children’s various activities and enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling and attending the theatre.

 

Mr Tony Luff
Foundation Governor (Diocese)

Tony has lived in Dockenfield since 1999 and became a Governor in 2006. He is chair of the Buildings, Health and Safety Committee and his two sons attended St Mary's.  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 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."

Mrs Kerry Weeks
Foundation Governor (PCC)

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.  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. 

 

Mrs Victoria Goodlet

Foundation Governor (Diocese)

Victoria has lived in Farnham since 2018 and is actively involved in the local community through school, church and sports activities. Victoria spent over a decade working in financial services, with several years spent in France and Switzerland. Victoria has three school-aged children including twins and volunteers in the non-profit sector. She currently serves as Trustee and Vice Chair of St Peter's School PTFA and can often be spotted on a trail run locally!

Mrs Emily Morgan

Staff Governor

Emily enjoys teaching in Reception at St Mary's, which she does alongside bringing up her young family and renovating her house.  She loves gardening and walking her dogs.  Emily has a science background, and spent some years working in Vancouver. 

Mrs Katherine Weavil

Foundation Governor (PCC)

Katherine grew up in Farnham and after teaching in London is now bringing up her three boys here, benefitting from the excellent education available in the local area. Her eldest is now at junior school, whilst her middle one is enjoying St Mary's and her youngest set to join us in the future.   

Katherine's interests are theatre, walking and horse-riding.  

Mrs Juliet Williams

Clerk to the Governing Body

Jules has lived in Elstead since 2006 and became Clerk to Governors at St Mary's in 2019.  As well as clerking for St Mary's which she thoroughly enjoys, Jules clerks for a number of other local CofE schools as well as two parish councils.  Prior to clerking Jules worked in National Accounts selling premium fragrances.   In her spare time Jules loves walking in the local area as well as attending concerts and theatre productions.