Our Governing Body

The governing body exists to help St Mary’s RC Primary School, Richmond improve and provide the best possible education for its pupils.

The board of governors is made up parents, school staff, and representatives of the Local Authority and members of the local parish community.

We play three key roles – to provide a strategic overview, to act as a critical friend to the school and to ensure accountability.

The head teacher provides us with regular reports about the school and we hold regular meetings, as a body and in separate committees. Together we form a corporate body with a clear division of responsibilities and duties. Our responsibilities include:

  • Helping to set standards and targets for performance for the school.
  • Having an overview of the curriculum.
  • Helping to set policies for ourself and the school.
  • Delivering effective planning including financial and personnel planning.

Below you can see the structure of our committees and individual governor roles. The Terms of Reference define the role and responsibilities of each committee.

We aim to know and support the school, and to act as a critical friend. If you would like to contact any of the governors please contact the school who will pass on your message.

The headteacher is always a member of the governing body, along with two members of staff – one representing the teaching staff and the other support staff.

The governing body also has one parent governor (who is elected by the parents) and a governor nominated by the local authority (North Yorkshire County Council in our case).

The remaining six governors are appointed by the Diocese of Middlesbrough, usually on the recommendation of our parish priest, Father Dan O’Neill.The governing body also has a clerk, who doesn’t vote but does keep the minutes of all governing body meetings.

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Board

Governing Body Membership

NameRoleStart DateTerm of Office expiresAppointed byBusiness Interests% Attendance at meetings 16-17Contact
Mrs K Whitehead Head TeacherSept 2016N/AN/Aadmin@st-marysrc-pri.n-yorks.sch.uk
Mrs A White Chair, Foundation GovernorJun 2022Bishop of MiddlesbroughTeacher at Bedale CP School100%admin@st-marysrc-pri.n-yorks.sch.uk
Fr D O’NeillFoundation GovernorApr 2018Bishop of Middlesbrough43%admin@st-marysrc-pri.n-yorks.sch.uk
Mrs D King Vice Chair, Foundation GovernorFeb 2019Bishop of Middlesbrough100%admin@st-marysrc-pri.n-yorks.sch.uk
Mr P Bennett Foundation GovernorMar 2016Mar 2020Bishop of Middlesbrough100%admin@st-marysrc-pri.n-yorks.sch.uk
Miss S Fautley Staff Sept 2015Sept 2019Staff100%admin@st-marysrc-pri.n-yorks.sch.uk
Mrs K JessopParent GovernorJul 2016Jul 2020Parents57%admin@st-marysrc-pri.n-yorks.sch.uk
Mrs J Leighton Parent GovernorParentsadmin@st-marysrc-pri.n-yorks.sch.uk
Mrs B PreeceFoundation GovernorBishop of Middlesbrough
Julie DoyleClerk to Governorsjulie.doyle@northyorks.gov.uk
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