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St Mary's C of E Primary School

Credenhill, Hereford

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Information about our Governing Body


Our Governors


It is important that governors act and are seen to act impartially.  In May 1996 the Nolan Committee published a report on standards in public life as applicable to local public spending bodies.  The report identified seven principles which should be applied in public life.  These are selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.


The means by which a self-governing school demonstrates this is by applying these principles by maintaining detailed information including a register of business, pecuniary and material interests.


Information on the Membership of the Governing Body of St Mary's CE Primary School

Reconstituted 18 June 2015


The members of our Governing Body are elected for a period of 4 years and are made up of the following:

2 Foundation Governors

2 Parent Governors

1 Local Authority Governor

2 Staff Governors (this includes the Head Teacher)

3 Co-opted Governors (formerly Community Governors and Parent Governors)

Total Number of Governors is 10


In addition we have 2 Associate Members who provide valuable support to the Governors at various times.


Who Appoints the Governor Categories?

  • Local Authority Governors are appointed by the Local Authority.
  • Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body.
  • Parent Governors are elected by Parental Ballot.
  • Staff Governors are elected by Staff Ballot.
  • Foundation Governors will be appointed as follows:
    • One Representative Governor appointed by the Hereford Diocesan Board of Education after consultation with Credenhill Parochial Church Council.
    • Either (a) the holder of the following office shall be a Foundation Governor ex-officio: The Principal Officiating Minister for the time being in the Parish of Credenhill. Or (b) The Archdeacon of Hereford shall appoint a Foundation Governor to act in the place of the ex officio Foundation Governor whose governorship derives from the office named in (a) above in the event that the ex officio Foundation Governor is unable  or unwilling to act as a Foundation Governor, or has been removed from office under regulation 23 (2) of the said 2012 Regulations.


The Head Teacher is an automatic appointment.  Associate Members/Invitees are allowed to attend as they provide valuable support to key elements of Governance.


What Governors Do?

  • They appoint staff to the school and are involved in their professional development.
  • They are responsible for the general conduct and curriculum of the school.
  • They consider cases of pupils who are permanently excluded from the school.
  • They approve the school's budget plan.
  • They provide information for parents, the Local Authority and OFSTED Inspectors.
  • They determine what goes on in the school buildings after hours.
  • They ensure all policies and procedures and standards are set out by the Local Authority and the Department for Education are adopted in school.


How Do They Do It?

Our Governing Body is highly active and motivated both in celebrating the school's successes and in concentrating on improvement.  All members would be expected to familiarise themselves with the school's strengths, weaknesses and targets for improvements.


The entire Governing Body meet once or sometimes twice a term usually at 4.00pm.  In addition Governors are encouraged to involve themselves in the school directly, perhaps attending a school assembly or event, accompanying children and staff on a school trip or simply talking to pupils and staff.  Governors also take part in a variety of learning walks across the school.  This ensures that Governors see the practice across the curriculum and learn more about the school.  Also they monitor or audit practice across the school, providing a 'snapshot' view at the time of the learning walk.  If you have any concerns or issues which you would like to bring to the Governing Body's attention, they contact the school office who will pass on any correspondence.


There are a number of committees:



This committee monitors and evaluates the use of all physical, financial and human resources of the school.  They also look at best value for money, ensure financial probity and that the school is sufficiently resourced.

Current Members: Mrs J Pattison (Chair), Mr R Wydenbach, Mr M Wilkinson


Standards Committee

This committee monitors and evaluates the standards of learning and teaching and the impact on children's achievement and attainment.  They also monitor how the school ensures that national, local and internal set targets are achieved.

Current Members: Mrs L Merrick (Chair), Mrs Davies, Mrs E Weatherall & Mrs K Jones


Wellbeing Committee

This committee monitors and evaluates the school's contribution to pupil wellbeing, parental and community engagement including the attendance, behaviour and safety of pupils, promotion of healthy lifestyles and contribution to the school and wider community.

Current Members: Mr M Wilkinson (Chair), Mr R Wydenbach, Mrs L Merrick and Mrs Davies.


Parent Governors

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


How do I Become a Parent Governor?

You, as a parent, elect Parent Governors for a period of four years.  Details of election procedures will be sent to all parents when vacancies on the Board arise.  All parents therefore have an opportunity to stand for election.