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St Mary's C of E Primary School

Credenhill, Hereford

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St Mary's Governors

The formal Federation between the Much Birch Primary and St Mary's Primary schools in September we thought it would be helpful for parents to know that the Federation is called ‘The Grow, Learn, Flourish Herefordshire Partnership. Both schools retain their original title.


The first full governing body meeting took place on Tuesday 19th November at Much Birch School.


There is much to celebrate regarding the success of both schools. Early Years, KS1 and KS2 results were mainly well above national levels, which is a tribute to the work of our Executive Head and the staff of the schools across the Partnership. 

As a Federation we are focusing on reading and I know that Mrs Jones (DHT) and Mrs Ricketts (DHT) will be update parents on developments in this area in due course.

In October 2019 St Mary's was graded “Good” in their Church SIAMS inspection and Much Birch were also graded “Good” in their recent OFSTED inspection. We have the chance to build on these inspections to enable our children to flourish in their education.

There will be termly full Governing Body meetings and there will also be termly meetings for the Standards Committee, which will cover both schools.  We have decided to retain separate committees for resources and Wellbeing. 


List of Governors:


Chair:                                   Richard Wydenbach (Interim Role during recruitment process of Federation Chair)

Parent Governors:              Jemma Pattison, Jason Pacey, Nicki Taverner,

Staff Governors:                 Emma Weatherall, Charis White

Co-opted Governor:           Liz Merrick, Trevor Gregory,

Foundation Governors :    Mike Wilkinson, Revd Mark Johnson (Vice Chair)

LA Governor:                      Richard Wydenbach (Vice Chair)

Ex-Officio:                           Bernie Davies (Executive Head)

Associate Governors:       (Representing their schools) Clair Bishop-Miller (MB) and John Tolson (St. Mary’s), 

                                                Mrs Anna Ricketts DH Much Birch, Mrs Kim Jones (DHT St Mary’s) 



The Governing Body of St Mary's CE Primary School meet twice a term and is responsible for setting the strategic framework of the school and monitoring its implementation.  It acts as a 'critical friend' by holding the Head Teacher to account for the education performance of the school and its pupils.  The Governing Body also oversees the finances of the school; making sure money is well spent.


We have a vacancy for a Parent Governor to represent St Mary’s.  If you are interested please contact the Governors.


This is an exciting time for the schools. The Governing Body is committed to ensure the pupils in the Federation have the very best opportunities to grow, learn and flourish and achieve their potential.




Picture 1 Richard Wydenbach
Picture 2 Bernie Davies
Picture 3 Liz Merrick
Picture 4 Jemma Pattison
Picture 5 Kim Jones