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Our Governors

Over the last ten years the responsibilities and work carried out by Governing Bodies have increased dramatically as “control” has shifted from Local Authorities to the individual schools.

 

In September 2015 St Mary's Church of England Primary School joined the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT) and became an academy.  Our governing board is known as a Local Governing Body.  The DEMAT has delegated responsibilities to our Local Governing Body; to find out more please see the Scheme of Delegation below.   

Meet our Governors

Paul Andrews

I have been Vicar of the parish church of St Mary the Virgin, St Neots since April 2008.  As St Mary’s CofE Primary Academy is the Church of England school for the parish, I hold my governorship ex officio.  That means that I am entitled to be a member of the local governing body while I hold the office of parish priest.  My original background and training before ordination was in music and I hold a PhD in music from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.  I’ve been a music librarian, research coordinator, musicologist, choir trainer, conductor and church organist.  I was ordained by the Bishop of St Albans in 2000 and served in parishes in Bedford and Leighton Buzzard before coming to St Neots.  I am a member of the Ely Diocesan Synod and was a member of Bishop’s Council from 2008 until last year.  I’m also an assistant diocesan director of ordinands, involved in the selection and assessment of candidates for ordained ministry. 

 

St Mary’s is a fantastic place and I always enjoy coming into school for collective worship, communion club, and our other activities with the children, as well as welcoming the whole school community when they come for school services in church.  I am committed to maintaining the close links between the school and the church that are such a brilliant feature of life here.  I am also committed to the caring, Christian atmosphere of the school - something that struck me from my very first visit, and which is such a precious quality.  We are all made in the image of Christ, to reflect his light and his glory – this is true of every person, child or adult.  I hope that St Mary’s Church and St Mary’s CofE Primary Academy will continue to work together to enrich the children’s learning experience, as part of our commitment to the holistic educational, physical and spiritual welfare of the children in our care.  As a priest and pastor, I see my role within a society and educational system that focuses obsessively on the techniques and measurable outcomes of education, to make sure that we do not lose sight of its fundamental meaning and purpose.

 

Meanwhile, with my wife Judy, I enjoy walking the dog. 

 

David Gill

I am one of the Foundation Governors appointed by the Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust; St Mary’s CofE Primary Academy is a Church of England school.  As both a former pupil and the parent of three former pupils, two of whom have gone on to study for degrees, I have a keen interest in the school.  I have been a governor at St Mary’s for fifteen years.  I currently sit on the Resources, Personnel and Premises committee.

 

I am an engineer with a background in developing complex machining process and try to bring experience and perspective from outside of education. 

 

Jane Jarvis

I was born in St Neots and have lived here all my life, having had no reason to leave our lovely town. Once I finished school I worked in banking in St Neots and then left to have my family. I have 2 grown up boys who have both developed into responsible young men one of whom is a teacher himself. I am a member of St Neots Parish church and attend regular worship. As a parent I want to be able to contribute to the governing body by asking questions from an alternative viewpoint.

 

Jenny McLeod

I have lived and worked in the St Neots area for over forty years. I am now retired from a career in education where I worked with the very youngest children as a teacher and an Early Years Specialist Support Teacher. I have also worked for the Local Authority as a mentor and adviser to the non-maintained sector.

 

I am a regular member of the congregation of St Mary’s Church St Neots. I am married to John and we have two grown up daughters.

 

John McLeod

I have lived and worked in the local area for forty-four years. I spent twenty-three of those in secondary education, as a classroom teacher, deputy head and head. I also spent fifteen years as an advisor/manager to schools across much of the county. Now retired from fulltime work I am still passionate about education and wish to use my experience serving on the governing body of St Mary’s to help to ensure the very best education for its young people. Although I have been a governor of the school in the past, I rejoined the governing body of the new academy in the Autumn of 2016 after a two year break following serious illness. I am married to Jenny who joined the governing body with me. We have two children who both went to primary and secondary school in St Neots.

 

Clare Robinson

I initially qualified as a Primary Teacher in 2008 after training on a four year Bachelor of Education with Honors course at DeMontfort University in Bedford. I began my career in upper Key Stage 2 and moved into lower Key stage 2 before going on maternity leave in 2012. Upon my return from maternity leave I began a teaching role in Key Stage 1 and eventually became English and Key Stage 1 Lead for the school. Since beginning my teaching career I have got married and now have a four year daughter who will be starting Primary School in September. I am passionate about education and teaching young people, as well as helping to play an important role in the development of the whole school and the ongoing professional development of colleagues. I thoroughly enjoy being a member of the Governing body at St Marys, seeing the hard work that goes on behind the scenes and playing my part in driving the school forward.

 

Judy Ruff

I joined the Academy Local Governor Board in March 2016.  My background is in education.  I have had two primary headships, one in a village and the other in an urban setting.  I also worked in the Bedfordshire School Improvement Team as a primary adviser.  I now work as an independent education consultant and continue to work in the field of school improvement.  I worship at St Mary’s Parish Church, St Neots, where I am a member of the Parochial Church Council.

 

Robert Sibson

I am a retired vicar living in Offord D’Arcy but worshipping at St Mary’s, St Neots.  I grew up in and around Cambridge before training as a teacher at St John’s College, York.  I subsequently spent 10 years teaching 11-18 year olds in two Comprehensive Schools in Harlow, Essex before leaving teaching to train as a Priest in the Church of England.

 

Following my training in Salisbury, I returned to the St Albans Diocese where I served for over 30 years in parishes in Watford, Welwyn Garden City, Biggleswade and Sawbridgeworth.  During that 30 years I was a school governor in both Church and State primary, lower or middle schools; for much of the time as chair or vice-chair.  For over 30 years I was a member of the St Albans Diocesan Board of Education; for a significant period chairing their schools committee and acting as vice-chair of the Board.  I am a Canon Emeritus of St Albans Cathedral.

 

I am married with 3 children all of whom are married and we have 6 grandchildren ranging from pre-school to studying for GCSEs.  In addition to enjoying time with my grandchildren, I enjoy singing, gardening and DIY.  I am still active in taking services when required and continuing my lifelong interest in the education of children and young people.

 

Nikki Vaudin

I've worked at St Mary's as a Teaching Assistant for eleven years and have been a governor for about six years.  I'm a member of the Resources Committee and have just become responsible for health and safety as a governor.  I enjoy working at St Mary's and am very committed to our children, their welfare and their education.  As from September I am taking on the role of Inclusion Worker.  I have two boys aged 13 and 16.  I enjoy socialising with friends, going to the theatre and spending time with my family.

 

Carol Way

I have lived in St Neots for over thirty years and have two grown up daughters and two granddaughters.  I am a member of St Neots Parish church and am also on the PCC.  I have always worked in education, both as a teacher in secondary schools, and more recently for Cambridgeshire County Council working on Behaviour Support and Inclusion. St Marys is a lovely caring and inclusive environment with a Christian ethos and I look forward to getting to know the staff, children, and families to support the great work the school is doing.

 

David Wells

I have lived in St Neots with Lynn, my wife, since 2010. We have two grown up children and a less grown up labrador. All my family and I received good state education and I am passionate that all children should receive the same benefit. I am a member of St Mary’s Church and previously served as a school governor for 10 years at Bassingbourn Village College in Cambridgeshire. My professional background is in finance and technology. My other interests include St Neots Town Council, Love’s Farm Community Association, walking, history and railways.

 

 

Each Governor serves a term of four years and is expected to sit on one of the committees:
School Improvement and Standards (Curriculum) or Resources (Finance, Premises and Personnel).  These committees in turn report back to the Local Governing Body which meets once each half term.  Each governor also has responsibility for an area or the curriculum and/or is linked to an individual class. 

 

The Governors’ task is to set strategy and policy, to ensure that things are running smoothly, to provide support and encouragement and to offer a sympathetic but critical ear.  To learn more about the role of governors, please read our ‘Governor Code of Conduct’ below.

Governor Code of Conduct

Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to both their school and the wider community.  In line with statutory guidance, governors are required to publish information about themselves which must include their category of governor, which body appoints them, their term of office, names of any committees they serve on and any positions of responsibility (ie. chair or vice chair).  They must also publish any relevant business interests, details of any other educational establishments they govern and any relationships between governors, ie. spouses.  Governors must also publish their attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year.  Please find below the relevant information for governors at St Mary’s Church of England Primary Academy. 

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