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Our Governors

LGB Minutes:

Our minutes are all on GovernorHub and our clerk has access to them if required.


If you maybe interested in becoming a school Governor, please contact the Headteacher or the Chair of Governors who would warmly welcome your interest and share with you the exciting role of school governance. 


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.  For more information about DEMAT please click here.

Governor Vacancies

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Meet our Governors


Nikki Browne

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.


Father Paul Hutchinson


I came to St Neots in early 2020 as Rector of both St Neots Parish Church and St Mary’s Eynesbury, having worked previously in the North East and Cumbria. In my last post near Teesside I spent nine years as a secondary school governor, latterly as a director of a small multi academy trust; before that, in Cumbria, I was a governor of a large church junior school, and a member of that Diocesan Board of Education. Having also been chaplain of a University with a School of Education, with teachers in the older generation of my family, and seeing two children though to university, I’ve had a long interest in education at all levels. Before ordination, half a lifetime ago, I worked as a solicitor in Newcastle – and apart from matters religious, I have a particular love of History, English, and Music.


Judy Ruff (Chair)

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.


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.

Scheme of Delegation

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.