St Mary's Catholic Primary School

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The Governors

The Governors of the Federation of 

St Mary’s and St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary Schools



St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Ryde and St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary, Carisbrooke are federated and share one governing body. Alexandra Pettitt and Rod Hodgson are the Co-chairs of Governors.  


The Instrument of Government allows for 16 board members which includes the 2 Headteachers, 9 Foundation governors appointed by the Bishop, 2 Parent governors elected by parents of both schools, 1 Staff governor elected by staff, a governor appointed by the Local Authority and a Co-opted governor appointed by the governing body. Currently there are 4 vacancies for Foundation governors, one for a staff governor and one for a Co-opted governor. The Governing Body aims to meet monthly during term time.


It sets the main directives, aims and vision for the schools, approves their School Development Plans, then reviews and monitors outcomes – both educational and financial.


The Board has three key roles:

Ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategy for the schools are clearly defined.

Ensuring that the Headteachers fulfil their responsibilities for the educational performance of the schools.

Ensuring the proper and effective use of the schools’ budgets.


Governors have a strategic role in guiding and supporting the schools’ work and encouraging further improvement. They are often referred to as 'critical friends', monitoring and evaluating performance, supporting and questioning the senior management team and ensuring that the annual School Development Plans meet the needs of pupils, and are delivered comprehensively.  As critical friends of the schools, governors should be able to recognise and celebrate success as well as ask questions.


The Governing Body also has a responsibility to account to everyone who has an interest in the performance and standards achieved by the schools: pupils, parents, the Local Authority, HM Inspectors and, as a Catholic school, the Diocese.


Governors agreed to meet more frequently as a full governing body and assign responsibility for key areas to individual governors, as well as keeping a Finance and Staffing committee to speed up decision making. The other committees are: 

Pay committee to advise on teachers’ pay

Headteacher’s performance management group (HTPM)

Admissions committee.


There is also a separate steering group for the Preschool at St Mary’s.

Governor Vacancies

We currently have vacancies for governors in the following categories: Co-opted and Foundation.
For further information please contact the clerk to governors, Mrs Jill Wareham.


Telephone 07841118995

Federation of St Mary’s and St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary Schools Full Governing Body Meeting Attendance Records for the year 2019-2020

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