St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary School

Governing Body

Parent Governor Vacancy - NO VACANCIES AT PRESENT

I am writing to inform you that there are two vacancies on our school’s Governing Body for a parent governors. We are seeking nominations for parents interested in taking up this role. Parent governors are elected by the parents or carers of children attending the school. All parents or carers of children attending the school are entitled to propose or second candidates and vote.

Nomination papers for this purpose and relevant notes can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. If you would like a paper copy of these documents, then please contact school reception. New governors will be the subject of a vetting procedure before confirmation of their appointment.

The completed nomination papers must be returned to St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary School, marked ‘Parent Governor’ by: N/A

If a ballot is necessary, it will be by “postal” ballot and your child will be asked to deliver and return your voting (ballot) paper. One ballot paper per parent or carer is allowed, irrespective of how many of your children attend the school. Ballot papers must be returned in sealed envelopes to the school no later than N/A which will be the 'date of the election' if necessary.

Being a governor can be very enjoyable and worthwhile. More information is given in the notes on the website, and you are advised to read them carefully before taking part in the election.

Thank you for your interest and involvement in this important process. If you have any queries regarding this election, please contact me at the school.

Yours sincerely,

Priscilla Crane
Executive Headteacher

SMSP Governor Attendance Grid

Governance Impact Statement

CMAT Code of Conduct Policy

The Role of the School Governor



We have an extremely dedicated and committed governing body who work tirelessly for the benefit of all within the school community.  Each governor has their own individual role and responsibility which they fulfill in many different ways.  Each class has a governor buddy who regularly visits school to support the children in their learning.

The role of the Governors and attendance

Governors are the school’s critical friends. We work closely with the Headteacher and the staff, providing support and challenge to ensure the best possible education for every child in our school. We have three key roles:

1. Setting a clear vision and ethos for the school, and providing strategic direction;

2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school, the attainment of our pupils, and the performance management of our staff; and,

3. Overseeing the school’s financial arrangements, and making sure its money is well spent.

We are also responsible for the wide range of policies that every school must have in place. Our own behaviour is governed by a Code of Conduct which you can see here .

We meet as a Full Governing Body four times per year. The attendance of all governors can be viewed in the document above entitled SMSP Governor Attendance Grid. You are welcome to view minutes of our recent meetings which are available in the school office.


We work through a system of committees, which meet regularly and report back to Full Governing Body meetings. These committees are:

Standards Committee which reviews the school curriculum, the quality of teaching and assessment, tracks and sets targets for attainment across the school, and ensures that the school provides a broad and balanced curriculum.  This committee also ensures that the Catholic distinctiveness of the school is maintained and enhanced. In addition, this committee focuses on the well-being, behaviour and safety of our children, and communication with our parents and the wider community.

Strategy Committee which ensures that the school’s finances and resources are managed effectively in line with the school’s priorities, and reviews the school’s budget and financial procedures and controls.  In addition, this committee reviews the school’s work, and use of external funding (including Pupil Premium funding), to meet the needs of disadvantaged pupils, the most able, lower-attaining pupils, and those with a Special Educational Need.  Finally, this committee deals with staff appointment, pay and professional development, and addresses any personnel issues.

Link roles

Each governor is also linked to a class in the school and visit these classes regularly to gather a broader perspective of how children learn in our school and help children develop a deeper knowledge of the role of school governors.

Visiting the school and keeping informed

Our governors also hold special link roles, working closely with the school on particular areas, such as safeguarding or equality issues.  Each governor will carry our a monitoring visit, usually termly and meet with the school leader responsible for standards and improvement in that specific area.

Governor Learning Visits

Each term, the governors hold a monitoring day which allows them to collectively focus on one specific aspect of the school, such as behaviour or children's independent learning skills, and gather information about the effectiveness of the school in this area.  Their conclusions are used to review school improvements and challenge school leaders regarding the next steps that need to be taken for further improvement.

We also stay up to date by accessing information, advice and training on issues that we feel we need to know more about. Some of our members also attend meetings for local governors held by the Diocese of East Anglia or the Local Authority (Norfolk County Council), which help us to keep informed and allow us to learn what governors in other schools are doing.

Governing Body

The Local Governing Body for St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary school is made up of volunteers who bring a broad range of skill sets to help oversee the leadership and management of the school.  The composition of the LGB is made up of:

  • Foundation governors – who are appointed by either the Diocese or the local church.
  • Parent governors – who are elected by the parents to be representative of the parent body.
  • Staff governors – who include the head, teaching and non-teaching staff.
  • Local education authority (LEA) governors – who are appointed by the local authority that maintains the school.
  • Associate members – who are not governors, but can be appointed by the governing body to serve on one or more governing body committees, and attend full governing body meetings.

Our Chair of Governors is Mr John Harris. If you would like to speak with him, please contact the school office and the office team will arrange an appointment for you.

As St Mary and St Peter is part of St John the Baptist Catholic MAT our members, Trustees and Directors information is kept up to date on our MAT website. A link for the website is here.

The current Governing Body is made up of the following individuals who give up their time on a voluntary basis:


Name Date of appointment Term of Office & date stepped down

(if applicable)

Appointed by Register of interests LGB Roles & Committee membership
Mrs Judith Daniels

Foundation Governor

Judith Daniels - profile

19/01/15 31/12/2022 Diocese of East Anglia No interests Link Governor for English and Curriculum

Standards Committee

Mrs Maureen Dunhill

Foundation Governor

Maureen Dunhill Governor Profile

01/03/15 28/02/2023 Diocese of East Anglia No interests  

Vice Chair of Governors

Link Governor for Inclusion & SEND and EYFS

Standards Committee

Mr John Harris

Foundation Governor

John Harris - profile

If you would like to speak with the Chair, please contact the school office.

01/11/10 30/10/2022 Diocese of East Anglia No Interests CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

Link Governor for Safeguarding and Pupil Premium

Strategy Committee

Mr Pieter Booyens

Foundation Governor

 01/01/16 31/12/2023 Diocese of East Anglia  No interests Link Governor for Finance and H&S

Strategy Committee

Mr Simon Gilbert-Barnham

Parent Governor

S Gilbert-Barnham - profile

17/11/19 16/11/2023 Elected by the parents of the school Principal Governor of Ormiston Venture Academy Link Governor for Mathematics

Strategy Committee


Miss Danielle Melton

Staff Governor

01 / 09 / 19 31/08/2023 Staff  No interests Standards Committee
Mrs Helen Armstrong 28/02/2022  N/A  Executive Headteacher No interests N/A
Fr Anthony Nwankwo

Foundation Governor

01/04/2018 31/03/2022 Diocese of East Anglia  No interests Link Governor for RE

Standards Committee

Head of School:
Mrs A. Goddard

Executive Headteacher:
Mrs H. Armstrong

Miss F. Ridgwell

01493 445 117



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