St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary School

Governing Body

St John the Baptist Catholic Multi Academy Trust

St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary school is part of the St John the Baptist Catholic Multi Academy Trust, set up as a charitable trust limited by guarantee. It has a tiered management and governance structure, with the Members of the Academy Trust Company overseeing the strategic direction of each of its academies. 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. St John the Baptist Catholic MAT - Home (

SJB CMAT Useful Links

Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State for Education download.asp (, and St John the Baptist Catholic Multi Academy Trust's Articles of Association Draft Articles of Association (Based on East Anglia template - Clean Copy) (

SJB CMAT Policies St John the Baptist Catholic MAT - Policies (


The Governing Body for St Peter and St Mary Catholic Primary School (SMSP) and St Mary’s RC Primary School

Following consultation in the summer term 2023, a new structure of Governance has been agreed for St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary School, Gorleston an St Mary’s RC Primary School, Lowestoft.

There will be a federated governing body for both school, known as an Executive Local Governing Body (ELGB), supported by two committees known as the Steering Groups, one for each school.

The Chair of Liaison for the ELGB is Ms Beryl Edwards. The Chair of Meetings for the ELGB is Mr Simon Gilbert-Barnham

The ELGB for SMSP and St Mary’s is the tier  below the SJB CMAT Directors. As an Academy within the St John the Baptist Catholic Multi-Academy Trust the Executive Local Governing Body take on tasks delegated to them through the CMAT Scheme of Delegation. The ELGB is responsible for setting the vision of the school, holding the Headteacher to account for educational performance, and ensuring that the academy's money is well spent. The  ELGB take a strategic role, acting as a critical friend to the School. It sets aims and objectives and agrees, monitors and reviews local policies, targets and priorities. It is also responsible for organising admissions.  The ELGB achieves its role by appointing Governors to working on the steering groups that will specialise in specific areas and work specific to each school.

The ELGB at St Mary’s and St Mary and St Peter

  • Chair of liaison– Beryl Edwards (Foundation Governor)
  • Chair of Meetings– Simon Gilbert-Barnham (Parent Governor)
  • Safeguarding (includes Prevent) and Health and Safety– Donna Van Dame (Foundation Governor)
  • SEND & LAC Governor – Tom Langan (Foundation Governor)
  • Statutory Grants- Pupil Premium & Sports Premium-  Andrew Hughes (Foundation Governor)
  • RE / Catholic Life of the school– Janet Brooks (Foundation Governor)
  • Father Padraig (Foundation Governor)
  • Joanne Arnold (Foundation Governors SMSP)

Other Attendees

  • Helen Armstrong - Executive Head
  • Abi Goddard  & Ewa Parker - Heads of School
  • Kim Payne - CEO
  • Roger Higgins - Deputy CEO
  • Kate Lewis - Clerk to Governors

Governors that will attend the Steering Group

  • Abi Goddard  & Ewa Parker - Heads of School
  • Hannah MacKender - (Parent Governor St Mary's)
  • Amber Brooks - (Staff governor SMSP)
  • Matthew Evans - (Parent Governor SMSP)
  • Kirsty Gill – (Staff Governor St Mary's)
  • Mary Hunt - (Foundation Governor)

Information on Governors 2023 (1)

Attendance 2022-23 (1)

Get in Touch

If you want to get in touch with the Governing Body please hand a letter into the school office or email the Chair of Governors at

Head of School:
Mrs A. Goddard

Executive Headteacher:
Mrs H. Armstrong

Mr C. Lambert

01493 445 117



East Anglian Way
Great Yarmouth,
NR31 6QY