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St Mary's C.E. Primary School

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Governors

All governing bodies of schools are called to act as ‘critical friends’ to the leadership of their schools, providing strategic leadership and accountability. This is focused on three key functions:

- overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent,

- holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and

- ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

 

The below document details further information about the governing body at St Mary’s, and details of its structure and responsibilities and its committees.

Claire Turner - Chair of Governors

Category of Governor

Foundation, Appointed by the London Diocesan Board for Schools

Additional Information

Chair, Senior Leadership Appraisal Group

Link Governor for Relationships, Health & Sex Education

Committee membership: Finance & Premises, Staffing Admissions

Declared Business Interests (15.11.2021)

Employed by Barnet Children's Integrated Therapies

Term of Office: 02.02.19 - 01.02.2023

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2020-21: 9/9

 

I was appointed as a governor of St Mary’s in July 2014.  As a parent of children at the school, and as a Christian, I consider it a real privilege to serve the school in this way, and to help develop its work and vision.

 

Professionally I am a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist with experience of working for the NHS in mainstream primary schools and special schools. My family and I are committed, active members of our church, All Souls Langham Place in central London.  We are delighted to be involved in a school which embraces and promotes Christian values.

I can be contacted via the school office or by email: chair@stmarysn3.barnetmail.net

The Revd. Nicholas Pye - Vice-Chair of Governors

Category of Governor

Foundation, Ex-officio, Vicar of St Paul's Church N3

Additional Information

Chair, Staffing Committee

Committee membership: Christian Ethos; Admissions, Pay

Declared Business Interests (06.01.2022)

Vicar of St Paul’s Church, N3,

Trustee and Director of the London Diocesan Board for Schools

Member of the LDBS Education Committee and the City and Diocese of London Voluntary Schools Fund     

Term of Office: N/A - Ex Officio

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2020-21: 8/9

 

Vicar of St Paul’s Finchley, one of the school’s two sponsoring Anglican parishes, I have been an ex-officio Foundation Governor since 2003. Prior to ordination I was a teacher for eight years, four years of which were as a member of a school’s Senior Leadership Team. As both a Governor and parent, I have a particular interest in developing the school’s Christian ethos and commending the added value of education in a church school.

The Revd. Philip Davison

Category of Governor

Foundation, Ex-officio, Rector of St Mary's N3

Additional Information

Chair, Christian Ethos Committee

Link Governor for Well-being

Committee membership: Standards & Learning; Admissions; Senior Leadership Appraisal Group

Declared Business Interests (16.11.2021)

Rector of St-Mary's-At-Finchley, N3

Term of Office: N/A - Ex Officio

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2020-21: 6/9

 

I have been a governor at St Mary's since September 2008 when I became Rector of St Mary-at-Finchley and ex officio Foundation Governor. Both my children have attended St Mary's in recent years so I have experienced the school as a parent too. I visit the school regularly and lead acts of Collective Worship.


Before I moved to Finchley I was for a number of years Vice Chair of Governors for the local Community Primary School. Prior to ordination I worked in local government as a systems analyst. I believe education is a vital part of the Church’s mission.

Stefan Roos

Category of Governor

Staff, Ex-officio, Head Teacher

Additional Information

Committee membership: Standards & Learning; Admissions; Staffing; Christian Ethos; Finance & Premises; Pay

Declared Business Interests (03.12.21)

None. 

End Term of Office: N/A - Ex Officio

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2020-21: 9/9

 

I have been head teacher and a governor at St Mary’s since September 2015. I first became a head teacher in 2008 and regard it as my calling to work with children and their families in this capacity. I have taught in Church of England schools in London since I have started my teaching career and as a practising Christian, I greatly value the opportunity this brings to express our faith freely as a school community. I also value the firm foundation provided by the ethos of such schools, not only in enabling us to teach the curriculum form our Christian perspective, but also to teach children about the love of God.

 

I believe that all of us have equal worth, and will therefore always do my best to ensure that all the children in our school have the best opportunities possible to achieve their full potential. I am privileged to work in such a wonderful school, where the hard work and support of all stakeholders in the school community have such a positive impact on what we achieve together.

Sukina Rizvi

Category of Governor

Parent, Elected by the parents and carers at the school

Additional Information

Link Governor for Pupil Premium

Committee membership:  Staffing; Standards & Learning; Senior Leadership Appraisal Group

Declared Business Interests (29.01.2019)

Parent of a child at the school

Term of Office: 23.02.2022 - 22.02.2026

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2020-21: 5/9

 

I was first elected parent governor in February 2018. I have been a parent at the school since 2015 and currently have three at St Mary’s (nursery, year 3 and year 5). As an experienced healthcare professional (practicing pharmacist for over 15 years) I have a strong interest in public health and am particularly passionate about the welfare of children. I have many years experience in senior management roles, enabling me to put people into the heart of everything I do. I am truly honoured to serve our wonderful school, by upholding its vision and values and helping deliver its goals. 

Gabi Brais

Category of Governor

Staff, Elected by the staff at the school

Additional Information

Committee membership: Standards & Learning; Finance & Premises

Declared Business Interests (07.11.19)

None

Term of Office: 22.03.2018 -21.03.2022

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2020-21: 6/7

 

As staff governor since 2018 I represent both teaching and non-teaching staff on the governing body.  My ties with the school go back to 2006 as both my children attended the nursery and school.  Prior to having children, I worked in the broadcasting industry as production manager of television documentaries and dramas. I am always happy to transfer this experience into the classroom when working on music and film technology with the children as well as looking at contemporary ways to promote the school .

Rebecca Atkinson

Category of Governor

Parent, Elected by the parents and carers of the school

Additional Information

Chair, Standards and Learning

Link Governor for Safeguarding

Committee membership: Admissions

Declared Business Interests (16.11.2021)

As a parent, I know various families at the school which is occasionally relevant.

Term of Office: 06.11.2019 - 05.11.2023

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2020-21: 8/9

 

I was elected parent governor in November 2019. I have been a parent at the school since 2012 and currently have five children at St Mary’s (from Reception to Year 6). I have a long-standing interest in children’s welfare, originally training as an Anaesthetic doctor specialising in Paediatrics. I care deeply for our school community and believe that all children, and their families, should feel included and supported during their education, allowing them to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Isaac Njoroge

Category of Governor

Foundation, Deanery Synod

Additional Information

Link Governor for Health and Safety

Committee membership: Staffing, Finance & Premises

Declared Business Interests (10.12.2021)

None.

Term of Office: 16.11.2019 15.11.2023

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2020-21: 8/9

 

I was appointed a Foundation Governor by the Deanery Synod of Central Barnet in November 2015. I worship at St.Barnabas church, Woodside Park. I am an Economist and my job over the last 20 years has been assisting developing countries improve on their national competitiveness. I am delighted that as a Governor, I will share this expertise and contribute to the enhancement of St. Mary’s competitiveness in all the areas that will make the School a great School in North London and in the country.

Nick Turvey

Category of Governor

Foundation, Appointed by the London Diocesan Board for Schools

Additional Information 

Chair, Pay Committee

Committee membership: Finance and Premises; Christian Ethos 

Declared Business Interests (16.11.2020)

Employed by Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Term of Office: 22.07.2020 - 19.07.2024

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year ‪2020-21: 9/9

 

I was appointed as a governor of St Mary’s in July 2020. Through my Church, I am a family friend of two families with children at the school, and my wife and I have worked with children on a voluntary basis for over six years. I am a lawyer by day, and I live locally. I am firmly committed to enhancing both the prospects of all children at St Mary's and the school's firm Christian foundations, and I am pleased to be able to help in any way I can in my role as Governor.

Julian Trevelyan

Category of Governor

Foundation, Appointed by the PCC of St Mary-at-Finchley Church

Additional Information

Chair, Finance and Premises

Link Governor for SEND

Committee membership: Christian Ethos

Declared Business Interests: 11.11.2021
Trustee of Avenue House Trust  

Term of office: 22.09.2020 - 21.09.2024

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2020-21: 7/9

 

I was appointed as a governor of St Mary’s in September 2020 by the PCC of St Mary-at-Finchley Church. I have close ties with the school as my son attended from nursery to year 6, leaving in 2018 and during most of that time I was PTA Treasurer. My background is in finance and I worked in the banking sector of the City for over 20 years. I am keen that all children of St Mary's have an education which develops their potential to the full but also allows them the confidence to enjoy learning. My outside interests are varied including spending time with family, growing veg on the allotment, playing bridge and campanology (you may have heard our efforts coming from the bell tower of St Mary-at Finchley!)

Stacey Hughes

Category of Governor

Local Authority, appointed by London Borough of Barnet

Additional Information

Chair, Admissions Committee

Committee Membership: Christian Ethos

Declared Business Interests: 28.01.2021

None

Term of Office: 21.12.202020.12.24

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year ‪2020-21: 6/6

 

I am a Christian and work as a minister with pastoral care responsibilities in our central London church (where we attend as a family). I have been involved in various ways over the years at St Mary's. I'm keen that all children, parents and staff are well supported and cared for during their time with us. 

Chris Huyck

Category of Governor

Foundation, Appointed by the PCC of St Paul's Church, Finchley

Additional Information

Committee membership: Standards and Learning, Staffing

Declared Business Interests: 25.05.2021

None

Term of office: 13.05.2021 - 12.05.2025

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2020-21: 3/3

 

I was appointed as a governor of St Mary's in May 2021 by the PCC of St Paul's Church Finchley. I have close ties with the school as my son and two daughters attended from nursery to year 6, starting in 2006 and leaving in 2018. My background is in computer science and academia.  I am the Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Middlesex University, and have been at Middlesex since 1998. I hope that all of the children of St Mary's will have an enjoyable and productive education that helps them develop towards adulthood.  In particular, I hope that they will enjoy learning both in and beyond school. My outside interests are varied including spending time with family, playing ultimate frisbee, and playing the guitar.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

Our Associate Members are appointed by the governing Body and all hold full voting rights on the committees they sit on.

They do not have voting rights for full governing body meetings. 

Andrew Hagger

Additional Information

Committee membership: Standards and Learning, Finance and Premises 

Declared Business Interests: Civil Servant 
Term of office: 17.11.2021 - 16.11.2022

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2020-21: 3/5

 

I was appointed as an Associate Governor in 2020 and am delighted to be involved in supporting the local school that both my daughters attend. I have worked in local government for 15 years across a range of roles, with experience in policy, innovation, climate change and governance.

Paul Mburu

Additional Information

Committee membership: Staffing, Finance and Premises 

Declared Business Interests: 21.01.2021

None
Term of office: 17.11.2021- 16.11.2022

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2020-21: 3/5

 

I was appointed as an Associate Governor in 2020 and extremely excited to be involved in supporting a local school. I am a Strategy Consultant, working across many industries from Financial Services to education charities, so hope to bring these broad perspectives to the Governance board. I am a Christian and a member of a local church, and firmly committed to contributing to upholding an authentic Christian learning environment for the pupils of St. Mary's.

Karen Smith

Additional Information: 

Interim Head of School

Committee membership: Standards and Learning, Admissions

Declared Business Interests (16.11.2021)

None

Term of Office: 17.11.2021 - 16.11.2022

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2020-21 : N/A

 

Yee Hew

Additional Information

Committee membership: Finance and Premises

Declared Business Interests (23.01.2020) 

None

End Term of Office: 01/09/2022

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2020-21 : N/A

Treasurer to the Governing Body

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