Governance

School Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country. They have an important part to play in raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring and evaluating school performance.

St Mary's has an active and enthusiastic group of Governors, and everyone brings different skills and roles to the group. The Governing Board is made up of 12 Governors, and has the general responsibility to make sure the school is being effectively managed and is meeting the needs of children, families, staff and the wider community.

We are responsible for all teaching appointments and setting the school's budget. As St. Mary's is a church school, St. Mary’s Church and Guildford Diocesan Board of Education appoint most of the Governors. Other Governors represent the teaching and non-teaching staff, the parents and the Local Authority. A list of Governors and who they are appointed by is below.

The Full Governing Board meets four times a year, and each Governor also sits on at least one committee that meets half termly. We currently have 2 main committees: Finance and Resources and Pupil Progress and Achievement. There are also a number of other committees who meet less regularly to cover areas such as Admissions and the Headeacher's Performance Review.

If you have any questions or queries please email: office@stmarys.rbksch.org

The Constitution of the Governing Board

2 Parent Governors; 1 LA Governor; 1 Headteacher; 1 Staff Governor; 7 Foundation Governors Clerk to Governors 

Mr Jack Foster - Chair of Governors

I joined the governing body in September 2018 after seeing an appeal for new governors.  Following retirement I felt that I could make a useful contribution to our church school. I became chair of governors in February 2019 and am having to learn rapidly how a school operates.

I am a Chartered Accountant, and 33 years of my career was spent at two colleges in the University of London where I  was Director of Finance.

I was born in Chessington and have been Treasurer of St Mary’s church for many years.

I have three children who are all married and left home in recent years.

Appointed by: Diocesan Appointed Foundation Governor
Term of office: 16 July 2018 - 15 July 2022
Declarations of Interest: None declared
Committee Membership: Finance & Resources
Attendance 2018/19: N/A Committee N/A

 

Mrs Sara Carlton - Vice Chair of Governors 

I have been a Foundation Governor since March 2014. I currently work as a Deputy Head teacher at another Kingston school, where I have been employed for the past 17 years as an LSA, class teacher and now part of the senior leadership team. 

As a family we attend St Mary's C of E Church. During one family service it was mentioned that there was a vacancy for a Foundation Governor at the school. I approached Scott to discuss it further and put my name forward for the post. 

Both my children currently attend the school and it is hugely rewarding being able to be involved in the school; working closely with the leadership team to keep striving for the very best for every pupil. I am the Chair of the Finance and Premises committee, as well as being the Safeguarding Governor for the school.

Appointed by: Diocesan Appointed Foundation Governor
Term of office: 6th September 2018 - 6th September 2022
Declarations of Interest: None declared
Committee Membership: Chair of Finance & Resource, Safeguarding Governor
Attendance 2016/1: FGB 100% Committee 100

Mrs Samantha Vieitez  - Foundation Governor

I joined the school as a PCC Foundation Governor in January 2015 through my connections with St Mary’s church. For my day job, I currently work full-time in the City as Head of Human Resources and Facilities for a small international bank. I have been with the Bank for over 14 years.

I became a governor at the school because I believe that every child should be afforded the opportunity to experience the best education that is available to them and, having lived in Chessington for over 13 years, I wanted to contribute something back to the local community and to make a difference. During my first term of office as a governor, I fulfilled the roles of Co-Chair of Governors and Chair of Governors which has been both immensely fulfilling and challenging. I am now in my second term as a governor with the school.

Working with the dedicated team at St Mary's is an absolute privilege. I sit on both the Finance & Resources and Pupil Progress Committees. I am also the link governor for Maths and Health and Safety.

At home, I have a husband and daughter and pet tropical fish. In my spare time I enjoy a variety of sporting activities, gardening, cooking and socialising.

Appointed by: St Mary’s Church PCC Foundation Governor
Term of office: January 2019
Declarations of Interest: None declared
Committee Membership:  Pupil Progress, Finance & Resources, English and Health & Safety Governor

Attendance 2018/19: FGB  Committee 

Mrs Eleanor Morris 

I have been a PCC Governor since 2013. My husband and I moved to Chessington in 2003. I'm a full time mum of two children and work part time as a Co-ordinator for the YMCA breakfast and after school clubs at St Mary’s.

I previously worked as an Ofsted registered childminder and before having my children I worked in recruitment, office management and international customer services.

I applied to become a Governor at St Mary's after seeing the post advertised in the first news at church. Having children of school age I thought it would be a good way to learn more about the educational system and become more involved in school life.

Appointed by: St Mary’s Church PCC Foundation Governor
Term of office: 27 November 2013 – 26 November 2021
Declarations of Interest: None declared
Committee Membership: Pupil Progress, EYFS and SEND Governor
Attendance 2018/19: FGB 100% Committee 99%

Revd Scott Edwards 

As the Vicar of St Mary’s Church since 2012, I really value the strong links that exist between the School and St Mary’s Church. It has been a privilege to get to know the staff, parents and children of the school and to seek to play a part in helping the school to go from strength to strength. In my capacity as the Vicar of St Mary’s Church and as a School Governor, I am committed to helping the children to become the best that they can be by:

  • Encouraging the whole school to see each day as a gift to be enjoyed and embraced.
  • Inspiring in each child a love of learning so that they grow in wisdom as well as knowledge and therefore grow in confidence as they start to discover and develop their own special skills.
  • Forming a school community where our children grow in self-respect and respect for others based on our School’s five Christian Values of Respect, Honesty, Thankfulness, Kindness and Forgiveness.
  • Encouraging the children to be curious and fearless in asking big questions so that they can grow in their own beliefs and be open to learning from others.

As a Governor it is a joy to watch the children learning and growing during their time at St Mary’s and a privilege to seek to support the school and staff fulfil their vocation.

Appointed by: Ex-Officio Foundation Governor, Vicar of St Mary the Virgin parish Church
Term of office: N/A
Declarations of Interest: None declared
Committee Membership: Religious Education Governor
Attendance 2016/17: FGB 100% Committee N/A

Mrs Stephanie Playle  

 

Appointed by: Ex-Officio, Headteacher
Term of office: N/A
Declarations of Interest: None declared
Committee Membership: Pupil Progress, Finance & Resources,FGB
Attendance 2018/19: FGB 100% Committee 

Mrs Emmeline Lawlor 

 

Appointed by: Staff Governor, Deputy Headteacher
Term of office:  April 2019
Declarations of Interest: None declared
Committee Membership: Pupil Progress, FGB

Attendance 2018/19: FGB  Committee 

Mrs Gemma New

I became a parent governor in December 2017 because I am passionate about education and believe that the early years are crucial to a child's later academic achievements as well as the development of their social and broader life skills. 

I have over 14 years HR experience, with the last 7 years as a Diversity, Inclusion and Employee Wellbeing specialist, bringing a fresh perspective to the parent governor role. I wanted to become a governor to give something back to the school and the community and I am really enjoying this rewarding role. I am married to Fraser and we have two children with our eldest attending St Mary's. 

Appointed by: Parent Governor
Term of office: 21 December 2017 - 20 December 2021
Declarations of Interest: None declared
Committee Membership: Pupil Progress
Attendance 2017/18: FGB 100% Committee 100%

Mrs Tracy Bunting 

I’ve been a Foundation Governor since July 2018.
I became a school governor to learn more about the Education system and how to support all children to achieve their very best in a happy and safe environment.
Well being is very important to me, having two children at the school.

Appointed by: Diocesan Appointed Foundation Governor
Term of office: 16 July 2018 - 15 July 2022
Declarations of Interest: None declared
Committee Membership: Pupil Progress
Attendance 2018/19: N/A Committee N/A

Mrs Leisa Bovey
 

I am pleased to have recently become a Parent Governor.  I have two children and have lived in Chessington since 2012.  My eldest daughter attends St Mary’s and my youngest will follow when she is school age.  St Mary’s has inspired a love of learning in my daughter.  As a parent, I am invested in pupil progress and I have the desire to ensure all pupils feel supported in their learning and are offered the best opportunities to succeed. 

 

Appointed by: 
Term of office: N/A
Declarations of Interest: None declared
Committee Membership: Finance & Resources
Attendance      : PP   Committee

Mr Samuel Walsh
 

 

 

Appointed by: 
Term of office: April 2019
Declarations of Interest: None declared
Committee Membership: Finance & Resources
Attendance      : PP    Committee

Mrs Grisledis Kirsch
 

I joined the school as governor in April 2019. I am Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Japanese Culture at SOAS University of London, teaching Japanese culture, society and media. I was born in Germany, and, after living in Japan for two years, I moved to the UK in 2007 and to Chessington in 2012. I am looking forward to becoming part of the community at St. Mary’s School.

I became a governor because I strongly believe in equal opportunities for every child, with each getting the best possible education. As a lecturer, I know how important it is that enthusiasm for learning starts as early as possible to carry children and young adults through their educational journey. I have been working on student experience for several years and hope to bring that commitment to the community at St Mary’s.

 

Appointed by: 
Term of office: April 2019
Declarations of Interest: None declared
Committee Membership: Finance & Resources
Attendance      : PP    Committee

Mrs Claire Bentley - Clerk to Governors
 

 

Appointed by: 
Term of office: 
Declarations of Interest: None declared
Committee Membership: 
Attendance      : PP    Committee