Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.
Governors at St Mary’s
St Mary’s is lucky to have a group of governors with a range of different experiences and backgrounds.
The Governors include parents, staff and people from the local community and the church.
The Governing body at St Mary’s meets once a term. There are three subcommittees that meet more often. These are:
Resources– looks after the budget and staffing
Standards and Curriculum– looks at what the children are learning and how well they are doing
Family and Community– looks at how the school works with parents and the wider local community
Who are we?
Eric Sorenson ~ Foundation Governor, Chair of Governing Body and Link Governor for Maths
Kevin Munday ~ Foundation Governor, Vice Chair of Governing Body, Chair of Resources Committee and Children, Families and Community Committee and Link Governor for PSHE and PE
Taryn McMillian ~ Parent Governor
Kirsty Joyce ~ Parent Governor
Richard Nicholson ~ Foundation Governor and Link Governor for Safeguarding and Science
Tim Dean ~ Foundation Governor, Chair of Standards and Curriculum Committee and Link Governor for English
Simon Harvey ~ Foundation Governor and Link Governor for Religious Education and Worship
Amy Rodwell ~ Foundation Governor and Link Governor for SEN
Kevin Munday (Vice Chair)
I have been a Governor at St Mary’s for three years. I am Vice Chair and Chair the Resources Committee, which oversees the school budget, premises and staffing.
Why am I a Governor?
In my day job I run a programme helping young people in the transition from school-to-work and I’ve seen the importance of ensuring that children receive a good early years and primary education that enables them to achieve their full potential. Plus it’s a great way of learning new skills and being more engaged in my community.
I have been a Parent Governor since May 2013. I have one child at St Mary’s in year 6 and another at an Islington secondary school. I currently work as a bookkeeper in the City but I also have experience of working in schools as a teaching assistant. I am often in the playground in the mornings, so please feel free to stop me for a chat anytime.
The Reverend Simon Harvey
I am vicar of St Mary’s Church on Upper Street, which first started our school over three hundred years ago. I’ve lived in Islington since 2010, having spent most of my life in the West Midlands, where I worked as an engineer in manufacturing industry before training for ordination. I still love discovering how things work and tinkering to make them better!
Why am I a governor?
The role of governor comes with the job of vicar and I think it’s really important to make the most of our very special connection. In the school, I am the link governor for RE and worship. I get to spend time with the children at school assemblies, which bring the perspective of Christian faith to issues that the children are exploring and are great fun too. In the church and the wider community, I enjoy doing everything I can to promote St Mary’s School, which I believe offers an outstanding opportunity to local families.
I have been a Governor at St Mary’s for over six years. I sit on the Standards and Curriculum Committee that looks at what the children are learning and how they are progressing. I live in Halton Road so getting to meetings is very easy for me.
Why am I a Governor?
I believe that giving children the very best education in the early years of their lives is very important and helps them to go on to make the most of all the opportunities they will have in later life.
I have been a governor at St Mary’s for 4 years, having previously been a parent governor and chair of governors at Canonbury. I am lead governor for science teaching and for safeguarding children: I studied science and medicine at university, and was involved in child protection when working as a doctor in child health.
St Mary’s Church appointed me as a governor, to the school it set up 300 years ago. As governors we continue a long tradition of providing a good education to local children. My current work is on climate change. It shows me that, if we are to avoid catastrophe in our children’s lifetimes, we must provide children everywhere with a really good education. In primary school they must be helped to learn the lifelong skills of questioning everything and thinking for themselves.