St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School Governing Body


Every school in Britain has a governing body to provide support for the headteacher and staff but also to be a ‘critical friend’ for its activities. It is charged with guiding the strategic work of the school and does not get involved with the day-to-day operation of the school.


The governing body is the school’s accountable body. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The governing body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being. The responsibilities of governing bodies have grown and schools are now accountable for children’s health and well-being in the community and for a wide range of extended services provision out of school hours.


The St. Mary’s CE School was set up under a Church of England Foundation which appoints three of the governors including the Rector of St. Edmund’s Church in Whalley Range. We are a UNICEF Rights Respecting School and the Governing Body of St. Mary's upholds the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Associate members (regulation 12)

Associate members are appointed by the governing body to serve on one or more governing body committee. They may also attend full governing body meetings. They are not governors and therefore do not have a vote in governing body decisions, but may be given a vote on decision made by committees to which they are appointed.   



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