Paul Randall - Chair of Governors - Responsibility for Literacy, Phonics, Able children and Equalities
I became the Chair of Governors of St Mary’s during the Summer Term of 2014. I am married and have been for 28 years, I have two children. I live in Loudwater in High Wycombe and I am also the current Chair of Governors at Loudwater Combined School.
I have been involved in School Governance for just over eleven years and have learnt a vast amount in that time. I am incredibly proud to be a part of the team at St Marys and feel that the journey that we are on is an exciting one!
During the summer of 2013 I completed the National College Leadership Development Programme for Chairs of Governors and during the summer of 2016 I was designated as a National Leader of Governance. I have also completed my training to complete External Reviews of Governance. I am currently mentoring a Chair of Governors at another primary school in High Wycombe I am also chairing an Interim Executive Board for the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust, as well as this I am also an active member of a Chairs Liaison Group that meets termly to discuss current priorities.
Rev Graham Saunders - Foundation Governor - Responsibility for RE and Assemblies
I was born in Hertfordshire and grew up in the small town of Broxbourne where I attended St. Augustine JMI primary school and Broxbourne Grammar School. I became a Christian during my teenage years. My working life began as an Industrial Chemist working for Imperial Chemical Industries in Welwyn Garden City. Although I loved my research work at ICI my Christian Faith strengthened to the point at which I felt called to serve the Church. I left ICI in 1983 and studied Theology at Trinity College Bristol prior to my Ordination at St. Philips Cathedral Birmingham in July 1986. I served two curacies; my first at St. Martin in the Bullring in Birmingham City Centre and my second at St. Margaret’s Church in Olton, Solihull. I served as Vicar of St. Paul’s Church in Bedminster, Bristol for six years until 2002. I then moved to serve as Rector of Farnham Royal with Hedgerley. I am married to Helen, who teaches mathematics and I have two grown up sons, Jonathan and Ben. When I get any spare time I like to give it to my family. I enjoy sailing which helps to take my mind off work and keep me fit. I have been ex-officio governor of the school since I was appointed Rector.
The Reverend Gordon Briggs – Foundation Governor
I joined the School Governing Body in September 2015 and have taken on the role of Chair of Finance and Personnel Committee, including responsibility for Pupil Premium and Sports & PE Grants.
I bring to the school extensive knowledge of local government, charity and business finance and law, having been the Chief Accountant to a large London Borough Council in the latter days of my main career and currently as School Business Manager in a large primary school. I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. I have also lectured on business and accountancy in colleges and adult education forums.
My aim and responsibility is to ensure that the school operates within sound and secure financial procedures so that we obtain best value for money from our resources. There is an approved forward financial plan and constant monitoring of the accounts, so that finances are always linked to achieve the best results possible in the curriculum programme, in the maintenance of our premises, and in administration of the school.
Many associated with St Mary’s School will know me from St Mary’s Church, across the road from our C of E School, as I have been an Associate Priest there for about 20 years. Perhaps you were at a wedding or baptism [or even a funeral] that I presided at? Or maybe you have attended our special Family Services on the second Sunday in the month? All are very welcome!
I have been married for 53 years to Pat, whom many will recognise as Mrs Briggs, a former Headteacher of the School. I have three grown up children and four grandchildren of school age.
I have a great desire to see all pupils at St Mary’s able to fulfil their individual potential and the highest standards possible. We have a School vision and policies based on the values of Faith, Family and Future. Therefore I feel that all involved with the School – governors, teachers, support staff, pupils, parents and carers, must all work together to achieve those aims. I assure you that for my part, I will do my best.
Ruth Millson - Responsible for EYFS, RE & Collective Worship & Family Links
It is a real privilege to be involved in the life and work of St. Mary’s school as a Foundation Governor. I continue to be excited and impressed with all that I see and experience when visiting both staff and children and am proud of all it has achieved. I am committed to my roles within the school and enjoy working alongside hard working, caring and excellent staff. My experience as Head of Religious Education in an ethnically diverse large comprehensive school in North London and 8 years teaching in Mumbai, India is helpful in my role as a governor. I have also taught English as an Additional Language (EAL) to refugees and asylum seekers in North London who were sitting GCSE and A levels. Their ages ranged from 16 - 25 years and as well as teaching English as a separate subject I was involved in language support for several of the subjects they studied. Alongside this I trained teachers of EAL to work with older teenagers and adults while I was working in a tertiary college. More recently I have worked as a Human Resources Manager for a charity which sends professionals to work in the developing world. Since retirement and moving to Farnham Common I have joined St. John’s church, Farnham Common where I am actively involved. I enjoy walks with my black Labrador and go swimming when I can. Retirement has also provided me with the opportunity to travel which I love.
Governors’ Statement of General Principles for a Behaviour Policy
The Governors’ at St Mary’s Farnham Royal believe that high standards of behaviour lie at the heart of a successful school that enable all children to make the best possible progress in all aspects of their school life.
Here at St Mary’s, we value everyone as an individual, capable of growth, change and development. Our relationships are underpinned by the principles of justice, equality, mutual respect fairness and consistency. We have high expectations that support the development of our pupils as effective and responsible citizens.
The purpose of this statement is to give guidance to the Headteacher in drawing up the Gem Project / Behaviour policy by stating the principles that the Governors expect to be followed.
Good behaviour should be promoted through the development of a positive environment and ethos, together with high quality teaching and learning, the gem project which is embedded in the school and procedures which:-
- Encourage pupils to have respect for themselves, for their peers and for adults
- Encourage pupils to have a respect for the rights of others, including teachers
- Encourage pupils to have a respect for the property of others, including the school
- Encourage pupils to be accountable for their own behaviour
- Encourage self-discipline and self-control
- It is recognised that consistent use of reward charts through use of the gem charter should be encourage for persistent behaviour
- Strongly discourage aggressive behaviour of all kinds
- Place importance on reinforcing / rewarding positive behaviour rather than sanctions Ø Ensure fair and honest treatment and place an emphasis on attempts to identify and address causes for mis-behaviour rather than just treating symptoms
- Encourage the partnership between school and home through early involvement of parent communication
The Governors wish to emphasise that violence, threatening behaviour or abuse by pupils or parents towards the school’s staff will not be tolerated. If a parent does not conduct himself/herself properly, the school may ban them from the school premises and, if the parent continues to cause disturbance, he or she may be liable to prosecution.
Accepted by Governors January 2016
Bari Mujeeb - Vice-Chair of Governors - Responsibility for Development, Pupil Premium and Computing.
My name is Bari Mujeeb and I was honoured to be elected as a parent governor at St Mary’s in January 2013.
I was born in Wales to a Welsh mother and an Indian father and am proud of my heritage, but have now lived in the Thames Valley for over twenty years and so have an affinity with this area too, and now even cheer for the England football team!
I work in risk management for a global appliance manufacturer, putting in place measures to reduce risks faced in the course of business. My most cherished pastime is spending time with my family. I also enjoy travel and participating in various sports, although I have less time for either of these activities as my family has grown.
Through my experiences in work and my personal life, as a husband, father, foster parent, and active member of the local community, I hope that I have developed skills which will be of benefit to the school. I appreciate the positive influence St Mary’s has on my two daughters and am keen to add my efforts to the excellent work already being put in by the staff, other governors and parents to ensure that it supports every child to fulfill his or her potential. And my own personal wish is to help the school achieve recognition in the community as a beacon of both educational achievement and admirable values.
Matthew Scotney - Parent Governor - Responsibility for Maths and Data
Hi my name is Matthew Scotney I am a practicing Christian and attend Slough Baptist church with my family, Kathryn, Isaac and Joseph.
I work for a Biopharmaceutical company called Lonza Biologics which is based on the Slough trading estate. We make state of the art medicinal products for a variety of well know pharmaceutical companies which are used to treat a variety of illness from Rheumatoid arthritis to various forms of Cancers. I am responsible for the quality management system that supports the manufacture and release of products and ensures that the they meet regulatory and customer expectations. Ultimately this means that the medicines you take are safe.
My passion for St Mary's Farnham Royal was sparked the first time I set foot in the school during a parents visit when we were looking for a school for Isaac my oldest son and was cemented at the first Bonfire night I helped out at. The atmosphere has often been spoken about as being very special and I found this to be very true indeed. I am now very proud to be a Governor at the school and help to contribute to this atmosphere and work with a very dedicated group of people who want to see each child that attends the school flourishes.
I have been a Governor SMFR in various roles over the last 6 years and am very proud of what the school has achieved over these years and it has been a privilege to play a very small role in the changes and improvements that have occurred. If I could see the school achieve one thing in the next few years it to become outstanding in Ofsted’s eyes, not because it ticks a box, but because even now I believe that SMFR is a very special place to be and this would bring the recognition that the staff and pupils deserve.
Mrs Liz Glover - Foundation Governor - Responsibility for Literacy and Data
Originally from St Albans, I have lived in Farnham Royal since 2005 with my husband Richard. We have two young daughters, Lucy and Zoe. Lucy is a pupil at St Mary's and is really enjoying going to school.
We are active members of St Mary's Church and as a Foundation Governor, I hope to help bring school and the church community closer together.
I have worked in the motor finance/leasing industry since 1998 and I am currently Quality & Communications Project Manager for LeasePlan UK Ltd in Slough, which involves project management, planning, problem solving, people management and setting/achieving targets and objectives. I have managed large teams of people and lead successful 'virtual' teams on several high profile projects.
I have a vested interest in the success of this school as I wish my daughters to have a happy and successful school life, just as I did at my wonderful village school.
I am passionate about improving one's education at all stages in life and believe that if we give children the best start possible, this will reap dividends in the future. I hope all the St Mary's children will look back on their schooling as the 'best days of their lives'.
We have the following committees in place;
Full Board; when this committee meets its responsibilities are to ensure that a complete review of the work of the Governing Body is undertaken. Dates are planned to ensure progress and attainment re monitored by this committee. This committee meets once a term
School & Governing Body Progress; when this committee meets the agendas are normally set around the Ofsted headings, unless there are other priorities to be discussed, with a clear focus on Teaching and Learning. If needed other members of the SMT would be invited to attend. This committee meets four times a year.
Finance Premises and Personnel; when this committee meets its responsibilities are to monitor the budget and the DFCG, obtain a personnel update from the Headteacher and monitor the Premises management as well as Health and Safety. This committee meets once a term.
Curriculum and Pupil Matters; when this committee meets its responsibilities are to monitor all aspects on the Curriculum and Pupil Matters. This committee meets once a term. Members of the SMT attend these meetings.
Other working groups can be set up at any point during the academic year if needed.
None of our current Governors have any interests or relationships with school staff other than in their role as Governor