Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Paul Randall - Chair of Governors with the following responsibilities, Chair of Finance Personnel & Premises, Safeguarding Governor English, Spag, Phonics and PE
I first joined the Governing Board of St Mary’s in the summer of 2014, I am employed as a Materials Manger by one of Britain’s leading office furniture designers and manufacturers. Currently I am also the chair of governors at a Special School and Primary School in Buckinghamshire. I am also the current chair of the Buckinghamshire Association of School Governors; within this role I sit on Buckinghamshire Councils Side by Side Board and Buckinghamshire Councils Schools Governance Consultative Board.
Mr Bari Mujeeb
Vice Chair - Responsibility for Development, Pupil Premium, Data, Computing and Website. Linked to Year 2.
I have been a member of the governing body of St Mary’s for 6 years, first as a Parent Governor from 2012, then as a Foundation Governor from 2016.
During this time, St Mary’s has gone through many changes and I have been impressed, throughout, by the staff’s drive to innovate and improve the school, by the capacity and willingness of the children to learn, and proud of the governors’ role in this growth.
St Mary’s has achieved a lot in this period, but all of us recognise that there is more to be done. I am looking forward to being a part of this journey.
I currently hold the position of Vice Chair of the Governing Body, with areas of responsibility including:
- Governor Development (ensuring that the governing body have the breadth of skills required to support and challenge the school);
- Pupil Premium (evaluating the work of the school in raising the attainment and progress of children who qualify for pupil premium funding);
- School Data (analysing the school’s performance data to ascertain how well it is doing against its objectives for the attainment and progress of the children); &
- Computing (acting as a link between the Governing Body and the school’s Computing Leader, and monitoring the school’s delivery of this curriculum subject).
I completed the National College Leadership Development Programme for Chairs (& Vice Chairs) of Governors in 2016.
I live in Farnham Royal with my wife and two daughters. My eldest daughter recently moved on to secondary school, but my youngest still attends St Mary’s. We are foster carers for Bucks County Council. I am employed as a Risk Manager for a multinational company.
It is a real privilege to be involved in the life and work of St. Mary’s school as a Foundation Governor. In the years I have been a governor I have never ceased to be impressed by the skills, dedication and hard work of all the staff and the children are a delight. It’s a joy to work with staff and with fellow governors. My experience as Head of Religious Education in an ethnically diverse large comprehensive school in North London and 8 years teaching in Mumbai, India has been and still is helpful in my role as a governor. On returning to the UK I trained to teach English as an Additional Language working with young people and adults. I worked in a tertiary college in North London working with young refugees and asylum seekers helping to prepare them for university or work. More recently I have worked as a Human Resources Manager for a charity which sends professionals to work in the developing world; this involved training and selecting them as well as give pastoral support both here and in the countries they were working in. Since retirement and moving to Farnham Common I have joined St. John’s church, Farnham Common where I am actively involved as a church warden among many other activities. 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.
Mr Ian CopeteStaff Governor
I became the Teacher Governor of St Mary’s during the Autumn Term of 2018. I am married and have been for nearly 4 years, I have a daughter who attends St Mary's and I have taught there myself for the past 8 years. I have taught in Years 3, 4 and 5 in my teaching career and truly believe it a privilege to be able to work with children everyday and help them develop in confidence, maturity and wisdom.
I have learned a lot as a governor over the past year and I relish the opportunity to help the school to continue developing and maintaining its vision of Faith, Family and Future. I've always been impressed by the children at the school and the dedication all staff have in giving the best education and support to the children but also in how they support each other. I wish to help the school maintain the feeling of family that runs through it and makes it such a special place to be part of. I am especially interested in behaviour of our children and am consistently proud of the way they behave in school and out. As behaviour governor, I will strive to maintain the great example our children set for other schools and see how we can help and support those who find school life more challenging.
I am proud to be part of the school as a teacher, as a parent and now as a governor.
Mr Preston Brooker
I have just joined the governing body in summer 2021 after being asked many times by Liz Glover! I have just become at church warden again at St. John’s Farnham Common. Having been a member of multiple school Governing Bodies, I am experienced school governor. I am Borough councilor for Langley Kedermister and a Britwell parish Councilor. I am vice chair of Britwell parish council. I was mayor of Slough 2020 to 2021. I am retired transport manager
I became a parent governor in January 2020, just in time for COVID to hit! So far much of my experience as governor has been via Teams and I would like to thank the School staff, governors and leadership for the warm welcome and lots of support I have received during this time.
I work for a local Multi Academy Trust made up of infant, primary and secondary schools. My work is varied and interesting and has given me an insight into schools that is rarely seen from the perspective of a parent. This gave me the confidence to apply to be a governor and give back to a school that I have very fond memories of from my own school days. My daughter is in year 3 and I also have a younger son who is looking forward to joining his sister at school next year.
Revd. Chloe Willson-Thomas
I was ordained as a priest in 2010 in Leicester, and took up the post of Rector of St. Mary’s Church Farnham Royal in March 2020 just as the pandemic was taking hold. Prior to my ordination, I worked as a freelance classical singer and singing teacher based in the Midlands. Many of my singing pupils were children, who went on to gain impressive results in their singing exams. My previous church post was as Rector of a large and very ancient Saxon church in Northamptonshire—All Saints Brixworth, where I started up a Music Festival and ran a children’s community choir called “Singing Saints” which brought together both church and community. I was an active member of the community, and found my work as governor of the Primary School there rewarding and fulfilling. I particularly enjoyed going into the school to work with the children. I very much look forward to working with the governing body here at St. Mary’s, and the staff and pupils.
I have been a Parent Governor since 2020. I have a working background in school settings and encouraging inclusive learning environments. I am also a newborn and children’s photographer. Through Covid, I have developed an interest in promoting positive mental health in both children and their adults. I have two children who attend the school and throughly enjoying coming everyday. I look forward to working with the board and staff to maintain such a positive learning environment for all.
Anna San Jose
I became a parent governor in the summer term this year (2021). I have 2 children, my eldest in year 2 and my youngest in Reception. I was a primary teacher for many years and have experience teaching across all year groups. After my son was born, I changed career and now work for Every Nation Church in Langley as their Children's Ministry Leader, which I absolutely love. I have a passion for encouraging children to love reading and have this year become an Independent Usborne Book Organiser. I am looking forward to working with the board, staff and pupils at St Mary's.