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St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School

Growing Together in Faith and Love.

About the Governing Body

St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School has a governing body consisting of 12 governors, these are the headteacher, a Milton Keynes Council appointed governor, two elected parent governors, a teacher governor and 7 foundation governors appointed by the diocese of Northampton.  


The governing body has recently undertaken a review and as a result of this has reconstituted.  The term of office for all governors is 4 years.


The full governing body meets once a term across the school year. In between these meetings the governors work via a committee system, utilising the different skills and expertise of governors. Each committee has a clear terms of reference and operates within a framework of delegated decision making. The headteacher sits on each committee.


There are two working committees with specific functions, each of which also meets three times a year.  These are:




This committee is primarily responsible for finance, staffing and premises.


Teaching and Learning


This committee is concerned with the quality of teaching and the school curriculum.


Our school community has always been keen to promote the strong catholic ethos of St Mary Magdalene school, to be involved in new initiatives and in shaping the future of the schools vision and aims.  Governors are very involved in these areas alongside the headteacher and senior leaders.  Improving standards and attainment are key areas for governors as we all work together to enable all of our pupils to fulfil their potential. 


The governors are responsible for staff appointments and participate in shortlisting and interviews. They agree and approve the key priorities of The School Improvement Plan, approve and monitor the school budget and ensure out statutory policies are in place.


We are fortunate that our governors are regular visitors to the school.  During these visits they talk to pupils, undertake learning walks, meet curriculum co-ordinators and follow up their monitoring visits with written reports.


A register of pecuniary interest is maintained and updated every year.  This ensures there is openess and transparency on personal interest.  It also ensures no governor benefits personally from decisions they make. These interests can be found in the table below. 


Impact Statement

The impact that governors have on the school is as follows:-

  • governors are aware of schools financial position and can make decisions in an informed and strategic manner.
  • governors have a clear understanding of financial regulations followed in the school and ensure the budget is managed effectively.
  • governors are able to allocate funds appropriately eg:- intervention groups, staffing.
  • governors can appoint suitable staff.
  • governors can support and challenge the headteacher about achievement targets.
  • governors know the children and staff.
  • governors monitor pupil premium spending to ensure effective use.
  • governors can agree SEN spending and effective allocation due to their knowledge of numbers and need.
  • governors are aware of safeguarding procedures, have undertaken training, they ensure policy and practice is in place regarding child protection and appointments.
  • governors undertake termly Health & Safety Inspections.
  • governors ensure 10% of curriculum time is allocated to RE.
  • governors monitor school website to ensure DfE compliance.
  • governors review policies on a programmed basis ensuring guidance is up to date.
  • governors analyse data, raise questions, challenge and hold staff accountable for school standards.


The school is a popular choice for parents with waiting lists in place across the year groups.


There are also a number of individual roles fulfilled by governors in addition to their collective responsibilities. These are:

St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School


Governing Body October 2023






Terms of Office

Register of Business Interests

Mrs Laura Maw



RE governor

Children & Learning



Mrs Jo Byrne


Mental Health and Wellness governor

Children & Learning



Mrs Mary Holland

LA Appointed

Admissions, RE, Performance Management



Daughter employed at the school

Mrs Rosemarie Jones


Child Protection  & Safeguarding

All Committees


Employed at the school.  Son employed at the school

Mrs Kathryn Williams



All Committees


Employed at the school

Mrs Faye Duncan


(Vice Chair)

Health & Safety and Art




Ms Joanne Farragher


English lead,

Development governor

Children & Learning



Mrs Stefania Ferreira



Children & Learning



Mr Edward SekpeFoundationNumeracyResource31/10/2025None
Mrs Kyrene PokuParentPE and NurseryChildren & Learning01/09/2026None
Ms Eleanor BarnesFoundationHumanities and FinanceSEN01/10/2026None
Mrs Colette LighthillFoundationPupil AchievementResources31/08/2026Employed at school
Mrs Claudia Cowap-WhiskinParentPupil Premium and ScienceChildren & Learning08/01/2027None

All governors have voting rights with the exception of co-opted governors.