Governors

All governing bodies of schools are called to act as ‘critical friends’ to the leadership of their schools, providing strategic leadership and accountability. This is focused on three key functions:

  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent,
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and
  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

The below document details further information about the governing body at St Mary’s, and details of its structure and responsibilities and its committees.

Current members

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Claire Turner - Chair of Governors

Claire Turner – Chair of Governors

I was appointed as a governor of St Mary’s in July 2014. As a parent of children at the school, I consider it a real privilege to serve the school in this way, and to help develop its work and vision.

I am a member of a church in Central London, and professionally I work as a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist. In my spare time I enjoy reading, Pilates and cooking (eating) nice food.

I can be contacted via the school office, chair@stmarysn3.barnetmail.net.

Category of Governor: Foundation, Appointed by the London Diocesan Board for Schools

Additional Information: Chair of Governors

Committee membership:
Resources; Pay; Senior Leadership Appraisal Group (Chair);
Link Governor for Relationships, Health & Sex Education

Declared Business Interests: (12.11.2023)
Employed by Whittington health NHS Trust, Barnet children’s integrated therapies.

Date of appointment: 02.11.2015

Term of Office: 15.11.22 – 14.11.2026

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
5/5

Attendance at Committee meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
Resources: 6/6
Senior Leadership Appraisal Group: 2/2
Pay: 2/2

Julian Trevelyan - Vice Chair of Governors

Julian Trevelyan – Vice Chair of Governors

I was appointed as a governor of St Mary’s in September 2020 by the PCC of St Mary-at-Finchley Church. I have close ties with the school as my son attended from nursery to year 6, leaving in 2018 and during most of that time I was PTA Treasurer.

My background is in finance and I worked in the banking sector of the City for over 20 years. I am keen that all children of St Mary’s have an education which develops their potential to the full but also allows them the confidence to enjoy learning.

My outside interests are varied including spending time with family, growing veg on the allotment, playing bridge and campanology (you may have heard our efforts coming from the bell tower of St Mary-at Finchley!)

Category of Governor: Foundation, Appointed by the PCC of St Mary’s Church N3

Additional Information: Vice-Chair of Governors

Committee membership:
Resources (Chair); Standards & Learning,
Link Governor for SEN

Declared Business Interests: (30.01.2024)
Trustee of Avenue House Estate Trust

Date of appointment: 22.09.2020

Term of Office: 22.09.2020 – 21.09.2024

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
5/5

Attendance at Committee meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
Resources: 6/6
Standards and Learning: 3/3

The Revd. Philip Davison - Deputy Vice Chair of Governors

The Revd. Philip Davison – Deputy Vice Chair of Governors

I have been a governor at St Mary’s since September 2008 when I became Rector of St Mary-at-Finchley and ex officio Foundation Governor. Both my children have attended St Mary’s in recent years so I have experienced the school as a parent too. I visit the school regularly and lead acts of Collective Worship.

Before I moved to Finchley I was for a number of years Vice Chair of Governors for the local Community Primary School. Prior to ordination I worked in local government as a systems analyst. I believe education is a vital part of the Church’s mission.

Category of Governor: Foundation, Ex-officio, Rector of St Mary’s N3

Additional Information: Deputy Vice-Chair of Governors

Committee membership:
Christian Ethos (Chair); Standards & Learning; Admissions; Senior Leadership Appraisal Group,
Link Governor for Well-being

Declared Business Interests: (08.05.2024)
Governor on the Local Governing Board of the Wren Academy.

Date of appointment: 01.09.2008

Term of Office: Ex-officio

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
5/5

Attendance at Committee meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
Standards and Learning: 3/3
Christian Ethos: 3/3

 

Nick Turvey

Nick Turvey

I was appointed as a governor of St Mary’s in July 2020.

Through my Church, I am a family friend of two families with children at the school, and my wife and I have worked with children on a voluntary basis for over six years.

I am a lawyer by day, and I live locally. I am firmly committed to enhancing both the prospects of all children at St Mary’s and the school’s firm Christian foundations, and I am pleased to be able to help in any way I can in my role as Governor.

Category of Governor: Foundation, Appointed by the London Diocesan Board for Schools

Additional Information:
Committee membership: Resources; Pay (Chair)

Declared Business Interests: (24.05.2022)
None.

Date of appointment: 21.07.2020

Term of Office: 21.07.20 – 20.07.24

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
3/5

Attendance at Committee meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
Resources: 6/6
Pay: 2/2

Chris Huyck

Chris Huyck

I was appointed as a governor of St Mary’s in May 2021 by the PCC of St Paul’s Church Finchley.

I have close ties with the school as my son and two daughters attended from nursery to year 6, starting in 2006 and leaving in 2018. My background is in computer science and academia.

I am the Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Middlesex University, and have been at Middlesex since 1998. I hope that all of the children of St Mary’s will have an enjoyable and productive education that helps them develop towards adulthood.

In particular, I hope that they will enjoy learning both in and beyond school. My outside interests are varied including spending time with family, playing ultimate frisbee, and playing the guitar.

Category of Governor: Foundation, Appointed by the PCC at St Paul’s Church N3

Additional Information:
Committee membership: Christian Ethos, Standards & Learning,
Link Governor for Pupil Premium

Declared Business Interests: (18.11.2022)
Employed by Middlesex University, Soffos inc.

Date of appointment: 13.05.2021

Term of Office: 31.07.23 – 31.08.24

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
2/5

Attendance at Committee meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
Standards and Learning: 2/3
Christian Ethos: 2/3

Paul Kiruvanayagam

Paul Kiruvanayagam

I was recently appointed Governor of St. Mary’s.

My niece and nephew were both members of the school. By day, I lead software engineering teams which doesn’t leave me too much time to do the cool hands of programming.

I live locally with my wife Sarah, and our two children who currently attend Wren Academy. I am a member of St. Barnabas Church and part of the men’s leadership team that aims to increase men’s participation in the Church.

I am very passionate about ensuring St. Mary’s continues to have the best Christian founded educational prospects and look forward to supporting in this area and beyond.

Category of Governor: Foundation, appointed by Barnet Deanery Synod

Additional Information: N/A

Declared Business Interests: (31.01.2024)
Management coach at Legend Technology Leadership.

Date of appointment: 08.11.2023

Term of Office: 08.11.2023 – 07.11.2027

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
N/A

 

Sukina Rizvi

Sukina Rizvi

I was first elected parent governor in February 2018.

I have been a parent at the school since 2015 and currently have three at St Mary’s (nursery, year 3 and year 5).

As an experienced healthcare professional (practising pharmacist for over 15 years) I have a strong interest in public health and am particularly passionate about the welfare of children.

I have many years experience in senior management roles, enabling me to put people into the heart of everything I do. I am truly honoured to serve our wonderful school, by upholding its vision and values and helping deliver its goals.

Category of Governor: Parent, elected by the parents and carers at the school

Additional Information:
Committee membership: Resources; Pay

Declared Business Interests: (10.10.2022)
None.

Date of appointment: 23.02.2018
Term of Office: 23.02.2022 – 22.02.2026

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
3/5

Attendance at Committee meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
Resources: 3/6
Pay: 1/2

 

Rebecca Atkinson

Rebecca Atkinson

I was elected parent governor in November 2019.

I have been a parent at the school since 2012 and currently have five children at St Mary’s (from Reception to Year 6). I have a long-standing interest in children’s welfare, originally training as an Anaesthetic doctor specialising in Paediatrics.

I care deeply for our school community and believe that all children, and their families, should feel included and supported during their education, allowing them to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Category of Governor: Parent, Elected by the parents and carers of the school

Additional Information:
Committee membership: Standards and Learning (Chair), Admissions
Link Governor for Safeguarding

Declared Business Interests: (08.09.2023)
As a parent, I know various families at the school which is occasionally relevant.

Date of appointment: 06.11.2019

Term of Office: 24.11.2023 – 23.11.2027

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
5/5

Attendance at Committee meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
Standards and Learning: 3/3
Admissions: 2/2

 

Stacey Hughes

Stacey Hughes

I was appointed as a governor in December 2020.

I’m very thankful for the opportunity to serve in the local community as a governor for St Marys.

I work in a central London church with responsibilities for discipleship and pastoral care.

I’m particularly committed to making sure that children, parents and staff can flourish in their time with us at St Mary’s.

Category of Governor: Local Authority, appointed by London Borough of Barnet

Additional Information:
Committee membership: Admissions (Chair), Christian Ethos

Declared Business Interests: (30.01.2024)
None.

Date of appointment: 21.12.2020

Term of Office: 21.12.2020 – 20.12.2024

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
4/5

Attendance at Committee meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
Admissions: 2/2
Christian Ethos: 3/3

 

Stefan Roos

Stefan Roos

I have been head teacher and a governor at St Mary’s since September 2015.

I first became a head teacher in 2008 and regard it as my calling to work with children and their families in this capacity. I have taught in Church of England schools in London since I have started my teaching career and as a practising Christian, I greatly value the opportunity this brings to express our faith freely as a school community.

I also value the firm foundation provided by the ethos of such schools, not only in enabling us to teach the curriculum form our Christian perspective, but also to teach children about the love of God.

I believe that all of us have equal worth, and will therefore always do my best to ensure that all the children in our school have the best opportunities possible to achieve their full potential.

I am privileged to work in such a wonderful school, where the hard work and support of all stakeholders in the school community have such a positive impact on what we achieve together.

Category of Governor: Staff, Ex-officio, Executive Headteacher

Additional Information:
Committee membership: Resources; Christian Ethos; Pay; Senior Leadership Appraisal Group

Declared Business Interests (13.11.23)
None.

Date of appointment: 01.09.2015

End Term of Office: N/A

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
4/5

Attendance at Committee meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
Resources: 6/6
Pay: 2/2
Christian Ethos: 3/3
Senior Leadership Appraisal Group: 2/2

 

Jodie Lawes

Jodie Lawes

I was elected staff governor in October 2022.

I have been teaching for over 11 years and have worked in a variety of different schools. I joined St Mary’s as a class teacher in January 2022 and have loved being a part of the St Mary’s family. My daughter also attends St Mary’s and is thriving daily.

I am committed to our school’s Christian ethos, our vision and the future of our children.

Due to my role, I am able to bring a teacher’s perspective to discussions. I am enjoying working with my fellow governors, making decisions and making a difference.

Category of Governor: Elected staff

Additional Information:
Committee membership: Standards & Learning; Resources

Declared Business Interests: (04.09.2023)
Parent of a child at the school.

Date of appointment: 07.11.2022

End Term of Office: 07.11.2022 – 06.11.2026

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
4/5

Attendance at Committee meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
Resources: 1/2
Standards and Learning: 2/2

 

Andrew Hagger

Andrew Hagger

I was appointed as an Associate Governor in 2020 and am delighted to be involved in supporting the local school that both my daughters attend.

I have worked in local government for 15 years across a range of roles, with experience in policy, innovation, climate change and governance.

 

Category of Governor: Associate Member, appointed by the Governing Body – voting rights on committees only

Additional Information:
Committee membership: Resources; Standards & Learning

Declared Business Interests: (13.11.23)
Employed as Policy & Review Manager by London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth Borough Council
Member of the steering group of Barnet Climate Action Group

Date of appointment: 17.11.2020

End Term of Office: 31.07.2024

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
4/5

Attendance at Committee meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
Resources: 6/6
Standards and Learning 1/3

 

Eve Watson

Eve Watson

Category of Governor: Associate Member, appointed by the Governing Body – voting rights on committees only

Additional Information:
Head of School
Committee membership: Standards & Learning, Admissions

Declared Business Interests: (16.11.2022)
None

Date of appointment: 01.09.2022

Term of Office: N/A Ex-officio
Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2022-23
5/5
Attendance at Committee meetings during the academic year 2022-23
Standard and Learning: 3/3

 

Jing Lee

Jing Lee

Category of Governor: Associate Member, appointed by the Governing Body

Additional Information:
Committee membership: Resources

Declared Business Interests: (12.07.2022)
None.

Date of appointment: 12.05.2022

End Term of Office: N/A

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
N/A

Attendance at Committee meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
Resources: 5/6

Governors who have left in the last 12 months

Paul Mburu

Category of Governor: Associate Governor, appointed by the Governing Body

Additional Information:
Committee membership: Resources; Christian Ethos

Declared Business Interests:  (21.01.2021)
None.

Date of appointment: 17.11.2022

End Term of Office: 31.07.2023

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
0/5

Attendance at Committee meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
Resources: 0/6
Christian Ethos: 0/3

Isaac Njoroge

Category of Governor: Foundation, Deanery Synod

Additional Information:
Committee membership: Resources; Senior Leadership Appraisal Group
Link Governor for Health and Safety

Declared Business Interests: (10.12.2021)
None.

Date of appointment: 17.11.2015

End Term of Office: 15.11.2023

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
3/5

Attendance at Committee meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
Resources: 5/6
Senior Leadership appraisal Group: 2/2

Revd Nicholas Pye

Category of Governor: Foundation, Ex-officio, Vicar of St Paul’s Church, Finchley, N3

Additional Information:
Committee membership: Christian Ethos; Admissions

Declared Business Interests: (30.08.2023)
Vicar of St Paul’s Church, Finchley N3, trustee and director of the London Diocesan Board for Schools, member of the LDBS Education Committee and Vice-Chair of the City and Diocese of London Voluntary Schools Fund.

Date of appointment:

End Term of Office: 14.11.2023

Attendance at FGB meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
4/5

Attendance at Committee meetings during the academic year 2022-23:
Christian Ethos: 3/3
Admissions: 2/2

 

The role of Governors

Background Information

The Church of England has always been concerned with education in many forms and the history of Church schools began when the National Society for the Promotion of Education was founded in 1811. There was no state system of education in place and the Society’s hugely ambitious vision was to open a church school in every parish. This was realised in Finchley with the opening of our school in 1812.

St Mary’s, like most Church of England Primary Schools in London, is a Voluntary Aided school: “aided”, because it is funded almost entirely by the state, and “voluntary” because the Church voluntarily helps in running, funding, and advising its work. Church schools are now an intrinsic part of the state education system, but the Church retains significant influence over them:

  • it ensures that the school’s character, religious education and collective worship reflect the Christian character of the school in accordance with its Church of England foundation
  • it makes a financial contribution to the maintenance and improvement of the buildings
  • it owns the schools’ land and buildings
  • it employs the staff and decides admissions arrangements
  • it has the responsibility for appointing a majority of the Governors

7 of our 12 governors are Church-appointed Foundation Governors, nominated by the following church constituencies and appointed for an initial four-year term of office:

  • 2 governors nominated by the London Diocesan Board for Schools (known as the LDBS)
  • 1 governor nominated by the Parochial Church Council of St Mary-at-Finchley
  • 1 governor nominated by the Parochial Church Council of St Paul’s Finchley
  • 1 governor nominated by the Central Barnet Deanery Synod
  • The Rector of St Mary-at-Finchley (ex-officio)
  • The Vicar of St Paul’s Finchley (ex-officio)

The five other governors are: the Executive Headteacher, one person appointed by Barnet Local Authority, one person elected by the staff and two people elected by the parents/carers

What is the role of governors?

All governing bodies are called to act as ‘critical friends’ to the leadership of their schools, providing strategic leadership and accountability. This is focused on three key functions:

  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • holding the Executive headteacher to account for the educational performance of the pupils
  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, and strategic direction.

Governors do not have a role in running the school day-to-day, but advise on its policy and general direction, working through the Executive Headteacher and Head of School to monitor the policies which they have formally set. In addition to this, Governors of Church Schools are expected to:

  • ensure that the distinctive Christian character and ethos of the school is preserved and developed, and is reflected in its policies and protocols, the curriculum, and activities. This is set out in the St Mary’s Instrument of Government as follows:
    Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian beliefs and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.
  • take an active role in ensuring that the school has a distinctive Christian vision, which enables pupils and adults to flourish.
  • ensure that collective worship and religious education at the school follow the appropriate guidance and/or syllabus and are appropriately monitored and evaluated.
  • promote strong links between the school and the different church communities (including the two sponsorship parishes, the LDBS and the Diocese).
  • ensure that their own attitudes and behaviour in relation to the school reflect its Christian ethos.

Committee Structure

All governors are expected to attend the 5 full governing body meetings each year. They also belong to at least two committees and some governors also take on a link governor role.

  • Resources – deals with all financial matters, including setting the budget and monitoring it; all premises matters, including Health and Safety issues; and all staffing matters, including safeguarding
  • Standards and Learning – deals with all curriculum, teaching and learning issues
  • Admissions – reviews admissions policies and verifies and allocates places for the Primary and Nursery school
  • Leadership Appraisal Group – appraises the performance and objectives of the Executive Headteacher and sets new objectives for the coming academic year
  • Christian Ethos – deals with all matters affecting our Christian Ethos and covered under the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS), including Collective Worship and the teaching of Religious Education.
  • Pay Committee – settles the pay of all staff, teachers and non-teachers, including the Executive Headteacher
  • Safeguarding link governor – plays an important role in ensuring children in school are kept safe from harm. The link governor will develop an overview of the school safeguarding policy, practice and procedures on behalf of the governing body.
  • SEN link governor – Has oversight, review and monitoring of the school’s SEND provision and reports back to the governing body.
  • Pupil Premium link governor – Monitors pupil premium spending and impact on behalf of the governing body and reports back to all governors.
  • Health and Safety link governor – Oversees health and safety on the school premises on behalf of the governing body; monitors website compliance and cybersecurity.
  • Wellbeing link governor – Acts on behalf of the Governing Body to support the school to embed its emotional wellbeing provision across the school
  • Relationships, Health and Sex Education Link governor – Reviews and monitors school policies and procedures in relation to Relationships, Health and Sex Education teaching in school.

Conclusion

It is a privilege to be a governor at St Mary’s and is a role which enables us to help to enhance the education of primary school pupils and support the involvement of the two sponsoring churches. If you would like to find out more about what it means to be a Governor at St Mary’s please contact the chair of