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Our Governance

Governors at St Mary’s work collectively to provide leadership and oversight of the school and college.

St Mary’s School and 6th Form College is operated by the Talking Trust. The trustees of the Talking Trust oversee the operation and maintain financial oversight of St Mary’s and are the accountable body. However, since spring 2019, the trustees have delegated the governance of the school and college to an Interim Executive Board (IEB). An IEB is similar to a board of governors, but tends to have a more operational role than usually associated with governing bodies. This is because an IEB is usually put into place if a school is looking to secure improvements, as St Mary’s currently is.

At the heart of what we do is our clear vision and purpose: To secure sustainable and meaningful improvements within every aspect of provision made by St Mary’s School and College, so that the pupils we serve make outstanding progress in their learning and personal development.

This can’t be achieved without the support of parents and carers. Your interest, encouragement and support is extremely important, to ensure that pupils attend well and maximise their opportunities to be successful at school. We value the views of parents and carers, which are gathered at regular intervals throughout the year (at parent evenings and Annual Review meetings etc.) as this helps us to plan and develop our provision at the schools. We also value the contribution of our children and young people through our school council and residential house meetings: governors and senior staff want to know what our learners are thinking about their schools.

We are determined to support St Mary’s learners to be the best that they can be and we keep this aim at the centre of all our work.

  • Board of Trustees
  • Jean Haigh, Chair of Trustees
  • Richard Preece, Acting CEO and Executive Headteacher/CEO at TaSMAT
  • Sally Wickens, Trustee
  • Viv Oliver, Trustee
  • Mike Clarke, Trustee
  • Jill Muggleton, Local Authority
  • Interim Executive Board
  • Richard Preece, Acting CEO and Executive Headteacher/CEO at TaSMAT
  • Jenny Smith, Chair of Directors TaSMAT
  • Jean Haigh, Chair of Trustees
  • Craig Pamphilon, Education Consultant
  • Lindsey Diamond, Education Consultant
  • Antony Julyan, ESCC
  • Catherine Dooley, ESCC