Governors are the school’s critical friends. We are there to support Katie set the school’s direction and stay focused on it. We establish the school’s vision, which we use to help our strategic thinking.
Role of the School Governors
The purpose of any school governing body is to ‘Conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.
As with all schools, our governing body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Further details can be found in the Governor’s Instrument of Government.
Parents can contact governors at any time, either via parent governors they know, or via the school office.
The Full Governing Board
Lead staff for Safeguarding & Attendance, Pupil Premium/ Disadvantaged, Quality of Education, SIAMS, Religious Education, Data, Finance, School Website / compliance, Policies
I meet with governors regularly to report on curriculum, budget, resources and progress relating to the school improvement plan. Governors hold me to account by asking challenging questions during meetings and monitoring visits. I have worked at St Thomas à Becket since 2016. I started as a teacher in Chough Class, then moved up to Kestrel Class before becoming Headteacher in 2022.
As a leader, I am committed to our school’s vision and Christian values. I lead with love by building and nurturing high-quality and meaningful relationships between all members of our school community to enable all to flourish. Our values can be seen in the quality of our relationships which are based on respect for all and an understanding that we are all valued.
Parent Governor (Chair)
Lead Governor for Policies, Governor Training and Development
Foundation Governor (Vice Chair)
Lead Governor for Quality of Education, SIAMS, Mathematics, Data, Finance, and School Website / compliance
My eldest child is in reception and I have two younger children. I have a long-term interest in the whole school community, supporting the educational performance of the school, its pupils and staff, and helping to move the school forward.
I have a strong academic background and hold a doctorate in Applied Mathematics. I am locally employed as a manager in the Civil Service, responsible for the delivery of a large Science and Technology programme to time, cost and performance.
Lead Governor for Safeguarding & attendance, English, Religious Education, SIAMS
I live in Market Lavington, I'm married and have two grown up children. By day I’m a self employed first aid, health and safety and mental health trainer. By night I’m an avid reader, love going to the cinema and theatre and my guilty pleasure is “strictly come dancing”!
Lead Governor for Pupil Premium/ Disadvantaged, Early Years (Primary), SIAMS
I have been ex-officio governor at this school since 2013 and before that a community governor in primary and nursery education in a variety of different settings since 2000. Here, I am particularly interested in supporting staff with the vision and values of our school, with the curriculum and with pastoral matters. Having served as a chaplain in the RAF, I also highly value the support extended to service families in schools. As the Rector for this parish, I enjoy spending time with this community regularly - either in church for collective worship or in school for class visits.
Lead Governor for Health & Safety, Quality of Education
Lead Governor for SIAMS, SEND & Inclusion, Wellbeing, Careers
Sir Richard Shirreff was born in Kenya in 1955 where he spent his early years. Educated in England, he graduated from Exeter College, Oxford (Modern History) before being commissioned into the British Army from Sandhurst. In his 37-year career, he commanded soldiers on operations at every level from platoon to division. This has included combat in the Gulf War of 1991 as a tank squadron leader and again in Iraq as a divisional commander, together with other operations in Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Bosnia. In addition, he had extensive staff experience at brigade, Army HQ and in the Ministry of Defence. He commanded NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and his final military assignment was NATO’s 4 Star Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR). In February 2016 he co-founded Strategia Worldwide Ltd, a global risk advisory company, which has since built up a sizeable portfolio of clients across different industrial sectors. In May 2022 Strategia was acquired by Sigma7 Global Risk Outcomes of which is he is now Executive Vice Chairman.
In 2016 his novel ‘2017: War with Russia’ was published in the UK, USA and Poland. It became a best seller and has been translated into eight languages. He is an honorary fellow of Exeter College, Oxford.
Staff lead for EYFS, English and Phonics and Early Reading
I am a class teacher in our Skylark class, teaching Reception, Year 1 and Year Two. I also lead EYFS, English and Phonics and Early Reading and have recently been appointed as a national trainer for our phonics programme, Essential Letters and Sounds. I have worked at St Thomas a Becket for four years after joining following my training at the University of Plymouth. Outside teaching I enjoy travelling, reading and swimming and am also currently completing a Masters degree in Educational Psychology
Further Governing Board details, including who has served on the Full Governing Board during 2021-22 and their record of attendance is detailed here.
Becoming a School Governor
There are many ways to become a governor – just speak to Katie or one of us through the school.