We would like to introduce ourselves as the governors at The Mary Towerton School at Studley Green. As governors our aim is to make a real difference to young people at our school, and to give something back to the local community by using and developing our skills in a board-level environment.
Our governing board has a balance and diversity of skills, experience and professional knowledge. We bring these experiences, perspectives and insights in to decision-making in the interests of the whole school community.
We work closely with the management of the school in providing strategic leadership by monitoring and evaluating the progress the school is making. We strive to be both a source of challenge and support. In order to do this, we oversee the financial performance of the school and provide clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
Part of the code of practice guidance for us as a school governing board is based in the Public Life Principles of:
- Selflessness –we do what we do, solely in terms of the interest of the school
- Integrity – our judgements are based on the best for Mary Towerton
- Objectivity – choices are based on merit and the impact on pupils
- Accountability – we are accountable and ensure we are fit for purpose in our role
- Openness – we will give reasons for our decisions
- Honesty – all we do is open and with no private interest
- Leadership – we promote and support these principles by example
As governors, we take these principles seriously and continually ask ourselves as we go about our different tasks,
“What positive impact are we making on the future of the pupils at Mary Towerton?”.
From September 2020 we will have the full Primary age range of pupils from Reception through to Year 6. We see this as a wonderful opportunity to guide pupils through their significant primary years.
Our school is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, giving rich learning opportunities both indoors and outside. We are pleased to see pupils happy and with good attitudes to their learning. We promote positive values and strive to offer the best possible learning experience for our pupils. Pupils take our school values of politeness, responsibility, happiness, honesty, kindness and unity seriously.
If you wish to contact the Governing Body then please do so via this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs B Allison – Local Authority Governor (Chair of Governors, Quality of Education, Safeguarding)
For many years I have worked with schools and early years’ organisations both in the UK and overseas. This has included going through a number of changes and developments with schools, some of which are similar to the opportunities we have had at Mary Towerton. I am delighted to be part of the team here, and I look forward to continuing to work with everyone involved to achieve the best possible outcomes for our pupils.
Mrs S Morgan - Associate Governor
I have been involved with Mary Towerton School since 2002, when our son started here. First as a parent, and then in the spring of 2004, we started the Garden Club. Although both of our children had moved on by 2006, I couldn't bear to leave the school, so I became a governor then, and also continued running the Garden Club. I love working with the children, and enjoy their enthusiasm for growing and eating different vegetables. We live in Studley Green, so I am part of the local community. I also teach Linguistics with Moorlands College in Gloucester part of the year.
Mr B Stokes – Co-opted Governor (GDPR, Travel Plan)
I have known The Mary Towerton School for many years with relatives having attended the school some years ago. My daughter is now at the school, and I am pleased to be a governor at this exciting time where the school expands and grows. I am looking forward to the opportunity to assist in the future development of the school.
Dr C Greenway – Parent Governor (Vice Chair, Quality of Education)
Relatively new to the area and parenthood, we decided to move from London to Studley Green with 2 small children and a newborn, influenced mainly by the area’s wonderful, welcoming community and quality schooling. Both as parents and neighbours of The Mary Towerton, we are extremely fortunate to have the school within our community and were delighted when it expanded to Primary status. Our boys love the school and we’ve seen their learning achievements and confidence blossom in its nurturing environment. I’m looking forward to supporting the school, parents and children in my role as governor as it continues to grow.
Mrs E McWilliams – Co-opted Governor (Health and Safety)
I’ve just moved to the area from London, where I’ve been working as a commercial barrister for the last 10 years. I became interested in becoming a school governor after becoming a parent myself. I’m very excited to be joining the Governing Board, and looking forward to getting to know the school, the parents and the children.
Mrs K Mann - Headteacher
Having been at the school since September 2019, I feel honoured to be now leading the school as Headteacher. I have been working in education since 2006 and I am passionate about ensuring every child has opportunities to grow and develop into lifelong learners. I am looking forward to leading the pupils of Mary Towerton on their learning journey.
Mrs S Brind – Staff Governor
I have always been involved in education and joined Mary Towerton in April 2019, having spent 24 years teaching in a primary school in Hillingdon. We moved into the area in May 2007 and after almost 12 years of commuting I decided to move to a school closer to home. It was by pure chance that I ended up at Mary Towerton, but loved the welcoming feel from both staff and pupils alike. I am delighted to now be a part of the Governing Board and look forward to working with the rest of the team to ensure our pupils reach their potential.
Mr S. Gallagher – Co-opted Governor
I am really pleased to be joining Mary Towerton School and look forward to helping the school to develop in the future. I moved to the local area in March 2020 and am keen to integrate myself into the community and use my experience to help the school deliver an excellent standard of education for its pupils. I am passionate about education and have worked in the education sector for the past 6 years. I am experienced at working with schools to help them to improve and grow.