Local Governing Body

The Board has established a local governing body (LGB) for each school, which provides for the operational running of each academy, drawing on local representation rooted within the academy's staff, parental, parish and neighbourhood communities.

The local governing body will: oversee the implementation of the Directors' strategy, policy and procedures; monitor the effectiveness of the management in running the school in accordance with the Directors' strategy, policy and procedures; and report on the impact of the Directors' strategic framework on the quality of provision, performance and standards of the school.

Overall purpose of the LGB

• Provide the assurance that the strategy and policies of the Board of Directors are implemented at a local level in the multi academy company.

• Provide a strong monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework, so the education provided by the school meets the needs of children in its care.

• Enable the academy to be accountable for building a strong, Catholic collaborative learning community, rooted in the teachings of Christ and his Church and the values of the Gospel, by ensuring the academies form good relationships and effective communication with all stakeholders that benefit the children's learning, formation, attainment and progress.

• Make recommendations to the Board of Directors and to other committees as necessary and appropriate.

If you would like to contact the LGB, please send a letter marked for the attention of the Chair of the Governing Body to the school address.

Local Governing Body

Name Type of Representative
Mr M Rowley Chair of the Local Governing Body, Foundation Governor, Safeguarding
Fr Stephen Foundation Governor
Mr A Guinan Foundation Governor (Vice-Chair)
Mrs J Tristram Foundation Governor
Vacancy Foundation Governor
Mrs K Staves Foundation Governor
Mrs S Comyns Elected Parent Governor
Mr M Savary Elected Parent Governor
Mrs I Borriello Principal
Miss N Slater Staff Governor

The Local Governing Body (LGB) meets at least once a term as a full body, and focuses on Teaching and Learning, Finance and Staffing and safeguarding, Catholic life and health and safety.

Sub Committee Representatives

  • Finance and Staffing: Mr M Rowley, Mr A Guinan and Mrs K Staves

Declaration of Business Interests

It is the policy of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School that Governors and staff not only act impartially, but are also seen to act impartially.

The local governing body and school staff have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and those of the school. There is a legal duty on all our governors to declare an interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting, and for the representative concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered.

In order to put this duty into practice, our Local Governing Body has established a register of pecuniary interests indicating, for all Governors, Staff and the Principal, any business interests. This includes, if appropriate, the company by whom they are employed, directorships, significant shareholdings or other appointments of influence within a business or other organisation which may have dealings with the school.

They include their own interest and those of any member of their immediate family or other individuals known to them who may exert influence. The register page is signed by the Representative/Staff Member. The register enables the Local Governing Body to demonstrate that in spending public money, they do not benefit personally from decisions that they make.

Name of Governor Status Date of Appointment Term of Office End term date Date Stepped Down (if applicable) Appointed by Pecuniary Interests Details Attendance last academic year
Mr Michael Rowley Foundation-Chair 1/4/2019 4 years 31/03/2021 n/a DES & Board of Directors No n/a 4 of 5
Fr. Stephen Fawcett Foundation 12/04/2018 4 years 11/04/2022 n/a DES & Board of Directors No n/a 0 of 5
Mr Anthony Guinan Foundation- Vice Chair 13/10/2014 8 years 12/10/2022 n/a DES & Board of Directors No n/a 5 of 5
Mrs Karen Staves Foundation 13/10/2014 8 years 12/10/2022 n/a DES & Board of Directors No n/a 5 of 5
Mrs Julia Tristram Foundation 19/05/2021 4 years 18/05/2025 # DES & Board of Directors # # -
Mrs Laura Turner Staff 15/12/2014 8 years - 8/2/2021 Elected by staff vote No n/a 4 of 5
Miss Natalie Slater Staff 12/02/2019 4 years 11/02/2023 n/a Elected by staff vote No n/a 4 of 5
Mrs Sara Comyns Parent 08/03/2021 4 years 07/03/2025 n/a Elected by Parents No n/a -
Mr Matthieu Savary Parent 08/03/2021 4 years 07/03/2025 n/a Elected by Parents No n/a -

Representative Profiles

Mr M Rowley- Chair

c/o 
St. Mary's Catholic Primary School
Mill Street
Brierley Hill
DY5 2TH

I grew up in Brierley Hill and attended St Mary’s Primary School.  I then went onto complete my secondary schooling at Bishop Milner RC in Dudley.  Both of my children now attend St Mary’s.  They are both very happy here. 

I have worked as a secondary school teacher for over 20 years and four years ago became Assistant Headteacher at a local High School.  This is a job I find both rewarding and enjoyable and I am proud to now be able to work alongside the staff at St Mary’s in my role as an Academy Representative.

Mrs K Staves

As a mother of an ex-pupil, I have seen first-hand how devoted all members of the school community are. I firmly support the Catholic ethos in our school and embrace the inclusion of children from other faiths. It is my belief that each child deserves the best possible foundation on which to build as citizens of tomorrow.

Personally, I have strong links within the catholic community including each of our local Parishes, regularly attending mass at Kingswinford church.

During my regular visits into school both as a governor and a parishioner taking part in the masses, I enjoy observing how enthusiastic the children are. They are very respectful to staff, visitors and each other.

Financial Information About Our Multi Academy Company

The following information can be found on the Emmaus Catholic Multi Academy Company website by following the link below:

  • Annual Report
  • Annual audited accounts
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Articles of Association
  • Names of charity trustees and members
  • Funding Agreement
Emmaus CMAC
St Mary's Catholic Primary School Ofsted
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