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
Mr A Guinan Foundation Governor (Vice-Chair)
Mrs J Tristram Foundation Governor
Miss A Crosby Foundation Governor
Vacancy Foundation Governor
Vacancy Foundation Governor
Mrs S Comyns Elected Parent Governor
Mr M Savary Elected Parent Governor
Mrs I Borriello Principal
Vacancy 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

  • Admissions Committee: Mr A Guinan, Miss A Crosby and Mr M Savary

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 27.7.2020 4 years 26.7.2024 n/a DES & Board of Directors No n/a 5 of 7
Mr Anthony Guinan Foundation- Vice Chair 27/11/2014 8 years 26/11/2026 n/a DES & Board of Directors No n/a 6 of 7
Mrs Karen Staves Foundation 27/11/2014 8 years 26/11/2022 13.10.2022 DES & Board of Directors No n/a 0 of 7
Miss Alison Crosby Foundation 23/06/2021 4 years 22/06/2025 n/a DES & Board of Directors No n/a 7 of 7
Mrs Julia Tristram Foundation 19/05/2021 4 years 18/05/2025 n/a DES & Board of Directors No n/a 7 of 7
Miss Natalie Slater Staff 15/12/2018 4 years 14/12/2022 31.8.2022 Elected by staff vote No n/a 7 of 7
Mrs Sara Comyns Parent 08/03/2021 4 years 07/03/2025 n/a Elected by Parents No n/a 7 of 7
Mr Matthieu Savary Parent 08/03/2021 4 years 07/03/2025 n/a Elected by Parents No n/a 6 of 7

Representative Profiles

Mr M Rowley- Chair

St. Mary's Catholic Primary School
Mill Street
Brierley Hill

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 J Tristram

Many generations of my family, including myself have attended St Mary's school and have been active members of the parish at Brierley Hill. My son and niece are currently pupils at the school and are very happy and settled.
I feel strongly that the catholic ethos and values at St Mary's create a nurturing environment for our children to thrive - building great foundations for their future.
I work as senior manager in financial services. I have supported financial and career education in schools and I'm proud to be working with St Mary's in my role as foundation governor.

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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