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Welcome to our Governors’ section.

Dear Parents/Carers and Pupils,

Welcome to the Trinity St Mary's C of E Primary School Governors Page.

I am very proud to be the Chair of Governors here at Trinity St Marys' School and to be part of a fantastic governance team. We are extremely fortunate to have a governing body who are committed,  together with the staff,  to achieve the very best outcomes for all of our pupils.  

Regards and very best wishes to you all.

Karen Munro.

Chair of Governors.


Mrs Karen Munro - Chair

Mrs Margaret Partridge - Vice Chair

Revd. Carol Ball 

Mr Mike Williams - Headteacher

Dr Nicola Campbell 

Mrs Maureen Graham 

Mrs Geri Humphries 

Mr Colin Marshall

Mrs Debbie Olsen

Miss Katie Peach

Miss Maureen Ponton  
Miss Janet Hoy 


Name of Governor Designation  Date of Appointment End of Term of Office
Mrs Karen Munro Foundation Oct 1995 Aug 2022
Mrs Debbie Olsen Foundation Aug 2012 Aug 2020
Mrs Margaret Partridge Foundation Aug 2011 Aug 2019
Dr Nicola Campbell Foundation Aug 2006 Aug 2019
Mr Colin Marshall  Foundation Oct 2008 Oct 2020
Mrs Maureen Graham Foundation  Oct 2008 Oct 2020
Ms Maureen Ponton  L.A.  Oct 2006 Jan 2023
Mrs Geri Humphries Parent Mar 2017 Mar 2021
Miss Katie Peach Parent Mar 2019 Mar 2023
Mr Mike Williams  HT  Sept 2017 Ex-Officio
Rev Carol Ball Incumbent June 2012 Ex-Officio


Governor Responsibilities


Mrs Karen Munro - Chair of Governors, Chair of Executive and Personnel and Pre-School Committees

Mrs Margaret Partridge - Chair of Finance and Premises Committee

Dr Nicola Campbell - Chair of Curriculum Committee

Mrs Maureen Graham - Chair of Admissions Committee

Ms Maureen Ponton - Chair of Joint Premises Committee



In accordance with Government requirements for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Trinity St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School Governing Body are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

This year, our school has welcomed Mr Williams as the Headteacher. Governors are delighted that he is maintaining many of the unique features of Trinity St. Mary’s, whilst creating his own unique vision for the school.



There are 12 members of the Governing Body who all serve a 4 year term of office.  They consist of; 1 Local Authority Governor, 2 Staff Governors (including the Headteacher,) 2 elected Parent Governors and 7 Foundation Governors.  School Governors are part of one of the largest volunteer forces in the UK.   

Foundation Governors are appointed to represent either the Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity or the Diocese of Chelmsford.  They include a member of the Holy Trinity Methodist community, family members of past and present pupils, and the Incumbent of the Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity.  All parents are invited to stand when a Parent Governor vacancy arises.  Governor committees look at the many aspects of school life.  Business is divided into; Pre-school Management, School Admissions, Finance and Premises, Curriculum, and Executive and Personnel.  Most hold termly meetings.  Discussions and meetings relating to staff and pupil matters are held if required.  Governors may be attached to a specific class, some have a teaching background and are able to support pupils, both individually, and in groups, they also attend, and may assist at, special events held during the school year.



Keeping pupils safe is a high priority at Trinity St. Mary’s, it is highlighted at every Governor meeting.  The Safeguarding lead is Mr Williams, with Miss Hoy as deputy lead.  Mrs Karen Munro is the nominated Governor.  All specific issues are treated with confidentiality.  During this year, external agencies have undertaken a full safeguarding audit, there has also been a review of actions taken and record keeping.  All actions were found to be robust.



The annual school budget was drawn up by the School Business Manager and Headteacher.  In a challenging financial climate, they identified development priorities for the forthcoming year.  Finance Governors agree, oversee and manage the budget on behalf of the Governing Body.  Deviations from budget predictions and detailed spending reports are circulated monthly.  The Governors receive a small income from lettings of the school hall. This year the main financial commitment has been a project which renewed the domestic water system and boilers.  This liability will be met by repayments over 5 years.  Work to enhance Fire Protection in the school will be carried out during the summer, this is a joint project with our neighbours, St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.

The allocation of Sports Premium and Pupil Premium funding has been closely monitored.



Curriculum committee members have discussed the teaching and learning of various subjects. Rigorous discussions regarding the progress of all pupils have been held, and attainment data has been thoroughly reviewed to ensure the best possible outcomes.  Specific subject monitoring by governors has taken place.  The new General Data Protection Regulation legislation has been introduced during this academic year, compliance has touched on many areas of administration within the school.  Dr Nicola Campbell has undertaken the link governor role.



Ms Maureen Ponton                                              St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary

Dr Nicola Campbell & Mr Colin Marshall           William de Ferrers


All committees held 3 meeting in 2017/18.  Governor attendance in brackets



Curriculum Finance Executive & Personnel
Dr N Campbell (2) Chair Mrs M Partridge (2)  Chair Mrs K Munro (3) Chair
Mr M Williams (3) Mr M Williams (3) Mr M Williams (3)
Mrs M Partridge ( 3) Ms M Ponton (3) Mrs M Partridge (0)
Mr C Marshall (1) Mrs M Graham (2) Mrs M Graham (3)
Miss J Hoy (3) Rev C Ball (0) Dr N Campbell (3)
Mr M Smith (0) Mr M Smith (3)  
Mrs K Munro (3) Mrs K Munro (3)  


ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE (No meetings needed during this year)

Mrs M Graham  Chair                       Mrs M Partridge

Mr M Williams                                  Mrs D Olsen

Mrs K Munro            




Mrs K Munro (3) Chair Mrs M Graham (3)
Mrs M Partridge (2) Vice Chair Mrs G Humphries (2)
Rev C Ball (0) Mr C Marshall (3)
Mr M Williams (3) Mrs D Olsen (3)
Miss J Hoy (3) Ms M Ponton (2)
Dr N Campbell (3) Mr M Smith (3)


All apologies for absence submitted were accepted.

A panel of governors met during this year to review a parental complaint.



Ms Maureen Ponton - Facilitator of the Woodham Ferrers Partnership of Schools.



Safeguarding training, focusing on the latest updates for Governors, has been arranged for the Autumn term.  Governors will be familiarising themselves with the new SIAMS (Society of Inspectors of Anglican and Methodist Schools) framework.  There will also be a monitoring focus on the teaching and learning of Mathematics throughout the school.


The governors may be contacted through the Chair, Mrs Karen Munro, via the school office.