Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.—Acts 20:28

Each school has a Governing Body. The Governing Body plays a key role in providing the strategic leadership and direction and accountability in schools. It works in partnership with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team. The main aims of a Governing Body are:

  • to ensure there is clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction resulting in the delivery of a high standard of education for all pupils in its care.
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure the money is spent in a way that strives for excellence and achieving the vision.
  • holding the Headteacher and Senior Leadership team to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.

The Welton St Mary’s Primary Academy Governing Body is made up of Foundation (Church) Governors, Parent Governors, Community Governors and Staff Governors. We meet six times a year as a Local Governing Body but also as two smaller committees focused on finance and school improvement. Our joint aim is to make sure the school provides the best education and learning experience possible so that our children can achieve their full potential, both academically and personally. We set the aims and objectives for the school, along with the policies and targets for achieving them. We monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. We serve on the Governing Body for a 4 year term after which we are eligible for re-election.

Together we care, learn and thrive

Governor Vacancies

We are currently recruiting governors. All governors are volunteers. Governors do not need to be experts in education. The most effective governors listen, think and ask questions. The Governing Body works as a team and exercises its authority collectively.

Being a governor can be very rewarding because you are:

  • Investing in the next generation
  • Using your personal qualities and expertise to help the school, pupils and staff
  • Developing new skills and acquiring new knowledge
  • Developing a sense of partnership and involvement in the community.

If you are interested in volunteering as a governors of our school do please contact our Clerk, Imogen ( who will be able to advise you further or more information is provided here.

Parent Governors

Parent governors are representative parents rather than representatives of parents. They play a vital role on the Governing Body, holding the unique position of having a parental viewpoint of the school. They need to listen to the views of parents to inform their input to governing body meetings, whilst continuing to maintain a strategic approach to school governance.

Parent Governor Nomination Form

Co-opted (Community) Governors

Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body. They are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the specific skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Community Governor Advert

Company Members

Ms Sarah Lawford
Mr Andy Johnson
Ms Pauline Corfield

Chair of Governors
Member Appointed
Diocesan Corporate Member Representative.

25/11/21 (pending)


Mr Andy Harris
Rev Jane Foster-Smith
Mrs Nicola Gough
Mr Andy Johnson
Ms Sarah Lawford
Ms Vanessa O’Mahony
Miss Dawn Sylvester
Ms Claire Tunstall
Mr Calum Hanrahan

Category of Governor
Parent Governor
Foundation Governor
Governor co-opted
Governor co-opted
Parent Governor
Parent Governor
Member Appointed

End of term
Ex Officio
Ex Officio

Committee Membership

Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee
Andy Johnson
Nicola Gough
Ms Vanessa O’Mahony
Ms Claire Tunstall

Provision and School Improvement Committee
Sarah Lawford (Chair)
Lisa Cassidy
Nicola Gough
Dawn Sylvester
Andy Harris
Rev Jane Foster Smith

Headteacher Performance Panel

Sarah Lawford
Two other governors
External Adviser (to advise only)

Governor Monitoring


Each governor is responsible for monitoring an area of governing body work. These are as follows for 2021-2022

Funds Impact

Andy Johnson


Lisa Cassidy

Safeguarding Team

Dawn Sylvester and Sarah Lawford

Finance Team

Vanessa O’Mahony

Church School Distinctiveness Team

Jane Foster-Smith

Health and Safety

Claire Tunstall

Core Subjects

Members of Provision and School Improvement Committee  

Governor Related Files

Contacting the Governing Body

We welcome letters and value your comments. If you wish to raise issues relating to the day to day running of the school these should, in the first instance, be referred to the Headteacher. You can contact the governing body either via the school office or directly by contacting the Clerk to Governors.

Mrs Imogen Lemon – Clerk to the Governing Body

Standard agenda papers and minutes of all governing body meetings are available on request from the Clerk to Governors.

Governors' secure area