Strong governance is a key part of a successful school. Every governing board, no matter the type, educational phase or size of the organisation, has three core functions as set out in the Department for Education (DfE) Governance Handbook:

1. ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

2. holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff

3. overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Governors List


Mr D. Matthew -  LEA Governor

Headteacher Mrs  J. Birchall
Vice Chair

Mr K. Mayor -   Foundation Governor


Mrs V. Caunce - Foundation Governor

Mrs R. Dawson - Parent Governor

Mr M. Hogarth - Parent Governor

Mrs C. Hughes - Foundation Governor

Mrs D Latham - Co-opted Governor

Ms K. Lewis - Foundation Governor

Mr T. Lyons - Staff Governor

Mrs R. Monks - Foundation Governor

The Governors of Eccleston St. Mary's C E Primary School believe it is important that Governing Boards reflect the diversity of the school communities they serve. Diverse Boards promote inclusive school environments and provide diverse role models for staff and young people.

The Governors are currently collecting data on the diversity of the board, including data on age, gender, and ethnicity. They will use that data to inform their recruitment and training needs and ensure there is always a diverse range of perspectives around the table to support robust decision making. At the present time, we do not publish this diversity data online, as individual Governors could be identified, and we have a legal obligation to protect their personal data.

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