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BSM Governing Body Members

Bulwell St Mary’s Governing Body Members

As a church school we work closely with the Diocese of Southwell and the membership of our Governing Body clearly reflects this. To become a member of the Governing Body, each individual must meet certain criteria and each year we complete a range of compliance documentation, including declaring any interests we may have, any close relationships with others across the Trust, any other roles whereby there may be a direct or indirect connection, and any third party transactions.

All of which are declared on a register on interests which can be viewed in the document below:-

Membership of Governing Body ( as at September 2018)


Karen Slack - Chair of Governors, (please telephone Claire Smith at the Transform Trust on 0115 9825090).

I have been in the education sector for over 40 years and retired from my head teacher post at Rise Park Primary and Nursery School in August 2016. Since retiring I have been self -employed working part time as a school improvement adviser for Transform Trust. I am delighted to be the Chair of Governors here at Bulwell St Mary’s as I am passionate about children’s education and how we can all work together in the best interests of each and every child. I am often out and about in school looking at children’s books and I always attend parents evenings. I look forward to catching up with you.


Maureen Pates - Vice Chair of Governors - At present I am Vice-Chair of the Governors and have been a Governor at St.Marys School for 14 years. I am the Governor responsible for pupils with special education needs and disabilities and often come into school to meet with the SENDCo.  I live in Bulwell and am a regular member of the congregation of St.Marys church. I enjoy coming into school to see the wonderful things the children and staff are achieving. I also come in to hear children read once a week.


Daniel Farthing - Head Teacher of Bulwell St Mary’s Primary and Nursery



Julette Clarke - Staff Governor


Emma Bell - Staff Governor


Reverend Bob Stephens - Diocese Governor - I am Revd. Bob Stephens, Honorary Associate Minister of St John the Divine Bulwell, I am a Foundation Governor for Bulwell St Mary’s C of E Primary School and the Governor with responsibility for Attendance, Admissions, Finance. I work closely with Father Andrew Fisher. I have been a governor since 2016, and I come into school on a regular basis to listen to children reading and take assemblies.  


David Maidment - Parent Governor – I am Dr David Maidment, a Parent Governor at Bulwell St Mary’s C of E Primary. I currently have three children that really enjoy attending the school. I have been a governor since 2016 and am the link governor responsible for Health & Safety. I am a Lecturer in Psychology at Loughborough University and have lived in Bulwell for nearly 10 years. I am very proud to call Bulwell my home and think that it is a great place to live! 


Trish Wilson - Transform Trust Governor


Father Andrew Fisher - Diocese Governor - I am Fr Andrew Fisher, Vicar of St Mary the Virgin and All Souls, Church, Bulwell (‘The Church on the Hill’). I am a Foundation Governor for Bulwell St Mary’s CofE Primary School and the Governor with responsibility for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare (including Christian Distinctiveness). I love coming to St Mary’s School and I love St Mary’s School coming to church!’


David Maddison - Diocesan Governor


We currently have two vacancies. One for a Diocesan Governor and one for Parent Governor. Please contact school if you are interested in becoming a parent governor as we would welcome a conversation with you.


Clerk to the Governing Body


Sheila Laithwaite


Our term of office is for 3 years and this starts from the date of appointment. For most it was from August 1st 2016. Our agendas follow the format of:

  • Full Governing Body meetings

  • Standards Meetings

  • Finance and Budget setting meetings


In all of the above meetings we consider the following:

  • Strategic Governance

  • Financial Governance

  • Stakeholders to include staff, parents/carers and the community and pupils.

  • Statutory Duties