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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 2019)


Our Ofsted report in March 2019 stated;

"The governing body provides effective support to the school. Governors are ambitious for the school. They have a good understanding of what the school does well and what it needs to do to be even better. They make regular visits to check on the schools work towards meeting its priorities and they understand the importance of holding leaders to account".




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.


Claire Godfrey - Head Teacher of Bulwell St Mary’s Primary and Nursery



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 one vacancy for a Diocesan Governor.


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