St Mary's C .E School

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Governors Page

Welcome to The Governing Body of St Mary's West Derby CE School


The process for contacting any Governor is through marked for their attention. If your query is relating to our current re-opening, online learning and next steps, please be assured that the Senior Leadership can help you with this and we are continuing to answer as many of your questions as possible. 


In this section you will find information about our school Governing Body, including:

  • Our Instrument of Government
  • Details of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body and its committees  
  • Information about each governor, including their:
    • full name, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down (where applicable) and who appointed them (in accordance with the governing body’s instrument of government). It includes category of Governor, role and areas of responsibility or committee membership
    • business and financial interests
    • governance roles in other educational institutions
    • any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)
    • attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over the academic year



Meet the Governors




Mr J. Cain Chair of Governors  (Foundation Governor - Diocese)

Mrs K Begley Vice Chair of Governors (Foundation Governor – PCC) 


Mr J. Macdonald (Parent Governor)

Ms S. Garnier  (LA Governor)

Mrs L. Dowdeswell (Foundation governor-PCC)


Mrs. J. Driscoll (Staff Governor)

Mr D Harrop (  Headteacher)


Fr Stephen Boyd (Ex-Officio)

Mrs D. Wright  (Foundation Governor – PCC) 

Mr P. Bull (Foundation Governor - PCC)

Mr A. Price (Foundation -PCC)


Instrument of Government

This document explains how the governing body of St Mary’s West Derby CE School is constituted. Section 20 of the Education Act 2002 requires all maintained schools to have an instrument of government which determines the constitution of the governing body and other matters relating to the school. Part 5 of the 2012 Constitution Regulations makes provision regarding the contents and form of the instrument and the procedure for making and reviewing it.

Structure and Responsibilities of The Governing Body and Committees