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Led by Daniel Mullins as Chair of Governors and Naomi Sumpter as Vice Chair; the governing board of St Mary and St Giles C of E School (Voluntary Aided) are a group of parents, staff and members of the community. The governing body of SMSG seek to promote the highest standards of educational achievement for our children.

 

Our governors:

  • agree the ethos and aims
  • define the strategic direction of the school
  • plan for the future improvement
  • set targets, objectives and monitor progress of the school
  • approve the annual budget
  • ensure the school's resources are used as intended

 

To find out more about our Governors please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of Governors through the school office at either site or by email dmullins@smsg.uk.com.

To register your interest in becoming a school governor should a vacancy arise, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Vacancies - TBA

The Governing Board members

Kate Holland- Headteacher

 

Fiona Ambrose - Foundation

I have been actively involved with St Mary & St Giles since 1990 when my children attended the school and as a Foundation Governor since 2009.  I am Chair of the Resources Committee.

I have a financial services background, hold two Directorships and operate my own business.  My professional and business activities utilise my experience in project management, risk management, financial accounting and restructuring.  These skills are essential in supporting the Governing Board and the school as it moves into its next stage of transformation.

 

Daniel Mullins - Foundation

I am a foundation governor having held this role for a number of years and was appointed as Chair of Governors at St Mary and St Giles C of E School in February 2019. With the support from the newly appointed Vice Chair, Naomi Sumpter I lead the governing body with a clear focus on scrutinising performance and implementing positive change due to recent events and Ofsted inspection.  I’ve been married for 16 yrs and have two children - one has previously passed through SMSG and is now in year 8 at Radcliffe School and the youngest is moving up to year 3 in September 2019. I’m a Stony Stratford resident and grew up in the Town. 

In my professional career I manage and lead the strategic direction of a civil engineering company to ensure we deliver financial stability, client satisfaction and ensure operations are delivered to all HSE standards and required performance.  I’m experienced in project and change management, strategy and policy delivery, business change, finance and risk management as well as a key focus on performance management.

I have an appetite to use my skills to seek positive change in a short timescale while ensuring the change is embedded to provide a long term strategy for the school to improve. 

 

Naomi Sumpter - Parent

I am a parent governor with one child currently in Year 5, two older children who have passed through the school and a fourth child in Year 2 at Russell Street School. Previous to having children, I was a Maths teacher in a local secondary schools and in recent years I have run a toddler group in Stony, volunteered and worked for a local children's charity delivering services for under 5s and been involved with the Parents' Association and Governing Board at our local infants school. I have a passion for education at all levels from toddlers to adults and hope to extend training opportunities through my role as development governor. I also have experience in improving governance and systems and hope that this will assist my role as vice chair.  

 

Clive Williams - Foundation

I am a foundation governor, and along with my colleague Gwen Yates, have responsibility for safeguarding since February 2019. I have been involved as a governor and associate governor with the school since 2014. I have two children - one has passed through years 3 to 6, and one is presently in year 6. In my professional career I have run my own software consultancy business based in Stony Stratford since 2012, and am experienced in project management, recruiting and managing staff for my business, finance and risk management. I am presently using these skills with the governing board providing support and challenge to the school as needed, and helping to forge a longer term strategy for sustainable improvement. 

 

Gwen Yates - Foundation

Shortly after getting married my husband and I travelled overland to South Africa, where we lived for three years on a cacti and Keeshond farm. We returned to the UK travelling overland through Africa and the Middle East and moved to Stony Stratford so that my husband could take up an appointment with the Open University. We have a daughter and a son and four grandchildren (all born from 2013 onwards).

Most of my working life has been spent in London doing a variety of jobs. This has included qualifying as a nurse, teaching at a special needs school; working as an information officer for the British Medical Association and the BMJ and also with the Schools and Youth Team at Christian Aid.

Later I joined the pioneering Citischool (school without walls) in MK at its inception where I devised and presented citizenship sessions. I then moved to the MK Youth Offending Team where I was part of a small team that set up the early prevention project called Platform (originally Platform 8-13) where I worked closely with primary schools, especially those in disadvantaged areas.

As a mature student I completed an Open University (OU) degree where I developed a passion for philosophy. I discovered it was a perfect tool for Platform children and young people who had poor language and communication skills and also challenging for more able pupils. I presented workshops on philosophy for children at the BEST conference in 2008 and at the launch of FACT (First Assess Communication Tool) at the ‘Communication is everybody’s business’ conference in 2011. I attended training with SAPERE (Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education) in 2008 and 2011, and with The Philosophy Foundation in 2014. During my time with Platform I facilitated philosophy groups in many schools in MK and since retiring have continued to present group philosophy sessions on a voluntary basis at SMSG and another local school where I have also run an after school philosophy club. I was a volunteer at Stony Stratford Junior Youth Club for two years.

I am a Foundation governor and was appointed SEND governor in 2013. I have recently been appointed Mental Health Governor and joint Safeguarding Governor with Clive Williams.

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