Led by Daniel Mullins as Chair of Governors 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register your interest in becoming a school governor please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Governing Board members
Kate Holland- Headteacher
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. 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 4 in September 2020. 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.
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 been appointed as Mental Health and Safeguarding Governor.
Dawn Robinson – LA Governor
I have been a Headteacher for over 20 years. I am a National Leader of Education having had 9 outstanding inspections in my schools. I have chaired Management Boards in a number of schools taking on the role of Chair of Governors. I was a Headteacher in a Church of England Voluntary Aided School for over 10 years. I have previously been an Advanced Skills Teacher for English and maths. My current role is Headteacher of Russell Street School. It is very important for me to work with Miss Holland and the Governing Board of SMSG to secure an outstanding education for our children across the two schools. Miss Holland and I have worked together before and achieved rapid improvements in our previous school moving the school very quickly from inadequate to good.
Carly Elsworth -Parent Governor
Rita Wiseman – Diocesan Governor
I strongly believe that learning should be stimulating and fun. Every child’s first impression of ‘learning’ is key and it will mould their future attitude towards their education. School is a vibrant part of the community and an essential part of children and families lives.
I have over 30 years experience in both the statutory and voluntary sector working with children and families. I have a background in social work and education, having taught on the Post Qualifying social work course at Goldsmith University, as well as on the Public Service MA.at Birmingham University.
I was the head of Early Years Education for a local authority in the Midlands, before being contracted by the Government as the National Director for ‘Together for Disabled Children’, where I was responsible for managing a national programme to ensure that local authorities did better for disabled children with both capital and revenue grants.
After retiring I was commissioned by a national charity to review and turn round a government program that had not been successful. Since retiring I have worked voluntarily as chair of a local nursery and play scheme as well as supporting organisations with policies and procedures.
I appreciate how important the role of Governor is especially for the school at this time so can promise my commitment to support the staff in their work to take forward the future development so that together with parents and children the school can flourish enabling all children to reach their potential.