St. Mary´s CE (A) First School

Learning to love, loving to learn
Our Governors

St Mary’s Church of England Voluntary Aided First School provides education for 3-9 year olds within the Uttoxeter pyramid of schools; it has close links with the Parish church of St Mary's, in the centre of Uttoxeter.

The school building was built in 1907 and a trust was set up within the diocese of Lichfield to provide education to the children in the Heath area of Uttoxeter. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.

It continues to be the responsibility of the governors to provide the best possible Christian education to the children; the governors are accountable to OFSTED, to the local authority and to the Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education, and are inspected regularly.  The full governing body of 14 governors meets at least once a term and there are four committees which also meet regularly: curriculum, finance, extended provision and staffing.  Foundation governors are appointed by the Church, parent governors are elected by parents of children in the school, the local authority appoints a governor, and the staff elect a governor; governors have a wide range of skills and professional expertise, and receive appropriate training.

School governor is an unpaid voluntary position but requires time and commitment to work closely with the Head Teacher and all the staff to raise standards, and to provide a safe environment within which children can learn and grow and reach their full potential.  All the governors are enthusiastic and believe that children’s education is of utmost importance; for the foundation governors it is also a way of expressing their Christian faith and the love of God for the community.

Rev Margaret Sherwin (Chair of Governors) Ex Officio Diocese Oct 2023 Personnel Collective Worship, Governor Development

Trustee of Uttoxeter Learning Trust (ULT) MAT, Rector of area, vicar of Uttoxeter, Daughter employed at school.

Rev Charles Dale (Vice Chair of Governors) Foundation PCC July 2027 Personnel, Finance

History, Geography, RE


Employed by St Mary's PCC.

Jo Moult Head Teacher Governing Body   Personnel, Finance, Curriculum, Nursery & Wrap Around Head Teacher None
Mary Dodgson Foundation Diocese June 2023 Curriculum, Nursery & WrapAround Science, SEND

Chair of Heath Big Local

Laura Wigg-Bailey (Chair of Finance) Local Authority SCC

Aug 2023


French, PSHE/RSE, PE


Sarah Turner Co-opted SCC Dec. 2025 Finance Teacher None
Rachel Vickers  Foundation  PCC April 2027  Finance Maths None
Jennifer Brassington Foundation PCC

Oct 2026

Finance, Nursery & Wrap Around   None
Danielle Austin  Parent Governing Body March 2025 Curriculum Early Years, PP, Safeguarding, LAC None
Gemma Mackinnon  Parent Governing Body Jan 2026 Curriculum D&T None
Theresa Shingler Foundation PCC April 2025 Finance, Nursery & Wrap Around Computing, English None

Terms of Reference - Curriculum Committee

Terms of Reference - Personnel Committee

Terms of Reference - Finance

Terms of Reference - Nursery Wraparound