"And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them."

Luke 6:31

How have you been a good friend today?

"Love is more important than anything else. It's what ties everything completely together."

Colossians 3:14

How did God show his love for the world?
How do you show your love for others?
What can you do today to show love to other people?

'God said to human beings, "Fill the earth with people and look after it. Care for all that I have made."'

Genesis 1:27

What is our responsibility to care for God's world?
How can I behave responsibly today?
Who relies on me to act responsibly?

"I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don't be afraid."

Isaiah 41:13

How was Jesus courageous?
What helps people to be courageous?
How have you shown courage today?

"It is better to be honest and poor than dishonest and rich."

Proverbs 16:8

Why is it important to be honest?

"Try to earn the respect of others."

Romans 12:17, paraphrase

Who do you respect and why?
What sort of behaviour earns respect?
What do you do to show you respect someone?

Governors at St Martin's

Governors Rationale

Governors are people who have an interest in the role of schools in their community and want to make a positive contribution to the success of local schools and to improve the educational standards and achievements of their pupils.


The Governance Handbook, published by the Department for Education, states that the purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. The Governing Body has three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Crucially, Governors need to use and be familiar with objective data on the performance of pupils, teachers and finances so that they can ask the right questions and ensure resources are allocated to school priorities.


Our Governing Body has agreed that Part 1 of its meetings will be open to observers.
Observers are invited to be present at meetings of the Full Governing Body, provided that:

  1. They have made a request, in writing to, Tessa Jones, the Clerk to the Governing Body, to attend the “open” part of any meeting.
  2. The requests to attend is sent no less than 14 days before the date of the meeting to tjones@stmartinsepsom.school.
  3. There is sufficient capacity/space to attend the meeting. Should space be available, the Clerk to the Governing Body will email an invitation to attend the meeting, and the agenda, seven days before the meeting.
  4. Persons attending the meeting understand that they will be recorded in the minutes as “In attendance”.
  5. Persons attending meetings understand that they are doing so at the invitation of the governing body and, as observers only, they must agree to:
    1. Not speak or in any other way interrupt the meeting.
    2. Leave the meeting at the request of the Chair of Governors if any part is deemed, by the governing body, to be confidential.
    3. Not record any part of the meeting electronically or in writing.

Failure to abide by these expectations may result in an individual being asked to withdraw from the meeting and potentially be refused an invitation to future meetings.

In 2019/2020, governor business will be conducted through two full meetings each term. The first of these will focus primarily on leadership and management, and will include resources and premises matters. The second of the termly Full Governing Body (FGB) meetings will focus primarily on outcomes for learners and teaching and learning matters. 


Agreed Minutes from Part 1 of Previous Governing Body Meetings

Part 1 minutes of Full Governing Body meetings are posted to the website when approved by the Governing Body.


 10.12.19 Minutes.pdfDownload
 24.10.19 Minutes.pdfDownload
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 17.10.2018 Minutes.pdfDownload
 11.12.2018 Minutes.pdfDownload
 06.02.2019 Minutes.pdfDownload
 02.04.2019 Minutes.pdfDownload
 29.04.2019 Minutes.pdfDownload
 23.05.2019 Minutes.pdfDownload
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Dates of FGB meetings in Academic Year 2020/2021


These will be published once they have been agreed

Key Information about our Governors

Full Name Category Position of Responsibility
Mr Robert Burns Foundation

Chair of Governors

Governor appointed for liaison in the event of an allegation against the Executive Principal

Lead Governor for Resources

Mrs Katherine Brook Foundation

Vice Chair of Governors

Lead Governor for Child Protection and Safeguarding

Mrs Sarah Chorley Foundation Lead Governor for Attainment and Progress
Mr Christopher Gould Foundation Lead Governor for Resources
Mr Stephen Hall Parent
Mrs Linda Hutchings Local Authority Lead Governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Local Authority Council and Pupil Premium
Mrs Anna Keith Foundation Lead Governor for Christian Distinctiveness and Religious Education
Mr Anthony Marsh Executive Principal
Reverend Nick Parish Foundation

Lead Governor for the Children's Centre

Lead Governor for Christian Distinctiveness and Religious Education

Mrs Angharad Todd Parent Lead Governor for Attainment and Progress
Mrs Rachel Hill Staff
Mr Robert Young Foundation Lead Governor for Resources
Mrs Tessa Jones Clerk to the Governors
Mrs Maggie Downs Associate Member
Mrs Kate Marchesi Associate Member

Full details about the members of our Governing Body can be downloaded by clicking this link.


Should you wish to contact the Governing Body, you may email chairofgovernors@stmartinsepsom.school