The overall purpose of the Governing Body is to help provide the best possible education and safest environment for all of our children, staff and families at St Mary's Primary School.
This involves setting the school’s vision and strategic aims and agreeing plans and policies. It is responsible for ensuring the appropriate curriculum is taught and monitors and evaluates performance acting as a critical friend to the Senior Leadership Team to challenge and support them managing and improving the school.
The Governing Body works in partnership with the Senior Leadership Team to determine how the school budget should be spent which is linked to the School Improvement Plan.
The Governors are drawn from our community and are chaired by Mr Mark Broughton. Governors regularly visit the school which gives them a chance to talk meaningfully in meetings about the life of the school. Governors are kept up to date with all events in the school and any new initiatives that we may be implementing.
Chair of Governors : Mr Mark Broughton
The Chair of Governors can be contacted through the school office.
MARK BROUGHTON — Foundation Governor. I became a Foundation Governor in 2016 and Chair of Governors in 2020. In 2019, I retired from teaching Modern Languages in secondary schools, so I am pleased to be able to use a lifetime’s experience of education in support of a local church school.
I am constantly struck by the dedication of the staff to the education of the children and to making a difference in their lives. It is a privilege to serve a school that seeks to nurture Christian faith and values in the children, the staff and across the community.
KATIE BROWN — Foundation Governor. I have been a governor at St Mary’s since 2007. I have had a variety of governor roles at the school, and I’m currently the vice Chair of the governing body and Chair the Finance Committee. I have lived in Kettering since 2003 and currently work in West Northants council as an Assistant Director in Adult Social Care. My areas of interest are HR and special educational needs. I am really proud of the ethos at St Mary’s and committed to ensuring that this underpins everything we do as a governing body.
ALEX COLLEY — Governor. I am a classics teacher at a secondary school in Lincolnshire. Originally from Northampton, I used to work at Northampton Saints rugby club and at the British Museum in London before teaching. I am currently a Head of Year and transition lead and my husband and I previously ran a school boarding house for boys aged 11 – 16 years. I have a four year old son who attends our local church school. I am really interested in improving education especially for children with particular learning needs having studied inclusive practice as part of my PGCE qualification.
TRACEY HORTON — My name is Tracey Horton, I am a mother to 3 wonderful people, my youngest daughter Isabella started at St Mary's Church of England VA Primary Academy in September 2019. My husband and I were thrilled to find out that Isabella was accepted to our first choice of primary school.
In such a short time at St Mary’s, Isabella has blossomed from a shy little girl into a confident little lady who looks forward to school every day. Isabella enjoys learning! This I attribute to the wonderful Teachers and great Leadership at St Mary’s, who create a fascinating experience of education in a fun, safe and caring environment, underpinned by the school’s core values.
I am an IT Technical Specialist for Inter Systems, a global company developing IT systems and delivering digital solutions predominantly to the healthcare, financial and government sector. My office is over 3000 miles away in Boston Massachusetts. I work from home! The commute would be tiresome. I do however often have the need to work US hours, a challenge sometimes on the work-life balance. Luckily my husband is a great cook.
My family and I are passionate for our community. Actively promoting the development of friendships and neighbourly kindness. I hope that becoming a school governor will allow me to extend that reach of positivity for generations to come.
MELVYN HUNTER — Foundation Governor. I graduated in chemistry and taught chemistry and physics to ‘A’ level for 23 years, then set up a computer business: I continued teaching but at further and higher level. I have served in total 31 years as a governor in a number of church schools and served as chair for a number of years. Having run a business, I hope I am able to contribute to the financial management of the school. I am also passionate about Safeguarding being a safeguarding trainer to Peterborough Diocese and safeguarding officer to my church. I have also completed training in data protection and am presently the school data protection officer. I am also involved in monitoring the school web-site content and RE and worship within the school.
MARGARET JAMES –Foundation Governor. I have had the pleasure of being a Foundation Governor at St Mary’s Primary School for just over a year. My previous employment prior to retirement was Personal Assistant to the District Catering Manager at Kettering General Hospital — a busy position — and in charge of all staff restaurants. My position was eventually made redundant, and I moved on to become manager of the Kettering Mind Charity Shop — a position I enjoyed very much. When I retired I applied to be a School Governor. I have taken a variety of training courses and do my best to continue keeping this up to date. I take my Governor position very seriously, and I am pleased to be a part of this wonderful school. For fun, I am also manager of Voices Aloud Kettering based choir, whose public performances in churches and on stage raise funds for charities.
KHARAN DABO - I moved to Kettering with my family four years ago. St Mary's has been our first choice due to a “Good” Ofsted report and because it was the school closer to our home. I am a dad of two children, the eldest is attending his first year in university and the youngest is a year three student at St Mary’s. For a living I am a Train Manager and Mentor for East Midlands Railways however, my favourite role is to be a Dad, a Family man. My daughter, Leah, has started her education at this school and her continued progress has been fantastic. The school staff, from the Head Teacher, Teachers and all the support Staff have always demonstrated great passion and care towards the children, which has improved throughout our daughter’s experience. Becoming a School Governor is an opportunity to be more involved in the School’s community and show my daughter how relevant her education is for our family and myself.