Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Our Governing body consists of a minimum of 6 current members. Our Governors are all volunteers and have a fantastic mix of skills and experience.

Their contribution enriches the ‘life of the school’ and ensure that we always striving to improve the curriculum, quality of teaching, facilities,  and opportunities for learning for each and every child.  Our mission is to ensure that each child has the opportunities and support that they need to learn and be inspired whilst growing in their faith and love of Christ.


If you wish to contact our Chair of Governors, please email:

Liz Greene

Liz Greene

Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall

Michelle Laverack

Michelle Laverack

Eileen Reynolds

Eileen Reynolds

How do Governing Bodies work?

The Local Governing Body (LGB) at Saint Mary’s, New Mills is made up of four foundation Governors, who are appointed by the Diocese of Nottingham, and two Parent Governors, who are chosen by the parents.  Each governor is active in the community, brings particular skills to their role, and offers their service on a voluntary basis.  The LGB meets twice a term.  When face to face meetings were not possible, owing to covid restrictions, meetings were held over MS Teams, in order to maintain a continuity of support for our children and staff.  Each governor takes on at least one ‘link governor’ role in Special Educational Needs, Pupil Premium, Safeguarding, Anti-Bullying, Data Protection and is offered regular training to ensure they are up to date with developments in their focus area.  Our school is a part of the Saint Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust; with the LGB acting as a link between the Trust, the school and the local community.  Foremost amongst the responsibilities of the LGB are

  • Ensuring the Catholic ethos of the school.
  • Monitoring the School Development Plan.
  • Supporting and challenging the Headteacher.
  • Developing and monitoring relationships with staff, parents, parish and local community.
  • Ensuring the safeguarding of pupils and staff.

Governors fulfil their monitoring responsibilities by regular visits to school for learning walks, book scrutinies and pupil voice interviews.  If you would like to find out more about the role of your LGB, or offer your services as a governor, feel free to contact the school.

Governors Register of Interest and Attendance Record

Date of AppointmentsTerm of OfficeBusiness and
Pecuniary Interests
Attendance at
Meetings 2022/2023
Mrs Liz GreeneCo-Chair of Governors

Diocese of Nottingham01.11.2021 - 31.10.20244 yearsNone5/7
Mrs Helen WilsonCo-Chair of Governors

Diocese of Nottingham01.07.2020 - 30.06.20244 yearsNone7/7
Mrs Sarah HallParent
Parents01.01.2021 - 31.12.20254 yearsNone4/7
Mrs Michelle LaverackParent
Parents29.11.2023 - 28.11.20274 yearsNonen/a
Mrs Eileen ReynoldsFoundation
Diocese of Nottingham01.03.2024 - 29.2.284 yearsNonen/a

Previous Governors who served in the last 12 months and are no longer in office:

Date of AppointmentsResigned
Ms Sarah ChaplinParent Governor01.01.2117.09.2023
Miss Kerrie-Ann CoxDiocese of Nottingham01.10.202124.02.2023
Mrs Helen WilsonDiocese of Nottingham01.07.202013.11.2023

Annual Reports and Accounts, Members and Trustees Information and Duties

Information in these areas is held on the Saint Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust website or by clicking the link below:


Should you wish to make a complaint, please see the Complaints Policy on the School Policies page of this website in the first instance.

Meeting Dates 2023/2024 (meetings begin at 5.00pm)

Tuesday 19th September 2023

Tuesday 14th November 2023

Tuesday 6th February 2024

Tuesday 26th March 2024

Tuesday 14th May 2024

Tuesday 18th June 2024