St Marys Catholic Primary School – Local Governing Body

Elizabeth Docherty

Link Governor for Personal Development (including Wellbeing)

Elizabeth first joined the Governing Body at St Mary’s five years ago and has returned after a break. She volunteers at St Anne’s Church arranging flowers and is involved in the fundraising efforts there. She also helps some parishioners with travel. Raising a family of seven children gives Elizabeth lots of life experience. She enjoys art, reading, flower arranging, baking and taking trips to the beach with her family.

Elizabeth says, “I don’t have any qualifications or special skills but I am raising a family with five children still of school age and a husband who is disabled, so I understand the difficult situations thrown up by family life. I am also aware of how each child and parent has different abilities and challenges of their own.

I have lived in the area served by the school for twenty-five years and watched how much it has changed over this time. St Mary’s has been a part of my family life for the last seventeen years as all my children have attended the school, the youngest just starting aged three. I love being involved with the church family and decided I wanted to try and help with the school family too. I did not get a chance at education and have had to learn everything I know on my own. This was not easy and reduces the number of opportunities later in life, so my mission is to help other children to get the best education possible by helping the staff to give the children every opportunity to achieve their goals in life.

I think St Mary’s and other schools have grown being part of the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust. The school does a fantastic job adjusting to changing times and meeting each individual child’s needs. I would like to see the school continue to develop and ensure every child grows to be the best they can be.

I am still learning how to be a Governor and think I always will as situations and learning changes all the time, but I am proud to be a Governor. Over the years my family have been supported by St Mary’s and while I am on the Governing Body I will try to help and do my best for the staff and pupils and the community they represent.”

Jill Manders, BA (Hons) QTS

Link Governor for Quality of Education and Pupil Premium

Jill has been a member of the Governing Body at St Mary’s since 2019 and holds the position of Vice Chair. Jill is currently a Deputy Headteacher at a different Catholic Primary School and has first-hand knowledge of the challenges that schools can face. She has a wealth of experience to offer the Governing Body.

Jill says, “Having worked in Catholic education in the Diocese for a number of years I hope to be able to offer support and advice as a Governor”.

Anna McClurey – Headteacher

Anna has been Headteacher at St Mary’s Catholic Primary since July 2020 and is Primary Strategic Lead for English. She has been welcomed with open arms. She recognises one of the key features of the school is a warm and inclusive school community.

Anna is passionate about providing the children with a literacy rich curriculum with talking and reading at its heart. Anna’s positive outlook has brought the staff at the school and members of the local community together on various occasions engaging in activities that enrich the lives of the children at school.

Anna says, “As the new Headteacher I have been given a very warm welcome; the sense of community and enthusiasm for the school has been evident since my appointment to the role. Our world needs outstanding citizens who have the skills and desire to make a difference.”

Simon Carey, BA (Hons)

Link Governor for Quality of Education, Personal development (including Wellbeing) and PE & Sports

Simon joined the Governing Body recently. He has been a teacher in Catholic Education for twenty-eight years and a reader and eucharistic minister at Holy Name of Mary. Volunteering as the Cleveland Schools FA Secretary and managing the U16 Boys, you can see how passionate he is about sport. Simon also enjoys a round of golf.

Simon says, “I was happy to be involved with the Governing Body when asked so that I could give something back to the local schools with the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust family. Although I don’t live within the catchment area of the St Mary’s I hope that I can bring something of my experience to support the school and the local community. As a practising Catholic, I have been very impressed by the religious and moral ethos evident throughout the school and hope to play my part in ensuring that this continues.

My vision for the future of the school is to see it growing and flourishing as part of the wider NPCAT family.”

Audrey Kirby – Foundation Governor

Link Governor for Safeguarding

Kathryn Phelps – Staff Governor

Link Governor for SEND