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Our Governing Body

St. Mary's Governance

St. Mary's Church of England Primary School is a voluntary controlled school operating within an Instrument of Government authorised by Southampton City Council in conjunction with a the foundation body of Winchester Diocesan Board of Education.


The Governing Body of the school conforms to standing orders and each governor is required to comply with a Code of Conduct which includes declaring relevant business and pecuniary interests. (The Governor Code of Conduct is attached below)


All governors (with the exception of the Headteacher and the vicar of St. Mary's) are appointed for a 4 year term of office which may be renewed. Parent governors are elected by parents of children currently attending the school; the local authority governor is appointed by Southampton City Council; the four foundation governors are appointed by the foundation body; the staff governor is elected by employed members of staff; and four co-opted governors that are appointed by the Governing Body to ensure a balance of skills, knowledge and experience is maintained.

Governing Board 2022

Meet our Chair of Governors at St. Mary's

Chair of Governors - Ms Lisa Benham

St Mary's Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Governing Board Membership

NameGovernor TypeTerm FromTerm ToAdditional InformationRoles
Mrs Hafsa AsmariParent governor
( Parents )
06 Feb 20205 Feb 2024Lead Governor for Special Educational Needs (Sept 20) 
Sunita AugerFoundation governor
( Diocese )
24 Jan 202223 Jan 2026  
Faye BauckAdvisor
( Governing Board )
01 Feb 202231 Jan 2026  
Mrs Lisa BenhamParent governor
( Southampton City Council )
01 Oct 202030 Sep 2024Moved from LA governor to Parent Governor Space - 15th February 2022. No parent governor responses despite  several attempts.
Lisa has children in other Southampton schools and has agreed to take the Parent governor seat.
No changes to term of office dates. 
Sue BowenCo-opted governor
( Governing Board )
01 Feb 202231 Jan 2026  
mr Kevin BrownAssociate Member
01 Dec 202030 Nov 2024School Business Manager 
Mr Tze Yau ChengCo-opted governor
15 Mar 202214 Mar 2026  
Mr Daniel Constable-PhelpsHeadteacher
Abraham DialloLocal Authority Governor
15 Mar 202214 Mar 2026Works for the LA. Agreed to take LA Seat so that Lisa Benham could take the parent seat.  
Helen GarveyFoundation governor
( Diocese )
24 Jan 202223 Jan 2026  
Sarah HobbsCo-opted governor
01 Sep 201931 Aug 2023  
Mrs Amanda HumbyCo-opted governor
( Governing Board )
18 Oct 202117 Oct 2025  
Leanne ScottStaff governor
19 Jan 202218 Jan 2026  
Jamie SkinnerCo-opted governor
Mrs Sharon TaylorOther
Mr Colin WrightClerk

Governing Body Meetings 2021-22

Full Governing board meetings are held on site at St. Mary's Church of England Primary School.


During the academic year 2021-22, consideration has been given to COVID-19 and measures to halt the spread of infection at the school. Governors who are symptomatic, may join virtually. However, since the relaxation of government guidance - we respectfully ask as many governors as possible to attend.

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