Middleton St Mary's CE (VC) Primary School

Governing Board Information


Middleton St Mary's Governing Board are committed to working closely with parent/carers, all children and staff to ensure that your child has the opportunity to succeed. As a school we strive to offer a secure and stimulating environment that meets the needs of all our pupils. We acknowledge the importance of strong parent/carer and community links and recognise parent/carers as vital partners in their child’s education.

As governors we visit the school on a regular basis, attend meetings and take part in school events throughout the school year. Part of our task is to ensure that the school achieves the highest standards in all aspects of school life, academic, non-academic, extra curricular and pastoral.

In January, the Governing Board took the decision to establish a Joint Review Group (JRG). A JRG is a Leeds Local Authority initiative to strengthen the effectiveness of leadership and management including governance of maintained schools, so that outcomes for pupils are improved.

The Strategic Improvement Group

The Strategic Improvement Group consists of the Local Authority, the Chair of Goverors and the Headteacher: 

Mrs S Golia - Senior School Improvement Associate Mrs L Singleton - Chair - Co-opted Governor Mrs N Wood - Headteacher

Mrs S Golia

Senior School Improvement Advisor

Mrs L Singleton

Chair-Co-opted Governor

Mrs N Wood


What do Governors do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy head teacher. In some schools the site is owned by the governing body. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend)

The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.

The Full Governing Board (FGB) currently meet 8 times per year. A Joint Review Group (JRG) including members of the Governing Board, the Local Authority and Diocese meet 6 times per year to provide further support and challenge school leaders with a particular focus on attainment and progress data. 

 National Governance Association



The Full Governing Board Members

Liz Singleton - Chair of the Governing Board Andrea Render - Foundation Governor Suzanne Aston - Associate Governor Claire Wood - Staff Governor Billy Waters - Co-opted Governor

Mrs L Singleton

Chair of Governors & Local Authority Governor

Mrs A Render

Foundation Governor

Mrs S Aston

Associate Governor

Mrs C Wood

Staff Governor

Mr B Waters

Co-opted Governor


Mrs T Clephan

Co-opted Governor

Ms A Tamasheva

Co-opted Governor

Mrs S Kerr

Parent Governor





Pen Portraits

Liz Singleton - Chair of the Governing Board and the Teaching & Learning Committee. Local Authority Governor

Liz joins us, as a co-opted governor and Chair of the Governing Board, with significant experience in education over the last 35 years. Having been a teacher, school improvement professional, OFSTED inspector and governor at several schools she is well placed to support our school as we journey to becoming a great school within our local community.

Recently retired, Liz volunteers as a Leeds Local Leader of Governance to support and develop the skills of school governors.


Naomi Wood - Headteacher

Naomi is the Headteacher at Middleton St Mary’s and has been a Governor at the school since September 2016 when she took up the post of Executive Head with the responsibility for three schools at the time. In September 2017, she was delighted to be appointed as Substantive Headteacher with the challenge of moving the school to good.
Naomi has been a governor for 15 years at two schools and has supported other governing boards within Calderdale. She brings experience in school leadership and management through her experience of being a Headteacher for 14 years. She has been employed in four other schools throughout her career, and before being the Head at St Mary’s,  supported many different schools within Calderdale. She was the Cluster Lead for 22 schools for three years, Deputy Head in a Calderdale School and Advanced Skills Teacher for the Early Years Foundation Stage, providing support and training for teachers and Headteachers.

Andrea Render - Foundation Representative and Chair of the Resources Committee

Andrea's connections to the school go back over 30 years when her own sons started school at Middleton St Mary's, to the present day as her grandchildren now attend.

For many years Andrea worked within the banking sector, so  brings financial and team working expertise to the Governing Board. She was a governor, and vice-chair of governors for several years at a previous middle school, so I understand the level of commitment required for anyone taking on this role. She have been involved in visiting school on a day to day basis, at school events and visits, and really enjoys making personal connections with the staff and pupils

Andrea attends St Mary’s church, and is Churchwarden, has close ties to the community and works with the school to forge stronger links between school and church.


Sam Golia - Associate Member

Senior Primary School Improvement Advisor – Sam’s career has spanned over 10 years and across 5 authorities, - both in a multi-academy trust and the local authority. During that time Sam has had a range of roles from being a moderator, an SLE, assessment lead, mentor and coach to NQTS, English Lead, Assistant Headteacher,  Headteacher and school improvement advisor across the school systems. During that time Sam has affected and sustained change and improved outcomes for all learners.


Billy Waters - Co-opted Member  

Billy has joined the JRG as a co-opted member. He currently works as an Assistant Headteacher at St Bartholomew's C of E Primary School in Armley. He has 9 years experience working within education, and leads on: Phase leadership and development, Curriculum and Child Protection in his current role. As a part of the school's senior leadership team, he is responsible for a lot of the shared decision making and daily running of a large inner city primary school. 


Suzanne Aston - Associate Governor 

Suzanne has been the Assistant Head for Inclusion  at Middleton St Mary’s since September 2016 and she has been recently appointed joint Deputy Head (May 2020). She has previously taught across the primary age range and in specialist provision. Suzanne is a mum and grandma and feels that this gives a different insight into school life as we all want the very best for our children. "Middleton St Mary’s school community has a great big heart and I absolutely adore being part of it. I am passionate about the inclusion and well being of all our families and it is a huge privilege to be part of a governing board and staff team who share this commitment."


Claire Wood - Staff Governor

Claire joined the governing board in March 2020. She joined the school in September 2018 as one of our Year 6 teachers, having previously had experience of teaching Upper and Lower Key Stage 2 children in Manchester schools, including 6 years at a Church of England school in Oldham.

In September 2019, Claire was successfully appointed as Phase Leader for Year 5/6 with a responsibility for leading English across the school. More recently, Claire has been appointed as an Assistant Head. With a degree in English Language, she has a passion for reading and writing and is dedicated to improving standards at Middleton St Mary’s. Claire brings a strong understanding of the demands of the primary curriculum and teaching and learning at St Mary’s. 


Tracy Clephan - Co-opted Governor

Tracy joined the governing board this summer.

More information to follow. 


Aylin Tamasheva - Co-opted Governor

Aylin formally joined the governing board in March 2022. More to follow....

Sarah Kerr - Parent Governor

Sarah joined the governing board in March 2022 and is really looking forward to supporting the school on its journey.

"I am a mum of five with three of my children now attending Middleton st Mary’s, my children love the school. I am employed as a part time supervisor at Paperchase which I thoroughly enjoy due to my love of stationery. 

I am really looking forward to taking on my new role as parent governor and getting an inside look at how the school works and helping it to make any improvements needed." 


Pending - Parent Governor   

Pending - Ex-Officio/Foundation Governor

Pending - CO-OPTED Governor


Annual Statement

 2020_21 Annual Statement of the Governing Body.pdfDownload
 Annual Statement MSM 2018-2019.pdfDownload
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