Local Committee

Meet the Governors

I’d like to introduce myself as Brett Freeman, Chair of St Mary’s Primary School Local Committee and a resident of Chiddingfold for fourteen years. My two children had a wonderful experience at the school and I have been privileged to serve as a member of the committee for 13 years and for the last 6 years as Chair.  I do my best to use my professional practice and skills gained over 33 years in teaching, including more than 20 in senior management in schools and Colleges, to help and support the Head, the school, its pupils and the Local Governing Committee.

At St Mary's C of E Primary School, we are proud to be part of an academy trust that is committed to providing the highest quality education for our children. The Local Committee, also known as the governing body, plays a central role in ensuring the smooth running and success of our school. The Committee works with the officers and trustees of The Good Shepherd’s Trust, the Multi Academy Trust which oversees the work of the school.

The Local Committee is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the school, working closely with myself, the headteacher, and the senior leadership team. The LGC’s main duty is to quality assure the school to ensure it provides a broad, balanced, and inclusive curriculum that enables all children to thrive. This includes monitoring the effectiveness of teaching and learning, reviewing policies, and ensuring the school's resources are managed effectively.

Furthermore, the local committee is dedicated to nurturing an environment where our school values are understood and lived out by all our children. These values are not only fundamental in shaping their character during their time at St Mary's but also in preparing them for their futures. We believe that by instilling these values, our children will develop into responsible, caring, and compassionate individuals who will make a positive difference in society.

As a Church of England school, we aspire to do something meaningful and give back to the community which shapes the lives of all our pupils. The Local Committee actively seeks opportunities for our school to contribute to the local area, fostering a sense of civic responsibility among our children. We firmly believe that by engaging in community service and outreach programmes, our children will develop a deep sense of gratitude, empathy, and social awareness.

Brett Freeman


Brett Freeman - Chairman

email: freeman@stmarys-godalming.surrey.sch.uk

Sheila Buckley

Alison Evans

Rev Rachel Greene

Jane Bell

Joe McCarthy-Holland

Paul Mercer

Jonathan Willis

Rebecca Griffiths

Yvette Oqvist - Clerk