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Meet The Governors

Mrs Caroline Doherty - Chairman (Foundation)

I have been a Governor at St Marys since 2009 and am the current Chair. I very much see our role as a critical friend to the school, overseeing the strategy set by the Headteacher and senior leadership team, positively challenging when necessary and helping to shape policy. My son was part of the Reception intake in 2007 and I have seen the school through the transition to academy status under the umbrella of the Good Shepherd Trust and continue to work with the fellow governors, Headteacher and staff to ensure the ongoing improvement and success of our school. I feel we are so very fortunate as a community to have such a good school in our village and am proud to be part of an establishment that provides such a happy and productive learning environment. I am also Chair of the Chiddingfold Village Nursery Committee and up until just recently was an elected member of the Village Parish Council. I am a qualified HR professional and work part time using the skills I use in my business life to support the school whenever I can.

Ex Officio/Foundation Governor (PSCHE/RE link)

"Coming Soon"

Mrs Janis Radcliffe - Headteacher (ex officio)

I believe strongly that all communities should have good schools and hope that my contribution as Headteacher and School Governor will help the school to realize its ambition to become one of the best primary schools in Surrey.

I have three adult children of my own and am passionate about education. I am committed to supporting St Mary’s Primary School to enable it to go from strength to strength to achieve the reputation it deserves in the community. The challenges are to work with the staff, governors and senior leaders to ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential, whatever their background, whatever their ability.

In my professional career I have worked in a variety of schools including maintained and independent, primary and secondary schools. I have been a Headteacher and Governor since 2005 and previously had 16 years’ experience as a class teacher, science specialist, subject leader, departmental manager and Deputy Head. Prior to this I had a very enjoyable career in the National Health Service in the field of Medical Laboratory Sciences.

It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with parents, pupils, governors and colleagues to ensure that St Mary’s is viewed with a sense of pride, by all who are associated with the school.

Mr Brett Freeman - Parent Governor (proposed SEN Link)

BA, MA, PGCE, NPQH – teacher for 25 years, 14 years in senior management of schools and colleges. Currently Principal of a Sixth Form College. Qualified Ofsted Assistant Inspector, fully trained in safeguarding and a governor in a secondary school from 2005 – 2012 and Governor of St Mary’s since 2012, with two children in the school. Interested in all aspects of learning, including pedagogy, quality systems and broad and balanced educational provision.

Mr Paul Mercer - Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor at St. Mary's C of E School in Chiddingfold since Summer 2014 having previously served on a governing board at a south east London primary school for 6 years. I am also the Link Governor for Health and Safety at the school and so will be working closely with colleagues to ensure that the school estate and related H&S policies are maintained to their present high-standards, so that our children are safe and are able to thrive when at school
I am a Project Director at the Office of Communications (Ofcom) working in the telecommunications sector, having previously worked for Ofcom on the delivery of the London Olympics and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. I am currently a work-based coach and I attained an MBA from the Open University in 2008. I have an avid interest in a range of sports.

Mr Joe McCarthy-Holland - Parent Governor

I have lived in the village for 10 years with my wife and 3 children currently at the school. I teach Physics and Computing at Godalming College where I am also involved in eLearning and the Duke of Edinburgh’s award. I am particularly interested in the developments in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) curriculum.

Mr Ben Moir - Co-opted Governor (safeguarding & PE link)

Currently Director of Sport & Activities at Rokeby Prep School, Kingston upon Thames (since Jan 2010), but soon to take up position at Longacre as Assistant Head (Pastoral). Prior to that taught at Lanesborough for six and a half years. In addition to my roles at Rokeby, I am also an Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate and Chairman of the Independent Schools PE Conference. I have played cricket for Chiddingfold since 2000 and lived in the village since 2008. My role on the Governing Body is as a Community Governor with the responsibility for Safeguarding.

Mrs Hughes - Parent Governor

I am pleased to have been elected to the role of parent governor. I am mum to twin girls in year 1, and am delighted to be part of the St. Mary’s community. I work part time as a specialist orthopaedic small animal veterinary surgeon, and train dressage horses in my spare time. I feel that education has enabled me to realise my aspirations in life, having studied at Cambridge University and undertaken several further professional qualifications during my career. My love for learning began at primary age, and I passionately believe that an excellent primary school provides the basis for lifelong learning skills.

I enjoy team work, and have a genuine desire to assist St. Mary’s in realising its objectives and becoming an outstanding school. I have experience of running my own business, and many of the skills that I have learnt are transferable to this situation. I undertake responsibility daily at work, and am accustomed to making decisions that are sometimes difficult. I am caring and empathetic by nature, and will always stand up for my beliefs and principles. The children at the school deserve the very best, and, if elected to this role, I would be dedicated to achieving this for them.

Mrs Sheila Buckley - Teacher Governors

Sheila Buckley - I have lived in the village and worked in the school since 2001. I was a class teacher for 11 years as well as being the SENDCo and part of the Senior Leadership Team for the last five years. I obtained my Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs in 2012. I am also Key Stage Two Leader and Co-ordinator of Assessment and Data. I have 3 children, 2 now at secondary school and 1 still attending St. Mary’s. I feel strongly about inclusive education, providing all children with the opportunities, skills and strategies to achieve their full potential irrespective of their starting points. I thoroughly enjoy working as part of the teaching team and governing body to ensure that all children in our care get the very best education they deserve.

Miss Ali Howells

Originally from Swansea, I moved to Surrey in 2011 to teach Year 6 at St Mary’s and I haven’t looked back since! During my time at the school I have also taught in Year 3, and have recently moved to KS1 where I am currently the Year 2 teacher. With a passion for teaching English, in 2013 I became Literacy Subject Leader, and in this role I have strived to instil a love of reading; to promote high standards of presentation and to drive improvements in writing and spelling at St Mary’s to ensure the best outcomes for all pupils. A staff governor since January 2017, I am proud to be part of such a dedicated, supportive and collaborative team of staff and governors, and love working with such delightful children.

All Governors can be contacted via the School Office or at