Governors at St Matthews

The school demonstrates good practice in:

  • A positive, stimulating and inspiring learning environment which results in happy, highly motivated and successful pupils.
  • The inspirational leadership of the Headteacher whose solution focused and pragmatic response to challenges engenders a sense of hope and resilience in her team.  A strong leadership team who take an active role in coaching less experienced and less effective staff to improve their practice.
  • A strong curriculum offer, effectively led by the Deputy Headteacher, which is embedded in an agreed pedagogical approach to learning.
  • The leadership’s generosity of spirit in providing support to colleagues in other schools whenever this is requested.
  • The schools outstanding approach to the personal and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils which results in a harmonious school community.
  • The high value the school places on the professional development of staff which has a significant impact on its sustainability and capacity to improve, moving securely towards being an outstanding school in all areas.
  •  Its outstanding Early Years provision which is a beacon of effective practice and strong leadership.

Severn Teaching School Annual Summary Report to Governors September 2020

It goes on to say 

  • Strengths: Undoubtedly the drive, optimism and vision setting of the Headteacher is a significant strength of the school. Her expectations and ambitions are high for all pupils and staff. She does all she can to support them to be successful. The Headteacher has nurtured and trained other senior leaders, key subject leaders and governors, to strengthen their monitoring and evaluation skills. She utilises external support, including from the Severn Teaching School Alliance (STSA) adviser, well to strengthen leadership capacity. The school’s approach to skilling up leaders to do their job successfully is embedded in a well-established coaching programme. This means that the skills of the most successful teachers are being cascaded to those who need further support. Core subject leaders respond very well to the training they receive and are keen to improve their leadership skills. For example, the maths subject leader demonstrated increased confidence as he accurately identified strengths and development points whilst undertaking lesson observations with the Ofsted inspector. The robust monitoring and evaluation processes and procedures in the school mean that pupils who fall behind are quickly scooped up and given the extra support they need. This helps to ensure that the progress pupils make is good, including the most vulnerable and those with SEND. This was highlighted in the school’s inspection report . The Deputy Headteacher has worked hard to ensure that the curriculum offer is effective in helping pupils to succeed. It was noted that this piece of work had been led well in the school’s recent Ofsted (Feb 2020)

All schools have a Governing Body, which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. They work in close partnership with the Head teacher, staff and the Local Authority (Feb 2020). They bring a range of interests, knowledge and skills to the school and they all work in a voluntary capacity. Governors give their service voluntarily and no formal qualifications are necessary although there are eligibility criteria.

Whilst the Head teacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are frequently involved with such things as: ensuring pupil premium funding is allocated effectively to close the gaps leading to accelerated progress and raised attainment; staffing; curriculum; health and safety; safeguarding; school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives. The Governing Body works as a team with shared responsibilities.

Recently St.Matthew’s governing body have gone to great lengths to understand the school and its strategic direction and are totally committed to drive standards and attainment upwards in close partnership with the Head teacher and Senior Leadership team together with our Local Authority School Improvement Partner.

We have a talented Governing Body who believe passionately that our distinctively Christian Ethos, Aims and Values which are embedded in our School Community make us a rich, inclusive learning environment where all children are nurtured to achieve their true potential. We are extremely grateful for their enthusiasm and commitment to ensuring the very best education for all our children at St.Matthew’s.

How can you contact a Governor?

Governors at St.Matthew’s C.E (Aided) Primary School and Nursery are always approachable through contacting the school office or emailing directly from the following email list

Mrs Anna Hill Foundation Governor

Chair of Governors

Link Governor CIC, Safeguarding, English

 Vice Chair Mrs Heather Cooper


Governor for Pupil Premium


Mrs K Clark Headteacher


Teacher Governor 

Mrs Rebecca Wilson Deputy Head responsible for SEND/ Safeguarding


Mrs Beverley Porter

LA co-opted Governor responsible for SEND / EYFS



Ex-officio- Rev.Paula Smith

Link Governor for RE



Parent Governors

Mrs K Rivers

Mr Daniel Antwi


Foundation Gov - Mrs Jacqueline Sach


Martin Webb 

Link Governor for PE/IT/ Health and safety



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