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St Mary's
Church of England Primary School

A learning community dedicated to building
respectful and responsible citizens and empowering all learners.

Governors/Interim Executive Board (IEB)

Welcome to our Governors’ section

Governors are responsible for overseeing the management side of a school: strategy, policy, budgeting and staffing. They enable our school to run as effectively as possible, working alongside the Headteacher and supporting teachers to provide excellent education to children. Being a school governor is a commitment to attending the IEB meetings which consider issues such as setting the school vision, mitigating financial risk and scrutinising educational outcomes. They are also involved in the school community, acting as critical friends to the headteacher.  Governors bring a wide range of skills and expertise from their professional lives to the governing board and schools benefit greatly from working with skilled volunteers, for example anyone with experience of finance, law, premises management or human resources

At present, St. Mary's CofE (VC) Primary School has an Interim Executive Board (IEB) who undertake all aspects of governance at our school.  The IEB is a small group of governors with considerable skills and experience in education to support the school leadership team to address the key school improvement priorities identified.  


The IEB does not have committees but uses the specialist knowledge and understanding of the group to ensure all governance requirements are met.  Whilst individuals do have specific areas of expertise and use these to inform the IEB, the IEB works collectively overall.  


Robin Taverner - Chair of the IEB (appointed September 2020)


Key Experience

• 16 years headship experience in 2 schools.

• Joint executive headteacher providing support to a school in an Ofsted category.

• School Improvement Partner and Adviser

• Lead Ofsted Inspector


Areas of particular expertise

• Supporting leadership in self-evaluation

• Supporting leadership in the development of whole school effectiveness

• Training and supporting school leaders at all levels including school governors

• Use and analysis of performance data


Sean Tobin - CEO Berlesduna Trust


Heather Tetchner - Member of the IEB (appointed July 2017)


The school's Diocese support partner focused on supporting the Teaching & Learning Environment.


Heather advises the IEB on the religious, spiritual and Church of England aspects of the school. 

The Berlesduna Academy Trust Governance and Trustee Information

Governor Membership