Meet the Governors

Federated Governing Body of St Matthew's C.E. Primary School and Cowley St Laurence C.E. Primary School

The Governing Body is made up of 18 people, drawn from all walks of life, who are dedicated to ensuring the quality of education offered by our school  improves constantly.  The Federated Governing Body are responsible for not only St Matthew’s C. E. Primary School, but also Cowley St Laurence C.E. Primary School.  They meet regularly to look at a very wide range of issues including the achievement of the children, the quality of the teaching, Leadership and Management, Behaviour and Safety and the Spiritual Development of our pupils

The Governors work in close partnership with the Head of School and other members of the Senior Leadership Team to set the strategic direction of the school.  The role of the Governors is to support the school in decision making and also to question and challenge the school, all in the interests of achieving the best outcome for the children.

The governors of St Matthew's are each assigned to a year group in the school, and act as a 'Link Governor' for this year group. This means that they will make visits to the classes in their assigned year group, and get to know the children, parents and teachers within that year group. This further enables our governors to support the school in achieving our school improvement targets. 

The Governors are accountable to the parents and wider community for the direction of the school.  If you would like to contact us please get in touch with the school office. Additionally, if you would like to see the minutes of any governing body meeting, please make your request at the school office. 

Members of the Governing Body:

Mrs Sarah Flick-Smith  Mrs Verity Williams - Vice Chair of Governors                  
Councillor Janet Duncan Miss Daniella Dean - Chair of Governors
Councillor Shehryar Ahmad-Wallana Mrs Catherine Allen
Rev. Richard Young  
Mrs Linda Ryan  
Mrs Laura Simpson - Parent Governor - Parent Governor 
Mrs Emma Galko - Parent Governor - Parent Governor
Mr E. Small - Staff Governor                                     Mrs J. Coates - Staff Governor

Miss C. Richardson - Head of School at St Matthew's C. E. Primary School

Mr D. Davies - Head of School at Cowley St. Laurence C. E. Primary School

Year Group

Link Governor


Emma Galko & Shehrya Ahmad-Wallana


Linda Ryan & Ann Clarridge


Laura Simpson


Richard Young


Sarah Flick-Smith


Janet Duncan


Catherine Allen

In addition:

Mrs Catherine Mosdell is the Clerk to the Governing Body