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Clare White     Foundation Governor    Chair of Governors

I have been a member of the governing body of Bolton-on-Swale St Mary's since October 2010 when I was appointed as a Foundation Governor. I am link governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities which is an area in which I have a particular interest.  I also sit on the Resource and Curriculum Committees.

I have two daughters, both of whom have attended the school. I  held the post of Vice-Chair for two years before I was appointed Chair of Governors for the first time in 2013.  I am a very regular visitor to the school and get great pleasure from seeing the children flourish and learn new skills; enjoying the richness of all that is on offer.

I believe it is important that the children of St. Mary's are given the greatest opportunity to flourish, not only through their academic success, but through what they achieve in their sporting, musical, dramatic and artistic development; the school fully embodies the  philosophy of ‘Developing the whole child’.


Lisa Hutchinson    Parent Governor    Vice-Chair of Governors

I was delighted to be elected as a Parent Governor in December 2013.    I have had two children in school and they both enjoyed all that is on offer at Bolton-on-Swale.

As a governor I have been able to gain a privileged and valuable insight into the day to day running of our school and into primary school education as a whole, as well as contributing to and supporting the continued development of the school.  I am particularly proud of the caring, family environment which staff, governors, pupils and their families all work so hard to maintain.  This in turn enables every child to strive to meet their full potential, either in terms of their academic attainment or their particular strengths and talents, to prepare them well for the next step of their education.

Professionally, I work as a Planning Officer and am able to offer this strategic skill set to the governing body.


Helen Richardson    Foundation Governor

In November 2014, I was delighted to be elected as a Parent Governor. In 2016 I was invited to become a Foundation Governor. I am privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to the work of such a strong, able and committed governing body in supporting the continued development of the school and in maintaining a secure, positive and nurturing learning environment.

I always look forward to spending time in school as a governor or parent. I enjoy playing the piano for services in church and supporting the Friends of the School. I value the secure, positive and nurturing learning environment of our school where staff and governors continually strive to achieve the best outcomes for our children.

Professionally, I have worked for 15 years as a litigation solicitor. Dual qualified as both a Higher Rights solicitor and barrister, I specialise in contentious disputes and civil litigation. I have operated within senior management and executive roles and offer proven ability in legal audit, risk assessment, strategic analysis and change management planning.




Mrs Janet Pringle    Local Authority Governor

I was elected as Local Authority Governor in September 2013. 

I am a member of the Methodist Church and this helps with both maintaining links between the school and other Christian denominations and in supporting the strong Christian ethos of the school.

Professionally, I work in local branch banking and this gives me an insight into finance, customer service, working with vulnerable people and understanding the importance of developing strong community links.

Having had 2 children through the school I have always found it to be a welcoming place and believe that both staff and governors do their very best to help each child reach their full potential, with a particular focus on developing the whole child. I am privileged as a governor, to work closely with staff and governors to help our school to continue to develop this vision. I believe it is important that children leave their primary education well equipped for secondary school, both in terms of academic results and as well rounded individuals. This is something our school does very effectively.


Lesley Chandler    Foundation Governor

I have been a Foundation Governor of the school since 2005 and both my daughters attended the school. 

Professionally, I have extensive experience in Accounting, Audit and Finance and bring this skill set to support the financial management of the school, particularly through the work of its committees.

As a member of the parish of St Mary's Bolton-on-Swale, I am also able to contribute to the further development of the strong links which exist between the school, Church and wider community. I am an active member of the Friends of the School. I value my opportunity to promote the distinctive Christian ethos of the school. 


Robert Booth        Foundation Governor

I was delighted to be asked to join the governing body of Bolton-on-Swale St Mary's. Both my children attend the school and I particularly value the ethos and the way in which all children are included and valued. Everyone in the school community is recognised as important and the Christian ethos which runs through the whole school helps to underpin this.

Professionally, I am a dairy farmer at Bolton-on-Swale and I bring to the school my knowledge of the countryside and an understanding of managing land and buildings.

It is a privilege to be working with such a committed school staff and a strong governing body which includes people with such a varied professional skill set.


Charles White        Foundation Governor

I was delighted to be asked to join the governing body of Bolton-on-Swale St Mary's School in 2016 as a Foundation Governor. As a parent of two children in school I have a strong connection to both the school and to St Mary's Church.

My aim as a foundation governor is to support the school, staff and pupils utilising my skills and experience. Professionally I work as a company director within our family business and it is this varied skill set I bring in a voluntary capacity to my role as governor.



Nicola Dobson        Headteacher

I was delighted to be appointed Head teacher at Bolton-on-Swale St Mary’s Church of England Aided Primary School in April 2010. It is a privilege to work with such a talented and enthusiastic staff team, wonderful children and a committed and able governing body. I enjoy the strong partnerships with parents and families as we work together to provide the very best primary education for the children in our care.

I particularly value the strong Christian ethos of our school and its parish and wider community links. Our school has a warm family atmosphere and we are committed to developing the whole child and their individual gifts and talents in a caring, happy and supportive environment.

 I bring with me a wealth of experience teaching across the primary age range in a variety of schools and education authorities for over 20 years. I came to North Yorkshire in 2006 to be Deputy Head at RAF Leeming Primary School. I continue to enjoy teaching in the classroom and am also involved in the professional development of practising teachers; running courses, supporting aspiring and new head teachers and working in partnership with Durham University to train student teachers.


Rev Yvonne Callaghan        Ex officio Foundation Governor

It a great privilege to serve as a Foundation Governor of St Mary’s C of E Primary School as The Vicar for The Parish of Easby, Skeeby, Brompton on Swale and Bolton on Swale.  I have a passion for all children to know they are special and for each child to know that their education and needs matter. I find St Mary’s a happy and encouraging place for all children of all faiths and of none to learn and flourish in all areas.  I am passionate about the Christian Ethos of St Mary’s, and its Church School Distinctiveness which is obvious just from being in the building and among the staff and children, this ripples into the way school and family life connects with the Church within our parish. 

 Previous to living in Brompton on Swale, I have been a school governor in many capacities, over many years and in many schools, including Special Needs Schools, and none denominational schools.  I have enjoyed working as a psychotherapist in my own practice and within other organisations, as a training support worker for those with mental heath problems and substance addictions, a Wine Master, a Nursery Nurse and as a Fraud investigator in a bank.  I am a wife to Neil, and mum to Jacob and Joseph.  I hope that through my wide experiences of life I may contribute positively to the life, spirit and energy of St Mary’s C of E School today and into the future.


Louise Gigante      Foundation Governor

In was invited to become a Foundation Governor in 2019. This was a role I was pleased to accept, having been a Parent Governor since 2016. I have a son in the school and I am keen to support the school in its mission of 'Developing the whole child'.  I am also the Health and Safety designated Governor.

 My professional background is in insurance.  I have worked in the Property and Liability insurance industry for 25 years and the last 17 years has been with North Yorkshire County Council.  Principally this has provided me with experience in providing insurance and risk management and claims handling services to schools, which has enabled me to understand the issues and needs of schools in providing education across the County, some of the risks to this and how they have been addressed.  I also have a good understanding of processes and procedures of the Local Authority such as procurement and traded services and how these can impact schools.  I aim to share this knowledge and experience for the benefit of the school.  

I enjoy working with the Headteacher, Governors and staff to support their excellent work in helping the pupils reach their full potential and aim to contribute towards the continued strong development of the school.


Paula Reynolds     Staff Governor

As staff governor I aim to work collaboratively with our Governing Body to secure the best possible outcomes for all our children ensuring that they all achieve their full potential.

As Deputy Head, EYFS Teacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator I bring a broad educational skill set to the governing body. I am an Early Years Lead Teacher for North Yorkshire and am passionate about ensuring that every child and their family has the best possible start to their education. My interest in Special Educational Needs also supports the governing body in fulfilling its important responsibilities in this area. 





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