Who's Who Governors


Mrs Paula Martin - Chair of Governors


Georgia and Imogen, my daughters, both attended St Mary's and are now training to be a florist and attending the Minster School.

I became a Foundation Governor almost eleven years ago and am now in my ninth year as Chair of Governors.  This voluntary role is both challenging and extremely rewarding and I regard myself as a critical friend to Mrs Ilett-Coupe and the school.  I am interested in all aspects of a governor's role and keep up to date with the constant changes in education by attending training courses and regular Heads & Chairs conferences.  My particular interests are in child protection, safeguarding, inclusion, equality and complaints.  I am also a member of the Finance & Personnel, Admissions, Pupil's Achievement & Development committees and also a member of the Joint Callaboration Committee.


Mrs Hilary Cheshire - Foundation Governor


As a Former pupil of St Mary's I was 10 when we moved into the "new school" as it was built in 1970 - how exciting was that!

I came onto the governing body as a foundation governor in 2010 having been a member of St Mary's PCC as treasurer since 1997.  My daughter Lucy attended the school in the mid '90s and my son Greg between 2007 & 2013.  My day job is Finance Director to the Woodhead Group whose principal activity is construction.

I am link governor for Class 3 with a particular interest in ensuring e-safety.


Miss Maria Parkin - Staff Governor

It is now 11 years since I joined the St Mary's family and i certainly can't see myself ever wishing to work anywhere else!  I can still remeber the warmth of the children on my interview day; it was the pupils who cemented my decision that this is the place where i wanted to be.

Over the years, i have strived to build strong relationships with pupils and their families, initiallly teaching year 3 and 4 before moving to upper Key Stage 2.  I have recently become Head of School, as we embark upon our exciting collaboration with Kneesall C of E Primary School.

It is a privilege to represent the staff at St Marys on the governing body, as we work together to provide the best possible learning experience for the children under our care.


Mrs Sara Coupe - Foundation Governor

I have lived in Edwinstowe for the majority of my life, moving here from Yorkshire as a child.  I now have 2 children, who both attend St Marys.

I am an accountant by trade and have focused my profession over the past 14 years with Nottinghamshire County Council, in particular the Schools finance team for 13 years of that.  I have a vast amount of experience travelling around a variety of schools within Nottinghamshire.  Fom this I hope to bring, and be able to share, ideas of good practices for our school -  to gain the best for our children.

As a Foundation governor, I am always happy to help and share any views with the governing body and the school on your behalf.  We all have the best interests at heart and mind for the school, for our children. 


Dave Clayton - Parent Governor

My name is David Clayton, husband to Clare and father to Joy, Ava and Sam. I am extremely proud to have been elected as parent governor for St Mary's. I love the family ethos that runs through the school. My focus as a Governor is to ensure that the school continues to adopt a nurturing ethos where our children can learn and grow. If you have any suggestions for the Governors, you can always catch me in the playground; I am very happy to chat to other parents.


Mr Glenn Hickman - Foundation Governor

I have lived in Edwinstowe for the last five years with my wife Emma and our twins Edward & Ava, who are  both currently attending St Mary's.  We love the ethos of the school and think it is important to maintain and foster this in the years to come, which has been my main motivation for taking this role.  I also sit on the Pupil Achievement and Development (PAD) Committee, where I feel my industrial experience will be useful.  I work as a Wellsite Geologist on offshore rigs in the North Sea, involved in Oil and Gas Exploration drilling.  In the course of my work I have been surprised at how useful some of the 'useless' Maths that i learnt at school has been.  It would be nice to feed this to our pupils and maintain their enthusiasm for learning.

Mrs Sarah Moore - Local Authority Governor

I am a parent of two daughters attending St Mary's - Lauren and Hannah.  I am a very approachable person and I am willing to listen and speak on behalf of any parent if they have any concerns or ideas they would like putting forward.  I am committed to making sure that St Mary's School is the best it can be for our children.  Please feel free to have a chat with me if you have any concerns or issues.

Rev Ian Webb - Vice Chair - Foundation Governor

I have been the Vicar of St Marys Church in Edwinstowe since the end of April 2018 and an important part of my role is to sit on the Governing Body at St Mary's School as a Foundation Governor.  Prior to coming to Edwinstowe I was a curate (trainee vicar) in Dronfield, Derbyshire where I served as a community governor for Northfield Junior School for three years.  I am still getting to grips with all the different committees I am on, but in the meantime I have had such a great time meeting the children of St Mary's at Collective Worship in school and at the events at Church.  In my short time involved so far, I have been really impressed by the quality and committment of teachers ad support staff.

 Joanna Ford - Foundation Governor

Both my husband and I grew up in Edwinstowe.  I moved here when I was 8 years old, and attended King Edwin and Meden Schools.  We have both lived elsewhere, but knew we wanted to come back to the village, and moved back at the end of 2017.  We have a 2 year old daughter, Martha, who is the apple of our eye.  I am a secondary Geography teacher at Ashfield School, and have also been a member of Thoresby Colliery Band until a few years ago.  I am really looking forward to getting stuck into my role as a Governor at St Mary's.

Emma Temple - Parent Governor

I live in Edwinstowe with my husband and daughter Katie who attends St Mary's School.  We love living in the village and how friendly the community is.  St Mary's School has such a family feel and Katie loves it.  Katie is also enjoying going to St Mary's CHurch 'One Way Club' on a Sunday morning to learn about Christianity and do fun activities.  I really want a positive impact on the school and the children, so thats why I wanted to become a parent governor.  I really feel the school nutures the children to do well and I want to help maintain this.  If anyone has any conerns or ideas to take to the governoning body i am very approachable and happy to listen.

Rachel Souter - Parent Governor

On behalf of everyone at St Mary's Church of England school may I welcome you and your child to our school family.

St Mary's is not just a church school in name- it aims to provide education with a distinctively Christian ethos and we think this makes it a very special place to learn. The excellent RE and collective worship and the outstanding nature of relationships have a positive impact on the personal, spiritual and moral development of each child of which we are all very proud .

We also take our responsibilities for providing the national curriculum and individual child development seriously and believe in enriching this by offering residential experiences, visits & visitors and wide range of after school activities.

St Mary's school benefits from being part of the Dukeries family of schools, and this makes it particularly easy to provide continuity for those children who go on to study at the Dukeries community college.

I think you will agree that St Mary's is a really lovely school which provides an excellent environment for our children to enjoy their school life and learning.

We hope that you will find our Website informative and helpful and really look forward to meeting you and your child soon.

Yours truly,

Paula Martin

Chair of Governors