St Mary's CE Primary School

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Our Governors

Welcome to the Governors of St. Mary's School

The Governors of St. Mary's are a hardworking and dedicated team who have the future of the School, Staff and Pupils uppermost in their minds. We have seen the school flourish under the expertise of a very dedicated and hardworking Head and her Teachers. We look forward to going further in the future.

Our Chair of Governors is Cath Campbell.  She can be contacted on or via the school office.  Alternatively, you can write to her at:

St Mary's C of E Primary School,

Church Lane,


North Somerset

BS20 7TR


Name Role Term of Office
Sophie Westerwijk Head Teacher
Eloise Sinclair Staff Governor 01/05/2017 30/04/2021 Resigned 14/10/2020
Liz Beacon Vice Chair/Foundation subjects 11/03/2019 10/03/2023 Resigned 23/03/2021
Bob Sommers Science  04/01/2018 03/01/2022
Cath Campbell Chair/Collective Worship/H&S 01/09/2018 01/09/2022
Craig Thomson Safeguarding 09/12/2020 08/12/2024
Helen Cave Maths/English 18/09/2019 17/09/2023
Tor Zakaria SEN 01/09/2018 31/08/2022
Rev'd Astrid Tiesema-Samsom Ethos/RE 21/08/2018 20/08/2022

Michael Tarlton

Finance 18/09/2019 17/09/2023

Zoe White

Elected Parent 09/12/2020 08/12/2024
Claire Wheeler Clerk Start: 01/09/19


Cath Campbell (Chair)            Chair                     Community Governor

I became a governor at St Mary’s in September 2018 and Chair of the Local Governing Body in September 2020.

 My focus as a governor is ensuring that the children and young people in the school receive high quality education within a safe environment, which enables them to learn, and ensuring the sustainability of the school in the village. 

I am a community governor, but I don't have any children at the school.

My working life is spent regulating healthcare and I have an understanding of good governance. My husband is a secondary school teacher so I have an understanding of the environment which pupils, teachers and schools work within and the challenges they face.

I enjoy working as part of a strong team of governors to ensure that everyone in the school is able to be the best they can be. 


 Bob Sommers                                                      Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor and Chair of the Learning and Standards Committee. I have been a Governor at St Mary's for 5 years. I have lived in Portbury for 12 years. I am retired but am currently a member of the Panel for North Somerset that advises on the appointment of Foster Carers for Looked After Children.  Prior to this I was Headteacher of Gordano School, in Portishead for 12 years and helped train potential Headteachers for the National College of School Leadership.
Before training to become a Science teacher I was in Sales and Production for a Packaging Company in Liverpool. After gaining my teaching qualification I taught Physics and Maths at three schools in Bristol and a secondary school in Botswana.

Craig Thomson (Vice Chair)                    Safeguarding    Parent Governor

I live in Portbury village with my wife and our children, a daughter and a son.  I became a parent Governor in 2017 holding the safeguarding role.


Rev'd Astrid Tiesema-Samsom                    Foundation Governor

I am the Rector of St Mary’s Church, the church next door to the school. There is an established connection between the school and the church that is of benefit to the children’s development into the best people they can be.  My role as a Governor has a focus on RE but within the whole picture of learning and flourishing.  I am also a Trustee of Wellspring, a counselling service for teenagers and young people in North Somerset.

Tor Zakaria                           SEND             Community Governor

I became a governor at St Mary’s in September 2018. 

I have two children at the school and have lived in Portbury for 9 years. I have been a teacher for 20 years and have worked in both primary and secondary schools as a senior leader. I have worked with children with Special Educational Needs for the past 15 years. I am currently Deputy SENCO at a secondary school and also training to become a Play Therapist. 

I am able to bring my 20 years of school experience to the governors at St Mary’s to support and challenge the school to provide an outstanding education for the children. I am enjoying being part of a strong team of governors at St Mary’s by ensuring the children at the school can thrive and reach their potential.

Helen Cave                                                Parent Governor (Appointed)


Michael Tarlton                                         Parent Governor (Appointed)


Zoe White                                                  Parent Governor (Elected)

I am a local business woman, living in Portbury with one child at St Mary’s school. I have many years experience in business and thought that some of my expertise could be useful in the role as Governor and I can give back in the area that’s most important to me, being my child's education.


Clerk            Claire Wheeler             



Attendance Register 2020/21 for St Mary's LGB Meetings
Meeting Dates
Governor Name 28/09/2020 30/11/2020 08/02/2021 29/03/2021 10/05/2021 28/06/2021
Sophie Westerwijk (Head)
Eloise Sinclair x
Liz Beacon
Bob Sommers
Cath Campbell
Craig Thompson
Helen Cave
Tor Zakaria
Rev'd Astrid Tiesema-Sampson x x x x
M Tarlton
x x x
Zoe White
Claire Wheeler (Clerk)