Academy Council & BKCAT Governance

The Academy Council St Mary’s School makes a real difference in helping the school to provide the best possible education for their pupils. To achieve this, the Academy Council is there to ensure that the school offers a safe, happy and healthy environment in which the pupils and staff can thrive to each reach their full potential.

The Academy Council, together with the Headteacher and the Leadership team help lead the school by providing a monitoring and strategic setting functions for the school. Governors monitor the schools functions by providing supportive challenge and acquiring assurance that the school leaders are fulfilling their duties. Examples of the functions are ( but not limited to);

  • Mission and Catholic life
  • Safeguarding
  • SEND
  • Staff training
  • Governance
  • Curriculum/pupil attainment
  • Pupil grants
  • Well-being- staff and pupils
  • Equality/Diversity
  • Data protection
  • Attendance
  • Complaints
  • HR
  • Staff grievances
  • Budget
  • Recruitment of school staff/safer recruitment
  • Health and Safety

The Academy Council is a subcommittee to the Bishop Constant Catholic Academy Trust’s Trust Board, and they are put in place to oversee the delivery of the Trust’s overall strategic plan and communication of information through the meeting minutes generated, school visits and meetings to inform future needs and set targets.

Governors play a vital role in the support, leadership and development of a school. It is important to note that Governors are volunteers, who usually have previous skills and experience in at least one or more of the functions noted above. Governors also receive regular up to date training and have a number of resources at their disposal to ensure that they are able to comfortably and effectively carry out their roles. If you would like more information about the role of a Governor please visit the Trust website

Mrs Sweeting is the Chair of the Academy Council.

If you would like to contact Mrs Sweeting please email her at

Alternatively, you can contact her in writing by using the school’s postal address:

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Baffam Lane, Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8 9AX

Mrs S SweetingChairpersonSafeguarding, St Andrew’s Class19 September 2025
Mrs S GreenVice ChairpersonSt David’s Class7 January 2026
Mrs L BaileyVice ChairpersonSt Peter’s Class, SEND30 June 2023
Mr M KosnikFoundation GovernorSt George’s Class30 November 2023
Mr N PassiotisParent GovernorHealth & Safety, St Patrick’s Class19 September 2025
Mrs F RobertsonHeadteacherN/A
Father A WilsonFoundation Governor Catholic Life, St Francis’ Class, FinanceN/A
Mrs H JellettStaff Governor31 August 2026
Parent GovernorVacancy
Foundation GovernorVacancy
Mr N ParkerClerk to Governors31 December 2021
NAMEPossible meetingsMeetings attendedPercentage attendance
Mrs H Utting7686%
Mr N Passiotis6350%
Mrs L Bailey7686%
Mr R Edwards77100%
Mr M Kosnik7686%
Mrs F Robertson77100%
Father A Wilson77100%
Mrs S Bowden7686%
Mrs H Jellett7571%
Mrs S Green77100%
Mrs S Sweeting6583%
NameType of GovernorBusiness
Nature of
Personal Governance
Interests in other
Educational Establishments
Mrs S SweetingChairpersonN/AN/AN/A
Mrs L BaileyVice ChairpersonN/AN/ATeacher at St Wilfrid’s Primary School, York
Mrs S GreenVice Chairperson N/A N/ATeacher at Holy Family High School, Carlton
Mr M KosnikFoundation Governor

(Appointed by the Diocese)

  N/A N/AN/A
Foundation Governor

(Appointed by the Diocese)

Mrs F RobertsonHeadteacher  N/A N/AN/A
Father A WilsonFoundation Governor

(Appointed by the Diocese)

 N/A N/AGovernor at Holy Family High School, Carlton
Mr N PassiotisParent Governor

(Elected by Parents)

Parent Governor

(Elected by Parents)

Mrs H JellettStaff Governor

(Elected by Staff)


Governance-related documentation, Governor & Director recruitment details and Trust financial information can be found in the Governance section of the Trust website:

Articles of Association, Scheme of Delegation & Code of Conduct