Structure of Governance

The Board of Directors for the Frays Academy Trust has the overall responsibility for Governance across all of the schools in the Trust. information about or Board of Directors and Governance structure can be found here:  

The Board have made the decision to appoint 'Local' Governing Bodies to be responsible for overseeing the day to day management of the schools and the strategic development.  St Matthew's C.E. Primary School and Cowley St Laurence Primary School were federated prior to the formation of the Multi-Academy Trust and the Board of Directors have kept this governance structure within the Multi-Academy Trust.

Governing Body Membership 2023/2024

Federated Governing Body of Cowley St Laurence CE Primary and St Matthew's CE Primary Schools: 

In accordance with the Scheme of Delegation, the Federated Governing Body (FGB) consists of:  

  • five foundation governors appointed by the Board of Directors  

  • one staff governor for each school;  

  • one parent governor for each school;  

  • both parish priests (ex-Officio)  

  • any additional governors appointed by the Board of Directors. 


The number of people who shall sit on the Local Governing Body shall be not less than six and not more than 11. 



Due to recent changes to the constitution of local governing bodies, headteachers no longer serve as governors, but attend all meetings. 

Chair of Governors: Michael Heyes 

Revd Ann Clarridge, Governor, re-appointed 16/07/2022 

Mellisa Filice, elected staff Governor (Cowley St Laurence), 28/03/2023 

Megan Greenwood, elected staff Governor (St Matthew’s), 13/12/2022 

Karen Hall, Governor, appointed 11/07/2023 

Michael Heyes, Governor, appointed 22/03/2022 

Cllr Naser Issa, Governor, appointed 12/10/2021 

Revd Ana Victoria Mendoza (known as Vicky Mendoza), Governor (ex officio – Parish Priest of St Laurence Church) appointed 20/06/2023 

Helen Pye-Beraet, Governor, re-appointed 11/07/2023 

Laura Simpson, re-elected parent Governor, 18/01/2022 

Vipran Srivastava, Governor, appointed 11/07/2023 

Revd Richard Young, Governor (ex officio – Parish Priest of St Matthew's Church), re-appointed 01/02/2020 


In attendance: Natasha Moffatt, Interim Headtecher (St Matthew’s) 

                           David Davies, Headteacher (Cowley St Laurence) 


Resigned in the last 12 months: 

Grace Afari-Mensah, Governor, appointed 22/03/2022 (resigned 28/02/2023) 

Saad Rahman, Governor, appointed 22/03/2022 (resigned 28/02/2023)