The main purpose of the school governing body is to support and challenge the school leadership team.

As our school is a Church of England Voluntary Aided school the governing body is made up of foundation, staff and local authority governors.
Our vision is that every child will be given the support and encouragement that will enable them to reach their full potential.To adequately prepare, as independent learners, to prosper from the next stage of their education and to demonstrate in their everyday lives the core values of the school.

Mr Lee Salton- Mclaughlin
Chair of Governors 

Meet the Governors 

Lee Salton-Mclaughlin 

I joined the governing body in 2017 and knew that I wanted to contribute towards the high expectations and aspirations set by school, because of how well my own children had been supported, with a wide range of interventions offered to them.

My career started in Early Years; I am passionate about tracking the whole journey that children go on when they first start school to the day they leave us. It is a delight to see children reach their full potential and become respectful, resilient and independent learners.

As Chair of Governors, I look forward to continuing to build positive relationships within our school and wider community and help make sure the children at St. James’s get the best possible educational outcomes.

Lee is our Chair of Governors and sits within our Provisions committee. He is also the school's child protection governor. 


Sian Morgan

Sian is our vice-chair of governors who sits within our provisions committee. Sian is our pupil premium and attendance governor. 


Daniel Hickman 

I’m a parent governor and father of three children who attend St James's C.E primary school.

My wife, Zoe, and I have enjoyed supporting several fundraising events over the years through the PTFA and regularly attend the school family services held at St James church to support the values, vision and aims of the school.

I believe that all of our children deserve the best education and start in life, whilst being able to learn in a safe, inclusive, diverse and fun environment to help them achieve their full potential and my aim is to be able to get involved and contribute to St James’s aim in achieving that.

I’m a director of a large international engineering and construction company and as part of my role I am needed to challenge in order to achieve success out of often complex situations. This will enable me to support the school on behalf of your children in order to get the outcomes they deserve.

I strongly believe that no matter of background all children through support and encouragement can realise their ambitions and dreams.

Daniel is our vice chair of the outcomes committee and is our prevent and British Values governor.


Nicolas Barlow

I have worked with the public sector for thirty years; my background is in administrative management, including risk management, health and safety. 

Nicolas is the chair of the provisions committee and is the school's health and safety link governor. 

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Matt Loftus 

I am an executive coach and mental health consultant. I have spent 18 years in education, in a variety of roles across the West Midlands, including senior leadership and consultancy; during which time I successfully opened the first alternative provision setting in Worcestershire. 

I am committed to the role of governor at St. James's, with responsibility for SEND, firmly believing that every child deserves the very best opportunities for learning throughout their school journey.

Matt is the chair of the outcomes committee our SEND governor. 

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Daphne Darlington

I have been a school governor at St. James’ for over 20 years having been nominated by the Parochial Church Council, St. James’ Church, Wollaston.  I worked for the Probation Service for 32 years and since my retirement in 2011, I have been able to offer more of my time to the school.  

I enjoy volunteering in the community and work closely with local parishes, particularly in relation to the safeguarding of young people.I have lived in Wollaston for 52 years and during that time developed a close bond with the school as a parent, volunteer and governor.   I look forward to supporting the school to continue to thrive giving pupils the best possible start in their school life.

Daphne sits within our outcomes committee and is our prevent and British values governor.


Emma Kay 

I am a proud member of staff at St James’s and have been lucky enough to work here for 17 years! I have worked across all the year groups which has helped me to see how the children transition through our school. I feel I help to support the governing body ensuring that the school can develop and grow - helping the children in our care reach their full potential. 

Emma is our staff governor and sits within our provisions committee. She is also our pupil premium and attendance governor. 

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Reverend Diana Farmer

I am the Vicar designate of St James’ Church in Wollaston.  I qualified as a teacher but most of my professional experience, outside of the church, has been in learning and organisational development including the management of change and conflict resolution.

Reverand Diana is our ex-officio governor.

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Dennis Carty 

I am an independent education consultant and school inspector. I have experience in carrying out Ofsted inspections in both secondary, primary and early years settings across England. I have experience of being an approved school improvement partner working with schools in the West Midlands on improvement projects. My knowledge of being a Principal of a secondary school and working as Director of strategy and school effectiveness in a local authority will enable me to both support and challenge the school's leadership team.

Dennis sits in our outcomes committee. 


John Nicholson

I am Lay Chair of the Greater Dudley deanery and am a member of the Parochial Church Council at St James' church. I am also an Authorised Lay Minister in Children's and Youth work. I am a member of the 'open the book' team and visit St James's CE School every fortnight. I love to see children enjoying themselves and do my upmost to make them smile. 



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