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Marshgate

Primary School

To be inspired and be inspiring

Meet our Governors

Who are the Governors and what do they do?

The Governing Body provides strategic leadership of the school through monitoring the work of the school. The Head Teacher is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the school and the Governing Board’s role is to provide support to the head teacher and other staff by acting as a “critical friend”.

 

Each governor is a member of the governing board. The overall responsibility of the board is to ensure excellent outcomes for each child at the school. It does this by:

  • Working with the Senior Leadership team to set the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction.

  • Setting and agreeing targets for reaching its objectives

  • Monitoring the school’s performance and progress against those targets

  • Supporting and challenging the Head Teacher to ensure pupils are achieving their full educational potential

  • Overseeing the school’s financial performance to ensure value for money spent.

 

Governors are not involved in the day to day running of the school, but at Marshgate we have a link governor scheme where a governor will follow a particular year group. This ensures that the governing body keeps in touch with how the school operates and how pupils are taught. We also have link Curriculum Governors.

You will find on this page a list of all of the current governors along with our photos, minutes of previous meetings and details of committee membership. Take a look at our photos to see what we look like and keep an eye out for us at school events, we are often there and always enjoy the opportunity to meet you.

 

Meetings
The Governing body meets four times a year.  Please see the calendar for the forthcoming full governing body meeting dates. The minutes from these meetings are added below once they have been approved by the governing body. In addition, there are three main sub-committees, which also meet twice each term:

  • Resourcing Committee reviews the school budget, staffing and has an overview of the school premises

  • Curriculum and Progress Committee monitors the curriculum and how pupils are progressing

  • Children, Families and Community Committee monitors the safeguarding procedures and Health and Safety provision for all pupils.

 

To contact the governing body
Please email the Clerk of the School Governors, Helen Cox, at hcox@marshgate.richmond.sch.uk

Becoming a Governor

The constitution of the full governing body changed in 2015. The categories of governors are as follows:

 

Head Teacher Governor

One elected staff (teacher) Governor 

Two elected Parent Governors

One nominated Local Authority Governor

Nine Co-opted Governors

Unlimited number of Associated Governors

 

Parents and carers will be informed via the newsletter and Parent Mail when there is a vacancy for a Parent Governor. 

 

When we are looking to appoint other Governors we advertise via the website Inspiring Governance.  Please follow the link here:

https://www.inspiringgovernance.org/

 

Meet the Marshgate Governors

Elizabeth Jackson, Head Teacher & Staff Governor
Spencer Hall, Co-Chair and Co-opted Governor
Sam Matthewson, Co-Chair and Co-opted Governor
Alexander Cooksley, Vice-Chair and LA Governor
John-Paul Gentry, Deputy Head & Co-opted Governor
Andrea Fryer, Co-opted Governor
Val Cameron, Associate Governor and Assistant Head
Susie Macpherson, Staff Governor
Co-opted Governor
Hermione Ruck Keene, Co-opted Governor
Gabriela Vinader, Parent Governor
Arthur Mollett, Co-opted Governor
Elspeth Kirkwood, Parent Governor
Kyle Karim, Co-opted Governor
Helen Cox, Clerk of the Governors

Register of Interests

Please see each sub-page below with the minutes for each academic year

Attendance at Full Governing Body and Committee meetings

 

Photos from Governor visits to Marshgate and at the Summer Fair

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