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Marlpool Junior School

Meet the Governors

Meet our School Governors.

All maintained schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, and to ask questions.

As a Federation of Schools Marlpool Infant and Marlpool Junior School share one Governing Body.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Head teacher, staff and the Local Authority. Whilst the Headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

Membership of the Governing Body includes parents, school staff, representatives from the local community and the Local Authority.

The Governing Body has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts. In the main, these responsibilities relate to:

  • Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement
  • Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates
  • Management of the school’s budget
  • Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is broad and balanced

Governors adopt, review and monitor a range of policies that govern the operation of the school including Health and Safety, Behaviour, Curriculum and Performance Management.

Governors discharge the above responsibilities, together with many others, through a Governing Body meeting each term. These formal meetings are supplemented by a series of committee-meetings dealing with more specific issues.

We have two sub-committees of Governors:

  • Teaching and Learning Committee (focusing on Curriculum, Assessment and Data)
  • Resource Management Committee (focusing on Staffing, Premises and Budgets)

The Governing Body also operates a Pupil Premium Working Group and a Policy Committee.

 

Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Deborah Wright.

Our Vice Chair of Governors is Mrs Anne Hooley.

The Governors can be contacted via the school address or through the school office.

Governor Name

Governor Type

Date of appointment

Term of office

Date stepped down

Appointed by

Business interest

Committees Served

Mrs Louise Thorpe

Headteacher

01/09/12

23/09/25

 

Local Authority

None

All

Mrs Deborah Wright

Co-opted

01/09/15

23/09/25

 

Governing Body

None

Chair

All

Mrs Anne Hooley

Co-opted

19/03/2019

19/03/25

 

Governing Body

None

Vice-Chair

Mrs Helen Bishop

Staff

09/03/17

13/07/25

 

Staff

None 

All

Mrs Evanne Wigmore

Co-opted

13/12/18

13/12/25

 

Governing Body

None

All

David

Connelly

Parent

 05/09/23

 05/09/26

 

Parents

None

All

Ian Hughes

Parent

 03/04/23

 03/04/26

 

Parents

 Governor for Laceyfields academy

All

Previous members of the governing body:

Mrs Sarah Searle

Co-opted

01/09/15

31/08/19

01/08/19

Governing Body

None

Vice Chair TLC

Mrs Amanda Dexter

Co-opted

01/09/15

31/08/20

18/10/18

Governing Body

None

TLC

Mrs Heather Banks

Parent

01/09/15

31/08/19

20/07/18

Parents

GPMS Ltd

RM

Mr Mark George

Co-opted

01/09/15

31/08/19

01/08/19

Governing Body

Cullum Detuners Ltd

RM

Ms Wendy Mould

Co-opted

01/09/15

31/08/19

16/10/17

Governing Body

 None

TLC

Ms Julie Stocks

Co-opted

01/09/15

31/08/19

15/01/18

Governing Body

 None

TLC

Mrs Louise Bignall

Staff

20/03/14

19/03/19

 19/04/20

Staff

Maddison Bignall Trust

RM

Mrs Beryl Murdy

Local Auhority

10/07/16

10/07/20

 18/10/18

Derbyshire Education Authority

 None

All

Mrs Alisha Hart

Staff (non-teaching)

04/05/17

04/05/23

20/07/21

Staff

 None

RM

Mrs Alison Sullivan

Staff (Non-teaching)

13/07/22

13/07/25

22/03/23

Staff

None

All

Katriona Bailey

Parent 

13/12/18

13/12/24

20/07/22

Parents

None

All

 

Attendance at Governing Board Meetings for 2022/23 including Full Governors and committee meetings.

 

Number of Meetings

Number attended

Number of apologies

Number of absences

Attendance %

Mrs Louise Thorpe

8

8

0

0

100

Mrs Deborah Wright

8

8

0

0

100

Mrs Anne Hooley

8

5

 

2

1

63

Mrs Helen Bishop

8

6

2

0

75

Mrs Evanne Wigmore

8

3

3

2

38

Mrs Alison Sullivan

5

5

0

0

1