The Governing Body
The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
Meet the governors of Market Deeping Community Primary School:
Sue Bryars: Chair of Governors
I have been involved in education all my life, ultimately retiring as Head of Humanities at a local secondary school. More recently, I have been fascinated by my grandchildren’s education in the primary sector, which encouraged me to become a governor. Therefore, I am delighted to be part of Market Deeping Community Primary school in this capacity.
MARK RATCHFORD: HEADTEACHER
I joined the school in September 2017 having been a Headteacher in Peterborough and Northamptonshire. It is essential that the leadership work closely together to ensure the strategic vision of the school is realised. It is our Mission to: ' Work together so that everyone can achieve their unique potential'.
Karen Brisbane: Parent Governor
I moved to Market Deeping with my husband Marc and son in January 2013 and became a parent governor in May 2014.
I work for an American software company with our UK HQ near Reading in Berkshire and have held various positions during my 18 year tenure, currently working from home as a Contracts Manager for our Global Services team.
In my free time I enjoy cycling – it’s so lovely and flat around here, cooking and watching all the soaps on TV much to my husband’s dismay!
Pam Hart: Parent Governor
I am a busy working Mum with my own business. I have two children, one of whom has gone through the school and on to The Deepings School and the other is currently in year four. I have been a Governor at the MDCP school for five years and have the responsibility of being the SEND governor. I was co-opted onto the board as a link with the Children's Centre where I am also a member of the Advisory Board. I have also been associated with the school's PTFA for the last 9 years.
Amanda Sylvester: Parent Governor
I am a parent governor and have a son currently in yr 1. I work with safeguarding children in my professional capacity and so am keen to assist the school particularly in this area.
Tony Eberle: Community Governor
I moved to Market Deeping in 1993 following the relocation of my employers to Peterborough.
James Stubbs: Co-opted Governor
I am an Assistant Headteacher at The King’s School in Peterborough, my subject specialism is Physical Education, as my job suggests I am very keen on sport and physical activity and will be keen to work with the school to ensure that the provision in this area is outstanding. I am local to the area and my eldest son started at the school in September 2017.
Sue Bell: Community Governor
I have been on the governing body since 2008. My youngest two children and, subsequently my grandchildren, have attended this school.
I am the Manager of Madcaps Out Of School Club on the school site and am passionate about ensuring that we give the children a wide variety of opportunities whilst they are at our school. I am also proud of the strong links which have been forged with the other schools in the area.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my large family of grandchildren and great-grandchildren – no change from my day job! My hobbies are reading, gardening, sewing and cooking (my family prefer to call it burning!)
David Johnson: Associate Governor and Deputy Head.
Lisa Burton: Staff Governor
I have been a member of staff at MDCPS for a considerable number of years. I have a very solid insight and understanding of the expectations, challenges and needs of a school like ours. My particular strength is in Foundation/Key Stage 1 and I have some understanding of Key Stage 2.
I plan to contribute to the future work of the Governing Body by being supportive and contributing in any way I can to its continued improvement and success.
Sally Mardling: Co-opted Governor
I am a co-opted member of the Governing Body and I am Pastoral Manager at the School. I have nearly 30 years of teaching experience, the last 15 here in Market Deeping. I have a particular interest in Special Education and my aim is to help every child to succeed and discover their own unique talents.
Sarah Philips: Clerk To Governors
If you would like to find out more about being a governor please contact any of us, additionally you could visit the National Governors Association Website.
Message from the Chair of Governors, Sue Byrars:
18th June 2018
In order to keep you up-to-date with the work of the Governing Body, we produce this update each term on the school website and in Parent Mail.
We have three key roles as governors:
- to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- to hold leaders to account for the educational performance of the school; and
- to oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
This is the fifth report I have written to you this school year. Formally described as Governor Impact Reports, they provide us with a platform for outlining to you the activities the governors have undertaken over the previous term. You will notice that I have highlighted, once again, the three key roles which we fulfil as governors. The first of these is “to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction”, and this was considered in my last report when I outlined the development of a ‘Five-Year Vision’ for our school. The second is “to hold leaders to account for the educational performance of the school”.
We have now completed the ‘One-Year Plan’ - a step toward our ‘Five-Year Vision’, and this will guide the Headteacher in the writing of his School Development Plan for 2018-9. It is against this one-year plan that the Governing Body will monitor the success of the school over the next year. This is an important function of the Governing Body, and provides a check that the commitments which the school makes are adhered to.
A second way in which the governors hold the school to account is through the information which Mr Ratchford provides concerning the attainment and progress of the children in school in each year. We have ample opportunity to question and challenge.
A third way is in our monitoring of this year’s School Development Plan: for example, a governor recently undertook a survey of behaviour throughout the school. We were very satisfied with the outcome of the report, particularly within the teaching environment, where the behaviour is generally exemplary. However, in the freer environment of outside play, we can report that additional steps are being taken to further improve behaviour. Supervision will be strengthened, and a Learning Mentor has just been appointed to focus on those few individuals who would benefit from additional support.
Two of our governors, Mrs Brisbane and Mrs Hart, are leaving the Governing Body at the end of this term. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support and hard work as governors over many years. I am pleased to report that Mr Mark Currier will join us as a Co-opted Governor from September. We feel that Co-opted Governors enable us to identify, and fill, gaps in our skill set to enable us to better support the school and the wider community.
Sue Bryars. Chair of Governors
Contacting the Governing Body
Please contact the school office and a message will be passed on to the Governing Body. If it is confidential please let us know that you wish to be contacted by the Chair of Governors and leave your contact details.
Minutes of Governing Body Meetings
These are available on request from the school.
Governing Body Attendance
Governors' Pecuniary Interests
Governors' Roles and Responsibilities
Letters to parents from Governors
The Governing Body reports to parents on its work through regular updates. The latest can be downloaded here:
Welcome from the Chair of Governors, Sue Bryars:
On behalf of Market Deeping Community Primary school Governors, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you.
Market Deeping Community Primary school provides a dynamic, inclusive and child-centred environment where children and staff alike thrive.
Governors work closely with the Head teacher and staff to foster a stimulating learning environment that supports children to reach their potential through:
•An enjoyable broad and balanced curriculum,
•Opportunities to develop friendships and contributions to their community.
We support the school as critical friends who challenge the school to set high targets and ensure the strategic direction facilitates achievement. As Governors, we are responsible for a number of areas, particularly:
•Monitoring and evaluating school performance
•Shaping the priorities and vision of the school and ensuring effectiveness
•Managing and appraising the Head Teacher
•Effectively managing the budget
•Supporting the school
Market Deeping Community Primary school supports pupils to develop skills to facilitate mutual respect by understanding their own feelings so that they can begin to develop empathy for others.
We also are responsible for assessing and evaluating our own skills to ensure that the Governance can sufficiently fulfil these requirements. In our most recent Ofsted inspection (January 2013), Inspectors found that:
“Governors and senior leaders have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and areas for development. This understanding is translated to development plans which accurately identify areas requiring further improvement and are well understood by staff and members of the governing body. “
We are extremely proud of Market Deeping Community Primary school’s achievements and honoured to serve the school. We hope to meet more of you and look forward to learning more about your views and experiences within the school community.
Minutes of meetings are available from the school office.
Sue Bryars. Chair of Governors