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'.
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:
Governor Impact Statement: September 2018.
I would like to welcome all new parents and carers to our school and hope that your children will thrive and enjoy the many opportunities available to them at Market Deeping Community Primary. I normally write to you at the beginning of each term, outlining the work of the Governing Body and its impact on the development of the school. In other words, what have the governors done to support and challenge the development of our school, and thereby ensure that the children under our care are receiving the best possible education?
To guide us in this endeavour, we have three core principles:
- To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- To hold leaders to account for the educational performance of the school.
- To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
In previous reports, we have focussed on each element in turn: on this occasion we consider the third responsibility, namely ‘the financial performance of the school ’.
The Full Governing Body formally approves the annual budget developed by Mr Ratchford and his senior staff. This is a detailed account of how the school’s income will be allocated, based on previous experience and our future needs. Last year, one of the aspects we focussed on was to continue our preparations for the expansion of the school, which enabled us to develop our library, for example. We also carried on with our programme of classroom refurbishment: the new look of Y5 classroom is well worth a visit!
Most of the budget, of course, is spent on staffing. Our recent appointments have expanded and substantially strengthened the school team and we are really looking forward to benefiting from their contribution in this coming academic year.
Much of the detailed work relating to monitoring the budget is carried out by the Finance and Resources sub-committee which considers issues as they arise. This committee meets with the Headteacher and the School Business Manager at least four times a year, reporting directly to the Full Governing Body.
Many of you will be aware from newspapers and television reports that numerous schools in Lincolnshire have experienced difficulties over the last several years with the financial services provided for us by Lincolnshire County Council: our school has been no exception. We are therefore seeking ways to resolve this in order to enable us to have more accurate and timely information and so better manage the school budget.
On behalf of the governors may I express the hope that your children have a happy and very successful year.
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