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Willoughby Avenue, Market Deeping, Lincolnshire PE6 8JE

01778 343654

Willoughby Avenue, Market Deeping, Lincolnshire PE6 8JE

01778 343654

Market Deeping Community Primary School

Working Together For Children And Families

The Governing Body

Welcome to the governors’ section of our website.  Here, you will find some details about each of our governors, as well as the most recent Governor Impact Statement: previous ones can be found through a link further down the page. You will also find more information about our work, which we hope you will find interesting.

The governors are responsible for developing the vision and values for the school.  We are also tasked with providing suitable challenge and support.  That support includes recognising the work of our students and staff and, as you will note from the rest of the website, there is much to celebrate.

Meet the governors of Market Deeping Community Primary School:


Susan 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 be become a governor and subsequently Chair of Governors.  I feel that the role of governor is an important one in that it provides an opportunity for the community to have a say in the direction and development of our school.

Should you wish to contact me either phone the school directly or email:


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 that the strategic vision of the school is realised.  It is our Mission to: ' Work together so that everyone can achieve their unique potential'.



Mark Currier: Co-opted Governor

I have lived in the Deepings since 1994, when I was relocated to Peterborough with my job.

After 30 years’ experience as a senior field and head office manager in the retail sector I decided to change career and became a secondary school teacher of business and economics. Now semi-retired I retain my interest in education and am keen to use the skills that I have developed in my differing careers to benefit pupils. in the local community.



I am a parent governor and my son started here in September 2017. I have spent my career working in schools as a primary teacher in inner city schools in London. Since returning to Peterborough where I grew up, I am now an Assistant headteacher in the centre of the city. I am keen to support the school and children in reaching their full potential and am looking forward to utilising my professional experience to help them achieve this.


UK in my early 20’s, and settling near Market Deeping in 2006. I have a background in accounting and work part time for a local firm. I have 2 adult sons, and 3 young grandchildren, 2 of whom live in the USA. I have always been interested in education, particularly primary, as I love to see the very young develop an enthusiasm and love of learning. 





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.



 I moved to Deeping, where I grew up, in 2017 with my family. Three of our children are at the school and our youngest is due to start in 2021. I am a primary school teacher currently teaching part-time in Spalding. I have taught in Rutland, Cheshire and overseas, across the primary age phase and in a variety of schools. I am committed to supporting the school with all the hard work they are doing to make great changes which are already having a positive impact on our children. I'm often on the school playground so please feel free to give me a wave or say hello if you see me there! 

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.


I am proud mum of 3 boys, who loves her job working with children at another local primary school in the Deepings. I am keen to develop my own skills within education and use the skills that I have developed in my career to support the pupils in meeting the schools mission of ‘Working together so that everyone can achieve their unique potential'.


 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.


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.



 In preparing for this January’s Governor Impact Report, I spent some time looking through my comments over the last two years.  What a story they do tell!  Following Christmas 2019, I recalled the various, and glorious Christmas school events, and noted the confidence and joy of our pupils as they performed in plays and pantomimes.  A year on, we entered a complete lockdown again.


This year, I feel much more sombre in welcoming the New Year 2022, but hopeful that, despite the challenges of the next few weeks, we will emerge into some form of ‘normality’.  In reflecting on the recent Christmas celebrations, I know that the staff worked hard, as always, to provide the children with as much joy as the restrictions and advice on mixing allowed.


As part of my Governor Impact Report two years ago, I provided a long list of the governors’ monitoring and other visits to the school which had taken place in the previous term: over twelve reports had been prepared. These visits involved governors meeting with staff and pupils, to ascertain how the school was responding to its stated plans. Importantly, this also provided us with the opportunity to gain a richer appreciation of the ethos of the school. It’s difficult to define ethos.  It’s something you feel, and it varies significantly from school to school.  You recognise a positive ethos in the sights and sounds as you move around the school: in the way the school reflects its self-confidence in the decoration and displays; in the way that the students respond in a welcoming manner, and the staff in a caring and inclusive way.    


 Last term, we still managed to produce over ten reports, but as you might imagine, under very different circumstances.  Most discussions and meetings still took place online.  As those of you who have been using Teams or Zoom will know, this can often result in rather stilted discussions.  It is hard to explore issues, and to gain a greater understanding, through pre-prepared questions.


 However, I did recently have the opportunity to watch children being taught in their classes!  I joined two Lincolnshire School Advisors who were visiting the school as part of a regular programme of support.   We were accompanied by Mr. Johnson on what is called a Learning Walk.  These used to be a regular practice for governors to support them in monitoring the activities of the school, when we have typically been taken to every classroom, from Reception through to Year 6. Learning Walks normally have a focus which on this occasion was ‘Teaching and Learning in Foundation Subjects’. 


I was so impressed; as I think, too, were the advisors. They saw our school at its best: the children were well-behaved, confident, eager to learn and welcoming. I’m sure that had you been with me, you, too, would have been proud of your child.      


 On completing the Learning Walk, one of the advisors concluded that what he had observed showed very many positive developments: … “but would be even better if …”  I was taken aback a little on hearing that.  I was pleased with the positive praise; it was just the “but”…  However, on reflection I recognised that no school can be perfect: there is always room for improvement.  Indeed, this surely is the central role of Governance: to recognise and praise, but also to provide challenge. 


 Governor Impact Report: September 2021.
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.

I am pleased to be able to take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome on behalf of the Governors to the children, and to all of you, parents and carers, who have just joined our school this September. I very much hope that your children will be able to settle quickly and confidently, and make the most of their time with us. I know that this can be a stressful time for young people starting at a new school. However, I am confident from past experience that your children will have returned from their first few days, filled with excitement and eager to learn.
We are particularly pleased to note that at last children will no longer be in ‘bubbles’ this term. As you might imagine, this has been a necessary, though difficult, constraint to manage. We are certainly looking forward to getting back to something approaching ‘normality’, without any further disruptions due to Covid. However, we shall be constantly monitoring the situation, maintaining an enhanced cleaning regime, to keep your children and all staff as safe as possible.
Safety in all its facets is a key issue for schools. Indeed, all staff and some governors have just attended a training session this September, given by Mr Ratchford, on the topic of “Child Protection and Safeguarding”. The emphasis was to ensure that everyone who is involved in the care of our children appreciates the need for vigilance, and clearly understands all the processes involved. There are legal requirements that schools must follow to ensure the safety of your children and the Governing Body has a key role to play in this. We monitor and assure ourselves, on your behalf, that the school procedures are in place, and are being followed consistently. Indeed, a significant role for governors is to seek assurance that the school is developing appropriate systems, and following them, to reflect our policies and expectations.
This past year, monitoring has been particularly difficult without having the opportunity to meet face-to-face; something I have alluded to in my previous Governor Impact Statements. Although initially we shall remain cautious, we do hope that we can reduce the number of virtual meetings in the near future. They have worked in maintaining the day-to-day processes of the school, but it has been difficult to get a feel for the school’s ethos, and for the wellbeing of all children and staff.
At this time of year, Mr Ratchford is finalising the SDP (School Development Plan). This helps guide the school for the following year, and is used by governors to focus on issues for monitoring. This year there will be an emphasis on what is called “Behaviour for Learning”. This is not just behaviour in the classroom, but has wider implications including suitable behaviour in the community and online. You naturally have a role to play in this as parents and carers, because it is only by working together that we can hope to ensure that children have a safe, secure, and happy environment in which to develop.
I look forward to being able to meet many of you in the not too distant future.
Sue Bryars: Chair of Governors.

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Minutes of Governing Body Meetings

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Meeting and Monitoring Schedule of the Governing Body

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Committee membership

Monitoring roles of Strategic Plan


Cycle of Governance

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Governing Body Attendance

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