Market Deeping Community Primary School

Willoughby Avenue, Market Deeping, Lincolnshire PE6 8JE

01778 343654

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:

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.


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'.


Amanda Sylvester: Parent Governor

I am a parent governor and have a son currently in Year 4.   I work with safeguarding children in my professional capacity and so am keen to assist the school particularly in this area.


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.

Tony Eberle: CO-OPTED Governor

 I moved to Market Deeping in 1993 following the relocation of my employers to Peterborough.
I decided to become a  school governor to give something back to the community. I was previously a governor at another primary school. 



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: Associate 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.

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.

Message from the Chair of Governors, Sue Byrars:

Governor Impact Statement: March 2019

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


 In order to ‘hold leaders to account for the educational performance of the school’ we have numerous strategies.  Perhaps the most significant is our role in monitoring the activities of the school, as mentioned in previous reports.  Mr. Ratchford has streamlined this process by introducing three ‘Governor Monitoring Weeks’ which are identified early in the year, and linked to our Meeting Cycle.  This has proved to be very effective.  Staff are able to plan for this, which means we governors can meet with staff and pupils to discuss progress of the school, encapsulated in the School Development Plan.  Each governor, following their visit, prepares a report focussed on a particular aspect of the plan.  These in turn are considered in Governing Body Meetings where we celebrate success, challenge, and note issues for further consideration.

The last such week was held in January of this year.  One aspect we discussed concerned parental involvement.  It is quite evident that our school is increasingly encouraging you to come into school to learn about activities taking place, the breadth of opportunities available, and the richness of experiences afforded to our children.  Those parents and carers who are able to attend have universally valued these occasions: we would love more of you to come and enjoy.  To that end, the school is trying to develop avenues to enable more parents and carers to be engaged; for example, communication through the website, Parentmail, questionnaires.

We all know how much our children love us to come into school to encourage them, learn more of their efforts and celebrate their success.

It would be easy to take the view that governors are only concerned with the progress and development of our school.  However, it is important to recognise that we are part of a wider community, which we very much value.  I regularly meet with other Chairs of Governors of local primary schools, which gives us an opportunity not only to network and offer mutual support, but also to share good practice and training.  For example, we recently hosted a training session on ‘Safeguarding’ at MDCP for around 20 local governors, and soon we shall attend another local school to learn more about good practice in terms of Governor Monitoring Visits. It is through partnership of teachers, and the community, including parents, carers and governors, that we are most likely to be able to provide the quality of education our children deserve.

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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Cycle of Governance

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Governing Body Attendance

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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