Market Deeping Community Primary School

Willoughby Avenue, Market Deeping, Lincolnshire PE6 8JE

01778 343654

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.


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.

Governor Impact Statement: June 2019

 You may recall that my last Governor Impact Report in April focussed on the work of two of our relatively new governors, Mark and Becky.  I am pleased that they were so positive about their experiences so far, because we have a vacancy for a new Parent Governor!  Amanda Sylvester joined the Governing Body four years ago, and her term of office has now come to an end.  Amanda's contribution has been invaluable, particularly in developing our Safeguarding and Child Protection processes in school. On behalf of the whole Governing Body, I wish to thank her for her time and effort.

 I very much hope that a number of you will be keen to volunteer to become a governor, and a re-read of previous Governor Impact Reports will give you a flavour of the work we undertake. It is not so much your particular skills that we are looking for, (though we will make use of them); it is rather your commitment, interest and time that we will find most valuable.

 Each of my previous reports begins with these three statements, which describe succinctly the core roles of the Governing Body:

  •  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.

 At this time of year, of course, we focus on all three areas simultaneously!  The financial year has come to an end so the budget needs to be balanced and a new one needs to be drafted, incorporating the planned developments for next year. As part of our Five-Year Strategic Plan, the Governors’ 2nd Year Statements have been developed to support Mr Ratchford and his Senior Leadership Team in preparing the  School Development Plan.  We have included a commitment to review our long-term vision, and your suggestions will be sought.  We are constantly seeking ways to capture your views over a range of issues: indeed you will be hearing from Mr Ratchford and myself in the next couple of weeks in relation to this. 

 In the meantime, we hope that all our pupils and staff will enjoy the next few weeks of the school year, before a well-earned rest for the summer.

 Sue Bryars.


Chair of Governors


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Contacting the Governing Body

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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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Click here for Governing Body Attendance 2018 to 2019 uploaded April 2019


Governors' Pecuniary Interests

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Governors' Roles and Responsibilities

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School Policies

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