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: email@example.com
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 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 live in the Deepings with my husband and two young daughters who attend MDCP. Our eldest started in 2021 and my youngest started in 2022. I moved to the Deepings in 2004, originating from Peterborough.
I have a long career from within the Civil Service, starting from 1996. I have extensive experience in delivering strategic visions, holding senior leaders accountable and auditing to ensure compliance against agreed targets. Also using my Continuous Improvement Practitioner skills and experience to implement best practices and supporting management teams to achieve the best possible outcomes while remaining impartial.
With two young children at the school I have a vested interest in the education of our children and my aim as parent governor is to help the school develop and deliver a positive, strong but achievable strategic vision as an enabler to equip our children for the best possible start for a bright and positive future.
MARTIN HEWITT: PARENT GOVERNOR
I live in Market Deeping and have two wonderful children: the eldest started in 2020 at MDCP and the youngest starts in September 2023. I am, therefore, emotionally invested in seeing this primary school offer the best education it can to the pupils of our community. I work locally as a Deputy Headteacher in a Secondary School, which has recently enjoyed a successful Ofsted Inspection. I have been in post for 7 years and lead on – amongst other things - the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and Ofsted readiness. I intend to support MDCP however I can: to be a critical friend and hold leaders to account, to offer views on the school’s strategic direction and to play a very small part in ensuring that all children reach their full potential.
|HELEN KAY: Associate Governor
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!
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 have been a co-opted member of the Governing Body for several years and have recently retired after over 30 years in the teaching profession. I have a particular interest in Special Education and my aim is to help every child to succeed and discover their own unique talents.
REBECCA ROBERTS: CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
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'.
Ellie Andrews: CO-OPTED GOVENOR
My grown up children were fortunate to receive an excellent primary education which has helped shape their futures. I was therefore keen to get involved in school governance to give something back and to be able to help other children access a strong start in their education.
I have volunteered in schools, at both primary level, as a parent helper and in secondary school on parents associations. I also tutor GCSE and A level students in French and psychology. I look forward to meeting many of you at school events.
Kay Martin CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
I have lived in the Deepings area for about 20 years before which I spent 14 years in the USA. My 30 year professional career was spent as a Speech and Language Therapist specialising in the support and treatment of stroke patients.
We have three grown up children the youngest of which just having finished university. I highly value the importance of education and helping children realise their potential in a happy and positive environment. My initial contact with the school was through my work as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2004.
My personal interests include supporting the local environment by planting trees at Lower Braceborough Wood, where we organise a voluntary effort to plant 2,000 trees each December. I love walking, especially by the sea, reading and singing. I am learning to read music and Italian.
My other voluntary interests include working with the Peterborough Witness Service, supporting English teaching for refugees and working on the Deeping Churches Together Organisation.
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.
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.
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.
Meeting and Monitoring Schedule of the Governing Body
Cycle of Governance
The Governing Body of Market Deeping Community Primary consists of 10 Governors and two Associate Governors, specifically:
2 Parent Governors - Martin Hewitt and Carol Broderick
1 Local Authority – Sue Bryars (Chair)
2 Staff – Mark Ratchford (Headteacher), Lisa Burton.
5 Co-opted – Mark Currier (Vice-Chair), Sally Mardling, Becky Roberts, Ellie Andrews and Kay Martin.
1 Associate Governors – Helen Kay, Rachel Norbury.
Clerk – Sarah Phillips
The Governing Body is in the process of reconstituting the number of governors to 12, with Rachel Norbury and Helen Kay becoming Co-opted governors
The Full Governing Body (FGB) typically meets 7 times a year: we also meet informally in July for
our annual strategic review.
In addition we have a number of sub-committees:
Learning and Progress (L and P) Committee – meets at least 4 times a year. Its main purpose is to
monitor the progress of the School Development Plan as well as the attainment and progress of all
Finance and Resources Committee – meets at least 5 times a year.
We also have sub-committees which convene either annually or as required:
Membership and Terms of Reference of all sub-committees are reviewed annually.
Governing Body Attendance
Governors' Pecuniary Interests