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.

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.

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.



 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.

Governor Impact Statement: January 2020.

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.



 As we start the New Year, I still have in mind the various wonderful Christmas Performances and school events which took place just a few weeks ago.  It was a delight to see both the confidence and joy of our pupils in their various plays and pantomimes, as well as a pleasure to observe our new hall being put to such good use, compared with the difficulties which Mr Ratchford and his staff had to cope with last year as the building work dragged on.  For me, as a grandma, I thought that the Christmas Carol Concert in St Guthlacs was particularly memorable: it started the Christmas celebrations delightfully.

This week, I compiled a list of Governor Monitoring Visits to school during the autumn term and I was interested to note how extensive and numerous these visits have been.  They focus primarily on the School Development Plan, which I mentioned in my last report to you.  I include this list here for your information, and to celebrate the work that the governors do on your behalf.  They are volunteers, who give of their time unstintingly, and of whom I am very proud. 


Governor Monitoring Visits: September -December 2019


September:                        M. Currier     - review of spending plan for PE  Sports Premium for 2019-20.


September/October:     S. Mardling      - governor training update


September/October:     T. Eberle            - monitoring of school website compliance.


October/November:      B. Roberts          - Safeguarding and SEND– monitoring of Single Central Record; to gain assurance regarding safeguarding in  general and online safety in particular, by means of pupil questionnaires.  Behaviour policy and procedures monitored.


November:                         S. Bryars, M. Currier, B. Roberts- discussion with Middle Leaders to broaden governors’  understanding of curriculum development, with particular reference to Foundation Subjects.


November:                         E.Gibson      - meeting with KS1 Leader to discuss provision and progress of reading for P.Premium and SEND pupils in KS1.


November:                         S.Bryars, M. Currier, B. Roberts - to increase understanding of the provision for Special Needs, with particular reference to progress towards SDP Success Criteria.  Focus on the accessibility of the curriculum to SEN pupils.


November:                         S.Bryars, M. Currier, B. Roberts -Learning Walk with emphasis on SEND pupils and interventions.


November:                         S. Bryars, B. Roberts    - meeting with TAs to discuss issues relating to workload and wellbeing.


November:                         H. Kay , E. Gibson   - Learning Walk with focus on Vulnerable groups.


November:                         H. Kay       - to develop an understanding of how the EYFS team are  working to meet SDP targets e.g increasing GLD; developing effective language skills.


November/December: S. Bryars, M. Currier   - questionnaire to develop understanding of staff workload issues and wellbeing.



Should you ever think about becoming a governor yourself (especially if you are interested in the financial aspects of the school!), then do please contact me on, or through the school office.


I would like to wish you all a very happy and successful New Year.


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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Committee membership

Monitoring roles of Strategic Plan


Cycle of Governance

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Governing Body Attendance

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Governors' Pecuniary Interests

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Governors' Roles and Responsibilities

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School Policies

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