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Do you care about children’s education or are you concerned about how a School is run and financed?

If you have some time to spare, are able to attend meetings (usually between 4pm-6pm) and can call into school during lesson times on various occasions, then why not become a School Governor at Mayflower Primary School and have some input in this important and rewarding role?  You will also be expected to attend Governor Training sessions either locally or at Colchester and read school policies etc. 

Whatever your background if you are interested, please contact the Chair of Governors, Cheryl Thompson via her e-mail address to arrange an informal discussion.  At the moment, we are particularly keen to hear from potential Governors who have a background in finance and/or have an understanding of data and statistics and how to interpret these.

Our Governing Body


What is it?

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.


The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the local authority.  Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.


Who are we?

In September 2014 the governing body elected to reconstitute.  We took this decision as it allowed us to change the numbers and types of governors we have and to appoint more people on the basis of the skills they could bring.

The governing body now consists of:

* The headteacher

* One elected staff governor

* One appointed local authority governor

* Two elected parent governors

* 2 co-opted governors


The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.


The chair of governors is Mrs Cheryl Thompson, who can be contacted via the school office.


 At The Mayflower Primary School, the Full Governing Body meet twice per term.


The governing body of The Mayflower Primary School is currently:


Chair of Governors:          

Mrs Cheryl Thompson


Vice Chair of Governors:

Peter Gray


Co-opted Governor:

Mrs Kath Calver




Local Authority Governor:    



Staff Governors:                       

Mrs Kirsty Howard


Parent Governors:      

Glen Brunsden



Elizabeth Bartholomew      



Clerk to Governors:        

Mrs Louise Cockerton              


Our Chair of Governors and Clerk to the Governors can be contacted via the school office.


Governor Profiles:-


                                  Cheryl Thompson - Chair Of Governors



A primary teacher for 20 plus years, with particular expertise in special educational needs.  Sixteen years experience as an additional inspector, inspecting primary schools and initial teacher training.

My focus in the school's development planning is to check on the school's work in ensuring children make enough progress from their starting points at Mayflower.



Peter Gray - Vice Chair

I am a father of four children, two boys who are currently at Mayflower and two adult girls who also attended the Mayflower Primary School. I have worked for Local Government since 1977 starting as a Transport clerk and ending as Parking Services Manager, dealing with the public face to face and by various other media systems. I took early retirement in 2013 to become a house husband, but felt I needed something else which could fill some of my spare time.

I became a volunteer reader at the school and was approached with the offer of becoming a School Governor which I was happy to do. My current criteria is to develop the school website so that it is a helpful and regularly used site for all members of the school community.



Kath Calver – Co-opted Governor


I have lived in Dovercourt for many years and wanted to take an active role in the community. My main reason for becoming a governor was my interest in children’s education, and I believe that the experience which I have gained in

youth services would be a great asset in my role as governor.

It is very rewarding to belong to the governing body, responding to the responsibilities and challenges involved, and working in partnership with so many people to ensure that the pupils have a happy and secure environment in which to develop and achieve their potential.





                                      Glen Brunsden - Parent Governor                  




I have two son's one of which attends the Mayflower School and hopefully the other will when he reaches school age. I attended the old Mayflower school for a year prior to the move to the current site.

I have been so impressed with the progress that my son has made since attending Mayflower and I felt that I wanted to give something back to the school by becoming a governor.



Kirsty Howard - Staff Governor





All governors to a school’s Governing Body must be elected or appointed.


If you want to be part of The Mayflower Primary School’s Governing Body please enquire about any vacancies.


Contact Cheryl Thompson or the Headteacher.




If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors, please do so using the contact form below.



Chair Of Governors