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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.

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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:

Mrs Kath Calver


Co-opted Governor:

Mrs Alexandra Larue-Short

Mrs Lynn Walker

Mr John Morgan



Local Authority Governor:    



Staff Governors:                       

Mrs Kirsty Howard


Parent Governors:      

Mr Glen Brunsden





Mrs 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

                                   Appointed by GB/Board 01/09/2018





A primary teacher for 20 plus years, with particular expertise in special educational needs.  Nineteen 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.





Kath Calver – Vice Chair of Governors

Appointed by GB/Board 11/11/2018




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

                                 Elected by parents 10/10/2016                  





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.




Alexandra Larue-Short - Co-opted Governor

Nominated by other body and appointed by GB 01/06/2017



I have lived  and worked in Harwich for two years and my son currently attends Mayflower Primary School. I have been very impressed with his progression and how he has been supported at the school. 
As a teacher I am passionate about school in regards to both academic and social progression and fully support the school in it's continuing journey. I welcome the challenge of being a part of the governing body and being a part of the exciting developments over the next few years.





Kirsty Howard - Staff Governor

Elected by school staff 01/019/2017



I moved back to Harwich 20 years ago as I believed (and still believe) that it is a lovely place to raise children. I am passionate about education and the children that I have the pleasure to work with. I decided to become a staff governor as I wanted to have a greater understanding of the mechanics of running a mainstream primary school. I have found it to be incredibly interesting and I am looking forward to supporting the school in the future.



Lynn Walker - Co-opted Governor

Appointed by GB/Board 20/09/2018


I was a primary school teacher for over 25 years, teaching 3-11 year olds. Until recently I was Programme Manager for the school-centred initial teacher training based at Chase Lane Primary School, training teachers for local primary schools. By becoming a governor I hope to apply my experiences to the advantage of  Mayflower Primary School.



                                                                                          John Morgan

                                      Appointed by GB/Board 22/11/2018



I have had a career in education and have been Headteacher of three very different schools. Currently I am a Director of North Essex Teacher Training, a local provider who has had a long association with Mayflower Primary School. With my expertise in education and living in Harwich, I want to support my local school to achieve the best for its pupils. I enjoy being part of the Mayflower School community - a school which has a lot to offer it's pupils. 




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