The Mayflower Primary School

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School Governors




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, Barry Messenger via  email at  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.


Mayflower Governors Register of Business Interests

Mayflower Primary School Instrument of Governance

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

* 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 Mr Barry Messenger who can be contacted via the school office.


 At The Mayflower Primary School, the Full Governing Body meet once per term with additional Committee meetings.


The governing body of The Mayflower Primary School is currently:


Chair of Governors:          

Mr Barry Messenger


Vice Chair of Governors:



Co-opted Governor:

Mrs Lynn Walker

Mr John Morgan

Mr Barry Messenger

Mr Richard Allday

Mr Michael Offord



Local Authority Governor:    



Staff Governors:                       

Mrs Michelle Stacey


Parent Governors:      


Mrs Anja Lyons




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:-






                                    Barry Messenger - Chair of Governors



Originally from Oxfordshire, via Bedfordshire, Australia and a few other places in the world, I have lived in Harwich since 2004, having moved to the area for work. I am currently a Contract Manager for Essex County Council, specialising in adult health care, and previously a governor of Chase Lane Primary School in Harwich.

Mayflower Primary School has an excellent and increasing reputation in the local area, having achieved good results and an excellent Ofsted report. I am keen to ensure that the school continues to deliver a safe and nurturing environment for all pupils and we need to ensure that the quality of the teaching, facilities and management of the school remain at a high standard and that a focus on core reading, writing and maths skills is supported at all levels.

I am a member of both the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply and the Chartered Management Institute, and I aim to use my skills, knowledge and experience in supporting the on-going management and development of our school.








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. 



                                                Richard Allday - Co-opted Governor

                                                    Appointed  5/11/2019





I have worked in a variety of roles over the last two decades ranging from working with children and teenagers with additional needs and challenging behaviour to being part of the operations team for a national company, currently I am a stay at home parent. While there is a lot to learn about the roles of responsibilities of Governorship I look forward to it and to helping the school continue to improve.













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 the Headteacher.




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



Chair Of Governors