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 email@example.com 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
* 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:
Mr Richard Allday
Mrs Lynn Walker
Mr John Morgan
Mr Michael Offord
Mrs Kate Finch
Local Authority Governor:
Mrs Lisa Gridley
Mrs Michelle Stacey
Mrs Anja Lyons
Mrs Vanessa Williams
Mrs Elizabeth Bartholomew
Clerk to Governors:
Mrs Louise Cockerton firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Chair of Governors and Clerk to the Governors can be contacted via the school office.
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.
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
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.
Michelle Stacey - Staff Governor
Appointed by GB/Board Sep 2020
I have worked at The Mayflower Primary School since 2009 and have recently been nominated as staff governor in September 2020.
I do enjoy being part of the team in Mayflower Primary School and hope to bring some of my experiences over the years into the Governors role.
I am very happy and excited to learn this role and to help in anyway with the needs of the school, staff and children.
Anya Lyons - Parent Governor
Appointed by GB/Board March 2020
Although I have no previous education experience, I work full time running my own business from home, I am enjoying my role as a parent governor and I am working hard to gain knowledge through the training courses that are available.
I have three children, my youngest two attend Mayflower Primary School and are now in year 4 and year 6.
Through my children, and my experience as a parent, I hope to offer a unique viewpoint of the school to the governing body from a ‘users’ perspective.
Vanessa Williams - Parent Governor
Appointed by GB/Board November 2020
I have been a French teacher for 21 years and currently work at HDHS, having worked previously at Philip Morant and The Stanway School. I am passionate about education, high quality teaching for every child and helping all young people to achieve the very best that they can.
With my own children attending Mayflower Primary School, having a background in education and living and working locally myself, I am looking forward to working with parents, teachers, the Head and other Governors in order to help drive the continued improvement of the school.
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.