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A Governor’s Role

Frequently asked questions about becoming a school governor

What are the main duties of a School Governor?

The main responsibilities and duties of a Governor include:

o Promoting high standards of educational achievement
o Setting appropriate targets for pupil achievement at Key Stage 2
o Taking general responsibility for the conduct and strategic direction of the school
o Managing the school’s budget
o Making sure that the curriculum is balanced and in line with the National Curriculum, and reporting on National Curriculum assessments and examination results
o Determining the staff complement and pay policy for the school
o Participating in the appointment of the Head Teacher and other staff and regulating staff conduct and discipline
o Drawing up an action plan after an inspection

The three core strategic functions of the Marsh Lane Primary School governing board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Governors, who are volunteers, undertake their work through full governing body meetings (four per year), committee meetings and regular visits to the school.  

The committees are:

  • Teaching & Learning (TLC)
  • Resources Management (RMC)
  • Headteacher Performance Management (HPMC)

The governing board of Marsh Lane Primary School was reconstituted on 10th February 2015 and is now made up of:

  • 3 Parent Governors 
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 1 Headteacher
  • 5 Co-opted Governors

The current governors and their roles within the governing board are detailed below.  Click on the hotlinks for profiles of each of the governors.

We have elected Co-chairs

Name Role Category
Margaret Griffith

Co-Chair of governors TLC, Chair of HPMC

Co-opted governor
 Christine Gare

 RMC member

Co-opted governor
 Steve Pickering

 RMC member

Co-opted governor
 Paul Bedford

 RMC member

Parent governor
 Ruth Shaw

 TLC member

Staff governor
 Fiona Marsh

 RMC and TLC member

Head Teacher
 Maxine Redhall

Co-Chair of governors and chair of RMC

Co-opted governor
 Debbie Morris

 TLC member

Co-opted governor
 Lindsey Davies

 TLC member

Local Authority governor
Cara Thompson

 TLC member

Parent governor 
 Dyan McKinley

 TLC member

Parent governor
 Michael Gordon


Associate member

The code of practice adopted by the governing board can be found here.

Further details about each governor that has served at any point over the past 12 months, including their pecuniary interests and attendance record, can be found by clicking here.

Governors can be contacted via the school office.