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Meet our Governors

The Role of a School Governor

The role of a school governor is to contribute to the work of the governing board in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:

  • setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent - see 'Financial Accountability' below.

What do our Governors do?

Things to celebrate:

  • really strong advocacy of the standards of education, quality of teaching & diversity of curriculum
  • exceptional levels of thoughtfulness, consideration, care, compassion and balanced thinking that speaks of both our Christian vision and the way in which school has helped to support the personal development of pupils and their ability to contribute to society
  • Extremely strong relationships between pupils and teachers - and the  benefits this brings including an appreciation of how school has treated them as individuals and helped them to target areas for improvement

Jenny Candy is Co-Chair of Governors.  She says...

'I spent time with every Y6 pupil in groups of 2 or 3 to discuss their perspective on school; preparation for secondary school; the best bits of school; and areas for improvement.

The pupils spoke without exception of their preparation for the education they have received at Markington.  They detailed their very strong, positive relationships with teachers, their appreciation for a wide and diverse set of subjects and the effort that goes into making learning fun, interesting and engaging: 'teachers make every lesson as exciting as possible', 'a fantastic education', 'we have learnt so many different things', 'there are always new things for us to try.'

Many children spoke of the way in which they felt school had prepared them for future life, 'school has worked to help me to become more confident', 'sharing during collective worship has helped me to prepare to talk to new people'.                                                        June 2019

Governor Monitoring

Abi Fulton is a Parent Governor and is newly elected.

As the nominated 'Online Safety Governor' she met with Mrs Lyman at school to find out more about how Markington School keeps everyone safe online.  She looked at the curriculum, policies, procedures and record keeping.  
She also had a short tour and learnt a little more about the daily running and strategic management of the school.  

She is currently working with a small group of governors to gather the views of parents and carers - the results of which are very helpful in informing decisions made by the school and Governing Body and will be discussed at the next Full Governors Meeting on the 1st July 2021.

Abi Gov MOnitoring June 2021


Peter Kilford is a Foundation Governor
He came into school listen to a (socially distanced) Pupil Voice.  He asked the children for their views on a range of aspects of school.  He has also been collating the data from an anoymous Online Safety Questionnaire with Y2-Y6 pupils - which will be analysed and shared with the full governing body at the next meeting.

Sam Thompson is a Staff Governor.                                          She has the specific responsibility for Health and Safety.  

'I take a particular interst in overseeing the school's Health and Safety arrangements - from policy to practice - and I check that we are compliant and doing everything we can to keep the school community safe.

We have two Y6 pupils who are our 'Safety Ambassadors' and they represent 'Pupil Voice' in this respect.


Governor Monitoring Record

Governor Skills Audit 2020/2021

Governor Information

Business and financial interests, governance roles in other institutions and any material interests.

Financial Accountability

The Governing Body, Bursar and Headteacher compare the school's financial data to see how it compares with others.

click here to link to the Government's financial benchmarking site.

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