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Thorpe Primary School Governing Body


What do we do?

The Governing Body is the strategic leader of the school and has a vital role to play in making sure that every child gets the best possible education. The purpose of having a Governing Body is to:

  • Help the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement.
  • School has a delegated budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment; the Governing Body is responsible for managing this budget.
  • Be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice.  Governors are often said to be ambassadors of the school.
  • Help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community.
  • Make the school accountable to the public for what it does.
  • Work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review.
  • Exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the Headteacher and staff.
  • Not intervene in day to day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.

The Governing Body will therefore be involved in:

  • Developing the strategic plan for the school.
  • Determining the aims, policies and priorities of the school.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the work of the school.
  • Ensuring the management of the budget.
  • Ensuring the health and safety of the pupils and staff.
  • Acting within the framework of the policies of the Governing Body and legal requirements.
  • Fostering links with parents and the community.

The Full Governing Body meets once a term.  Sub-committees then meet approximately twice a term. These sub-committees are:

– Finance, Premises and Staffing (Chair – Gareth Logan)

Name Position Interests Declared
Mr Gareth Logan Chair None
Mr Chris Hayden Vice-chair


Mrs Debbie Cooksey


Headteacher None
Miss Michelle Marsden


Staff Governor None
Mrs Michelle Taylor Co-opted


Mr Oliver Mackenzie


Co-opted None
Mr Pete Sayers Co-opted


Mr Roger Butterfield Co-opted




Thorpe Primary School – IOG