Governors of St Mark’s Primary School

A Welcome from the Chair of the Governing Body – January 2017

Dear Parents, Carers, Staff and Friends,

As the Chair of Governors, I am proud to be part of a team of people that make up the Governing Body. Many of the Governors are parents of children who live close to the St Mark’s and members of our wider community. We are joined by other governors who bring expertise across a range of areas to enhance the skills of the governing body. What we all share is a pride in our school, the surrounding area and a commitment to our role in providing support and guidance to the school.

The overall purpose of the Governing Body is to help St Mark’s provide the best possible education for all the pupils to develop every child’s full potential.

About Our Governors
The Governors work closely with our Headteacher, Sophie Liardet, and the Senior Management Team to ensure that pupils enjoy a positive, high quality educational experience during their time at St Mark’s.

The responsibilities and functions of Governors, like education, goes through continual change. In January 2017, the Department of Education published a new Governance Handbook, setting out core functions of Governors. They are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance
    of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management
    of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making
    sure its money is well spent.

We will strive to meet these responsibilities, while working to maintaining the strong sense of community that runs through St Mark’s.

The governing body currently comprises 12 Governors, including the Headteacher. An individual’s term of office is for four years, after which time they must seek re-appointment. Current governors are listed below.

Three Governors have recently stepped down: one parent Governor and two co-opted Governors. We are pleased to announce Katy Allsop-Elliott as a new Parent Governor.

We are now looking for two new co-opted governors from the community who can contribute relevant experience to the school. We are looking to individuals who specifically have skills in financial planning/management, experience of procurement/purchasing and experience of premises and facilities management finance. The successful candidate would also have experience of being a Board Member in another sector or in another school. If you know of anyone who is interested and has the desired skills, please get in touch either by email or through the School Office.

The Role of Governors
Governors bring many skills and experiences to their role in supporting, promoting and protecting the interests of the school, its pupils and its staff. They are an important link between the school and its local community. Decisions taken by the Governors are based upon the advice of committees who deal with specific issues and then report back to the Full Governing Body with their recommendations.

All Governors sit on the Full Governing Body, as well as being active in one of two sub-committees:

  • Resources Committee – incorporating finance, site and personnel
  • Teaching & Learning Committee

Chair of Governors – Peter Hutchison
Vice Chair of Governors – Sue Butcher
Clerk – Alan O’Neill

Resources Committee Teaching & Learning Committee
Lis Bull – Chair Keryn Hall – Chair
Nigel Thomas Sue Butcher
Kate O’Brien Shona Macleod
Katy Allsop-Elliott Catherine Henderson
Peter Hutchison David Bone
Sophie Liardet Susan Lennan-Spence
Sophie Liardet

The Governing Body meet formally at least once per term; minutes of meetings are published on the school website. We are involved in all aspects of school life and regularly visit the school to observe the school and children at work.

As each Governor’s four year term of office comes to an end, we have a steady, rolling requirement to recruit new governors. It is a rewarding and interesting role, if not slightly daunting at times, providing prospective members with the opportunity to contribute to improving standards in our school. You will also be able to develop new skills and have opportunities for personal development. If you’re interested, please do get in touch.

You can contact me or any of the governors via the School Office or, in many cases, in the playground. If you have any questions or would like to put yourself forward as a Governor, please do get in touch.

We look forward to meeting you.

Best wishes

Peter Hutchison
Chair of Governors
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Meet your Governors

Peter Hutchison

FGB Chair and Resources Committee Member

Co-opted Governor

Sue Butcher

FGB Vice Chair and Teaching & Learning Committee Member

Co-opted Governor

Keryn Standring

FGB and Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee

Co-opted Governor

Katy Allsop-Elliott

FGB and Resources Committee

Parent Governor

Nigel Thomas

FGB and Resources Committee Member

Staff Governor

Shona MacLeod

FGB and Teaching & Learning Committee Member

Staff Governor

Catherine Henderson

FGB and Teaching & Learning Committee Member

Co-opted Governor

Lis Bull

FGB and Chair Resources Committee Member

Parent Governor

Kate O'Brien

FGB and Resources Committee Member

Parent Governor

Sophie Liardet

FGB, Resources and Teaching & Learning Committee Member


Susan Lennen-Spence

FGB and Teaching & Learning Committee Member

Parent Governor

David Bone

FGB and Teaching & Learning Committee Member

Citizen Governor