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New Marske Primary School Local Governing Committee

Welcome to the governor’s page for New Marske Primary School.  We would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about ourselves, our roles and our aims.

In April 2018 we became part of the Galileo Academy Trust and under their direction became a Local Governing Committee, formerly known as a Governing Body. We consist of twelve governors, all of whom bring different skills to New Marske Primary. This includes the Head Teacher, two parent, one staff, plus nine co-opted governors.  Governors are volunteers who give their time and commitment to what we hope is a very rewarding role and experience.  We are subject to an OFSTED inspection at the same time as the school and are rated in the same way that schools are.

Our aim:

To be an effective governing committee in challenging and supporting the school so that weaknesses are tackled decisively and our statutory responsibilities are met.

The following statements hopefully will give you a flavour of how we endeavour to do this.

The Governing Committee …

  • has the capacity to meet the schools needs
  • is influential in supporting the Trust in determining the strategic direction of the school
  • are rigorous in ensuring that pupils and staff are safe and discharge their statutory duties effectively
  • are fully and systematically involved in evaluating the school
  • their relationships with staff are constructive and governors show determination in challenging and supporting the school in tackling weaknesses and so bringing about necessary improvements.
  • have clear systems for seeking views of parents and pupils and mechanisms for acting on.

As you can see there is a great deal expected of all governing committee which is why it is important that responsibilities are shared.

How do we achieve this?

The full Local Governing Committee meets three times a year, once each term,

The majority of governors have an additional responsibility as a Link Governor and visit school during school hours, usually on a termly basis.  We work with the school with regard to a number of areas including

  • Financial Monitoring
  • School Improvement Plan key priorities
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Health & Safety
  • SEND and Inclusion
  • Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education
  • School Website

We also have responsibility for the parental questionnaire sent out in the spring term.

Where possible we join in with the fun events too which take place throughout the year, Christmas time being the most special.

I think the most important thing to mention is that we have very committed governors. We can all give varying degrees of our time due to work and family commitments but working as a team with everyone taking just a little bit extra responsibility makes us effective. Throughout we are supported by the Galileo Trust and Local Authorities Governor Support Service who is there to offer help, advice and training when we need it.

For more information about becoming a school governor please contact the Chair of Governors via the school office.

School Governors

Governors Name Type of Governor Committee(s) Link governor Role(s)
Mr J Dooris Head Teacher    
Mrs A. Harrison

Parent Local Governing Committee

Pay Review Committee

Safeguarding & Child Protection


Mr Craig Mason

Vice Chair

Parent Local Governing Committee Financial Monitoring
Mrs M. Rafferty
School Business Manager
Staff Local Governing Committee Safeguarding & Child Protection

Financial Monitoring

Mrs S  Rule

Deputy Head

Co opted Local Governing Committee  
Mrs Y. Joy


Co-opted Local Governing Committee Safeguarding & Child Protection

School Improvement Plan Priority 1 & 5

School policies

Mrs. E. Bateman Co-opted  Local Governing Committee School Improvement Plan Priority 2 & 4

Priority 5

Cllr N. Cooney Co-opted Local Governing Committee

Pay Review

Mrs. R. Cook Co-Opted Local Governing Committee SEND & Inclusion

School Website

Miss Amy Laking Co-opted Local Governing Committee School Improvement Plan Priority 2 & 4

Parental Questionnaire


Mr M Bateman Co-opted Local Governing Committee

Pay Review

Health & Safety


Mr S Glover Co-opted Local Governing Committee

Pay Review

School Improvement Plan Priority 1
Mrs S Long Co-opted Local Governing Committee


Steven Dawson LA Clerk  


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