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The Local Governing Body

I hope the following information serves as an insight into the role and composition of our Local Governing Body, here at Mark CE First and Pre-School Academy. As governors we are committed to working in partnership with the Executive Head/Head of School, pupils, parents and community to provide a safe, happy, caring and stimulating environment for our children to learn in. Our playing fields, forest school and the canopy area extend the opportunities for development and learning directly with the world around us.


The past year has seen a further consolidation of the Wessex Learning Trust with a focus on the sharing of good practice across the Trust particularly in how Mathematics is taught. Subject leaders and Heads visited other schools observing lessons and being a critical friend. Due to the continuing success of these visits the emphasis on shared development for our teachers is to continue this year.  Our focus will continue on raising standards and ensuring the best outcomes for our children, whilst planning for the continued sustainability of the school for generations to come.


The governing body's main duties are:

  • Making sure there is clarity in the vision, ethos and the strategic direction of the school;
  • Holding the Executive Head/Head of School to account for the educational performance of the school and the performance management of the staff;
  • Making sure that the school spends its money effectively;  
  • A Governor contributes to the wider oversight of the Wessex Learning Trust.


This is alongside getting to know the school - including strengths and development points, links to the community and becoming a part in how the school functions behind the scenes.


Lorraine Clarke

Chair of Governors



Composition of the Governing Body


A reconstitution of the governing body took place on 1st November 2016 on conversion to an academy. It is made up of up to 10 governors. Each governor serves a term of office of 4 years apart from the Executive Head. All governors have voting rights.


  Mrs Fiona Robertson Executive Head 1/9/19 continues whilst in role WLT

Strategic direction of the school, Collective Worship, Safeguarding, Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

  Mrs Jo Collyer

Head of School / Staff Governor

14/11/16 - 13/11/20
Local Governing Body Strategic direction of the school, SEND, Pupil Premium, Safeguarding, Science, Maths (covering)
  Mrs Lorraine Clarke Community 08/07/19 - 07/07/23 Local Governing Body

Chair of Local Governing Body;  Safeguarding; SEND/Pupil Premium, Early Years

  Mr Paul Impey Community 15/06/16 - 14/06/20 Local Governing Body

Numeracy; ICT; Science; Attendance; Governor zone maintenance of website

  Lindsay Fussell Community 16/10/19 - 15/10/23 Local Governing Body English (shared); R.E.; Collective Worship; PSHE
  Dan Knibb Parent Governor 16/10/19 - 15/10/23 Parents Health & Safety; Modern Foreign Languages
  Alan Richardson Parent Governor 16/10/19 - 15/10/23 Parents P.E.; Outdoor Classroom; History; Geography

Victoria (Vicky) Shortland

Community   Local Governing Body English (shared); Music
  Vacancy Foundation   Diocesan Board of Education  
  Vacancy Foundation   Diocesan Board of Education




The following governors were in office as at 1-9-18 but either resigned their position or had their term of office expire during the period to 31-08-19

Governor Name Commencement of period of office Date of termination of office Pecuniary interests
Mrs Helen Tanswell  
July 2019 Resigned
Mrs Anna Yates   19/07/19 Resigned  
Mr Mike Tanswell 05/03/18 (specifically to manage interaction with Cricket Club regarding land purchase) 17/09/18 Resigned   



The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the school office


All members of the governing body have a statutory duty to disclose any business or personal interests that may affect their position or work as a governor. 

Mrs Lorraine Clarke Children at the school None
Mr Paul Impey None None
Mrs Jo Collyer None None
Mrs Fiona Robertson None Lympsham & East Brent
Lindsay Fussell Children at the school


Dan Knibb Children at the school None
Alan Richardson Children at the school None
Vicky Shortland Children at the school None



The full governing body delegate powers and responsibilities to a number of sub committees with a particular focus and terms of reference. 
Appeals & Complaints Committees

All Governors


The following data confirms the attendance of individual governors at full governing body meetings during the period 01/09/18 to 17/07/19

Governor Local Governing Body
Helen Tanswell 82%
Lorraine Clarke 100%
Anna Yates 100%
Jo Collyer 100%
Paul Impey 73%


Please click on the document below to meet and find out more about the governing body

All policies can be viewed on the school website or copies obtained via the school office free of charge. Minutes of Local Governing Body meetings may be viewed on request via the school office once they have been approved and signed.