Wolverton Primary School

Board of Governors

We have Foundation status, with the Board of Governors responsible for the running of the school within the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

Message from the Chair

We are fortunate that the Governing Body at Wolverton draws on an excellent blend of parental experience and specialist knowledge and skills, to support the school in a number of ways. We:

  • Ensure that the school’s performance continually improves through regular monitoring and evaluation
  • Work closely with the Headteacher and leadership team to provide strategic direction for the school
  • Play a key role in the development, review and approval of policies
  • Oversee the financial management of the school

Our Governors discharge their responsibilities diligently acting together to ensure that Wolverton Primary School meets its legal requirements in a manner consistent with our Guiding Principles. Most importantly, we are here because we care for our school and want it and all our children to succeed. Our governors are always willing to listen to all members of the school community – if you would like to contact the Governors, please email me.

We meet formally four times a year as a full governing body and communicate with each other regularly. As Chair, I also meet with the Headteacher at least once a month. We also have two committees – Performance and Standards, and Resources – each of which meets once a term.

Our Governors serve a term of four years on the full board, together with a sub-committee. Occasionally the need also arises for various working parties, e.g. fundraising committee, parental questionnaire working party and right now we’re putting additional efforts into marketing the school, to help make prospective new parents aware of the amazing things that the school does.

None of our Governors have declared any of the following which may influence their governing role: Business Interest, Financial Interest or Governance role in another school

Mark Goossens, Chair of Board of Governors

The Board Of Governors

The current board of governors consists of a number of different roles, elected or co-opted on a regular basis.

Mark Goossens

Chair of Board of Governors

Type of Governor – Partnership Governor
Appointed by – Board of Governors in 2019
Date appointed as Chair – 29.09.2022
Term of office – (annually as chair)
Link roles – Safeguarding (including Child Protection), Attendance, e-safety and school IT provision

Kathryn Doody

Vice-Chair of Board of Governors

Type of Governor – Co-opted Governor
Appointed by – Board of Governors
Date appointed – 05.08.2020
Term of office – Four years
Link roles – Inclusion, equality, SEND, staff/governor development & training
Zanna Patchett Type of Governor – Co-opted Governor
Appointed by – Board of Governors
Date appointed – 01.09.2018
Term of office – Four Years
Link Roles – LIP priority 1 - curriculum & quality of education
Louise Clarke

Type of Governor – LA (Local Authority) Governor
Appointed by – Local Authority
Date appointed – 12.07.2019
Term of office – Four years
Link roles – Health & Safety, PSHE & C, Healthy Schools, supporting LIP priority 1

Dave Davies

Type of Governor – Co-opted Governor
Appointed by – Board of Governors
Date appointed – 25.09.2023
Term of office – 4 years
Committee – Resources
Link role – Long term strategy & financial stability

Gemma Range

Type of Governor – Parent Governor
Appointed by – Parents
Date appointed – 14.10.2020
Term of office – Four years
Link roles – Admissions

Amy Birch

Type of Governor – Co-opted Governor
Appointed by – Board of Governors
Date appointed – 24.11.2022
Term of office – Four years
Link roles – Finance / resources and LIP priority 2 - standards in writing

Neil Brown

Type of Governor – Parent Governor
Appointed by – The Parents
Date appointed – 20.11.2023
Term of office – Four years

Marjorie Dean

Type of Governor – Headteacher
Appointed by – The School
Date appointed – 02.09.2014
Term of office – Ongoing

Staff governor

Type of Governor – Staff Governor
Appointed by – The School
Date appointed – 
Term of office – 

Jane Thirlaway

Type of Governor – Clerk
Appointed by – The Board of Governors
Date appointed – 01.04.2005
Term of office – On-going

Recent minutes of our full Board meetings

Date Minutes
20 November 2018 Read Minutes Here
19 March 2019 Read Minutes Here
9 July 2019 Read Minutes Here
30 September 2019 Read Minutes Here
16 March 2020 Read minutes Here
29 September 2020 Read Minutes Here
24 November 2020 Read Minutes Here
31 March 2021 Read Minutes Here
6 July 2021 Read Minutes Here

Governor Meeting Attendance

Governor meeting attendance for academic year 2022 2023