Introduction by the Chair

Welcome to the Cecil Road Primary and Nursery School Governors’ page.

As school governors we have the responsibility of raising school standards.  The three key areas of responsibility are:

  • setting a strategic direction
  • ensuring accountability
  • acting as a critical friend to the school and its management

We are all passionate about the success of the school and our aim is to ensure that every child is given the best education.  We believe that this can be achieved by increasing children’s knowledge, improving their skills and helping to develop their personal attitudes and values.  The governors work extremely closely with the school and regularly monitor and challenge the work of the leadership team to ensure that every child’s learning and life experiences are enriched and enhanced.

There are four categories of governor at our school:

  • Community Governors
  • Local Authority Governors
  • Parent Governors
  • Staff Governors

At Cecil Road Primary and Nursery School, all governors put the needs of the children at the heart of all decision making.  We are involved in decisions regarding the school improvement plan, safeguarding of children, learning and development, staffing, finance and budgets, health and safety and school policies to name but a few.

Our aim is ensure that all our children become confident, secure and caring individuals who achieve personal success and develop a love of learning.

School governors are the largest volunteer force in the country and here at Cecil Road School we are extremely proud of the school’s achievements, its children and its hard working staff.

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about our Governing Body.

Chair – Mike Northern (Co-Opted Governor)

Mike Northern is co-chair of the governors.  A grandfather of children in the school, Mike became a governor in 2009 and co-Chair in 2013 and Chair in 2016.  Mike is a solicitor and his particular interests in governing are focussed on resources and safety aspects of work of the school.  Mike appreciates the importance of education for your children and is determined to support and encourage the school in becoming a beacon of achievement in Gravesham.

Vice Chair - Marianna Nagy-Byrne – (Parent Governor)

Marianna joined the Governors in December 2013 and was appointed Safeguarding Governor in June 2014.  She became Vice Chair in 2016.  A mother of two, both of which attend.  Marianna has worked as a freelance Researcher and Translator for the last ten years and has only dreamed about spare time since the children were born.  She feels honoured to be the mother of two wonderful little boys as well as being able to make a contribution to the life of the school community.

Makhan Singh (Co-Opted Governor)

I am married with three adult children and three grandchildren.  I originally trained in the mining industry and qualified as an electrical engineer.  I took interest in teaching and taught in further and higher education, my last employment was with the Greenwich Community College and retired as a senior lecturer.

I was first elected to the Gravesham Borough Council in 1983 and continually served as a local Councillor for Pelham Ward.  I have the privilege to serve as the Mayor for the Borough of Gravesham.  Currently I am a member of Gravesend Gurdwara Committee as a vice-president and also a member of Gravesend Lions Club.

Ana Jordan (Co-Opted Governor)

I have been fortunate to be a governor at the school since 2010 and I am passionate about the progress we have made and have yet to make.  We strive to attract the right kind of talented staff to maintain its whole-child approach.  I am very proud of how confident and well-adjusted the children at Cecil Road are – a direct reflection of the quality of staff and the community spirit of the families of students.

I am a working parent with two children one of which still attends Cecil Road School.  In my spare time I love to travel and meet people all over the world, taking my family to shows and concerts, keeping fit and listening to very loud music!

Tina Payne – (Parent Governor)

Tina can be seen around the school helping with reading, swimming and P.T.A.  A member of the Resources Committee with responsibility for Health and Safety, so if you have any concerns or worries along those lines please seek her out.  Tina is a mum of two boys one of which still attends Cecil Road.

Andrew Southgate – Co-Opted Governor

I retired from full-time teaching in 2011 having been in the profession for 33 years.  I taught at Saint George's Church of England School as head of history from 1990 and finished as assistant head responsible for Performance Management and all community links.  Since retirement I have written a history of Saint George's CE School and for one afternoon a week listened to children read at Cecil Road from Reception and later Year 1 classes.  I enjoyed being part of their learning process and gained a lot of satisfaction from their progress.

I was a teacher governor at Saint George's for many years and I am therefore no stranger to the role and I look forward to working as governor with responsibility for English.

Lorna Nolan – Local Authority Governor

Hello I am Lorna Nolan, I am married with four children and five grand-children , three who attend Cecil Road School. I have been a governor for many years in various local schools and have seen enormous changes in education and standards in primary age schooling.

It is a privilege to support and be asked to be a Local Authority Governor at Cecil Road School and I look forward to working alongside other members of the governing body and school staff.

My personal hobbies are gardening, embroidery, and volunteering at a homeless shelter.

I love visiting beautiful places around the world and discovering new things.

Matthew Partridge – Co-Opted Governor

Matt joined the Governing Body in March after moving to the area with his wife from Medway where he was a community governor at a local infants school.  Matt can trace his family back to the Perry Street area of Gravesend and Northfleet for hundreds of years and feels a very strong connection to the area.

Matt has a real passion for education and the belief that every child deserves the best start to life.  He is currently a senior official with the National Union of Teachers and has worked full time as a campaigner for education in the UK and internationally for the last five years.  Matt hopes his expertise on education policy and issues in teaching will benefit the school and looks forward to playing an active role in the school and the local community.

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