Cecil Road Primary & Nursery


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 development  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.


Who can be a school governor? 

  • Almost everyone over 18 can become a member. Governance committee members are volunteers from all walks of life – everyone has experience and skills to offer
  • An effective governance committee has people from different backgrounds and with a mix of skills. No formal qualifications are needed to be a member
  • Governance committee members are not education experts – they are there to offer a fresh perspective

What makes a good governance committee member?

  • The ability to work in a team
  • An interest in education and a commitment to the school
  • Patience, energy and enthusiasm
  • A willingness to listen, learn and to spend time in school
  • A willingness to undertake training

If you are interested in becoming a Governor please contact the email below or speak to a member of staff before or after the school day. 


Chair - Lorna Nolan (Local Authority Governor)

Lorna Nolan is married with four children and five grandchildren , three who attend Cecil Road School. Lorna has been a governor for many years in various local schools and has seen enormous changes in education and standards in primary age schooling.

Lorna feels it is a privilege to support and be asked to be a Local Authority Governor at Cecil Road School and is looking forward to working alongside other members of the governing body and school staff.

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

Rupinder Sodhi - Parent Governor

Rupinder joined the governing team in September 2018. Her professional experience in marketing will help to support the great work the school is doing to keep the website relevant and engaging for the school community.  As a student of Cecil Road, Rupinder is proud to be able to support the governing body to create a creative, compassionate environment to help children thrive. A mother of two, both attending Cecil Road School, she enjoys travelling both personally and from work, sharing her experiences with the family.  Rupinder and the family enjoy the great outdoors and supporting local communities.

Victoria Northern - Staff Governor

I started my time at Cecil Road as a parent volunteer in EYFS in 2005. Throughout the years, my roles and responsibilities in the school have increased. My three grown-up children all attended Cecil Road, while I worked as a teaching assistant,  HLTA, and finally became a fully qualified teacher! I am currently a Year 5 teacher and Oracy Lead. 

As you can probably tell,  I absolutely love Cecil Road's dedication to the children, staff and families. I believe our values and commitment to each child's success is the reason it is such a special place to learn and grow. Deciding to become the Staff Governor means that I can continue to invest in our pupils, and learn even more about how to help our children succeed.  

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about our Governing Body and if you would like to contact us, please do so by phoning the school 01474 534544 or via the governors email: governors@cecilroad.co.uk