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.
If you are interested in becoming a Governor please contact the email below.
Co-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 our school. 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.
Co-Chair - Lorna Nolan (Local Authority Governor)
Lorna Nolan is married with four children and five grand-children , 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.
Zoe Rideout- CoOpted Governor
I am married with three children my eldest being 16 years and my youngest is 4 years old who now attends the nursery at Cecil Road. I work part-time currently at a private clinic and in the past, I worked as a personal banker for a large high street bank.
I have never held a governor role before, I have helped in my own children's schools throughout the years and I am now looking forward to learning and supporting and working alongside the school staff at Cecil Road.
My pleasures are vacations, shopping and spending time with the children.
Rupinder Sodhi - Parent Governor
Rupinder joined the governing team 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 the 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.
Haninder Kaur - Parent Governor
I went to Cecil Road School Infants and Juniors (as they were known in my day!). I went onto the Girls Grammar and then onto University to do Microbiology at Birmingham and then my masters at Reading University. I had a corporate career before deciding to start a family and now I’m self -employed as a Business and Executive Coach. My interests outside of work are keep-fit which helps with keeping up with Millen. I don’t get much time for hobbies but when I do get a moment of peace to myself, I love either reading or doing something arty.
Gavin Larkins - Parent Governor
Gavin joined the governing team in January 2020 and is a parent of two daughters at the school. As the Director at a music publishing company and a chartered accountant, Gavin is experienced in leading and working within multi-disciplinary businesses on a variety of Boards, committees and programme steering groups. He is passionate about the benefits of arts, and particularly music, education to children’s wider development and is very supportive of the school’s endeavours in this area to date. In his spare time Gavin enjoys cycling, hiking and collecting American comics.
Catherine Hampton – Teacher Governor.
Catherine joined the teaching team at Cecil Road in April 2011 to cover someone’s maternity leave and have been here ever since! She is currently a year 2 teacher, key stage leader and Mathematics Subject Leader for the school. She also works with the Kent and Medway Maths Hub as a Maths Mastery Specialist teacher. She has enjoyed being part of Cecil Road’s learning journey over the past few years and gained a great pride from our progress.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org