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.
Chair – Mike Northern (Co-Opted Governor)
Mike Northern is chair of the governors. Mike became a governor in 2009 and co-Chair in 2013 and Chair in 2016. Mike is a retired solicitor and his particular interests in governing are focused on resources 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 and Kent.
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 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.
Ana Jordan (Co-Opted Governor)
Ana has been a governor at the school since 2010 and is 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. She is 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.
Ana is a working parent with three children one of which still attends Cecil Road School. In her spare time she loves to travel and meet people all over the world, taking her 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
Andy retired from full-time teaching in 2011 having been in the profession for 33 years. Andy 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 he has written a history of Saint George's CE School. Within school for one afternoon a week he has listened to children read from Reception and later Year 1 classes. He enjoyed being part of their learning process and gained a lot of satisfaction from their progress.
Andy was a teacher governor at Saint George's for many years and is therefore no stranger to the role and looks forward to working as governor with responsibility for English.
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.
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.
Catherine Hampton – Teacher Governor.
Catherine joined the teaching team at Ceil Road in April 2011 to cover someone’s maternity leave and have been here ever since! She is currently a year 4 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