Chair: Mrs Sue Ashe
The Governing Body has three core strategic functions:
a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
b. Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff; and
c. Overseeing the financial management of the schools and making its money is well spent.
To meet these statutory obligations, the Governors at MPPS work together closely as a team. We are here to support the school, the pupils, their parents and the local community. We all live in Malvern, and many of us have either children or grandchildren at the school. You will often find us in the playground and at school events, so please come and say 'Hello'.
While we hope it will never be necessary, should you as a parent or carer ever wish to make a complaint about the school, please be assured that it will be taken very seriously and will be investigated promptly. Every effort is made to resolve complaints as soon as possible. The Complaints Procedure can be found on the school website and the Governing Body wishes to stress the importance of following it. This will ensure the objectivity and independence of the Governing Body if at a later date it is necessary for them to become involved in resolving the complaint.
I am a foundation governor appointed from the local churches. I have a background in Primary education including headship and governance and have recently taken over the role of Chair of Governors at Malvern Parish. I am also Chair of the Church school committee which has a remit to ensure the school values, policies and everyday life is of a church ethos. I am also a member of the Management Committee and attend Standards and Achievement meetings. I am pleased to support the school and seek to work with leaders in continually improving provision for children and staff.
I am a foundation governor appointed by the PCC of Great Malvern Priory. I have had a long association with Malvern Parish Primary School as a parent, and want to help it continue to be a happy and fulfilling learning environment. I chair the Standards and Achievements Committee, and am also Vice Chair of the Governing Body.
Revd. Rod Corke
Rita and I were both teaching in Norfolk when I felt God’s calling towards ordination. After training at St John’s College, Nottingham, we moved to Felixstowe for my curacy. Eventually I became Team Rector of the Orwell Team Ministry before we felt God’s call to go to Taunton. St Mary Magdalene Church where it was a privilege and pleasure to serve God. A year ago, we moved to take up the post of Vicar and Great Malvern Priory and we have settled in very well. We love the Malvern Hills! Rita and I have been married 39 years. Rita works as a relationship counsellor, working with Relate and Relationship Somerset. We have three grown up children, Hilary, Laura and Simon and five young grandchildren between nine years old and new born. I have been governor and chair of governor in many different types of school during 25 years of ministry and it is a pleasure to support Malvern Parish School in any way I can.
I am a co-opted governor appointed by the Governing Body in September 2018 and also sit on the Management Committee of the school. I work as a systems engineer at a local employer but am also the treasurer for a small charity, called Water for Kids, that aims to preserve and protect the good health of children and communities in the developing world by assisting in the provision of safe drinking water, good sanitation and other public health related measures. I am happy to support the school and work with its leadership in continually improving provision for children and staff.
I’m a parent governor with two children at the school. I also sit on the Standards & Achievements Committee. I am an Assistant Company Secretary at Highways England and part of a team that oversees the governance of the company managing the Board and Executive Committees and ensuring compliance with company law and corporate governance codes. I have previous governor experience having been a parent governor for eight years at a similar sized primary school when my older children were in primary education. I will use this knowledge and experience to support the school management team in providing the best possible learning and caring environment for our children as they progress through the first stages of their education.
I’m a foundation governor as well as a parent of two children at Malvern Parish. I work in the Project Team of a manufacturing company and I’m able to use my commercial experience to Chair the Management Committee, where I also have particular responsibility for Health & Safety. As a foundation governor, I sit on the Church School Committee, which oversees the Christian ethos of the school. I’m proud to support Mrs Parker and the school team in creating a happy environment for our pupils to learn and flourish.
Kathryn Pickering - Clerk to the Governors