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The Governing Body

Welcome to our Governors' section.

Chairperson :Mr Stephen Hart


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.  


Stephen Boyer

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.


Jason Cox

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.


Neil Hart

I have worked at Malvern Parish since September 2012 and I currently teach in Year 4. In addition, I am also the Subject Leader for Maths and Computing. I have a degree in Business Studies from Coventry University and completed my teacher training at Worcester University. Before I moved into teaching, I was the co-founder and Company Director of FLY53, a worldwide clothing brand. I was appointed to the Governors in February 2019 and I sit on the Management Committee. My aim is to continue to make a positive contribution to the school and play an active role in helping the school to go from strength to strength.


Stephen Hart

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. 


Revd. Peter Myres

I was ordained in the summer of 2018 and moved to Malvern from London to take up his first appointment as Curate to St Andrews and All Saints Churches. I am married to Emma and have four children, the youngest of which now attends Malvern Parish School.  I have over 30 years of experience in operations and management, serving in the Royal Navy for 15 years before running the expedition programme for Raleigh International, a youth development charity, and more recently I was the Director of Operations for a thriving church in south west London. I am new to school governance, but bring both management and operational experience to the Governing Body as well as a desire to see the Christian distinctiveness of our school develop and be embraced.


Sophia Robinson

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.


Polly Whiteman








Rachel Hill-Kelly

I am a parent governor with my eldest child at the school. I recently retrained as a teacher and work part-time. Prior to this, I worked in the Higher Education sector in various roles including governance, alumni relations and operations management at the Universities of Reading, Oxford and most recently, Birmingham. I hope to put this experience and understanding of the education sector to good use supporting the school so that all pupils can thrive.

Kathryn Pickering 
Clerk to the Governors