The Governors at Marshside work closely with the school to fulfill their statutory role and to shape the school’s policy, curriculum, accountability and ethos. There are currently 10 Governors, all volunteers, from a variety of backgrounds, who contribute to the work of the Governing Body through a number of committees.
Please also feel free to contact me or any member of the Governing Body via the Clerk of Governors at the school.
Values and Ethos (click to read)
Our school Governors
Chair – Mr Andrew Brown – Parent Governor
I am in my second year as Chair of the school Governing Body. Before this I was a Parent Governor. I work for the Environment Agency leading a team focusing on ensuring that there are best possible long term approaches to managing flooding across England. When not with my family I’ll either be running; on a bike; or walking up a hill ! Knowing we were going to have all 3 of our boys at the school for a many years and hence will be a large part of our life, I wanted to do something to help and strengthen my link with the school, so I became a governor. I also felt my professional experience may be of help to the school. My wish is for the school to be the best it can be with a secure long term future. I want it to have a reputation as a school that helps children achieve more than they think they can – while also being a safe place, in every sense, helping develop our children in to great people.
Vice Chair – Mrs Colette Mary Vaianella – Co-opted Governor
I am officially termed a ‘co-opted Governor’ and this is my second year holding the position of Vice Chair of the Marshside Governing Body. Recruited through the National Inspiring Governance Campaign, whose aim is to bring in Governors with a wide variety of skills, I was delighted to have been approached by Marshside School to fill a vacancy, some two years ago. From the onset, I was impressed by the ethos of the School. Arriving at short notice, I was taken on a tour by Mrs Hall and can honestly say that in every class, I was met with enthusiastic and happy pupils. The hallways, covered with great examples of children enjoying their learning environment and caring for each other. The adults – all taking pride in demonstrating the children’s talents and achievements. I was hooked! Initially, I didn’t quite realise how my world of Corporate IT and large scale Project Delivery would dovetail with Education, but soon I came to realise that Schools face the same challenges and issues that I deal with in my ‘day job’. I have always been met with a warm welcome and openness which has only strengthened my first impression. My two boys are grown men now, but I still recall the anxiety of choosing the right school, with the right values and good standard of education. Now that I have become a Nonna (Italian for Grandmother), my commitment to the Education system has been given a boost as I look towards their future. I thoroughly enjoy working with the Team at Marshside. Their undeniable passion for the progress of each and every child is infectious. The culture of respect brings the Mission statement to life and is a value we all hold dear. ‘Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself’
Mr Derek Aitken – Co-opted Governor
I joined the Governing Board in November 2015. I had just moved in a new direction as a freelance education consultant, having enjoyed a fulfilling working life, firstly as a teacher of foreign languages and then, as an Ofsted inspector. I wanted to use the knowledge and expertise that I had gained in education to help a forward-looking school achieve its aims. My ambition for Marshside Primary is simply for it to be the best it can be for the benefit of all members of the school community. I have lived in Southport for nearly 40 years. I have wide-ranging leisure interests. I am a keen football supporter (Liverpool FC – sorry Evertonians!) I am also an active tennis, table-tennis and badminton player in local clubs. I enjoy walking in the Lakes and Peak District, going to the cinema and theatre and travelling in Europe.
Julie Baxter – Parent Governor
I wanted to be a Governor as I felt I could bring some of my experience as a Youth Work experience to the School. I volunteer with Marshside Methodist Church Boy’s Brigade and Girl’s Association and I am a Youth Worker with Messy Church. As a parent I like to feel I involved in various aspects of daily school life and feel honoured to be able to contribute to the overall vision we hope for Marshside. My vision for Marshside is for us all to be able to offer each and every child a varied and exciting curriculum with the added support needed for every child to fulfil their potential and be the best they can, whilst being in a happy and secure environment. I enjoy live shows mainly various Musicians and Artists. I have been an active part in School PFA and a wide range of fundraising activities.
Dawn Bowers – Parent Governor
I am a lecturer at Southport College. My hobbies are reading, knitting and crafting. I like to go on holiday and meeting new people. I wanted to be involved with making decisions for the school as I have a long history with this school and understand the important impact it has on the community. My ambition for Marshside is for the school to continue to service the community. To gain outstanding report from Ofsted and to continue to provide excellent teaching and learning to all.
Wendy Cheetham – Co-opted Governor
I am very happy to be a Governor at Marshside Primary School. I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in September 2017. My career background is in education. I have been a teacher since 1980, working in a variety of Sefton schools. I worked at Marshside Primary School as the Reception teacher for 13 years, including 6 years as the Deputy Headteacher. I left to become a Headteacher in another Southport school and I hope that my experience will be useful in this new role as a governor. I am a firm believer in the rights of children and young people to a good education, to feel safe and secure in their school environment, to be listened to and respected and to be part of a thriving, caring community. Life chances are enhanced by a positive experience at primary school. I grew up in Marshside and still live in the local area. I remember when the site of the school was still a field at the side of the marsh. As a child I watched the coast road being built, and I absolutely love the sound of the geese as Autumn approaches. I am married, have two grown up children and some lovely grandchildren. I have really enjoyed getting to know the school again and working with the Head, Kath Hall, the school staff and the team of governors. I can see how committed they all are to the children and families in this community and I hope to fulfil my responsibilities as a governor of the school.
Leo Evans – Co-opted Governor
I am the Young Alumni Engagement Officer at the University of Liverpool, working with recent graduates to keep them engaged with the University in the time after their graduation. Previous to this, I worked for the former MP for Southport, John Pugh, both in the House of Commons and in his constituency office before his retirement in 2017. I still work closely in the community, volunteering my time with ‘Rubbish Friends’ as well as working with residents across the local area on their issues. Alongside my keen interest in politics, I am an avid sports fan, following Liverpool Football Club, cricket, golf and Formula 1, though I can’t really play anything very well. I was first interested in becoming a governor to try and play a role in the education system in our area. “As someone who works in Higher Education, I see daily the importance of our education system from a young age. I wanted to be able to give something back to our community and to try and help develop our education moving forwards. I am keen to see Marshside continue to grow and provide excellent education to children as well as working closely with parents and the local community in Marshside.
Val Sheard – Parent Governor
I am a Parent Governor, originally appointed in October 2012 and re-elected in October 2016. I work at Southport College as a Learning Support Assistant. I don’t have much time for interests and hobbies but I like gardening and home improvements, as well as reading and listening to music. – I wanted to be a Governor to help make the school the best it can be. I would like to see the school get ‘Outstanding’ at its next Ofsted inspection to reflect the hard work and dedication of the whole school team.
- Local authority Governor – Mrs Linda Catherine Heap
- Teacher Representative – Vacancy
- Headteacher – Mrs Katharine Louise Hall