Marpool Primary School

Believe, Achieve, Succeed

Governor Information

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the Executive Head, Head of School and Assistant Heads. Governors hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is the governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. They are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend).

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.

Effective leaders and managers at all levels have caused rapid and sustained improvements. The experienced and knowledgeable governing body provides support and challenge in equal measure.

 Ofsted report

Meet the Governors

 Mrs Pattison


Committees: Full, Resources, Teaching & Learning

Governor expertise: Executive Head

I have a long history with Marpool and its community, working at the school as a teacher, middle leader and head teacher. I am passionate about all children having a sense of self worth and an aspiration to achieve. I balance my love for learning with the children at Marpool alongside a thriving and happy family life. I continue to strive for the very best for our community and all those I come in contact with.

 Mrs Threlfall

(Associate member)


Committees: Full, Teaching & Learning, Resources

I love being part of our Marpool school community, having worked at the school for several years. I have been part of its growth and progress towards securing good outcomes for all of our children. We are really fortunate to have such a dedicated team of professional people supporting all aspects of our school and I feel lucky to be part of this. When I am not at work I love nothing more than a good stomp down the beach with my dog, spending time with my lovely children and learning my next yoga move!

Mrs Tina Tapp


Committees: Full, Teaching & Learning

Governor expertise: 


Personal statement to follow

Mrs Tanya Cox


Committees: Full, Teaching & Learning

Governor expertise: Chair of Teaching and Learning, Wraparound care, Head Teachers Appraisal

l became a Governor in 2017. I live in Exmouth with my husband & our two adult children. In 2016 I finished my employment of 17 years with DCC working within Children & Families Child Protection Services. I worked in many roles & positions from running drop-in centres and community family support/intervention work to managing Family Intervention Teams across Exeter, East & Mid Devon. This had led me to link in with other organisations & professionals, such as Marpool where a colleague and I successfully ran Parenting programmes. Now a self employed Therapist, I enjoy being part of the local community and appreciate the opportunity to help shape the future for Marpool and future generations of young people.

Mr Lyndon Keywood


Committees: Full, Resources

Governor expertise: Chair of Governors, asset management, Data


I have been associated with Marpool for some 26 years starting when my two sons attended the school. During this time, I served on the MSA committee and later as a parent governor. I am now a co-opted governor working on the premises and equipment committee. Having retired from financial services my aim is to ensure all our children receive the best possible start to their education so that they can go on to achieve their full potential. I can often be found in and around the school supporting various school trips, the football teams or driving the school minibus. In my spare time I enjoy keeping my classic triumph on the road, attending car shows and motor sports events.

Date of appointment, registered interests


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Marpool Governors

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