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The role of the Governing Body at The Marvell College is to help the establishment fulfil its vision and values: a restorative and inclusive community, working together to achieve excellence for children. PRIDE: polite, restorative, inclusive, determined, excellence everywhere.

There are many things which governors are expected to do. The following provides a brief outline:

Governors have responsibility with the Headteacher for deciding, reviewing and monitoring many of the policies, plans and procedures within which the school operates

The governors’ role is strategic. The Headteachers role is both strategic and operational

It is important to recognise that governors are part of a team. They all have equal status and though they are appointed by different groups (parents, staff, The Hcat Academy Trust, etc.), their main concern is the welfare of the whole school.

Governors make decisions democratically, by consensus, do not have individual powers to act alone, have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice at all times.. They share the responsibility of appointing staff with the school and must act in the same way as any good employee. Governors should consider carefully how their own decisions might affect other schools and should encourage openness in all of their work for the school and should welcome enquiries from parents and the general public

The governing body meets four times each academic year. During these meetings they systematically challenge leaders on all aspects of the school. This includes, but not exclusively, the effectiveness of:

Attainment and progress

Personal development, behaviour and welfare


The quality of teaching and its impact over time


The use of pupil premium funding

Catch up funding

The Marvell College Local Governing Body

Terms of office 2 years

Surname Forename Town Role Type Responsibly End date
Edwards Jo Howden Chair CommunityGovernor 21-03-2020
Johnson Andrew Cottingham Governor Community Governor Training Link 10-04-2020
Morrell Debbie Hull Vice Chair Community Governor 31-08-2020
Bullen Samantha Hull Governor CommunityGovernor LAC, Safeguarding and CP 31-08-2020
Mudd Claire Kirk Ella Governor Community Pupil Premium 31-08-2020
Collins Janice Hull Governor Parent SEND 22-12-2019
Fisher Ben Hull Governor Parent 14-07-2021
Fisher Katie Beverley Governor Staff 15-07-2021
Cooper Marc Hull Headteacher Headteacher N/A

Governance Structure Overview

Local Governing Body Meetings

Thursday 3 October 2019 at 3.30pm

Thursday 5 December 2019 at 4.00pm

Thursday 13 February 2020 at 3.30pm

Thursday 18 June 2019 at 4.00pm

Training Record






Introduction to Governance

Tony Hammond and Mary Harker, IPC Services

Mrs J Collins


Effective Governance

Tony Hammond and Mary Harker, IPC Services

Mrs J Collins


Introduction to Governance

Tony Hammond and Mary Harker, IPC Services

Mrs J Edwards


Designated Safeguarding Governor

Tony Hammond and Mary Harker, IPC Services

Mrs J Edwards


Preparing for the New Ofsted Framework

Darren Marks, HCAT

Mrs J Collins; Mr A Johnson


Introduction to Governance

Tony Hammond and Mary Harker, IPC Services

Mr A Johnson


Ofsted Framework

Marc Cooper

Mrs S Bullen; Mrs J Edwards; Mrs D Morrell and Mrs C Mudd

Business Interest Register 2018 / 2019

Name Post / Responsibilities Person / Relationship Name of Business Nature of Business Nature of Interest
Marc Cooper Member of Staff Self St Cuthbert's Roman Catholic Academy Trust School Employer
Marc Cooper Member of Staff Self T Cooper Casual member of staff Wife
Samantha Bullen Governor Self Steady School Wear Uniform Provider Ex Husband owns Business

Governor Pen Portraits

Adele Norton - Staff Governor

Adele has worked in education since 2001, predominantly in the post 16 sector as the Sixth Form Learning Manager at St Mary’s College. In 2013 she moved to Bishop Burton College and coordinated support for both Further Education and Higher Education students with SEND across two sites.

Adele has a real interest in Special Educational Needs, particularly Autistic Spectrum disorders and is passionate about providing an environment in a mainstream setting that allows the needs of children with ASD to be met.

In 2015 Adele joined The Marvell College and has undertaken a variety of roles in the SEN, safeguarding and pastoral teams. She currently works in the Examination and Data Team.

Debbie Morrell – Parent Governor

I have lived on Bilton Grange the whole of my life and for the past 17 years I have owned a hairdressing salon, also on Bilton Grange. This gives me a very clear understanding of the needs of The Marvell College community very well. I have three, very different, teenagers who have all attended The Marvell College. I have been a governor at The Marvell College for 6 years and have seen it go through significant changes most recently its becoming an academy. I strongly believe every child deserves an outstanding education in a nurturing environment to be able to achieve their full potential.

Janice Collins - Parent Governor

I have experience within the education sector where I have worked for the last 10 years. Within my current role as Head of Partnerships, I am responsible for managing department budgets, strategic planning against government objectives, building and maintaining relationships with key Stakeholders within the college and externally with other organisations, ensuring that all learners are safe from harm whilst achieving the very best they can, performance management of under achieving organisations by using a support action plan approach. This often involves supporting with staff training and reviewing how learner progress is tracked and monitored. I also have OfSTED and external audit experience, which I can bring to the role of Parent Governor.

From previous roles I also have experience of using data and interpreting information to target Improvements, recruitment and HR policy, performance management of staff.

The knowledge and experience I have gained during my career will enable me to actively contribute to the Governance of the College.