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Governing Board constitution

The Board's constitution, effective from 1 September 2017, is a total of up to 12 governors, consisting of:

  • 1 Local Authority governor (No vacancy)
  • Up to 7 co-opted governors (1 vacancy)
  • 2 parent governors (One vacancy)
  • 2 staff governors (No vacancies )

The Board does not have to fill all co-opted governor role vacancies and has agreed to do so based on any skills or representation requirements identified through a skills audit.

The Board also includes three associate members. Associate members do not have a vote at full Governing Board meetings and can only vote as members of Committees if that has been agreed by the Governing Body.

Board of Governors

Mrs Karen Bass

Category of governor: Parent governor
Date of appointment: 1 April 2015

Term of office: 1 April 2015 - 30 March 2019

Chair of Resources Committee


I was appointed as a parent governor in mid-2015 and became Chair of the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee in 2016. I have worked in finance for 25 years and currently work as Director of Finance and Operations at BBC Children in Need, so I bring financial management skills and a passion for creating opportunities for children to develop their strengths and build resilience. I believe that every single child at Ludworth should get maximum opportunity to develop and achieve their full potential. I have two children at the school and have seen them both flourish and develop their personal and leadership skills. We live in Marple Bridge and are a pretty active family, enjoying lots of sports and outdoor pursuits in the area.

Mrs Frances Conway (Templar)

Category of governor: Co-opted governor

Date of appointment: 1 September 2014
Term of office: 1 September 2018 - 31 August 2022

Chair of Governing Board; Member of Resources Committee; Teaching, Learning & Standards Committee; Pay & Appraisal Committee; Safeguarding link governor


I’ve been a governor since September 2014 (as a parent governor until 31 August 2018) and am currently Chair of the Governing Board. I strongly identify with Ludworth's ethos and the importance of developing and nurturing character and leadership abilities as well as academic ability. I hope I can help Ludworth meet the challenge of enabling all pupils to reach their full potential. I work full time for a national regulatory body and when not working enjoy being outdoors, cinema and singing in a choir.

Mrs Susan Ellis

Category of governor: Co-opted governor
Date of appointment: 19 April 2018
Term of office: 19 April 2018 - 18 April 2022

Member of Teaching, Learning & Standards Committee; SEND link governor

I have lived in Marple for over 30 years where, together with my husband, we raised our two lovely daughters and now we are blessed with three beautiful grandchildren. I have a Bachelor of Arts First Class Honours Degree (Education) and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in English. I initially taught secondary English before specialising in Special Educational Needs as a SENDCo (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Co-ordinator). I have held the role of SENDCo and Learning Support/Inclusion Manager in 3 large secondary schools in Tameside, Oldham and Stockport. Three years ago, and after 23 years ‘in the business’, I took early retirement to spend more time with family whilst keeping my hand in with occasional supply teaching.

This is my first post as a Governor; I am keen to get involved with this super village school and use my knowledge and experience supporting colleagues at Ludworth to help all pupils succeed. I am really looking forward to my new role as SEND Governor and thrilled to be a part of Ludworth’s inclusive community.

Mr Charles Gibson
Category of governor: Local Authority governor

Date of appointment: 11 July 2017
Term of office: 11 July 2017 - 10 July 2021

Vice Chair of Resources Committee; Health & Safety link governor

I moved to Marple Bridge a few years ago and really enjoyed the fantastic community atmosphere. I have worked with Local Government in Stockport and around the country and am delighted to be able to use that experience to help the great team at Ludworth. I am passionate about making sure our education system is the best it can be and giving children the best possible start in life, goals the Ludworth team are absolutely committed to. In my spare time I am a keen member of the Marple Band and love spending time in our fantastic local countryside.

Mrs Nicola Hankey

Category of governor: Staff governor (elected)
Date of appointment: 10 November 2016
Term of office: 10 November 2016 - 9 November 2020

Member of Teaching, Learning & Standards Committee


I have worked in primary education for over twenty five years in a range of teaching roles including Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher.  I also  thoroughly enjoyed my role as a Primary Strategy Consultant for Oldham Local Authority  which involved delivering English, Maths and Social/Emotional  training to teachers.

The arrival of my own children (currently in Year 6 and Year 8) augmented my passion for inspiring young minds and I feel privileged to be teaching Year 5 as part of the Ludworth Team. My appointment as SENDCo in 2014 also motivated me to further my own educational studies and I successfully achieved the SEN National Award at Masters level at MMU.


In my spare time I enjoy reading, swimming and (like most parents) ferrying my children between various clubs and their many social events! 

Mrs Zoe Holgate
Category of governor: Associate member (School Business Manager)
Date of appointment: 2 October 2018
Term of office: 2 October 2018 - 1 October 2022
Non-voting member of Resources Committee

Mr Andy Jackson

Category of governor: Co-opted governor
Date of appointment: 2 October 2018
Term of office: 2 October 2018 - 18 April 2022

Vice Chair of Teaching, Learning & Standards Committee

I'm delighted to have been recently co-opted as a Governor for Ludworth. I have a daughter at Ludworth and know how much every parent has invested in the success of the school. I want to use my co-opted term to ensure that the curriculum in the school remains varied and challenging for all children and that every child leaves the school with a love of learning.


I work for the National Education Union, formerly the NUT, in a role that encompasses the development of strategy that responds to Government education policy. More recently this has involved significant work on school funding and OfSTED. I’m hopeful that this insight will be invaluable for Ludworth.


I’m really looking forward to spending time in school, working with the staff, other Governors and seeing all the great work the children will produce.

Mrs Lynda Johnson

Category of governor: Co-opted governor
Date of appointment: 1 April 2015
Term of office: 1 April 2015 - 30 March 2019

Vice Chair of Governing Board; Chair of Teaching, Learning & Standards Committee; Member of Pay & Appraisal Committee; Community link governor


I was born in Marple, the daughter of the village grocer, and have lived in Marple/Marple Bridge for most of my life. My children both attended Ludworth in the 1980s and I worked there as a teacher for a short time. I also taught at Mellor Primary and All Saints Primary before moving to Tameside where I enjoyed being Headteacher of Hurst Methodist Junior School, Ashton and later Godley Nursery and Primary Community School, Hyde. I became Chairperson of Tameside Primary Heads Consortium and  Secretary of the NAHT (National Association of Headteachers) working with officers from the LEA.


Now retired,I still enjoy being in schools,since  education and the love of children still runs in my veins and seeing the school move forward and playing my  part is still a joy. I am a member of Mellor Parish Centre Management Committee and play badminton at the sports club.My other interests? I love travelling the world with my husband, also a retired headteacher, and we take great pleasure in looking after our two granddaughters who also live in Marple. 


I am thrilled to be the Community Governor of Ludworth and happy to be involved in or support all our local activities whether it be Marple Carnival or some local sporting or fun event.

Dr Victoria Richardson

Category of governor: Co-opted governor
Date of appointment: 2 October 2017

Term of office: 2 October 2017 - 1 October 2021
Member of Resources Committee; Wellbeing link governor

I'm Vicky and I am very excited about my new role as a co-opted governor for Ludworth Primary School. I have lived in Marple Bridge for 5 years now and have really come to love the vibrant and friendly local community as well as the stunningly picturesque village. I have a young daughter who is nearly 2 now and keeps me on my toes and as she does so does my interest in education and I am so excited to be able to play a part in ensuring our young people are given the very best start in life at Ludworth. I am already so impressed with what I have seen at the school, and the dedication of the teaching and support staff and the serving governors is just phenomenal. I'm so looking forward to working with everyone and hopefully continuing to drive things at the school forwards in a positive way. For my day job I work as a part time GP in nearby Hyde and I'm certain this type of challenging yet rewarding work will stand me in good stead as your new governor. When I have any free time (which is rarely!) I love martial arts and have a black belt in karate and I am also partial to relaxing with a good book.

Mrs Sally van Valburg

Category of governor: Co-opted governor
Date of appointment: 2 October 2017

Term of office: 2 October 2017 - 1 October 2021

Development governor; Member of Teaching, Learning & Standards Committee; Pay & Appraisal Committee


My name is Sally van Valburg and I’m delighted to be recently appointed to the Governing Body at Ludworth. I have 13 years teaching experience, seven of which as a Deputy Headteacher, specialising in curriculum development and assessment. I am currently taking a career break to stay at home with my three amazing children, specialising in Toddler Tantrums and French braids!


I joined the Governing Body because I am passionate about giving children an education which is a passport for their future and I wanted to support children in the local community to achieve this. I am enjoying learning about my new role as Development Governor, Vice-Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee and member of Pay and Appraisal Committee. I am looking forward to using my experience as a parent and teacher to support Ludworth in providing outstanding education.


Everyone at Ludworth has given me a warm welcome, I look forward to being involved in the life of the school and meeting parents, staff and children at various school events- especially bake sales.

Miss Laura Vose
Category of governor: Associate member (Deputy Headteacher)
Date of appointment: 21 September 2016
Term of office: 21 September 2016 - 20 September 2020

Non voting member of Teaching, Learning & Standards Committee

Mrs Victoria Walker
Category of governor: Staff governor (as a result of Headteacher status)

Member of Resources Committee; Teaching Learning & Standards Committee; Pay & Appraisal Committee

I have worked in schools for 25 years, starting my journey in Liverpool over a 4 year Bachelor of Education with Honours Degree. I spent the next 20 years working in 6 different schools across Tameside in may different roles. I have led most subject areas across school and progressed from class teacher to working in management roles. These have included phase leader, deputy head teacher, associate head teacher and head teacher. Each new school and experience has enriched my life and I have always enjoyed the variety of challenges each setting brings.


I took up my second headship at Ludworth in January 2015 and have loved every minute getting to know this lovely community. I look forward to many exciting and stimulating years continuing to make Ludworth as successful a school as possible!

Governing Board meetings

The Governing Board holds a planning meeting at the beginning of the academic year and three full board meetings; one in each of the autumn, spring and summer terms. A range of issues are considered and discussed including reports from governing body committees and subject leaders; model policies and decisions relating to the strategic management of the school. Minutes of meetings are available for publication after the next full governing body meeting.

Committees (including membership, terms of reference and attendance)

The Board has three standing committees. The membership, terms of reference, frequency of meetings and the number of governors that must be present at the meeting for the committee proceedings to be valid are decided by the Board of Governors.