Governing Board constitution
The Board's constitution, effective from 1 September 2017, is a total of up to 12 governors, consisting of:
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 two associate governors (the Deputy Headteacher and the School Business Manager). Associate governors do not have a vote.
Term of office: 1 September 2014 - 31 August 2018
I’ve been a parent governor since September 2014 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.
Co-opted governor (Community governor)
Term of office: 1 April 2015 - 30 March 2019
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.
I have worked in primary education for the last 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 4 and Year 6) 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 recently 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!
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.
I am currently serving as Vicar of St Paul's CE Parish Church in Compstall where many of you will already no doubt have met me. I taught for Stockport Local Authority for 36 years, the latter half of this being as a primary Headteacher. I served as Chair of Stockport Primary Heads' Consortium and as President of the Stockport branch of NAHT.
My leadership experience is considerable ranging from working closely with the Local Authority and on various governing bodies; I began serving on my first governing body over 30 years ago as a young teacher at All Saints' Primary School in Heaton Norris and have been involved at teacher and Headteacher level ever since! My experience ranges across all areas of finance, buildings, health and safety, safeguarding and, of course, curriculum and standards.
I have two grown up children, one teaching and one in the hotel business. I am musically trained and enjoy singing and playing the piano for leisure. I do occasionally play and sing in church and in support of local organisations and schools.
I consider it a huge privilege to be able to serve as a governor at Ludworth Primary School and look forward to the inevitable challenges and joys this will bring.
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!
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.
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; 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.
The Board has three standing committees: