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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 (3 vacancies)
  • 2 parent governors (No vacancies)
  • 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 two associate governors (the Deputy Headteacher and the School Business Manager). Associate governors do not have a vote.

Board of Governors


Mrs Frances Conway (Templar) - Chair of Governors

Parent governor
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.

Mrs Lynda Johnson - Vice Chair, Chair of Pay and Appraisal Committee

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.


Mrs Karen Bass - Chair of Resources Committee

Parent governor

Term of office: 1 April 2015 - 30 March 2019


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 Nicola Hankey

Staff governor
Term of office: 10 November 2016 - 9 November 2020


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! 

Mr Charles Gibson
Local Authority governor

Term of office: 11 July 2017 - 10 July 2021

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.

Reverend Lynn Boyle - Chair of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Committee

Co-opted governor
Term of office: 30 March 2017 - 29 March 2021

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.

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

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!

Mrs Sally van Valburg - Development governor

Co-opted governor
Term of office: 2 October 2017 - 1 October 2021


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.

Dr Victoria Richardson

Co-opted governor
Term of office: 32 October 2017 - 1 October 2021


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.

Miss Laura Vose
Associate Governor (Deputy Headteacher)

Mrs Lynne Tate
Associate Governor (School Business Manager)

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:

  • Resources (personnel, finance and premises)
  • Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
  • Pay and Appraisal