The Governing Body of St Mark’s CE School

The Governing Body is responsible for both the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The Governing Body carries out its role by setting the vision for the school and then ensuring that the school works efficiently and effectively towards achieving its vision. It does this by building a thorough knowledge of the school and its community, by both supporting and constructively challenging the school, and by ensuring accountability and compliance.

The Governing Body of our school is made up of Parent Governors, Staff Governors, Local Authority (LA) Governors and Foundation Governors. The term of office for a Governor is four years.

Our Governors carry out a variety of responsibilities and these vary depending on what groups they sit on. Below you can view the Terms of Reference for our Full Governing Body, Standards Committee and HR and Resources Committee.

If you need to contact our Co-Chairs of Governors please email:

Clerk to the Governors: Katie Wolf - 

St Mark’s CE School Governing Body Membership 2023-2024
Name Category Appointed By Term of Office Start Term of Office End Committee Memberships Responsibilities and Voting Rights
Bryant, Stephanie Executive Headteacher Position as Executive Headteacher 01/09/2014 N/A Standards
HR & Resources 
Chapman, Dorenda Foundation Governor Diocesan Board 01/09/2023 01/09/2027    
Evans, Hugh Co-opted Governing Body 14/02/2022 13/2/2026 Standards Chair of Governors, Vice Chair of Standards, Curriculum and Maths
Falua, Olu Foundation Diocesan Board 17/03/2022 16/3/2026 Standards Pupil Premium, PD/PSHE and Equality
Gibbs, Gerry Local Authority Governing Body 01/09/2020 31/08/2024 Standards SEND, Chair of Standards, Executive Headteacher performance management
Grafton, Robert Parent Elected by Parents 01/06/2021 31/05/2025 HR & Resources Pay and PE
Hicken, Kathy Ex Officio Foundation Diocesan Board 01/09/2017 N/A Standards RE, Well-being and Christian distinctiveness
Lovett, Chris Staff Elected by Staff 01/09/2020 31/08/2024 Standards Science
Marsh, Sharon Co-opted Governing Body 01/09/2020 31/08/2024 HR & Resources Vice-Chair of Governing Body
Vice-Chair of HR & Resources
Finance and personnel
Taylor, Georgie Parent Elected by Parents 31/09/2021 30/09/2025 Standards English and EYFS
VACANT Co-opted Governing Body        


Governors’ Register of Interests September 2023 to September 2024
Name / Category of Governor

Name / Nature of Business or Interest Including:

  • being a governor elsewhere (include the school name)
  • being related to a staff member (give the staff member’s name)
  • being employed at the school.
Date the Interest was Acquired Date the Interest Ends Date of Entry
Bryant, Stephanie
(Executive Headteacher)
None None None 27/09/2021
Chapman, Dorenda TBC     01/09/2023
Evans, Hugh
Trustee of Shirley Men’s Shed     01/04/2022
Falua, Olu
TBC     17/03/2022
Gibbs, Gerry
Governor at St John's Primary and Nursery School Southampton     27/09/2021
Grafton, Robert
None None None 27/09/2021
Hicken, Kathy
(Ex Officio Foundation)
As vicar of St Mark's Church I carry an interest both in the church and the school     24/01/2022
Lovett, Chris
Foundation Governor at St John’s Primary and Nursery School Southampton
Senior Independent Advisor to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary
Marsh, Sharon
None None None 27/09/2021
Taylor, Georgie
None  None  None  24/01/2022


To view Attendance record for the academic year 2023 please click on this link.

To view all previous Governors for the last 12 months please view the document below.