Governors can be contacted via the school office by phone on 001483 422924 or email the Clerk to Governors  - 

School Governing Body - Interim Academy Board (IAB)

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.  Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards.  The role of the governing board is crucial to the effectiveness of a school. (National Governors Association)

The IAB at St Mark and All Saints C of E Primary School are a highly effective, committed group of people who offer support and challenge as part of the effective leadership of the school.  Our role is to oversee the way that the school is run, ensuring that the children get the best education possible and fulfils all statutory responsibilities.

Working collaboratively with the Leadership Team, the IAB is responsible for the strategic direction of the school

They meet on a monthly basis to hold the Executive headteacher to account.

The key functions of the IAB are to:

  • agree the aims and objectives for the school;

  • set the policies to achieve those objectives;

  • set challenging but realistic targets for teaching and monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making;

  • be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (acting as a ‘critical friend’).

IABs receive regular reports on standards and teaching – and monitor progress data, they visit the school regularly – covering all classes – to monitor progress and identify any issues and provide an oversight and agree the budget of the school.

The Executive Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and working to the objectives agreed by the IAB board. The IAB provides the framework within which he and his staff work.

St Mark and All Saints will work in collaboration with St John's Governance body throughout the academic year 2019/20

HOW THE IAB WORK AT St Mark and All Saints

At St Mark and All Saints  there is one committee that look at different areas of the school –General Purpose and Finance  & Teaching and Learning.  The IAB are also responsible for the Nursery.  A meeting of all IAB is held once per month.

IAB – 

  • Ratifies policies.

  • Provides, in collaboration with the Executive Head, Head of School and staff, strategic direction and vision for the school.

  • Contributes, in collaboration with the Executive Head, Head of School and staff, to establish, monitor and evaluate sections of the School Development Plan and all policies/plans/procedures relating to Leadership, Finance, Staffing and management of the school.

  • Keeps relevant sections of the School Self-Evaluation under review and updates as necessary.

  • Considers all aspects of financial management, including the budget and offers challenge where appropriate.

  • Holds school leadership to account for the performance management of staff and leadership of the curriculum.

Teaching and Learning 

  • Audits, monitors and provides strategic direction to improve all aspects relating to the achievement and standards of the school and quality of provision.

  • Considers all policies relating to curriculum, assessment and safeguarding.

  • Reviews pupil progress data including of specific groups of children, for instance those in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, those with additional needs and higher attaining children.

  • Reviews progress towards achievement of objectives in the strategic plan of the school

 Pupils’ safety and wellbeing is a fundamental issue for all governors to be aware of so is covered on every agenda of the full governors group.

Ruth Burns (Chair of IAB and Link governor for literacy)

Ruth is a product of vertical integration in a very small primary school in Scotland. There were only two classes - one for 4-7-year olds and one for 8-11-year olds! It worked well for Ruth and she went on to get a Masters in Chemical Engineering, working on oil refineries in the early part of her career. Ruth then learned new skills running projects in business which she tries to put to good use in the two schools where she is a governor.

Ruth became a parent governor in January 2010 at her sons’ former primary school. It is a one form entry primary school like St. Mark and All Saints. In December 2016 after she had been Chair of Governors there for two years Ruth was asked to become a governor at St. Mark and All Saints and use her experience to help meet the challenges the school faced at that time. Ruth is pleased that we can now plan for a secure future in which the whole school community - pupils, staff and parents -  flourishes.

Both her boys (now 17 and 14) enjoyed spending all their primary school years in a one form entry primary school. Ruth believes that it is crucial to communities to have a good primary school at their heart. She has (and always hopes to) made the focus of all her decisions to provide the best opportunities to learn with the resources available so that all pupils have a positive experience of school that prepares them well for life.

Carol Lowries (Link governor for Early Years)

CaroI has been involved in Early Years education for over 30 years during which time she has worked as a Pre-school supervisor, a Childcare Co-ordinator in the NHS, run her own business delivering the extended schools agenda and developed & managed a local Sure Start Children’s Centre.

In her current role Carol works in Guildford, as Director of Children & Youth at St John’s Stoke, Guildford.

Carol has been involved in a governor capacity at St. Mark and All Saints for about 8 years working with the school through many changes. Carol has a passion for the school and the local community and looks forward to a sustainable future that will ensure the best possible outcomes for our children.


Laura Keogh (Link governor for leadership and management)

Laura joined as a governor at St. Mark and All Saints at the start of the autumn 2019 term. Laura is a Civil Servant and currently works for the Department for Transport on the government’s roadside air quality improvement programme. 

Laura has a PhD in urban planning and policy making and her background is in managing projects including IT, transport, utilities and community infrastructure. Prior to joining the Department for Transport, she worked for 8 years as a management consultant and has experience in governance and leadership. 

Laura grew up in Dorset and now lives locally to the school. Laura became a school governor at St Mark and All Saints because she wants to give something back to the local community and contribute some of her experience in project management for the benefit of the school. 


Caroline Mallett

Caroline has worked at St. Mark and All Saints since September 2017 as Assistant Head and has been teaching for over 22 years. In September 2019 she took on the role of Head of School and from September 2020 she will be Headteacher.  

Prior to working at St. Mark and All Saints she was Phase Leader at Liphook Infant and Junior School Federation which is a 3-form entry school in Hampshire. Caroline was born in Guildford and trained in Southampton. She has worked in Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire schools over the course of her career and chose St Mark and All Saints because of the wonderful atmosphere, amazing learning environment and the commitment of all the staff and pupils. 


Ben Cahill- Nicholls


Ruth Burns

The Chair of IAB,


Carol Lowies

Head of School

Caroline Mallett

St Mark's Vicar

Jayne Vlack


Laura Keogh

Clerk to the IAB


Good Shepherd Trust, Director of Education

Amanda Johnson

Good Shepherd Trust, CEO

Paul Kennedy

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