Local Committee

Members can be contacted via the school office by phone on 01483 422924 or by emailing the Clerk - clerk@stmarkallsaints.uk 

Local Committee (LC)

Local Committee Members are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.  Local Committee Members 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 Local Committee is crucial to the effectiveness of a school. (National Governors Association)

The LC 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 LC is responsible for the strategic direction of the school

They meet on a monthly basis to hold the Headteacher to account.

The key functions of the LC 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’).

LCs 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 Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and working to the objectives agreed by the LC board. The LC provides the framework within which she and her staff work.

HOW THE LC 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 LC are also responsible for the Nursery.  A meeting of all LC is held once per half term (6 times per year).

LC – 

  • Ratifies policies.

  • Provides, in collaboration with the Headteacher, Assistant Head and staff, strategic direction and vision for the school.

  • Contributes, in collaboration with the  Headteacher, Assistant Head 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.

Our Local Committee Members

Below you will find detailed our current Local Committee Members and their areas of responsibility. We have recently held an election for Parent LC Member (December 2020) and will update the page when this process is finalised. We have a vacancy for a Community LC Member from January 2021 following the retirement of the previous post holder after 10 years. Please do contact the school if you would like to be forwarded details of the application process.

Parent  - Dean Clegg  (SEND, Pupil  Premium,  Sports Premium, grants) Chair 

Community - Laura Keogh (Safeguarding, Leadership and Management) Appointed July 2019

Community  - Adrian Saddler (Health and Safety)

Parent  - Dean Clegg  (SEND, Pupil  Premium,  Sports Premium, grants) Chair from September 2022

Headteacher - Caroline Mallett

Staff - Heidi Clayden, Appointed December 2020

Vicar of St Mark's Church - Sheila Samuels (Christian Distinctiveness)

Clerk - Cara Payne

Good Shepherd Trust, Regional Director for Education - Louise Johnston

Good Shepherd Trust, CEO - Paul Kennedy

Our LC Members are now all appointed by the Good Shepherd Trust since academisation in April 2019. All LC Members serve for a term of 4 years.

To find out more about the Good Shepherd Trust Board membership please follow this link; http://www.goodshepherdtrust.org.uk/901/trust-directors-trustees

Local Committee Member Introductions





Laura Keogh (Link for leadership and management)

Laura joined as an LC Member 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 an LC Member 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. 

Dean Clegg - Parent Governor

Originally from Derby, and a graduate of the University of East Anglia, Dean now lives in Godalming with his wife and son, and the world’s laziest dog, a lurcher called Poppy. Over a varied career so far, Dean has worked in a variety of roles, including that of Pub Quiz Master, RSPCA volunteer, MP’s Assistant and Commercial Manager, a role he performed for many years in both the railway and defence industries. Dean is pleased to serve St Mark and All Saints on the Local Governing Committee to help the school continue its improvement because he believes that a good school contributes hugely to the health and happiness of the local community.

Adrian Sadler - Governor 

Adrian has lived in Godalming for over 30 years and has two grown up children and four grandchildren. He is a member of St Peter and Paul and St Marks PCC and volunteers for Shooting Star Children’s Hospice,  Surrey Care Trust and is member of the Treasures committee for the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.

Adrian was a pupil at the Kingston upon Hull High School for Nautical Training before joining the Merchant Navy as an Engineer Cadet. After completing his cadetship he served as an Engineer Officer and reached the rank of Senior Engineer Officer before taking a position ashore. With his seagoing knowledge and commercial experience he became Senior Manager for a major Marine Supplier with responsibility for their Far Eastern Sales operations.

His aim is to ensure all the children get the best education, show a mutual respect for each other, be proud of their achievements and be ready for secondary education.








Caroline Mallett (Headteacher)

Caroline has been part of the Senior Leadership Team at St. Mark and All Saints since September 2017, she joined as Assistant Head and has been teaching for over 22 years. In September 2019 she took on the role of Head of School and in September 2020 she became 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 completed her BEd in Southampton, she now lives in Hampshire with her family (which includes two teenagers). 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. 

Heidi Clayden (Staff LC Member)

In September 2020,  Heidi joined St Mark and All Saints as a Year 5/6 teacher, previously she worked in another Good Shepherd Trust school, Queen Eleanor's Junior School in Guildford.  Heidi was born in Surbiton and completed her BSc at Manchester University.  Before starting her teaching career Heidi worked as a computer programmer for Natwest, then went on to run her own floristry business and then moved for five years to live with her family in Chicago.  Heidi is a committed teacher and is excited about the prospect of joining the local committee and becoming involved in the development of St Mark and All Saints.


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