Local Governing Committee

Governors can be contacted via the school office by phone on 01483 422924 or by emailing the Clerk to Governors , Sara Jones - clerk@stmarkallsaints.uk 

School Governing Body - Local Governing Committee (LGC)

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 LGC 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 LGC 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 LGC 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’).

LGCs 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 LGC board. The LGC provides the framework within which she and her staff work.

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

LGC – 

  • 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 Governors

Below you will find detailed our current Governors and their areas of responsibility. We have recently held an election for Parent Governor (December 2020) and will update the page when this process is finalised. We have a vacancy for a Community Governor from January 2020 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.

Community Governor - Ben Cahill-Nicholls (Curriculum, Community Engagement) Appointed June 2020

Diocese Governor - Ruth Burns (Chair, SEN, Health and Safety and Safeguarding) Appointed April 2019

Community Governor - Under appointment

Parent Governor - Under appointment

Headteacher - Caroline Mallett

Staff Governor - Heidi Clayden, Appointed December 2020

Vicar of St Mark's Church - Rev Jane Vlach (Christian Distinctiveness)

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

Clerk to the Governors - Sara Jones, Appointed October 2020

Good Shepherd Trust, Regional Director for Education - Louise Johnston

Good Shepherd Trust, CEO - Paul Kennedy

Our Governors are now all appointed by the Good Shepherd Trust since academisation in April 2019. All Governors 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

Governor Introductions:

Ruth Burns (Chair of LGC, link Governor for SEN, Health and Safety and Safeguarding )

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 18 and 15) 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.

Ben Cahill–Nicholls (Link Governor for Curriculum and Community Engagement)

Ben lives in Godalming with his wife, baby son, and two rather mischievous cats. As Director of Community & Partnerships at Charterhouse School (2016-19), he established a partnership with St Mark & All Saints, which included regular co-curricular activities for pupils. He is currently Chief Executive of Clergy Support Trust, the largest and oldest benevolent charity for Anglican ministers and their families. 


Ben began his career in the civil service, and was an adviser to the Laming Report and the House of Commons Education Committee, before holding senior posts in the education sector, and in corporate philanthropy. A graduate of Cambridge University, Ben has been a Parliamentary candidate and governor of three other primary schools; he is founder-chair of an award-winning youth charity, and is currently training for ordination as a self-supporting priest in the Church of England.

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 (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 Governor)

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 governing committee and becoming involved in the development of St Mark and All Saints.