Governing Body and Membership

Welcome to Mill Ford School’s Governing Body. We are a friendly and committed group of people who come from a variety of backgrounds and have a passion for our school. We work collectively as a team and provide expert input and advice based upon our own individual skills and experience. Our mission is to make Mill Ford the best possible school for the children and young people who learn here and to support the staff that make this happen.

The Governing Body at Mill Ford has three key roles:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and to ensure that money is well spent. 

Meet The Governing Body

Mr Cliff Edwards

Chair - Co-Opted Governor
Term of Office Expiry: 04.06.22
Appointed by: Governing Body


Quality of Teaching (including outcomes

for pupils)

Equality Governor

Key Stage 3 NEST Governor

Dr Jan Georgeson

Vice Chair - Co-Opted Governor
Term of Office Expiry: 10.09.21
Appointed By: Governing Body


Child Protection/Safeguarding/Attendance/

Behaviour/Whistleblowing Governor

SEND Governor

Salary Committee 

Head Teacher's Appraisal Committee

Numeracy Governor

Literacy Governor

GDPR Governor

EYFS/Key Stage 1 NEST Governor 

Mrs Claire Wills

Head Teacher
Term of Office Expiry: N/A
Appointed By: Ex Officio

Dr Paul Jarvis


Dr Paul Jarvis

Parent Governor
Term of Office Expiry: 08.05.20
Appointed By: Parents 


Leadership & Management Governor

Health & Safety Governor

Head Teacher's Appraisal Committee

Key Stage 2 NEST Governor

Mrs Shana Marsh

Parent Governor

Term of Office Expiry: 18.07.2022

Appointed by: Parents


Child Protection/Safeguarding/Attendance/

Behaviour/Whistleblowing Governor

Salary Committee

Finance Governor

Key Stage 4/5 NEST Governor




Mr Richard Pollock

Local Authority Governor
Term of Office Expiry: 19.07.23
Appointed by: Local Authority


Salary Committee

Head Teacher's Appraisal Committee


Mrs Kate Turner

Parent Governor

Term of Office Expiry: 05.07.21

Appointed by: Parents


Inclusion Governor

Looked After Children Governor








Mrs Beth Evans

Clerk to Governors




More information about the Governing Body

Mill Ford Governing Body won a prestigious award from Plymouth Association of Governors (PAG) in 2013.  The award is the PAG award for Innovation, and was due to our work on completing skills audits and being the first to use reconstitution to ensure governance is fit for purpose. They liked our use of publicity and how that raised the profile of governance not only at our school but across the city.


We work in collaboration with the School Leadership Team to ensure that the school is the best it can be for our pupils, parents/carers and other stakeholders. We do this by rigorously challenging leadership on the school’s effectiveness and ensuring that the best use is made of all resources particularly in relation to pupils’ achievements, behaviour and safety and teaching quality.


Governors undertake training in school management and spend time in school and classes gaining a greater understanding of how the school operates, and we are a “Critical Friend” to the Headteacher and staff.


The structure of the Governing Body at Mill Ford changed at the start of the academic year 2016/2017, please click on the link for further information about the proposal that was adopted and the new structure - Governing Body Structure 2016/2017.


The Governing Body meets once every half term to discuss school issues and systematically review procedures and policies.  Minutes of all meetings are available on request.

The Governing body consists of:

  • The Chair of Governors
  • The Vice Chair of Governors 
  • The Headteacher
  • Co-opted Governors
  • Parent Governors
  • Local authority Governor
  • Staff Governor


Governors can be contacted through the school via the clerk, Mrs B Evans.  Any concerns should be addressed to Cliff Edwards who is our Chair of Governors.

Annual Statement Sept 2017- July 2018

Annual Report of Governors 2018-2019

Membership and Attendance at Meetings (September 2018 - July 2019)




Term of Office

Position of Responsibility (if any)

Attendance at meetings 2018-2019

Mrs E Bayley

Parent/Local Authority



Appointed Vice Chair of Governing Body 19/07/2018

5 out of 6

Mr C Edwards




Re-appointed Chair of Governing Body 18/07/2019

5 out of 6

Ms L Fell





6 out of 6

Dr J Georgeson





Appointed Vice Chair of Governing Body 18/07/2019

3 out of 6

Mrs S Marsh






Dr Paul Jarvis




5 out of 6

Mr R Pollock

Co-Opted/Local Authority




Appointed Local Authority Governor 18/07/2019

4 out of 6

Mrs K Turner




0 out of 6*

*Governor unable to attend meetings, conducts visits and completes other work on behalf of the Mill Ford Governing Body with unanimous consent of its members   

Mrs C Wills

Head Teacher N/A 6 out of 6 

Governors whose term of office ended in the last twelve calendar months:

Mrs Edith Bayley



Term of Office Ended


5 out of 6

Join in

All Governors to a school’s Governing Body must be elected or appointed. If you would like to be part of Mill Ford’s Governing Body please enquire about any vacancies. Contact Cliff Edwards (Chair) or Claire Wills (Headteacher) via Beth Evans, the clerk, at .




Pecuniary Interests



Name of Governor

Date Declaration Signed

Nature of interest/Business Relationship with Company or personal (including membership of other Governing Bodies and relationships with members of staff)

Current DBS (enhanced) expiry date

Date Annual Safeguarding Declaration Signed

Mr C Edwards


08 June 2020

28 September 2019

Ms L Fell


25 May 2020

24 September 2019

Dr J Georgeson


Educational Researcher employed by the University of Plymouth

03 October 2020


28 September 2019


Dr P Jarvis



Director at Jarvis Nuclear Limited

Trustee of Mill Ford Friends

Trustee of The Centipede Trust

09 August 2020


26 September 2019


Mrs S Marsh


Supply TA at Mill Ford School

12 August 2021

25 September 2019

Mr R Pollock



Coodes LLP Solicitors (Partner)

Secretary - Cornwall Community Foundation (Charity)

10 November 2022

27 September 2019

Mrs K Turner



07 July 2020

02 October 2019

Mrs C Wills



17 February 2023

23 September 2019







NB - meetings commence at 5.00pm and are held at Mill Ford School unless otherwise stated


Governing Body Meeting: Thursday 30 January 2020

Governing Body Meeting: Thursday 19 March 2020

Governing Body Meeting: Thursday 14 May 2020

Governing Body Meeting: Thursday 16 July 2020

Governing Body Meeting: Thursday 15 October 2020

Governing Body Meeting: Thursday 10 December 2020