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The Structure of the Governing Body

Chair of Governors: Carol Thornalley       

I have been a Teaching Governor in the past in two of the schools I was working in. Since retiring I have been Vice Chair of a Gainsborough Church School for 3 years and Governor at Blyton-cum-Laughton since September 2011. I have been Chair since 2012.

I taught for 34 years in a range of special schools all ages from 4 to 19. The majority of my teaching career was working in Year 6 or Year 7, however, I did teach RE across all ages from nursery to Year 11.  I was an advisory teacher for Special Needs and I.T and also for developing RE with children with learning difficulties and special needs. I also worked alongside the maths advisor to open up maths opportunities for children with learning difficulties. 

Fundamentally I see the role of the Governing Body and all the Governors on it, as strategic and to offer both support and constructive advice. They should monitor the conduct of the school to promote the highest standards of academic achievement for all children regardless of gender, culture or base line. The Governors are there to act as a critical friend, to challenge the data, the use of finances and to make sure that the school is doing the best that it possibly can. They should be seen as representatives of the school who can explain the school’s strengths (and areas for development) if necessary to anyone with a legitimate right to this information.  To make sure that the school is adhering to its SDP then an open and respected interaction must occur between the Head and the whole of the Governing Body. The Governing Body should be aware of health and safety; welfare and equal opportunities for all those working and learning within the school environment. Governors should be involved in self-evaluation of themselves and their effectiveness within the school and its accountability to stake holders.

The Governing Body should review the targets set for the Head during the Performance Management cycle and also ensure that the performance of the teachers in the school is managed and reviewed in accordance with school policy.

The Governors have a role which is not 'a rubber stamp' on policies, for example, where open and frank discussions can take place in order to move the school forward in the best and most efficient way.

The Chair and a small committee should be involved with dealing with admissions; behaviour and attendance issues, and if necessary, complaints ensuring that all the correct protocols are being followed.

Governors should keep up to date with statutory changes that affect the school and know if they are being implemented or not. As detailed in the most recent Ofsted guidance, Governors should continue to undertake relevant training to keep their knowledge up to date.

Governance role in other schools: None

Mr Mike Lloyd

Foundation Governor


I became a Parent Governor some 30 years ago at the old Laughton School serving for a number of years as Vice Chairman and Chairman before the merger with Blyton School in 2004. I continue to serve on the Blyton cum Laughton School Governors as a Foundation Governor with a particular focus on the Finance and Personnel Sub Committee and Curriculum and Standards Sub Committee.

I am pleased to say that since I retired from the working in Logistics in the steel industry I have thoroughly enjoyed spending more time in School and certainly find my current role as Governor Lead for Literacy both challenging and rewarding. I continue to support the steel industry by working part time in providing sport and leisure activities not only for the employees but also the wider community in North Lincs.

Governance role in other schools: None

Head teacher:
Mr Karl Duke

I was appointed Headteacher of the school in September 2016. Prior to the post I worked as Trust Lead for Teaching and Learning at a multi-academy trust in the county. For six years I worked as a Teaching and Learning Consultant for CfBT, supporting many schools across the Lincolnshire region. I have previously represented staff as a governor at Sturton by Stow Primary School and as Director for a multi-academy trust.

Governance role in other schools: None

Staff Governor:
Mrs Lorna Batey

I have been a teacher at Blyton cum Laughton CE Primary ever since it was first formed in 2005. Prior to that I taught at Laughton Endowed School which is now the Laughton site. I have been on the governing body for several years. Initially I was an Associate governor but in recent years, I have been appointed a staff governor. 

In my position as staff governor, my job is to build strong links between the governing body and the staff of the school. One of my roles is to provide the governors with information they need to make sure the school is running effectively, such as an analysis of the statutory data from the SATs tests, They then question and discuss what the information tells us about the school currently and how we intend to use it to develop the school further. 

Governance role in other schools: None

Mrs Rosemary Turnbull

Foundation Governor

I have been a Foundation Governor at the school for many years, during which I have served on the Performance Management Committee and Finance and Personel Committee.  I was Chair of the Finance Committee until I recently stepped down.

I worked as an RGN on a busy orthopaedic ward where being part of a team was crucial for the ward to run effectively.  Having retired from nursing I completed a two year advanced business course, where my interest for finance resurfaced.  I had been a time clerk for a busy factory before I commenced by nurse training.

I am very active in Blyton village and belong to several organisations.

Governance role in other schools: None

Foundation Governor



Rev Mark Briscoe

I have been an ex officio governor since 2010 - the school’s Church of England affiliation meaning the vicar automatically becomes a governor. Over the past five years I have learned about governance from a pastoral and spiritual perspective through experience and involvement with the school and through attending Diocesan and Local Authority training courses.

The role of a governor is challenging as well as rewarding. It is an important supporting role to the work of head teacher, staff and education of the children. It requires asking searching questions of those who teach and work in the school and offering fresh perspectives on shared problems and achievements. I have always understood the role as serving the staff and children of the school whose welfare and education is vital to the future of society. I am part of the Governing Body to help grow the Christian character of the school.

Governance role in other schools: None

Vice Chair: Ms Sarah Curtis

Parent Governor

I am a mum of two boys one of whom left Blyton Cum Laughton School in 2015 and one who is currently in Year 6. I have always worked full time in a commercial environment, 15 years for Coca Cola and more recently as a director for a global FMCG manufacturing company.  In addition to my role as governor I have had a long term relationship with the local Blyton Bombers Football team where I currently hold the position of secretary.  I am in my third year as a governor and  see my role as being there to help support and develop the school in achieving its mission and goals. 

Governance role in other schools: None


Foundation Governor



Mrs Collette Randall

Local Authority


My name is Collette Randall and I live in Blyton. I have an interest in Blyton cum Laughton Primary School because I live in the village, my children attended the school and I firmly believe that all children should have access to a good, local school to give them a sense of community and belonging. I am a headteacher at nearby Kirton Lindsey Primary School and joined the Governing Body at Blyton cum Laughton Primary School in December 2016. I hope that my knowledge of current issues in education will add to the strengths that already exist within the Governing Body and I will be able to work alongside Mr Duke and the other governors to make sure that the school offers the best educational experience possible for the children of Blyton and Laughton.

Governance role in other schools: On Governing Body of Kirton Lindsey Primary School as headteacher

Vice Chair:

Mr James Parman

Parent Governor 

I am a father of three, now retired after a career in law enforcement.  I have lived in Blyton and surrounding villages for nearly thirty years and currently live in Scotter.  My youngest child is at the KS1 Laughton Site.  We chose Blyton cum Laughton School for her due to its reputation.  I hope as a governor I can make a positive contribution towards school improvement.

Governance role in other schools: On Governing Body of Meynell Kindergarten, Laughton

Clerk to Governors:

Mrs Sallie Patterson

As Clerk to Governors I provide advice and information on the procedure for governors’ meetings in accordance with the Instrument of Government and Education (School Government) Regulations and on matters involving the law and procedure.  I convene and attend all meetings of the governing body and sub-committees, maintain minutes, records, register of members and vacancies.  As an administrator, information manager and independent adviser, I support  the governors and therefore school improvement.

 I also work in the School Office at Blyton as Admin Assistant and can be contacted on Mondays and Fridays 8.45am – 4.00pm. At any other time please speak to a member of the School Admin Team who will put you in contact with me.  Any correspondence for the governors should be directed to me in the first instance.



School Governors play an important role in how the school is run. They monitor the impact of the education children receive and have specific roles of responsibility relating to school life. Governors are appointed every four years and the chairman is appointed each year. Governors are elected to help


  • decide what is taught
  • set standards of behaviour
  • interview and select staff
  • decide how the school budget is spent

Parent Governors have a child in school, are elected by the parents in school and also serve for a period of four years. Parent Governors speak and act as individuals. They are not to be thought of as delegates and do not vote for parents in general. They are not a channel for minor complaints, but are representative of parent views. The complaints procedure is available on our Useful Information page.



Curriculum and Standards  Finance and Personnel  
Mr Karl Duke Mr Karl Duke  
Mrs Carol Thornalley (Chair) Ms Sarah Curtis (Chair)  
Mrs Lorna Batey Mr James Parman (Vice Chair)
Mr Mike Lloyd          Mrs Rosemary Turnbull  
Mrs Collette Randall Mrs Carol Thornalley
  Mr Mike Lloyd