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The Structure of the Governing Body

Chair of Governors:

Mr James Parman



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 KS2 Blyton 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


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: On the governing body of Mercer's Wood Academy, Gainsborough

Staff Governor:
Mrs Grace Newbury

I am currently in my third year of teaching at Blyton cum Laughton and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the school team. Before coming to BcL I had three years KS2 teaching experience so I have a good understanding of the progression from EYFS through to Year 6. I am passionate about supporting the school so that we may continue to create an inspiring and nurturing place for our young people to thrive. As Literacy Subject Leader and as a member of the Senior Leadership Team I have been able to be a part of developing a creative reading-centred curriculum which I thoroughly enjoyed. As a dedicated and enthusiastic member of the staff team I am keen to share my understanding and knowledge of our school and provide the staff viewpoint where appropriate.

Governance role in other schools: None

Mrs Carol Thornalley

Foundation Governor


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 was Chair of Governors for six years between 2012 and 2018.

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. 

Governance role in other schools: None

Ms Sarah Curtis

(Vice Chair)

Foundation Governor


I have lived in Blyton for the last twenty years. I have two sons both of whom attended BCL School and now attend the QEHS in Gainsborough. I have recently been appointed as a Foundation Governor having previously served four years as a Parent Governor; I have seen the school go from strength to strength. I work full time in Sales and Finance and am currently a Sales Director for a large US company. I like to try new challenges and recently completed the London Marathon. I hope my knowledge of business and my ability to rise to a challenge helps the school help every child that crosses the door.

Governance role in other schools: None

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

Mr Matthew Lyner

Parent Governor




Governance role in other schools: None

Ms Madge Marshall-Brown

Foundation Governor 

Born and raised in Lincolnshire, now living in West Lindsey since 2016. Former lecturer in University and College Education, plus senior auditor of national and international qualifications. Former business owner working with public and private sector organisations until retirement. Voluntary service as Justice of Peace in Lincolnshire for almost two decades. Committed to ethical and equal opportunities in education and training. Strong supporter of opportunities for differently able and particular needs students. A communicant of the Church of England whilst fully respecting other faiths and cultures.

Governance role in other schools: None

Mr Nathan Verran

Local Authority



I moved from Nottingham to Blyton thirteen years ago after securing a job at Queen Elizabeth’s High School in Gainsborough. I am still working there and I am currently the head of the mathematics faculty. Both my children attended Blyton cum Laughton school from Reception to Year 6 and had a very positive experience. The school nurtured their talents and created a safe and caring environment where they could thrive. I am now in a position where I can give something back to the school and I am hoping that my experience in education will be an asset to the governing body.

Governance role in other schools: None

Mr Ben Rollett

Parent Governor

I have lived in Blyton for over 30 years and attended Blyton school myself back in the 1980’s. I currently have two children that attend Blyton cum Laughton school and another that will join in September 2022. I work as a Chief Executive for a local Charity and I am also the Chair of Blyton Parish Council. I am looking forward to helping the school in my role as Parent Governor.

Governance role in other schools: None

Foundation Governor x 1



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 Offices at Blyton and Laughton 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 DukeMr Karl Duke 
Mrs Carol Thornalley Ms Sarah Curtis (Chair) 
Mr Mike LloydMr Mike Lloyd
Mr J ParmanMrs Carol Thornalley 
Mrs Grace NewburyMr Matthew Lyner
Ms M Marshall-BrownMr J Parman (Vice Chair) 
Mr N VerranMr B Rollett