Governors are the formal strategic body who meet once each term to set priorities for the school and agree on the long term plans including the school budget. Our Governors are volunteers from the local school community who work together to ensure that the school is well managed.  The Headteacher and representatives from the school work force are also members of the Governing Body.

Role of Chair of Governors

As the newly elected Chair of Governors at Mersey Park I would like to introduce myself and explain a little about the Governing Body.

I am a retired primary school head teacher and have been a governor for 7 years. The Governing Body is made up of parents, staff, representatives of the community and the Local Authority. The governors have a range of duties we are legally bound to carry out. Using the members’ skills knowledge and experience to support the head teacher and senior leaders we all work together for school improvement.

The governors have the following responsibilities:-

  • to help set the strategic direction using the School Development Plan
  • to review and monitor the children’s progress and achievement
  • to act as a critical friend to the head teacher and staff, offering support and constructive advice and also challenging and asking probing questions when necessary
  • to make decisions around safeguarding, health and safety, staffing and premises
  • to set a legal budget in line with the school’s priorities.

Governors see the well being of all stakeholders as crucial to ensuring a happy, forward looking school community.

The role of governor is a voluntary one. We all give freely of our time to read paperwork, attend meetings, visit classrooms, attend special events and enrol on courses and training.

Mersey Park is a safe, happy, lively and vibrant place for children to learn. A committed and dedicated head teacher and staff inspire pupils to do their very best at all times. Governors also recognise and value the support and encouragement of parents and carers. The school ensures that children leave with all the skills, attributes and knowledge necessary for the next phase of their education. The recent very positive Ofsted report is also available to read.

I am proud to be a member of ‘Team Mersey Park.’ I would like to thank our strong Governing Body for their commitment and loyalty to the school in ensuring that we are part of the school’s drive for self-improvement.

If you would like to contact me, please do so through the school office.

Val Maher
Chair of Governors.

Meet MPPS Governors

Val Maher

Category of Governor Community Governor
Appointed by School
Term of office 25.01.2016 – 24.01.2020
Committees/ subject links Resource & Management, Capability
Responsibility Chair of Governors, Pupil Premium, Literacy, Exclusion
Other information I am a retired headteacher of a local primary school and have been a Governor for just over 4 years at Mersey Park. Although I have no children of my own I have 7 godchildren ranging in age from 37 to 10 and several of them have children of their own so I think that makes me a great godmother!

Jan Lambeth

Category of Governor Community Governor
Appointed by School
Term of office 16.09.14 –  15.09.18
Committees Resource & Management
Responsibility Vice-Chair, Safeguarding, Attendance, Maths, Health & Safety
Other information I am a recently retired headteacher of another local primary school and I am enjoying being  part of Mersey Park Primary School Governors Team. My interests include improving outcomes for vulnerable pupils and families. I have one son who is a young Captain in the Army.


Carla Dickens

Category of Governor Teacher Governor
Appointed by Staff
Term of office 03.06.13 –  02.06.17
Committees Resource & Management
Responsibility SEND
Other information I am currently SEN Co-ordinator, as well as being a member of the Senior Leadership Team. I enjoy being part of the Governing Body as it gives me further insight into the running of the school.

Hannah Passmore

Category of Governor Teacher Governor
Appointed by Staff
Term of office 17.01.17 –  16.01.21
Committees Curriculum
Responsibility Literacy
Other information I have worked at Mersey Park for over 12 years, gaining experience in many year groups. My current roles in school include year 3 & 4 team leader, key stage 2 literacy co-ordinator and being an active member of our School Council. Being part of our Governing Body has offered new opportunities and given me more detailed insight into the running of the school.


Jean Stapleton

Category of Governor  LA Governor
Appointed by  School
Term of Office  15.09.15 –  14.09.18
Committees  Resource & Management, Curriculum
Responsibility  Exclusion

Rev. Steve Carpenter

Category of Governor Community Governor
Appointed by School
Term of office 16.09.14 –  15.09.18
Committees Resource & Management
Responsibility SEN, Pupil/Staff Well-Being, R.E
Other information I am a Methodist Minister in the Wirral Methodist Circuit responsible for Tranmere and Charing Cross Methodist Churches. My passion is to make Christianity relevant to the community providing hope and well-being. I previously worked for 30 years for Jobcentre Plus, part of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) where I had a long and varied career. Initially being involved in regional economic analysis and reporting, I have spent almost a third of that time in the disability employment world in advisory and management capacities across the West Midlands Region. I represented DWP within Government Office for the West Midlands setting employment, later life and the child poverty targets for each local authority in the region and engaged in regional partnerships. I worked to expand the regional Jobcentre network when the recession emerged and I am a trained Lean Expert to create efficient processes with a strong focus on the customer. I am married with three sons, my wife Julie is an experienced Practice Nurse. Interests include reading, cycling, walking and computers.

Maxine O’Neill

Category of Governor Parent Governor
Appointed by Parents
Term of office 13.03.17 –  12.03.21
Committees Curriculum
Responsibility Early Years, P.E.
Other information Since my three children have attended Mersey Park, I have been very impressed with the way the school is run, and pleased with how friendly and helpful everyone is. I was delighted to be able to take on the role as a parent governor in March 2013, and I am enjoying being a part of the school.  I have also been a teaching assistant for 14 years I have a good understanding of what goes on in school life, as well as having an interest in my own children’s education.

Anita Johnson

Category of Governor Parent Governor
Appointed by Parents
Term of office 03.06.17 –  02.06.21
Committees Curriculum
Responsibility Anti-Bullying Link, Pupil/Staff Well-being, Parental Engagement
Other information I have two children who attend Mersey Park Primary, I am part of the Anti-Bullying steering group, I have taken on this role as a governor as I would like to work as part of a team and to have a betterunderstanding of how school life works. As a parent I am very proud to say my children are doing exceptionally well at Mersey Park and I’m glad I’ve taken on this role.

Ellie Page

Category of Governor Staff Governors
Appointed by School
Term of office 03.06.16 – 02.06.20
Committees Curriculum
Responsibility  Science
Other information


Benjamin Toleman

Category of Governor Community Governor
Appointed by School
Term of office 14.03.17 –  13.03.21
Committees  Resource & Management
Responsibility  ICT
Other information






Click on the document below to read comments made by Governors following visits to school:
Governor Visits to School

Click on the document below to see an Overview of our Governors and their responsibilities:
Governing Body of Mersey Park Primary School – Overview

Useful Links

Click on any of these links below to find out information on being a governor, your roles and responsibilities:
Governance Handbook 2017
The Key for School Governors
Annual Governance Statement
Governors Attendance – Record Main Governors 2016 – 2017

Governors Attendance – Record Main Governors 2017 – 2018



Here are three pieces of information that may help governors to be up to date with the current guidelines:
Working Together to Safeguard Children (1)
Keeping children safe in education September 2016
PREVENT Wirral Safeguarding Children Board

Floor Reports for Governors:

Foundation Stage Report for Governors summer 2017

Year 1 and 2 Report for Governors Summer 2017

Year 3 Report for Governors summer 2017

Year 4 Report for Governors summer 2017

Year 5 and 6 Report for Governors Summer 2017



If you would like to contact any of our Governors please send a letter for their attention via the school office:

Mersey Park Primary
Elm Road
CH42 0PH

Parents are asked to put their requests or complaints in writing to the Governing Body as the Governors are not based in school and only meet formally once a term.  If you have any questions about our Board of Governors, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Francis (Clerk for Governors).