Meet the Governors
The Governors are responsible for the policies and running of the school. The day to day organisation and administration of the school is delegated to the Headteacher. The Full Governing Body meet at least once a term. Governors' committees meet regularly and individual governors frequently visit the school.
The Governors’ work is largely unseen but is of great importance. They are part of a vital series of checks and balances of which the system of education by local authority is built up. They have general responsibility for the fabric of the school building. They are responsible, in close consultation with the Headteacher, for the appointment of staff. They have oversight of Special Educational Needs provision, take interest in the school’s curriculum development and may offer advice to the Headteacher.
Each member of the Governing Body serves for a fixed term. Minutes of all Governors’ meetings are kept at school and, given reasonable notice, can be seen at the request of any parent. Governors will be pleased to receive any views that the parents may have.
Foundation Mr Christopher Percival - Chair of Governors
I am retired having worked for Essex Education Authority in Special Educational Needs Provision for most of my working life. I am a member of the Parochial Church Council and Organist at Great Tey Church and serve as a foundation Governor on the Governing Body. I have lived in the parish for all of my life and attended Great Tey Primary School from 1950 to 1956.
Representing the Local Authority Mrs Cathy Rayner - Vice Chair of Governors
Foundation Rev John Richardson
The Revd. John Richardson was born in Colchester in 1955, came to Great Tey in 1990 and has served on the Governing Body since then. He was ordained an Anglican priest in 1984 and previously served in parishes in Bristol and Clacton and also serves as priest at Little Tey, Chappel and Wakes Colne. The link between the church and the school is important and is one that he tries to foster. John is involved with the Religious Education curriculum and takes assembly whenever possible. He also sits on the Curriculum, Community and Personnel Committee. Before going to theological college in 1980 he studied at the University of Kent at Canterbury. The church school is always friendly and welcoming and a great part of our village community.
Co-Opted Governor Mr Kelvyn Blanchard
I am 59 years old, I lived in the village of Great Tey between 1991 and 2015. Both my children attended the village Primary School and during their time had a fantastic learning experience which enabled them to be very successful in their later schooling and beyond.I have recently partly retired after thirty seven years as a secondary school teacher. I was Head of a Science Faculty in a large comprehensive school in Colchester for over twenty of these years and during this time was involved in delivering many major changes in the curriculum and methods of assessment as well as leading a team of staff in new and improved methods of teaching and learning.
Co-Opted Governor Mrs Sue Wakeling
I have been working as Finance Officer at Great Tey Primary School since 1998. Previously to this I was a full time mother to my two daughters. Prior to this I worked in banking both in Colchester and London. I became a Governor as I felt it enhances the job that I do. I enjoy both very much.
Parent Governor Mrs Rachael Stone
Parent Governor Mr Trevor Pearce
Parent Governor Mr Matt Halls
I would like to introduce myself, I joined the Governing body at Great Tey as a parent governor in 2010 and have 2 daughters, one learning in Key stage 1 the other in Key Stage 2. I am in the privileged role of helping to ensure that each and every child achieves their full potential and has fun in doing so. It’s a pleasure to be able to join some of the lessons from time to time and see the joy the children have in their everyday learning. I hold an HNC in civil engineer along with a number of management and safety qualifications. During the day I work for a large construction company as a Safety, Health and Environmental Advisor, in my free time I enjoy a busy family life and playing golf.
Parent Governor Mrs Carol Almond
Staff Governor Mrs Helen Dow
I have lived in Great Tey since 1987 with my husband Bob and have always enjoyed the great community spirit within the village. I have a son Henry and daughter Charlotte, both of whom attended Great Tey Primary School many years ago. I feel very passionately about supporting our lovely village school and for this reason I felt I would like to join the Governing Body. I have been employed part-time in the school office since November 2004, a job which I thoroughly enjoy. I also work at Deal of Kelvedon as Finance Assistant and at a computer recycling company in Witham as Finance Manager; I feel that my skills from all three jobs contribute well to the Governing Body, and am looking forward to getting more involved behind the scenes of Great Tey Primary as part of my role as a governor. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, dancing, and keep fit.
Headteacher Mrs Lucy Overton
I joined Great Tey as Head teacher in September 2015 having spent the previous 14 years as the Deputy Head of two schools in Clacton - Frobisher Primary and Oakwood Infants. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the school and the local community, and taking part in all the local events such as the Street Party for the Queen's Birthday and the Village Weekend. I feel passionately that, when it comes to the important decision of which school their child should attend, parents should have a wide choice of good schools available locally so that they can ensure their child attends a school in which they have full confidence and trust. I am looking forward to my time at Great Tey as a time in which I can help to build on the positive, nurturing environment that exists for all of our pupils, taking the school from strength to strength and working with parents, staff and the community to ensure the school is the best it can possibly be.
All our governors can be contacted through the school.
Please address your correspondence to the name of the governor at:
Great Tey Primary School
Governors who left in July 2015: Mrs Deborah Crabb (Headteacher) & Mrs Mary Williamson (Chair of Governors)