Role of the Governing body

A Governing body has three core functions, as set out in the 2014 Department for Education’s Governors’ Handbook:

  • setting the strategic decision
  • holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school
  • ensuring financial health, probity and value for money


These core functions are consistent with the criteria that Ofsted will use to judge the governing board.

Strong Governance is a key part of a successful school.

(“A Framework for Governance: A flexible guide to strategic planning”

NGA January 2015)


The Governing Body at Coads Green Primary School has a responsibility to keep in touch with what is happening in all aspects of school life. Although their role is strategic, it is important that they have some understanding of the practicalities of the job.

Meeting children, talking to staff and seeing lessons underway will help members of the Governing Body to understand some of the issues they are required to discuss and make decisions about with greater clarity.


Another key role and responsibility for the Governing Body is to monitor the progress and performance of the school. Undertaking visits demonstrates the Governors’ role in the strategic management of the school by helping to hold the school to account, evaluating its progress and being instrumental in driving improvement.

Annual Governance Statement – September 2016

Coads Green Governors Pecuniary Interests

Coads Green Governing Board Membership


Meet the Governors

Marina Pridham, Governor, Coads Green School

Marina Pridham

I have been a Governor of Coads Green Primary School for many years. I was born at Canworthy Water then, with my parents, moved into Launceston, where I lived until I married and came to North Hill to live forty-seven years ago.

I was employed as a clerk in the Mothers Pride Bakery Depot at Scarne. Sadly the building has now been demolished and rebuilt, by Maunders, who are running their business there.

I am a mother of three sons and one daughter, a farmer’s wife and also we run an agricultural contracting business, so life is busy all the year round. I also have six grandchildren who visit Nanny quite a bit.

For twenty seven years, I supervised North Hill and Lewannick playgroups. I retired from that three years ago. Lots of local children know me and have fond memories as I do of those happy times. I enjoy being a Governor of this caring school. The staff and children always greet me with a sincere welcome, when I visit.

I am also a Parish Councillor which I enjoy as well. Also I am the local correspondent for the “Cornish and Devon post” and the “Cornish Times” and I also help out our three local Funeral Directors, taking the names of those attending a funeral and then write the obituary for the newspapers.

Oliver Stephens, Governor, Coads Green School

Oliver Stephens

As a governor I have a responsibility for computing and healthy schools. I am also the clerk for the Teaching, Learning and Standards committee.

I have been teaching since 2012 and joined the school as a member of staff in 2014. I have the school at heart having been a pupil, student teacher, governor and now teacher at the school.

When not teaching or at governors’ meetings, I enjoy playing rugby for Launceston, being a member of Launceston Young Farmers and singing with local choirs, or to anyone who will listen!

Michelle Roberts, Chair of Governors

I have been a Governor at Coads Green Primary school since 2010.

My niece and nephew currently attend the school and I am committed to supporting Coads Green by working with staff and pupils to ensure that we provide an high quality education for all pupils.  It is important to me that the children at Coads GreenPrimary School get the best possible start in their learning journey.

I am a qualified primary teacher and in my current role I work in many primary schools within the local area supporting them in a range of curriculum areas.

If you have any questions about the school or my role please do not hesitate to contact me.

My email address is

Paul Sample


I became a governor in 2015 as the first of my 3 boys had started at Coads green primary. My specific governor roles include attendance and safeguarding.

My family and I moved into a farm up on east moor back in 2011 when I had left the Royal Navy after 11 years service as a Submariner.

I subsequently went on to become a school bus driver serving Launceston College from the north hill and Congdons shop area.

I now work full time as the store’s manager/caretaker at the private treatment centre in Bodmin and part-time on the farm rearing sheep and beef.

As a Parent governor I am keen to play an active role to ensure the future of Coads Green Primary as I will have children attending here until 2026.


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