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Welcome to our Governors’ section


Welcome to Southcott Lower School.


Our role as governors is to support the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to ensure that the children receive the best possible education and care.  We do this by working together strategically, by understanding the aspirations and plans which will move the school forward, and also by identifying any challenges or barriers to achieving this.


The Governors all meet together as a governing board to monitor the school budget, and to ensure that children are safe and able to enjoy a rich and varied curriculum.  We look at the priority areas for development of our provision and are proactive in supporting the school leaders to achieve these aims. 


The Governing Body is made up of representatives from the Local Authority, School, Parents and Local Community.  We meet formally once a term and have two sub groups meeting separately which are detailed below.  We also individually have a specific subject area or two that we focus on to ensure the highest of standards continue to be maintained.


Governors meet at least 3 times per term


1x Full Governing Board Meeting (chaired by Jo Latham)

1x Resources Committee (chaired by Daniel Hing)

1x Curriculum Committee (chaired by Maggie Clifford)


The Chair of Governors is Jo Latham who can be contacted via the school office or at


The Clerk to the Governors is Penny Parkin, she can be contacted via the school office.


Southcott Governors 2022-2023


Sarah Laundy is the Headteacher

Katy Drinkall is the Staff Governor


Jo Latham is Chair of the governing body. Jo shares responsibility for Safeguarding



Claire Blount is Vice-Chair of the governing body. Claire shares responsibility for Safeguarding

Maggie Clifford is a co-opted governor 

Daniel Kidd is a co-opted governor

Victoria Baker is a co-opted Governor



Daniel Hing is a parent governor and has responsibility for Health & Safety

Chris Maskery is a parent governor.

Gemma Russell is a Parent Governor

No governors sit on the governing body of another school.  There is a marital relationship between a member of staff and a governor. 


NameAppointedDate AppointedUntil
Jo LathamLocal Authority Governor29.11.2128.11.25
Claire BlountAppointed by GB/Board08.10.2007.10.24
Daniel HingElected by parents29.11.1928.11.23
Daniel KiddAppointed by GB/Board16.01.2015.01.24
Maggie CliffordAppointed by GB/Board14.07.2113.07.25
Chris MaskeryElected by parents17.12.2116.12.25
Sarah LaundyEx-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal01.07.14not recorded
Katy DrinkallStaff Governor04.10.2203.10.26
Gemma RussellElected by parents04.10.2203.10.26
Victoria BakerAppointed by GB/Board19.01.2318.07.27



For historical records of Governors who have left post within the last 12 months please click here