Meet The Governors

The purpose of our governing body is to “conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school”.

Morley’s governing body has three core strategic functions:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The structure of the Governing Body

In September 2020 the Governing Body agreed to trial a new approach to governance for a period of 12 months, moving from a committee model to a circle model. Under the circle model the resources and learning committees are dissolved and all matters are considered by the full governing body.  The Performance Management and Salary Committees remain as separate committees to monitor staff appraisal and carry out headteacher appraisal. The salary committee meets separately to consider issues around pay.

The full governing body meets six times a year, usually bi-monthly.

The governing body is made up of up to 15 governors.

  • 2 elected parent governors
  • 1 LA governor
  • 1 headteacher
  • 1 elected staff governor
  • 10 co-opted governors (of which up to 3 could be members of staff).

The term of office of all governors (other than the headteacher) is four years.

We currently have vacancies for one parent governor and four co-opted governors.



Name Type of Governor Appointing Body Length of Current Term of Office Term of Office End Date Responsibilities
Jonathan Gorrie Co-opted Governing Body 4 years  07.10.2025 Parental Questionnaire
Nikki Brown Head teacher Ex-officio n/a n/a
Tom Knowles Co-opted Governing Body 4 years 21.11.2026 Safeguarding, Data
Cecilia Del Corso Staff Co-opted 4 years 23.11.2026 Data
Ruth Kershner Co-opted Governing Body 4 years 03.03.2027 Chair of the Performance Management and Salary Review Committees
Inclusion, Pupil Premium, Early Years
Dan Ashby Co-opted Governing Body 4 years 02.12.2025
Caroline Louth Co-opted Governing Body 4 years 03.03.2027 Finance, Sports Premium,
Hilary Toulmin Co-opted Governing Body 4 years 28.09.2027 Improving outcomes in Reading, Website and communications with parents
Verity Motskin LA Governor Governing Body 4 years 28.11.2024 Data, Early Years
John Soares Winter Parent Governor Governing Body 4 years 06.07.2026
Satyen Dayal Co-opted Governor Governing Body 4 years 29.09.2027 Chair of Governors
Pecuniary Register of Governors Attendance of Governors at Meetings
Governor Attendance 2022-2023


Terms of Reference, Standing Orders and Code of Practice

MMPS FGB terms of reference 2023-2024

MMPS Governing Body Standing Orders 2023-2024

MMPS Code of Conduct for Governors

Meeting agendas and minutes can be obtained by contacting the clerk on