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The Governing Body

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The Governing Body of Mellis CE Primary School.

Welcome to the Governing Body of Mellis CE Primary School. We are very proud of the standard and breadth of educational provision here, and we are fortunate to have a team of enthusiastic, experienced and caring staff who work hard to give every child here the best possible start to their education.

The governors and teachers value the involvement of parents in the wider life of the school, from the educational to the practical. Indeed, parental involvement is one of the aspects of Mellis School that we think make it the special place that it is, and which contributes to developing the parent/teacher/pupil relationship that is so important in helping children reach their potential.

We hope that your family will enjoy a long and positive relationship with the school and the Mellis School Governing Body.

For further details of the Governors wiithin the School, please scroll further down the page. Please also click here to go to the page on the School website with further details on Governance arrangements, including terms of offfice, meeting minutes and pecuniary interests.

To contact the Chair of Governors Mr Chris Aldous, please use the email address


Finally, please click here to go to the Ipswich and St Edmundsbury Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust's website for further information on Governance Arrangements with the multi-academy trust.


The Governors

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Mr Chris Aldous (Chair of Governors: Co-opted Governor)

Chris joined the Governing Body in Autumn 2014, following his retirement as Deputy Head of Hartismere High School. The school will be looking forward to drawing on his extensive experience of the world of education!

Term of Office: until 31/8/19

Committe memberships: Learning and Achievement Committee, Chair of Personnel and Headteacher Performance Review. He is also Link Governor to the High School.


Mrs Jo Pitt (Vice Chair and Foundation Governor)

I was born and grew up in London and married an RAF officer 44 years ago. We moved around quite a bit but came back to this area regularly and our first house and the boy’s first school was in Stanton. We moved back to Suffolk about 8 years ago as my husband retired. I carried on working for a few years more in London as deputy head of a Parliamentary department. My background is in management, printing and contract negotiation. Since coming back to Suffolk I have been a Church Warden in Gislingham for 4 years (but not now) and currently still lead at Café Church regularly. I am also responsible for: the Youth Club in Gislingham; compiling our local magazine, The Messenger, every month; co-ordinating the Community First Responders for the area; and I am the treasurer for the Gislingham Skatepark Association. I have been attempting to learn to play the piano and am also learning to draw and paint.

Term of Office: 31/8/19

Committee memberships: Chair of Foundation Committee, Personnel and Headteacher Performance committee and Governor responsible for Safeguarding. Headteacher performance Review.


Mr Darrel Charles (Foundation Governor)

After graduating from UEA in 1974, Darrel embarked upon a career in engineering, culminating in his being a director of Cranfield Aerospace Ltd in Bedfordshire. Having always enjoyed leisure time in East Anglia, Darrel and his wife Jenny moved to Gislingham in 2013 on their retirement to enjoy a new life in the countryside. This provides great opportunity for Darrel to pursue his hobbies including photography, wildlife and steam locomotives. Darrel also helps Jenny in the garden and together they like to explore the local area in their 1960s sports car. Darrel and Jenny have a son, Ben, and became grandparents in 2013.

Term of Office: until 28/1/18

Committee memberships: Vice Chair Foundation Committee, Chair of Learning and Achievement Committee (including designated Governor for Writing Improvement). Headteacher Performance Review.


Mrs Sarah Partridge SEND Governor

Since their blind date in 2004, Sarah has introduced her husband Christiaan to motor biking, MultiYork and D.I.Y. Christiaan now uses the former to escape from the latter two. Sarah used to enjoy art, pyrography and fell walking. Since they have had children, Sarah tends to repaint the walls, tries to stop things from burning and runs around after their children; Emily (born 2008) and Adam (born 2010). The family also includes a wayward and selectively deaf dog who has on one occasion demanded admittance to the school, two hours after Sarah last saw him in pursuit of some bored looking deer. Apart from family life and searching for her dog, Sarah continues to work as a Mental Health Social Worker in a local community team; from which she has learnt that perfectionism is really bad for you (great excuse!) and always keep change in your car for car parks.

Term of Office: until 15/1/18

Committe memberships: Learning and Achievement Committee (including designated SEN and LAC governor)

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Mr David White (Co-opted Governor)

Mr David White joined the School's Governing Body in April 2014, and has extensive experience in the building industry

Term of Office: until 30/4/18

Committe memberships: Chair of Finance (HSW) Committee, Personnel



Mrs Nicky Medwell (Co-opted Governor)

Nicky is a director of a precision engineering company, and also happens to be a dab hand with professional fireworks - always handy on Bonfire Night!

Term of Office: until 5/3/17

Committe memberships: Vice Chair Finance (HSW) Committee

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Mr Peter Eason (Parent Governor)

Mr Eason has just joined the Governoring Body (Autumn 2018), and has expressed an interest in the developmment of the wider curriculum.

Term of Office: until October 2021

Committe memberships: T.B.A.


Mrs Kelly Floyd (Staff Governor)

Mrs Floyd has worked at Mellis as our Year 2 teacher for her five years, and in a moment of madness decided to make the jump to year 5 and then year 6 and governorship in one fell swoop! Famed for her organisational skills, she is also responsible for English and Assessment within the School, as well as being its inestimable Deputy Head!

Term of Office: until 10/9/21

Committe memberships Learning and Achievement Committee.

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Mr Paul Ryle (Headteacher Governor)

Paul has been a governor at Mellis for the best part of nine years, and has seen the school grow from four to seven classrooms during that time. He is also the headmaster, for his sins. When not obsessing about aircraft in general, he divides his time between his family and school . . and that's about all there's time for!

Term of Office: until death or resignation, whichever comes first.

Committee memberships: All

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