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 twice a term.  Governors may form committees to consider a particular issue such as Headteacher Performance Management, Pay or Complaints 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 

When my two daughters started at Great Tey, I joined the PTA and soon after became a school governor. I had originally worked as a secondary school biology teacher after my degree and I have since worked on our farm, done primary level supply teaching and private tutoring, and done further qualifications and worked as a counsellor. My time at Great Tey has reinforced my strong belief in the value of a village primary school and I will continue to support the work of the school in providing high standards in both the academic and wider aspects of education.  


Co-Opted Governor                         Mr Kelvin Blanchard - Vice Chair of Governors

I am 63 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 Rachael Stone   

Co-Opted Governor                         Mr Trevor Pearce 

Co-Opted Governor                         Mrs Becca Frances

Parent Governor                             Mr Ugo Simonelli

Parent Governor                             Mr Ben Wheeler 


 Staff Governor                                  Mrs Carly Canning

Mrs Canning, who teaches Ducklings and Sparrows Class on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, recently joined the Governing Body as Staff Governor.


  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.  I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the school and the village over the last two years -.  I now know the school to be one which is greatly loved, valued and supported both by parents and by the local community, and I hugely appreciate that support.  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.   I  see 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

Chrismund Way

Great Tey



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Governor who left in July 2017: Mrs Susan Wakeling

Governor who left in July 2018:  Mrs Helen Dow

Governor who left in 2020: Rev. John Richardson

Governor who left in 2021: Mr Matt Halls

Governor who left in 2021: Mrs Helen Langthorne

Governor who left in 2022: Mrs Carol Almond