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Milton Hall Primary School

‘Dream it, Believe it, Achieve it.’


Our aim is to make every child feel valued and happy because that is when learning is most effective.

School Governors




Welcome to Milton Hall Governors. We work very closely with our Head, Deputy Head & teaching & non teaching staff to ensure the safety, happiness & best all round education for all our pupils.


Our Governing Body is made up from parents, staff & local community members & our role is strategic planning & monitoring, working closely with our Head, Mrs Debbie Priest, who, along with her leadership team, is responsible for the day to day running of the school.


Each Governor brings different skills, knowledge & experience to our Governing Body & each of us has our own area of responsibility and interest within the school.


All of us are completely committed to ensuring our school offers the very best possible outcome for every child, giving them all a firm foundation on which to build once they reach Secondary School and in later life.


We currently meet all together twice a term, with our sub committees meeting at least once a term, where we review and monitor areas including Finance, Premises & Health & Safety, Pay & Personnel, Admissions and Staff Performance Management. We also attend a variety of training and briefings throughout the school year.


Our current Chair, Niki Lamont, meets at least twice a month with our Head to ensure all is running smoothly.


If you would like to know more, or to make contact with any of our governors, please ask at the school office and this can be arranged.


Our current Governors are;


Niki Lamont   Chair

Mary Cosgrove  Vice Chair

Elsa Thompson Parent Gov

Ros Price Co Opted

Shireen Ayub-Smith Staff Gov

Cherie Knight- Co Opted

Margaret Borton LA Gov

Michael Stammers Partnership

Debbie Priest Head

Karen Willis Clerk

Vacancy - Parent Governor

Vacancy - Parent Governor

Vacancy - Parent Governor


Associate Governors

Tom Spence Deputy Head

Anne Jones LA

Governor Pen Portraits


Niki Lamont: I have been a governor at Milton Hall for five years, and chair since 2012. I started as a parent governor at Southend High School for Girls in 1999 and stepped down in 2014 when invited to join Cecil Jones Governing Board. I retired as a hospital doctor in 2011 and also chair the Cambridge East Research Ethics Committee. I thoroughly enjoy my role at Milton Hall and am committed to ensuring all our pupils develop their full potential. I am also a member of Southend’s Pupil Premium Strategy and Young Carers' Development Groups. In my spare time I enjoy catching up with my three grown up children and playing with my very new grandson, George; and trying to remember how to knit.



Mary Cosgrove: I have been a school governor at MH for 10 years, firstly as a parent governor, when 3 of my children attended MH, then was fortunate enough to become a community governor. I am currently Vice Chair and Safeguarding Governor. I am particularly interested in Literacy, pupil progress & inclusion, I was involved in introducing The Children's University to MH, & was extremely proud to see so many of our pupils at the first graduation ceremony. I work full time, currently seconded to Esex County Council, working with vulnerable families helping them remove barriers & overcome challenges to help improve their circumstances & get back into full time work.



Michael Stammers: I am a recent addition to the Milton Hall Governors and my son is a pupil at the school. I am a Manager at a local Insurance Broker and have worked in the industry for 15 years and am committed to developing staff and assisting my customers, and my reason for volunteering for the Governor role is that I see many of the same qualities in the school and its progressive leadership I have attended many training courses on development/recruitment and look forward to the many challenges ahead. My son very much enjoys his schooling and I have seen first-hand the confidence that exists in the school, be it among parents, teachers and the children. Away from my work, I spend time with my family and enjoy activities with them and occasionally watching my football Team Dagenham & Redbridge (I am originally from Dagenham) when time (and my partner & son!) allow.



Margaret Borton: I have been a Governor and a Local Authority Governor at Milton Hall for over five years. As part of my role I am the Vice Chair on the Premises Committee, which involves touring the school and attending meetings. I thoroughly enjoy my role and being part of the school community.

I am married with two grown up children who both went to school in the local area. I have worked for the Department of Work and Pensions for over forty years. My roles as a Councillor and School Governor keep me busy, although in any spare time I have I enjoy going to art exhibitions, reading crime novels and going to London.




Elsa Thompson: I was elected to the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in November 2014. 

I am particularly interested in the school’s inclusive values and their recognition to cater for the many talents of their pupils, in particular how they celebrate the rich diversity of the school and local community.

I work as a freelance visual artist and arts educator.  I am also the creator and director of TIME Projects, a community focused arts organisation, collaborating with a diverse range of partners and creating participatory art projects and interventions that respond to social issues and community concerns across South Essex.  TIME Projects has a commitment to working with marginalised, culturally diverse and vulnerable communities and groups.

I have two daughters ‐ one in Year 4 at Milton Hall, and the other in her second year at Bournemouth University.

Annual Governance Statement 2015-16

Annual Governance Statement for Milton Hall Primay School and Nursery