Our Governors

Mrs J Jeanes

Foundation Governor

Mrs D Kimble

Foundation Governor

Mr P Beveridge

Headteacher; Governor

Mrs K Webb

Parent Governor

Mrs D Smith

Chair of Finance; Local Authority Governor

Mr G Worthy

Parent Governor

Mr A Muraro

Chair of Governors; Foundation Governor

Revd S Cocksedge

Foundation Governor (ex-officio)

Mrs J Lewis

Foundation Governor

Mrs M Appleton

Chair of School Improvement; Foundation Governor

Mr D Kimble

Vice-Chair of Governors; Foundation Governor

Mr J Hewitson

Co-opted Governor

Mr C Masterton

Foundation Governor

Mrs H Malleson

Staff Governor

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What is the Governing Body

Every school has a Governing Body, which is made up of representatives of the local community who give their time and services to the school.  As a Church of England Voluntary Aided faith school, the majority of our Governors are Foundation Governors who are required to be members of the church and local parish.  The governors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and do not have to have direct experience in education. Governors volunteer their time and particular area of skill, experience or expertise; the main requirement for the role is the desire to see the school and its pupils succeed in their education and achieve their individual potential.  All Governors are required to hold a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and to attend governor training, including mandatory Safeguarding, on a regular basis.

The Full Governing Body meets six times a year to discuss and review any current issues at the school and to look forward to upcoming developments.  Additionally, there are two sub committees (the School Improvement Committee and the Finance and Resources’ Committee) that also meet twice a term.  A Strategy Committee also meets as required to look at the medium and longer term plans for the school.

What role do the Governors play at Sandford St. Martin’s CE VA Primary?

All governing bodies have three core functions determined by the Department for Education:

  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.

Governors are not involved in the day-to-day management of the school; instead, the governing body acts as a “critical friend” to the head teacher by providing advice, challenge and support.  Any questions or issues relating to a particular lesson, subject, pupil or class should be referred to the relevant teacher or the head teacher in the first instance..

The kinds of issues kept under review by governors include:

  • How are children developing academically?
  • Are they making appropriate progress?
  • Are all pupils, regardless of age, background or ability, given the appropriate support and opportunity to succeed?
  • How much money does the school have to spend?
  • How is the money being spent?
  • Is the school getting good value for money?
  • Are the premises safe and fit for purpose?
  • What burden is being placed on teachers?
  • Do they have appropriate time, training and resources to do their job?

Whilst most issues and concerns should be referred to the head teacher, governors can provide further information or advice on their role where appropriate. Governors often attend school events so can be approached there, or they can be contacted via the school office, or by email at: governors@sandfordprimary.dorset.sch.uk

How to become a Governor

All Governors are elected or appointed for a period of four years. Vacancies arise as individuals’ terms come to an end.  If you are interested in becoming a school governor please contact the Headteacher or Chair of Governors.  For full details of the various categories of governor and any eligibility prerequisites, please see the School’s ‘Instrument of Government’ available to download at the top of this page.

News

Governor vacancies – update 20/09/2018:

Governors are pleased to confirm that a new Co-opted Governor, James Hewitson, has now been successfully appointed to the board for a term of four years.  James is a local Audit Manager and is also a member of the School’s parent community.
Governors are also pleased to welcome two new Associate Members to the Governing Board: Mr Colin Logan and Mrs Sally Roberts.  Associate Members are not governors but attend meetings to enable the governing board to draw on their specific expertise and experience.  Associate Members currently serve a 2-year term of office at Sandford St. Martin’s Primary School.
One of our Foundation Governors, Mrs Mary Appleton, has recently completed another four-year term-of-office and has confirmed that she is willing to serve a further term.  Confirmation of this re-appointment is pending.  Our Local Authority Governor, Mrs Deborah Smith, is also finishing her four-year term of office and is also seeking re-appointment.

Complaints

Sandford St. Martin’s CE VA Primary School has an open-door policy and will always listen to parents’ concerns.
It is in everyone’s interest that complaints are resolved at the earliest possible stage.  Many issues can be resolved informally, without the need to invoke formal procedures.  The School will take informal concerns seriously and make every effort to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.
There are occasions when a concern is unresolved and complainants would like to raise their concerns formally.  In those cases, the School’s formal complaints’ policy and procedure should be invoked.  (See summary below and full policy and procedure at: www.sandfordprimary.dorset.sch.uk/our-school/policies/)

Complaining about the actions of a member of staff other than the Headteacher.

1)   Informal Stage

The complainant is normally expected to arrange to communicate concerns directly with a suitable member of staff but this may also include another designated post-holder or middle manager such as a Key Stage Coordinator. This may be by letter, by telephone or in person by appointment.

2)  Formal Stage

If the complaint is not resolved at the informal stage the complainant should preferably put the complaint in writing and pass it to the Headteacher or other designated member of staff on behalf of the Headteacher who will be responsible for its investigation. The Headteacher may nominate an alternative, suitable Investigator/Complaints Coordinator at this time or handle the investigation and coordination personally.

Complaining about the actions of the Headteacher

1)   Informal stage

The complainant is usually expected to arrange to speak directly with the Headteacher. In the case of serious concerns it may be appropriate to raise them directly with the Chair of the Governing Body. Many concerns can be resolved by simple clarification or the provision of information. If the matter is not resolved, and if both parties agree, then a third party may be invited to act as a mediator at a further meeting. A refusal, unreasonably, to attempt an informal resolution may result in the procedure being terminated forthwith.

2)   Formal Stage

If the complaint is not resolved at the informal stage the complainant must put the complaint in writing and pass it to the Chair of the Governing Body who will determine which of the agreed procedures to invoke. If it is determined that the complaint is “General”, the Chair of the Governing Body will arrange for its investigation either personally or by an alternative designated Governor (the Investigator/Complaints Coordinator).

Summary of Governor roles, terms of office and business interests 2017-18

 

Name (Currently serving)
Category
Term of office
Role
Directorships, Partnerships and Employments with businesses that could potentially provide goods or services to the school.
Trustees and Governorships
Any other potentially relevant interest
Rates of attendance 2017-18 (FGB)
Rates of attendance 2017-18  (Committee)
Vacant (re-appointment pending)
Foundation Governor

 
 
 
 
 
 
Mr Paul BEVERIDGE 
Headteacher; Governor (ex officio)
01/09/2017 (Commenced)
Member of School Improvement Committee, Finance & Resources Committee and Pay Committee
NONE
NONE
NONE
100%
100% (FRC)
100% (SIC)
Revd Stuart COCKSEDGE
Foundation Governor (ex-officio)
 07/03/2017 – 06/03/2021 
Member of School Improvement Committee
NONE
 NONE
 Children in School
 100%
 100% (SIC)
Mrs Jackie JEANES
Foundation Governor
 16/09/2016-15/09/2020
 Member of School Improvement Committee
NONE
NONE
Grandchild in school
83%%
 83% (SIC)
Mr David KIMBLE
Foundation Governor
11/03/2016-10/03/2020
Vice-Chair of Governors; Member of Finance & Resources Committee
NONE
NONE
Spouse is also a serving Governor
100%
100% (FRC)
Mrs Diane KIMBLE
Foundation Governor
11/03/2016-10/03/2020
Member of School Improvement Committee
NONE
NONE
Spouse is also a serving Governor
83%
100% (SIC)
Mrs Jane LEWIS
Foundation Governor
09/10/2015-08/10/2019
Member of School Improvement Committee
NONE
NONE
 NONE
83%
83% (SIC)
Mrs Hannah MALLESON
Staff Governor
11/04/2016-10/04/2020
Member of School Improvement Committee
NONE
NONE
NONE
83%
100% (SIC)
Mr Clive MASTERTON
Foundation Governor
29/08/2016-28/08/2020
Member of School Improvement Committee
NONE
NONE
NONE
83%
100% (SIC)
Mr Anthony MURARO
Foundation Governor
 23/04/2018 – 22/04/2022
Chair of Governors; Member of Finance & Resources Committee; Member of School Improvement Committee
Director, Muraro Limited; Director, Hangersmith Limited
Trustee, Friends of Wareham Hospital
Children in school
 100%
100% (FRC)
83% (SIC)
Mrs Deborah SMITH
Local Authority Governor
 23/09/2014-22/09/2018 (re-nomination to 2022 pending)
Chair of Finance & Resources Committee
NONE
NONE
Member of Wareham St. Martin Parish Council
 50%
100% (FRC)
Mrs Kathryn WEBB
Parent Governor
 13/07/2018 – 12/07/2022
Member of School Improvement Committee
 TBC
 TBC
 TBC
 N/A
 N/A
Mr Graham WORTHY
Parent Governor
 13/07/2018 – 12/07/2022
 Member of finance & Resources’ Committee (Health & Safety Lead)
 NONE
 NONE
 Children in School
 N/A
 N/A
Mr James HEWITSON
Co-opted Governor
 19/07/2018 – 18/07/2022
Member of Finance & Resources Committee
 NONE
 NONE
 Child in School wef September 2018
 N/A
 N/A
Mrs Clare PAMPIN
Associate Member (with SIC and FRC committee voting rights); Deputy Head Teacher
19/05/2018 – 18/05/2020
Member of School Improvement Committee; Designated Safeguarding Lead
 NONE
NONE
NONE
 100%
 100% (SIC) 83% (FRC)
Mr Colin LOGAN
Associate Member (with SIC and FRC committee voting rights)
19/07/2018 – 18/07/2020
Member of School Improvement Committee; Member of Finance & Resources Committee
Senior education lead – SSAT (The Schools’ Network) Ltd; occasional self-employed educational consultancy
NONE
Grandchild in School
N/A
N/A
Mrs Sally ROBERTS
Associate Member (with  FRC committee voting rights)
17/05/2018 – 16/05/2020
 Member of Finance & Resources Committee
None
None
None
N/A
N/A
Name (Served within last 12 months)
Category
Term of office
Role
Directorships, Partnerships and Employments with businesses that could potentially provide goods or services to the school.
Trustees and Governorships
Any other potentially relevant interest
Rates of attendance 2016-17 (FGB)
Rates of attendance 2016-17 (Committee)
Mrs Sharon HOLT
(Resigned 15/12/2017)
Parent Governor
31/03/2014-30/03/2018
Vice-Chair of School Improvement Committee; Designated E-Safety Governor
   
Y6 teacher at Wareham Primary School; children in school
66%
83% (SIC)
Mr Peter CONSTABLE
(Resigned 07/12/2017)

 

Co-opted Governor
19/05/2016-18/05/2020
Vice-Chair, Finance & Resources Committee
Director, PJC Accounting Services Ltd
Trustee, Swanage Cricket Club
Child in school
100%
100% (F&RC)
Mrs Mary APPLETON
Foundation Governor
01/09/2014 -31/08/2018 (confirmation of re-appointment to 2022 pending)
Chair of School Improvement Committee; Designated Safeguarding Governor
NONE
NONE
Grandchildren in school
100%
100% (SIC)