Our Governors

Mr P Constable

Vice-Chair of Finance; Co-opted Governor

Revd S Cocksedge

Foundation Governor (ex-officio)

Mrs D Smith

Chair of Finance; Local Authority Governor

Mrs D Kimble

Foundation Governor

Mrs J Lewis

Foundation Governor

Vacant

Foundation Governor

Mr P Beveridge

Headteacher; Governor

Mr D Kimble

Vice-Chair of Governors; Foundation Governor

Mrs S Holt

Vice-Chair of School Improvement; Parent Governor

Mr A Muraro

Chair of Governors; Parent Governor

Mrs H Malleson

Staff Governor

Mrs M Appleton

Chair of School Improvement; Foundation Governor

Mrs J Jeanes

Foundation Governor

Mr C Masterton

Foundation 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 pre-requisites, please see the School’s ‘Instrument of Government’ available to download at the top of this page.

News

The Governing Body currently has a vacancy for a Foundation Governor.

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 2016-17 (FGB)
Rates of attendance 2016-17  (Committee)
Mrs Mary APPLETON
Foundation Governor
01/09/2014-31/08/2018
Chair of School Improvement Committee; Designated Safeguarding Governor
Grandchildren in school
83%
100% (SIC)
Mr Paul BEVERIDGE 
Headteacher; Governor
01/09/2017 (Commenced)
Member of School Improvement Committee, Finance & Resources Committee and Pay Committee
   
N/A
N/A
Revd Stuart COCKSEDGE
Foundation Governor (ex-officio)
 07/03/2017 – 06/03/2021 
Member of School Improvement Committee
 
 Children in School
 100%
 100% (SIC)
Mr Peter CONSTABLE
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 Sharon HOLT
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)
Mrs Jackie JEANES
Foundation Governor
 16/09/2016-15/09/2020
 Member of School Improvement Committee
   
Grandchild in school
100%
 100% (SIC)
Mr David KIMBLE
Foundation Governor
11/03/2016-10/03/2020
Vice-Chair of Governors; Member of Finance & Resources Committee
100%
100% (F&RC)
Mrs Diane KIMBLE
Foundation Governor
11/03/2016-10/03/2020
Member of School Improvement Committee
100%
100% (SIC)
Mrs Jane LEWIS
Foundation Governor
09/10/2015-08/10/2019
Member of School Improvement Committee
83%
50% (SIC)
Mrs Hannah MALLESON
Staff Governor
11/04/2016-10/04/2020
Member of School Improvement Committee
100%
83% (SIC)
Mr Clive MASTERTON
Foundation Governor
29/08/2016-28/08/2020
Member of School Improvement Committee
100%
100% (SIC)
Mr Anthony MURARO
Parent Governor
 15/07/2014-14/07/2018
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% (F&RC)
Mrs Deborah SMITH
Local Authority Governor
 23/09/2014-22/09/2018
Chair of Finance & Resources Committee
     
 83%
100% (F&RC)
Vacant
Foundation Governor
             
Mrs Clare PAMPIN
(Acting) Deputy Head; Associate Member (with committee voting rights)
19/05/2016-18/05/2018
Member of School Improvement Committee; Designated Safeguarding Lead
   
 
 100%
 100% (SIC) 80% (F&RC)
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)
Mr Alan FRAME
(Resigned 31/08/2017)
Interim Headteacher; Governor
02/01/2017 – 31/08/2017
Member of School Improvement Committee; member of Finance & Resources Committee
 
 
 Attends courses and conferences as ‘Apple Distinguished Educator’
 100%
100% (F&RC) 100% (SIC)
Mr Jerome DE SILVA
(Resigned 31/01/2017)
 
Headteacher; Governor
01/09/2016- 09/12/2016
Member of Finance & Resources Committee; member of School Improvement Committee
 100%
 50%

Mrs Rebekah SKELSEY
(Resigned 19/03/2017)
Associate Member (with committee voting rights)
02/02/2016-01/02/2018
Member of School Improvement Committee; Designated E-Safety Governor
   
Teacher at Purbeck School; Governor at Purbeck School; child in school
33%
50% (SIC)