Our Governors

Mr A Muraro

Chair of Governors; Foundation Governor

Revd S Cocksedge

Foundation Governor (ex-officio)

Mrs M Appleton

Chair of School Improvement; Foundation Governor

Mr P Beveridge

Headteacher; Governor

Mrs J Lewis

Foundation Governor

Vacant

Co-opted Governor

Mrs J Jeanes

Foundation Governor

Mrs D Kimble

Foundation Governor

Vacant

Parent Governor

Mr D Kimble

Vice-Chair of Governors; Foundation Governor

Mr C Masterton

Foundation Governor

Mrs D Smith

Chair of Finance; Local Authority Governor

Vacant

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

News

Governor vacancies – update 02/05/2018: 

New Foundation Governor and launch of Parent Governor elections 

Governors are pleased to announce that the PCC’s nominee for Foundation Governor, Mr Anthony Muraro, has now been appointed to our Governing Board by the Salisbury Diocese Board of Education.

This means that Anthony has now stepped down from his current role, leaving both of our Parent Governor positions vacant.  We are therefore actively seeking nominations from all parents and carers to apply for these vacancies.

Please see below for details of how to nominate yourself or another for one of these positions.  If you would like to find out more about the role in the meantime, please explore the links on this page, or contact our Clerk to Governors, Ann Bell, on tel: 01929 472324, email: abell@sandfordprimary.dorset.sch.uk, or come and talk to her at a drop-in session in Sandford Church on Monday 21 May between 08:00 and 09:30.

PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTION

Dear Parents/Carers,

The governing body would like to encourage all parents and carers to carefully consider whether it would be right for them to stand for election as a Parent Governor of our School.

To act as a school governor is a great privilege; it does require a level of commitment in terms of time (sometimes during the school day) and energy, but the rewards include being part of a team that is dedicated to improving outcomes for all our children.  After reflection, you may decide that it’s not right for you to stand – in which case, please encourage others whom you feel would be suited to fulfil the role summarised below.

The governing body, with the headteacher, has overall responsibility for the running of the school. Governing bodies have three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils; and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

No special qualifications are needed; the most important things are:

  • To have an enthusiasm for the school, its pupils and staff;
  • To be prepared to play an active part in the governing body’s work;
  • To maintain confidentiality at all times.

Training is available for all governors and this governing body has an expectation that new governors will attend free induction training. There is also an expectation that governors will attend ongoing training to support the development of their governance role.

Disqualification information provided at the top of this page (under Downloads) summarises the circumstances under which someone cannot serve as a governor.  This information is also available in hard-copy from the School Office.

In addition, parents/carers who have paid employment in the school for 500 or more hours per academic year or who are elected members of the Local Authority are not eligible to stand in these elections. Nominations must be from parents or carers with children at the school on the day that nominations close.

If you would like to stand for election please complete the nomination form at the top of this page (under Downloads) and return it to the school no later than Friday, 15 June 2018.  This is the closing date for nominations. Nomination forms are also available in hard-copy from the School Office.

You should also include a short personal statement of no more than 250 words to support your nomination. Self-nominations are acceptable, but if you are nominating another parent please seek their prior consent.

If the number of candidates nominated is equal to or fewer than the number of vacancies, then all those nominated will be elected unopposed.  If there are more nominations than vacancies, an election will be held by secret ballot. If that is necessary, voting papers and details of the ballot procedure will be sent to all parents and carers in the week commencing 18 June 2018.

Yours,

Ann Bell, Clerk to Governors

Returning Officer

Co-opted Governor vacancy: Governors have agreed that the Co-opted vacancy should remain open for the time being in the hope that they will be able to appoint someone with direct accountancy experience to fill this skills’ gap on the Finance Committee.  If you know anybody with accounting experience who may be interested in this role, please contact Mr Beveridge or Chair of Governors, Mr Muraro, via the School Office.

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)
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
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
 N/A
N/A
Mrs Deborah SMITH
Local Authority Governor
 23/09/2014-22/09/2018
Chair of Finance & Resources Committee
     
 83%
100% (F&RC)
Vacant
Parent Governor
             
Vacant
Parent Governor
Vacant
Co-opted 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)
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)
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)