Our Governors

Mr A Muraro

Foundation Governor; Chair of Governors

Mrs D Kimble

Foundation Governor

Revd S Cocksedge

Foundation Governor (ex-officio)

Mrs D Smith

Local Authority Governor

Mrs K Webb

Parent Governor

Mr J Hewitson

Co-opted Governor; Vice-Chair of Finance Committee

Mr C Masterton

Foundation Governor

Mr P Beveridge

Headteacher; Governor

Mrs J Lewis

Foundation Governor

Mr D Kimble

Foundation Governor, Vice-Chair of Governors

Mrs H Malleson

Staff Governor

Vacant

Parent Governor

Mrs J Jeanes

Foundation Governor; Vice-Chair of School Improvement Committee

Mrs M Appleton

Foundation Governor; Chair of School Improvement Committee

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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 16/07/2019

The Governing Board currently has a vacancy for a Parent Governor and will be holding parent/carer elections at the beginning of the Autumn Term 2019.  If you are interested in finding out more about this role, please contact our Clerk to Governors, Ann Bell (abell@sandfordprimary.dorset.sch.uk)

The  Board is also actively recruiting for a new Foundation Governor to take up a forthcoming vacancy at the beginning of November 2019.  Please contact our Clerk to Governors, Ann Bell (abell@sandfordprimary.dorset.sch.uk) if you are interested in finding out more about this role.

Please note that, to be considered for the Foundation Governor role, you will need to fulfill one of the following criteria:

  • Be a communicant member of the Church of England;
  • Be a baptised individual who regularly attends Church of England services;
  • Be a member of a church which belongs to ‘Churches Together in Britain and Northern Ireland’;
  • By exception, an individual may be appointed as Foundation governor being a Christian who does not belong to the churches listed above but is committed to the tenets of the Apostles’ Creed.

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)
Mrs Mary APPLETON
Foundation Governor
02/10/2018 – 01/10/2019
Chair of School Improvement Committee (11/10/2016 – 10/10/2020);  Safeguarding Governor; Equality & Diversity Governor; EYFS Link 2018-19
 None
 None
Grandchildren in School
 100%
 100% (SIC)
Mr Paul BEVERIDGE 
Headteacher; Governor
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; Ethos Group Lead; YR6 Link 2018-19
NONE
 NONE
 Children in School
 100%
 100% (SIC)
Mr James HEWITSON
Co-opted Governor
19/07/2018 – 18/07/2022
Vice-Chair of Finances & Resources Committee (22.01.2019- 21.01.2023)
NONE
NONE
Child in School
N/A
N/A
Mrs Jackie JEANES
Foundation Governor
 16/09/2016- 15/09/2020
Vice-Chair of School Improvement Committee (09/10/2018- 08/10/2022); Pupil Premium Governor; RE Governor; YR4 Link 2018-19
NONE
NONE
Grandchild in school
83%%
 83% (SIC)
Mr David KIMBLE
Foundation Governor
11/03/2016-10/03/2020
Vice-Chair of Governors (Temp. 23/05/2019 – 31/08/2019);Member of Finance & Resources Committee; YR5 Link 2018-19
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; SEND Governor; Maths Governor; YR3 Link 2018-19
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; EYFS Governor; English (Writing) Governor
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 (13/10/2015 – 12/10/2019); Member of Finance & Resources Committee Member of School Improvement Committee; Assessment Governor
Director, Muraro Limited; Director, Hangersmith Limited
Trustee, Friends of Wareham Hospital
Child in school
 100%
100% (FRC)
83% (SIC)
Mrs Deborah SMITH
Local Authority Governor
10/12/2018 – 09/12/2022
Chair of Finance & Resources Committee (22.01.2019- 21.01.2023)
 NONE
 NONE
Member of Wareham St. Martin Parish Council
 N/A
 N/A
Mrs Kathryn WEBB
Parent Governor
 13/07/2018 – 12/07/2022
Member of School Improvement Committee; E-Safety Governor; English (Reading) Governor
 None
 None
Children in School
 N/A
 N/A
VACANT
Parent Governor


 
 
 
 
 
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 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)
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)
Mr Graham WORTHY
(Resigned 02/05/2019)

 

Parent Governor
13/07/2018 – 12/07/2022
Vice-Chair of Governors (10/12/2018 – 09/12/2022); Member of Finance & Resources’ Committee; Health & Safety Governor; YR2 Link 2018-19
NONE
NONE
Children in School
N/A
N/A