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GOVERNING BODY - 2016/2017


PARENT GOVERNORS  Mr Simon Chambers-Bellis

     Mrs Aimee D'Ercole

     Miss Sarah Hardy



                                            Mrs Vicki Church

              Mrs Elaine Jones

              Mrs Linda Skinner

              Mr David White

STAFF GOVERNOR        Mrs Clare Lowe


HEAD TEACHER                Mrs Susannah Hill


VICE CHAIR                       Mrs Linda Skinner



Mrs Smith - Chair                                                                        Mrs Skinner - Chair

Mr Chambers-Bellis                                                                            Mrs Church

Mrs Hill, HT                                                                                         Mrs Hill, HT

Mr Milmer                                                                                            Mrs Jones

Mr White                                                                                              Mrs Lowe

Mrs Watson (Finance Officer)                                                             Miss Etherington (invited attendee)

  Miss Hardy

  Ms Cockup

  Mrs D' Ercole

Headteacher Performance Committee

Mrs Church

Mrs Smith

Mrs Skinner


Pay Review Committee

Mrs Church

Mrs Hill

Mrs Smith

Mr White


Staff Appointments/Dismissal Committee

Chair of Curriculum and Staffing Committee

Two others governors to be assigned when committee is required


Student Dismissal Committee

To be formed by 3 governors who have no knowledge of the incident or people involved as and when required.


Appeals Committee

Members of the appeals committee to be assigned when required - members will not have been involved in the original decision to which the appeal relates.



SEN                                 Miss Hardy


PUPIL PREMIUM            Miss Hardy

ENGLISH                        Mrs Church

MATHS                           Mrs Church


EARLY YEARS              Mrs Lowe

Version: May 2017

Meet our Governors


Vicky Church – Chair of Governors and Maths Governor

I have lived in Swanage for over thirty-five years with my husband and we raised our family here. Before I retired I was a teacher at Sandford Middle School where I was a senior member of staff with responsibility for SEN in Years 7 And 8 and Humanities throughout the school. I became a governor at this school two years ago as I felt I could make a useful contribution due to my experiences. At the present time I am overseeing Maths within the school and love the opportunity of being able to get back in the classroom and giving support to the children.


Linda Skinner - Vice Chair

I am a foundation governor at Swanage Primary School and also chair of the curriculum and staffing committee.  I became a governor at Swanage Primary in October 2014 and I feel privileged to hold this role.  The staff of the school are so very hard working; totally committed to their pupils - and what a lovely group of pupils they are.


I moved to beautiful Swanage with my husband in 2012 having spent many happy family holidays in Dorset.  With 25 years’ experience and a master’s degree in education management, I missed regular contact with education and the buzz that working with committed staff and children eager to learn brings and so when I was approached to become a governor I did not hesitate.  I have also recently qualified as an Ofsted Inspector and so feel this brings a useful added dimension to my governor role. 


Davina Smith – Safeguarding Governor

I have been living in Swanage for 10 years. I am by profession a Nurse and Health Visitor and was in the dim past a School Nurse! I retired in 2004 when I was director of Nursing and Patient Services in Primary Care Trust in Bedfordshire. I have been involved with Children’s Services throughout my career and have considerable experience in Safeguarding. My own grandchildren are Primary age. I realise the hard work involved and the dedication given by teachers to ensure all Primary children have a solid basis of education to take them forward in life.


Janice Williams – Clerk

I have been Clerk to the Governors at Swanage Primary since September 2014.  I am an experienced Clerk who has worked with other local schools in this capacity since 2001.  Currently I Clerk for St Mary’s Catholic School as well as Swanage Primary.  I am also the Finance Officer at St Mary’s Catholic School.  I have lived in Swanage all my life so am very familiar with the local schools and the challenges that face them.  I have three children who are now at secondary school and university but they have all experienced a Swanage education and thrived on this.  My aim is to support all the schools that I am associated with to allow pupils to achieve their full potential.


Clare Lowe – Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Early Years Governor

I am very pleased to be appointed as staff governor.  I am beginning my second term, each term lasting four years. I have worked for over ten years as a TA / HLTA seeing many positive changes, especially from First School to primary. I am very proud to be part of Swanage Primary School.



John O’Brien – Health & Safety Governor

I have been a Parent Governor at Swanage Primary School for over three years. Both my children have progressed extremely well through the school and are now at secondary school (yrs7&9).  I am part of the Curriculum and Staffing Committee which included being involved with the selection of the Head Teacher, also governor responsible for monitoring emergency and continuity planning for the school. 

As part of the governing body I will support and challenge the school in order to benefit the progress and enjoyment of school life for all pupils.


Sarah Hardy – SEN & Pupil Premium Governor

My name is Sarah Hardy and I am a parent governor, and I also journeyed through Swanage First school as a pupil. My daughter started in reception in September and my younger daughter will be coming through the school soon, so I wanted to take an interest in how the school was run and to help in any way I can to ensure a robust education for my daughters. I am also a teacher in a local special needs school, so I have a keen interest in education, and am interested to get involved and get more knowledge of the mainstream education sector.


David White - Finance

I am delighted to have been appointed as a governor in September 2016 and am currently part of the Finance Committee. I have lived in Swanage for many a year now. My background is the motor trade, working in a local family garage up until 2005. I then left this to set up a bookkeeper, which now keeps me very busy. I have a child in Cygnets and a child in this school (currently in year 1) and so I have keen interest in the school. I have a passion for numbers and I am very pleased to be a part of the team and to offer my support to the school in any way I can.


Governors' Action Plan 2016 - 2017

Governor's Action Plan 2015- 2016

Governors' School Development Plan 2014/2015

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