The role of Governor is an important one and offers the school a form of critical friendship ensuring that our school and our systems remain fit for purpose. The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Their responsibilities include areas such as:
• analysing pupil progress and achievement
• managing the school's finances
• making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
• appointing staff
• reviewing staff performance and pay
Our Governing Body consists of two committees —Finance and Environment, and Staffing and Curriculum; these committees meet once a term and the meetings are then consolidated into a Full Governing Board meeting, again once a term.
Our Governors help the school provide the best possible education for our pupils.
As part of the School's overall leadership and management, they help to govern the strategic framework of the school, while the Headteacher manages the day-to-day management of the school, staff, teaching, support and planning.
Governors do this by:
• thinking and working strategically to help raise standards
• monitoring and evaluating the progress towards priorities and targets
• supporting the Headteacher and staff as well as challenging their perceptions
• accounting to all stakeholders for the school's performance and for the decisions taken.
The Governing Body also monitors the school policies and procedures.
Our Governors are vital to the school and are dedicated, caring individuals, from various walks of life, including parents, ex-parents and a dedicated school representative, if you wish to speak to them for any reason or have any concerns they are extremely approachable and would be pleased to contact or meet you.
Key policies are available on the school website https://www.swanageprimary.dorset.sch.uk/
If there is a vacancy on our Governing Body the school will inform parents and then anyone is free to apply for an application pack.
Our Governor Body Structure
SWANAGE PRIMARY SCHOOL
GOVERNING BODY: 2019-20
PARENT GOVERNORS Mr Dan Butt
Miss Sarah Hardy
CO-OPTED GOVERNORS Ms Lucy Cocup
Mrs Vicki Church
Mrs Linda Skinner
Mr David White
STAFF GOVERNORS Mrs Clare Lowe
AUTHORITY GOVERNOR Mr Culvin Milmer
HEAD TEACHER Mr Martin Godfrey
CHAIR OF GOVERNORS Mrs Vicki Church
VICE CHAIR Mrs Linda Skinner
FINANCE & ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE CURRICULUM & STAFFING COMMITTEE
Mr White - Chair Mrs Skinner - Chair
Mr Godfrey, HT Mr Butt
Mrs Church Mr Godfrey, HT
Mr Milmer Mrs Lowe
Mrs Watson (Finance Officer) Ms Cocup
Miss Etherington (invited attendee) Miss Hardy
Headteacher Performance Committee
Pay Review Committee
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.
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
CHILD PROTECTION Mr Butt
PUPIL PREMIUM Mrs Skinner
ENGLISH Mrs Church
MATHS Ms Cocup
HEALTH AND SAFETY Mr Milmer
EARLY YEARS Mrs Lowe
SPORTS PREMIUM Mr White
Meet our Governors
Linda Skinner - Vice Chair and PP Governor
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. Two years ago I trained to be an Ofsted inspector and so I feel this brings a useful added dimension to my governor role.
Vicki Church – Chair of Governors/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.
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.
Sarah Hardy – SEN Governor
My name is Sarah Hardy and I am a parent governor, and I also journeyed through Swanage First school as a pupil. My two daughters both attend the school, 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 both of them. 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 two children in Years 1 and 3 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.
Governor resignations (in last 12 months)
Elaine Jones - resigned September 2018
Aimee D'Ercole - resigned September 2018
Davina Smith - end of term - July 2019
Lisa Gray - resigned October 2019
Governance roles in other educational institutions (2019-20)
Dan Butt - Harbour School, Bovington