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Our Governing Body

School Governors

 

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 with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Our Governors help the school provide the best possible education for our pupils; their responsibilities include areas such as:

· providing strategic support;

• analysing pupil progress, achievement and attendance;

• ensuring best value for money by considering and agreeing an annual budget;

• making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based

• appointing staff and reviewing performance and pay

• overseeing premises issued including health and safety

 

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 as outlined in the School Development Plan

• supporting and challenging the Headteacher and staff as appropriate

• 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, members of the local community 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: 2021-22

                                               

PARENT GOVERNORS       Mr Dan Butt

Miss Sarah Hardy   

Mrs Naomi Webb 

Mrs Louise Tumilty-Savage    

CO-OPTED GOVERNORS   Ms Lucy Cocup

                                              Mrs Linda Skinner

                                              Mrs Angela John

                                              Mrs Salliann Coleman

ASSOCIATE GOVERNOR   Cllr Michael Whitwam

STAFF GOVERNORS          Mrs Clare Lowe

AUTHORITY GOVERNOR   Mrs Vicki Church

HEAD TEACHER                 Mr Martin Godfrey                        

CHAIR OF GOVERNORS    Mrs Linda Skinner

VICE CHAIR                         Vacancy

 

FINANCE & ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE       CURRICULUM & STAFFING COMMITTEE                                                                                        

Mrs Church - Chair                                               Mrs Skinner - Chair

Mr Godfrey, HT                                                     Mr Butt

Mrs John                                                               Mr Godfrey, HT

Mrs Salliann Coleman                                              Mrs Lowe

Mrs Watson (Finance Officer)                               Ms Cocup

                                                                              Miss Etherington (invited attendee)                                                                                                                                                Miss Hardy                 

                                                                              Mrs Webb                                                                                                                                                                                       Mrs Tumilty-Savage

Headteacher Performance Committee                                                                                        

Mrs Church

Mrs Skinner

Vacancy

 

Pay Review Committee                                                

Mrs Church

Mr Godfrey                

Mrs Skinner           

Vacancy                                                           

           

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.

 

GOVERNOR LINK RESPONSIBILITIES

SEND                                                                       Miss Hardy

TEACHING AND LEARNING                                  Mrs Webb and Miss Hardy

SAFEGUARDING/CHILD PROTECTION               Mr Butt

PUPIL PREMIUM                                                    Mrs Skinner

ENGLISH                                                                 Mrs Church

HEALTH AND SAFETY                                           Mrs John

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT                      Mrs Skinner

Meet our Governors

Linda Skinner - Chair of Governors

I am a foundation governor at Swanage Primary School, the Chair of Governors and I am 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. A few 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 - English 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 a few years ago as I felt I could make a useful contribution due to my experiences. At the present time I am overseeing English 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)

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.

Naomi Webb - Parent Governor

I’ve lived in Swanage for over 15 years and love it here. We have 3 boys and two of them currently attend Swanage Primary School. I have a teaching background and am enthusiastic about education. I am also passionate about inclusion, craft, geocaching and Chococo. Swanage Primary is a fantastic school, and it’s a privilege to be a parent governor.

 

Angela John

I have lived in Swanage for thirty one years with my husband and family. I am grandparent of a child who attends the school and I am to be found in the playground on a daily basis either at drop off and pick up times.

I have been involved in primary education for all of my working life as a qualified teacher and have during this time had class responsibilities for all ages between Year R and Year 6. Before retiring in 2008, I spent the last 12 years of my teaching career as Head teacher of St Georges School in Langton Matravers.

I feel honoured to have been asked to be a governor at Swanage Primary and hope that I can bring to the role the experience I have gained over my many years in primary education.

 

Michael Whitwam - Town Councillor

I have been a Dorset resident for sixty years and a Swanage Town Councillor for the past thirteen years. I very much admire the excellent work carried out by all the staff at the School and it is a privilege to represent the Town Council as a Governor. The future of our lovely town is in the hands of the pupils at the School!

 

Lucy Cocup

 

Although I was based in France and Australia in the past, I feel privileged to have lived in wonderful Swanage for some years now. As retired teacher, mother and grandmother, I feel strongly about the importance of education and the role of a school in the community.

Three of my children attended Swanage Primary, when it was Swanage First and I am looking forward to my grandchild starting in reception in September 2021. I have a vested interest in Swanage Primary continuing to thrive and am fortunate to support this as a governor.

 

Dan Butt - Parent Governor

I am a parent governor with a link responsibility for safeguarding and child protection at SPS. I moved to Swanage over ten years ago, not sure how long I was going to stay. Needless to say, I am still here and can't see myself ever leaving! I have worked in education across Poole and Dorset for over a decade an am currently in post as a Deputy Headteacher at a Special School in Dorset after moving from mainstream education. In various schools I have held the responsibility of Designated Safeguarding Lead for over six years and, as such, have experience in support young people and families with wide ranging vulnerabilities to overcome barriers, make progress and succeed. I am proud to be associated with SPS and the team that works with our children every day to secure the best possible outcomes. They work with such heart, honesty and relentless positivity. I know my experience is valued and listened to and I hope I contribute in some small way to support our young people.

 

Sarah Hayes, Clerk to the Governors 

I have lived in Swanage for over twenty-five years with my husband and we raised our two sons here. Both our boys – now adults - were pupils at Swanage Primary and I was an active member of the PTA and volunteered in school.  I have worked in local primary schools in business management/finance roles for over ten years and when Swanage Primary was looking for a Clerk to the Governors, I jumped at the chance to work with this fantastic, welcoming team.

Governor attendance records 2017-18

Governor attendance records 2018-19

Governor attendance record 2019-20

Governor FGB attendance 2020-21

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

David White - end of term September 2020

Peter Silver - resigned March 2021

Culvin Milmer - resigned June 2021

 

Governance roles in other educational institutions (2020-21)

 

Dan Butt - Harbour School, Bovington

Sarah Hardy - Purbeck View School, Swanage

Governors Development Plan 2019-20

Governors meeting dates 2019-20

Governors policy review schedule

Governors Action Plan 2018-19 - end of year review

Governors' Action Plan 2018 - 2019

Governors' Action Plan 2016 - 2017

Governors' Action Plan 2015 - 2016

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