Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
In simple terms, the Governors have a general responsibility for the management of the school. The Leadership Team make the day to day decisions whilst Governors are responsible for setting the budget, overseeing the curriculum, the appointment and dismissal of staff and deciding the policy on admissions.
The Governing Body of a Foundation school is responsible for all aspects of school life, including:
The Full Governing Body and each Committee meets formally at least once a term, and minutes of these meetings are available to parents.
The governors serve on three committees as follows;
Chairperson- Graham Lloyd
Foundation Governor- Vacancy
Ex-Officio Foundation - Vacancy
Debbie Chant - Co-Opted Governor
Helen Hatcher - Local Authority Governor
Victoria Dike - Foundation Governor
Trudie Peake - Parent Governor
Graham Hart - Parent Governor
Tony Laws - Parent Governor
Parent Governor - Vacancy
Staff Governor - Kirsty Swaine
Sarah Lafferty-Jenkins - Head Teacher
Amanda Goddard - Clerk to the Governing Body
All governors are volunteers and, once elected, serve for 4 years.
I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in the Autumn term of 2013. I was keen to help support the school in its drive to continue to improve upon its already good status. I have two children at the school - a daughter in Year 1 and a son in year 3 - both of them love going to the school and are very enthusiastic about all the exciting things they learn there.
I grew up in the New Forest and studied Biochemistry at the University of Nottingham before completing a PGCE (teaching certificate) also at the University of Nottingham. I taught Science in an inner-city Secondary School in Southampton for 3 years before moving to Stalbridge when I married Colin in 1999. I then began a career at The Blandford School where I now work four days a week as an Assistant Headteacher and Science teacher. One of my main areas of responsibility is liaison with the 8 Primary Schools in and around Blandford.
I also help run the Beaver Scout group in Stalbridge which I really enjoy. In my spare time I love constructing Lego models, playing football in the garden, baking and acting in my daughter's role plays!
I attended Stalbridge Primary myself, joining the PTA when both my sons attended the school, I am serving my third term as a community governor, I am employed as the manager at Stalbridge Pre-School and joined the governing body to strengthen the links between school and pre-school. I am currently the safeguarding, foundation Stage governor. I am also part of the Pastoral and Welfare sub-committee.
I have lived in Stalbridge for 23 years with my husband, we have two grown up children both whom attended Stalbridge primary school. I have worked within the education sector for 20 years and have a good knowledge of business management both in the primary and secondary sectors. When I am not working for our own company Stalbridge Building Supplies I am a volunteer at Stalbridge library, it is a pleasure to be able to work and support the local community. As a governor and I am looking to supporting and moving the school forward.
My name is Vicky Dike, I am a parent governor with three children attending Stalbridge Primary School, one in year Six, one in Year Three and one in Year Two. In 1999 I graduated from Roehampton Institute, London as a qualified teacher and on returning to Dorset I taught at Sherborne Primary and then at Blandford St Mary Primary. I have also worked in various local primaries on a supply basis and with small SEN focus groups. I enjoy being involved in education and am presently chairperson of Stalbridge Pre-School and help run the toddler group in the village. I am looking forward to supporting all the great work that goes on at Stalbridge Primary School. In my spare time I enjoy swimming and cycling and enter the occasional triathlon.
The Governors are more than happy to discuss any matters regarding school life. Parents are welcome to contact the governors either by email:firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting the Clerk, Amanda Goddard at email@example.com