School Governance Structure

The Priory Primary school is a maintained voluntary-aided Church of England School. This means that while we are supported by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Local Authority and the Diocese of Winchester Education Board, our Governing body is ultimately responsible for the strategic direction of the school.

We are incredibly indebted to this dedicated group of volunteers who give up so much time to oversee and support this school in this way.

Who’s Who on the Governing Body

Chair of Governors, Mrs Susan Solly

Vice-Chair of Governors, Mr Geoff Tabor

AppointmentNameTerm of Office (Start)Term of Office (Expiry)

(by appointment)

Paul RuffleJan 2018

(Foundation – Diocesan Education Committee)

Susan SollyFeb 2018

(re-elected as Chair 16.09.21 – since 19.09.2018)

July 2022



(Parent Election)

Geoff TaborJuly 2021

(Vice-Chair 16.09.2021)
July 2025

(Foundation – Priory Church)

Father CharlesOct 2015
Anita PennyMay 2019May 2023
Barbara RobertsonMay 2021May 2025
Simon EarlMay 2021May 2025
Dominic JonesMay 2021May 2025
Local AuthorityBCP Council
Sally HawkridgeAug 2021Aug 2025

Jenna Field

Sept 2020Aug 2024
Sarah AndrewsJuly 2021July 2025
Geoff TaborJuly 2021July 2025
ClerkKay TowlerMay 2019

Associate MemberMel Fidge (Deputy Headteacher)Sep 2021Sep 2025

Alongside Full Governing Body meetings, governors are organised into 2 sub-Committees to enable greater accountability and challenge.

The Standards Committee is responsible for all matters relating to the quality of education and safeguarding.

The Finance and Resources Committee is responsible for all the core operational matters, such as staffing, finance, health & safety and budget setting.

Standards Committee

Chair:                         Dominic Jones

Members:                 Father Charles,  Anita Penny, Jenna Field, Sarah Andrews, Mel Fidge, Barbara Robertson

Finance and Resources Committee

Chair:                       Geoff Tabor

Members:                Sally Hawkridge, Simon Earl

*The Headteacher and Chair of Governors attend both committee meetings.

Governors who have recently stepped down (since 2020):

NameRoleTerm of Office
Kate WoodheadFoundation GovernorNov 2020 – May 22
Lisa BlackburnLA GovernorSep 20 – Aug 21
Jamie WardParent GovernorMar 17 – Jul 21
Gerald Crabb (deceased)Foundation and Vice ChairNov 16 – Nov 20
Norma LundFoundationNov 16 – Aug 20
Jenna KellyStaffMar 17 – Jul 20
Simon CroutearStaff and Associate (AHT) Sept 20 – Dec 20
Alistair LambonFoundationMar 17 – Sep 20
Stephen Bowdenco-optedApr 17 – Sep 20
Fr Jonathan EvansFoundationFeb 20 – Jan 21

Governors with particular responsibilities

Mr Dominic Jones is our Governor responsible for safeguarding. In the transition period of taking up this responsibility he is being supported by Mr Jamie Ward.

Mr Tabor is our Governor responsible for health and safety.

A small sub-group of Governors, including Mrs Penny and Mrs Solly are responsible for admissions.

Mrs Andrews is our Governor responsible for SEND and inclusion, including looked after children and Pupil Premium.

Mrs Robertson and Father Charles are our SIAMS linked Governors.

Governing Body – Terms of Reference

Governors’ Business and Financial Interests Declaration

Governors’ Attendance at Meetings Record

Full Governing Body Minutes

2021-22 Academic Year

FGB Minutes

Standards Committee

Finance and Resources Committee

2020 – 21 Academic Year

2019 – 20 Academic Year