Governors

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)
Headteacher

(by appointment)

Paul RuffleJan 2018
Chair

(Foundation – Diocesan Education Committee)

Susan SollyFeb 2018

(re-elected as Chair 16.09.21 – since 19.09.2018)

Feb 2022

 

Vice-Chair

(Parent Election)

Geoff TaborJuly 2021

(Vice-Chair 16.09.2021)
July 2025
Ex-Officio

(Foundation – Priory Church)

Father CharlesOct 2015
Foundation
Anita PennyMay 2019May 2023
Foundation
Barbara RobertsonMay 2021May 2025
Foundation
Kate WoodheadNov 2020Nov 2024
Foundation
Simon EarlMay 2021May 2025
Foundation
Dominic JonesMay 2021May 2025
Local AuthorityBCP Council
Sally HawkridgeAug 2021Aug 2025
Staff

Jenna Field

Sept 2020Aug 2024
Parent
Sarah AndrewsJuly 2021July 2025
Parent
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:                         Barbara Robertson

Members:                 Father Charles,  Anita Penny, Jenna Field, Sarah Andrews, Mel Fidge, Dominic Jones, Simon Earl

Finance and Resources Committee

Chair:                       Geoff Tabor

Members:                 Kate Woodhead, Sally Hawkridge

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

Governors who have recently stepped down (since 2020):

NameRoleTerm of Office
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 and inclusion and looked after children. 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.

Mrs Woodhead is our Governor responsible for premises.

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

Governing Body – Terms of Reference

Governors’ Business and Financial Interests Declaration

Governors’ Attendance at Meetings Record

Full Governing Body Minutes

2021-22 Academic Year

2020 – 21 Academic Year

2019 – 20 Academic Year

2018 – 19 Academic Year