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



Susan SollyFeb 2018


(as Chair 16.09.20)

Feb 2022






Geoff TaborMar 2017Mar 2021



Father CharlesOct 2015
FoundationAnita PennyMay 2019May 2023
FoundationBarbara RobertsonMay 2021May 2025
FoundationKate WoodheadNov 2020Nov 2024
FoundationSimon EarlMay 2021May 2025
FoundationDominic JonesMay 2021May 2025
Local AuthorityLisa BlackburnSept 2020Sept 2024
Co-opted Sally HawkridgeOct 2020Oct 2024

Jenna Field

Sept 2020Aug 2024
ParentJamie WardMar 2017Mar 2021
ParentGeoff TaborMar 2017Mar 2021
ClerkKay TowlerMay 2019

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:                         Jamie Ward

Members:                 Father Charles,  Anita Penny, Jenna Field, Lisa Blackburn, Barbara Robertson

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
Fi PyeLA Governor
Gerald Crabb (RIP)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 Jamie Ward is our Governor responsible for safeguarding and inclusion and looked after children.

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.

Governors’ Business and Financial Interests Declaration

Governors’ Attendance at Meetings Record

Full Governing Body Minutes

2020 – 21 Academic Year

2019 – 20 Academic Year

2018 – 19 Academic Year