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


Appointment Name Term of Office (Start) Term of Office (Expiry)


(by appointment)

Paul Ruffle Jan 2018



Susan Solly Feb 2018


(as Chair 16.09.20)

Feb 2022






Geoff Tabor Mar 2017 Mar 2021



Father Charles Oct 2015
Foundation Anita Penny May 2019 May 2023
Foundation Rev. Jonathan Evans Feb 2020 Mar 2021
Foundation Kate Woodhead Nov 2020 Nov 2024
Foundation Vacant    
Foundation Vacant    
Local Authority Lisa Blackburn Sept 2020 Sept 2024
Co-opted  Sally Hawkridge Oct 2020 Oct 2024

Jenna Field

Sept 2020 Aug 2024
Parent Jamie Ward Mar 2017 Mar 2021
Parent Geoff Tabor Mar 2017 Mar 2021
Clerk Kay Towler May 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


Finance and Resources Committee


Chair:                       Geoff Tabor

Members:                 Rev. Jonathan Evans, Sally Hawkridge


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

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