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 18.09.19)

Feb 2022









Father Charles Oct 2015
Foundation Anita Penny May 2019 May 2023
Foundation Rev. Jonathan Evans Feb 2020 tbc
Foundation Simon Earl tbc tbc
Foundation Norma Lund Nov 2016 Nov 2020
Foundation Alistair Lambon Mar 2017 Mar 2021
Local Authority Vacant Vacant Vacant
Co-opted Stephen Bowden Apr 2017

Jenna Kelly (maternity leave 01.09.19)

Simon Croutear (maternity cover)

Mar 2017 Mar 2021
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:                         Alistair Lambon

Members:                 Father Charles, Jamie Ward, Simon Croutear,  Anita Penny, Norma Lund


Finance and Resources Committee


Chair:                       Geoff Tabor

Members:                 Stephen Bowden


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

Governors with particular responsibilities

Mr Jamie Ward is our Governor responsible for safeguarding and SEND and looked after children.

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

FGB Minutes