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Milborne Port Governing Body

Clerk to Governors Mrs Sara Stephenson
Parent Governors Mr Simon Batchelor (Vice)
Co-opted Governors

Mr Rob Lockey
Mr John Oldham
Mr Clive Laughton
Mrs Hilary Reed
Mrs Becky Birch
Mrs Janet Walden
Mr Frank Wright
Mrs Susan Campbell
Mrs Felicity Johns

 Staff Governor vacant 
Headteacher Mrs Suzie Svenson
LA Appointed Mr John Burrough (Chair)
The governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the governing body, Sara Stephenson on:


Janet Walden (Co-opted Governor)

I have been a governor for many years and recently retired to this area. I am delighted to join the Governing Body of Milborne Port and intend to support the school in delivering the best possible learning experiences for all our children.

Becky Birch (Co-opted Governor)

As a Co-opted governor with 2 sons at the school, I am passionate about my role within the governing body. I am particularly involved with improving communications, SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural development) and the ongoing challenge of raising standards within our amazing school.

Clive Laughton (Co-opted Governor)

I have lived in Milborne Port for more than 30 years. My sons attended the Primary school and King Arthurs. They both live in the village. My two grandchildren attended the Primary school, one is still here and the other is at King Arthurs. I taught in the state secondary sector for 37 years. As well as being a governor I am the Chairman of the Sports and Social Club, a Parish Councillor and have worked with the team that have entered South West in Bloom Competitions.

John Burrough (LA Appointed Governor)

A governor for over 25 years, John is a recently retired teacher two of whose posts were at The Gryphon in Sherborne and Bruton School for Girls.  He and his two children are past pupils of the school.

John Oldham (Co-opted Governor)

I have lived in the village since 2007, moving here on return from the Netherlands and impending retirement. Children are our future and I am honoured to be able to support their development in our community by working as Governor at our school. I have previously served on the board of Governors in a large independent school and before that was a member of the PTA at the two schools my children attended.

Rob Lockey (Co-opted Governor)

I am a former pupil and parent and am now proud to be a governor at the school. I am Chairman of the Finance Committee and also serve on the Pay and Personnel Committee and the Children and Learning Committee along with the Infrastructure Committee. I am also the governor responsible for SEN at the school. Outside of the school I am a Parish Councillor and a Commonalty Trustee.

Simon Batchelor (Parent Governor)

I am a parent governor who has a daughter in year one at our school, and a son who will also be starting this year. I am now in my second year on the governing body, and am proud to support a school that promotes such a positive learning environment and strives to give all our children the best possible start to their academic life. I am a Project Manager by trade, and a keen cyclist in my spare time. I work in the IT industry, so I take a particular interest in how the school approaches the new promotion of Information Technology within the curriculum.

Hilary Reed (Co-opted Governor)

I retired from my full time teaching post as Deputy Headteacher in August 2015. But my belief in high quality education remains undiminished and I became a co-opted Governor. I have a particular interest in SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural development) and Early Years Education.



Milborne Port Primary School






Mr   John Burrough

Local Authority

Local Authority


Chair of Board and Chair of Pay & Personnel Committee; Safeguarding governor

Mr Simon Batchelor

Parent Governor


13/11/2013 – 12/11/2017

Vice Chair, member of Infrastructure Committee; Head Teacher’s reviewer, Numeracy, Computing

Mr Frank Wright



23/03/2017 – 22/03/2021


Mrs Rebecca Birch



14/05/2015 – 13/05/2019

Member of Pay & Personnel; Infrastructure and Finance

Mr Clive Laughton



05/03/2015- 04/03/2019

Member of Infrastructure; Children and Learning; Finance; Health & Safety, Literacy

Mr Robert Lockey




Chair of Finance; member of Pay & Personnel; SEN, G&T governor, Head Teacher’s reviewer

Mr John Oldham




Member of Infrastructure; Children and Learning; Pay & Personnel; Publicity, Head Teacher’s reviewer, Science

Mrs Hilary Reed



01/09/2015 – 31/08/2019

Member of Pay & Personnel, Children and Learning; Early Years; Safeguarding; PSHE & SMSC

Mrs Janet Walden




Member of Pay & Personnel; Chair of Children and Learning; Head Teacher’s reviewer

 Mrs Susan Campbell



 23/03/2017 - 22/03/2021


 Mrs Felicity Johns



 23/03/2017 - 22/03/2021


Mrs Suzie Svenson

Head Teacher



Head Teacher

Mrs Sara Stephenson

Clerk to Governors






Mr Clive Laughton – Parish Councillor
Mr Robert Lockey – Parish Councillor, Trustee of the village Commonality Charity and husband of a Teaching Assistant
Mr John Oldham – Chairman of Parish Council
Mrs Hilary Reed – Supply teacher
Mrs Sara Stephenson – Clerk to Abbas & Templecombe and Our Lady’s of Mount Carmel
Mr John Burrough – Small shareholding in Scottish & Southern Energy Plc and National Grid Plc


What we do:

Currently there are 11 members of the Governing Body, representing the Local Authority, local community, parents and staff. We are all volunteers, and we all have the same aims and ambitions for the school. We are interested in doing the best for the children, their education and their development.

We recognise that there are three important core roles to our contribution at Milborne Port Primary School.

The first is strategic. It is our responsibility to agree policies and to monitor their impact.

The second is to be a ‘critical friend’. It is important that we ask relevant but probing questions. We examine the performance of the children in the school, and we give praise where it is good and seek ways of making continuous improvements.

Thirdly, we must ensure accountability. For instance, if we delegate a task to a committee or working party, the terms of reference for the group must be clearly set. We must evaluate ourselves and the actions we take and be accountable to parents and the wider community.

Governor Committees

To help us in the role we have set up 4 Sub Committees

  • Finance  – This committee is involved in the setting of the budget and monitors spend throughout the year to ensure that spend is being managed well within the school and that the financial operation of the school is in accordance with the school Finance Policy.
  • Pay and Personnel – This committee oversee the staffing within the school, including the staffing structure, staff pay and recruitment of new staff.
  • Children and Learning  – This committee examine the data analysis provided by the SLT,  questioning it and monitors the teaching of the curriculum.
  • Infrastructure - This committee deals with the premises including Health and Safety.

Financial Performance of the School

1. Financial Skills within the Finance Committee
It is essential for the governing body to have access to adequate financial skills to ensure they meet their statutory responsibilities for the financial management of the school and to safeguard the public money for which they are responsible. Every year members of the Finance committee populate a Finance Governors Skill Matrix to ensure that the committee have adequate skills. Governors are able to improve their skills by attending Finance training.

2. Financial Skills of School Staff
It is also essential that staff with financial management responsibilities have the necessary skills. Every year staff with financial management responsibilities populate a Staff Financial Skills Matrix to ensure that the staff have the adequate skills. This matrix summarises the financial management skills that best practice determines should be held by staff with financial management responsibility within the school.

3. Financial Monitoring by the Governing Body
The Business Manager/Head Teacher provide the Finance  committee with regular reports showing actual spend and estimated spend against budget. These reports are reviewed by the committee and any indicators showing potential variance questioned. Any movement of funds from one area to another are approved by the committee if it exceeds £1,000 (as specified in the school Finance Policy). Any premises spend over £1,500 also has to be authorised by the committee.
A Financial Management audit is performed once a year by the committee. The result of this audit together with an Action Plan is provided to the Local Authority to show that the school adhere to the School Financial Value Standard (SFVS)

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