Milborne Port Primary School


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 Board of Milborne Port and intend to support the school in delivering the best possible learning experiences for all our children.

Ed Jones (Parent Governor)

Excitement and Hope. These were the two emotions I felt when I applied to be a parent governor. I am positive for the future of the school, and this is driven by having one child at the school and another joining in the upcoming years. My background is in medicine and I have an passion for helping to sustain a safe and proactive environment for the children. I currently am classroom Governor for Gainsborough.

Claire Brown (Staff Governor)

 I am delighted to take up my first Governors role at Milborne Port Primary, I am currently the School Business Manager and I have   worked at Milborne Port Primary for just over a year now, although I have been working in finance for over 10 years. I am passionate about helping the school achieve their potential through ensuring pupils have the best resources available and opportunities to succeed. I am really looking forward to working with the children, staff and families within the school community.

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 currently the Chair of the board and I am a member of the Finance Committee and also serve on the Pay and Personnel Committee and the Children and Learning Committee along with the Infrastructure Committee.  Outside of the school I am a Commonalty Trustee.

Simon Batchelor (Co-opted Governor)

I am a co-opted 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 board, 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.

Frank Wright (Co-opted Governor)

I am Frank Wright, a retired priest in the Church of England. I was ordained in 1983 following 10 years in the catering industry. I spend my days now at home reading and gardening (allotment), as a school governor, charity trustee and volunteer and helping at local Churches on Sundays. I am married to Maureen who is an academic historian and writer. I have lived in Milborne Port since July 2016.

Felicity John  (Co-opted Governor)

I am a retired teacher whose children all attended Milborne Port Primary School. I think it is important that the village has a welcoming and vibrant school which is inclusive and provides a broad and balanced education for the precious children of our community.

Phil Emonson ( Co-opted Governor)

I have lived in the village for 6 years and I am delighted to be a co-opted governor.  I'm an experienced project manager working in the environmental and flood risk sector.  I have experience of leading people, projects and programmes in the public and private sector.  Through my role on the Board of Governors, I want to help to ensure the very best possible learning environment, to support the continuation of high standards of teaching, and to make sure the school achieves its potential with students who are happy in their education. 

William Wagner (Parent Governor)

I am a parent governor with three children at the school. I am currently on the finance and infrastructure committees. My background is in engineering and computing and I have strong interest in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths)  subjects. 


What we do:

Currently there are 14 members of the Governing Board, 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  Committees

  • Finance  –  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 – oversee the staffing within the school, including the staffing structure, staff pay and recruitment of new staff.
  • Children and Learning  –  examine the data analysis provided by the SLT,  questioning it and monitors the teaching of the curriculum.
  • Infrastructure -  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 board 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 Board
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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