How the governing body is made up
Some governors are appointed and some are elected. The term of office for elected Governors is four years. 8 Foundation Governors are appointed by the Parochial Church Councils (PCC) of Upwey, and Bincombe with Broadwey. There should be an overall majority of two foundation governors.
2 Parent Governors are elected by the parents.
3 Staff Governors, one teaching and one non teaching are elected by the staff, and the head teacher.
1 Local Authority (LA) Governor, appointed by the County Education committee.
Each governor serves on one or two of the committees. In this way our various abilities can be used to the best effect, the committees meet at least termly and more often if required. They are as follows:-
Personnel, Finance and Environment (Chair – Mike Glanville) This committee looks out for the welfare of everyone in the school community: children, staff and parents, and monitors the budget which comes to us mainly from the Local Authority, supplemented by some direct grants from the government. They meet regularly to review all financial issues. It also oversees repairs and maintenance within the school buildings and grounds.
Curriculum. (Chair – Paul Hawker) Made up with both members of the governing body and members of staff, it meets to discuss how the subjects in the curriculum are being covered, to monitor performance and to make suggestions about any improvements.
Foundation & Chair of Governors
I am a retired police officer having served for 30 years with Dorset Police and now I am self-employed having recently set up my own business consultancy. I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2008 and have been the Chair of Governors since September 2010. It has been a real privilege to take on the role of Chair of Governors at such a great school with so much potential and being able to make a difference to the lives of so many young people.
One of the most important roles we have as Governors is to act as ‘critical friends’ to the school and to do as much as we can to encourage improvement, make progress and ensure the school is running efficiently and within budget. All of these things are critical to making the school as successful as it can be as well as providing a safe, secure and nurturing environment.
I live locally in Weymouth and have been married to Sara for twenty years. We have two daughters, Alice aged 18 years and now studying at Bath Spa University and Louisa aged 15 years who is in her last year at All Saints School in Wyke Regis. I enjoy reading, walking the Dorset coastline, watching Bath play rugby and have just recently become a very novice golfer!
Mrs Meg Shore
Foundation Governor & Vice-Chair of Governors
Although my name is actually Margaret, I’m generally known as Meg! I’ve lived in Dorchester Road, with my husband Brian, since January 2001. We attend Dorchester Baptist Church and I am a foundation governor of our school.
The role of being a school governor can be quite time consuming and, I think, an enormous responsibility, but it is also very rewarding. I am now in my eighth year as a governor and I still enjoy being involved in the life of our school wherever/whenever possible.
We have amazing Teachers, TA’s and Head Teacher, who all work extremely hard to give our children the very best education they could have! It’s a privilege to be able to support them to the best of my ability, and I am so proud of the way all our staff worked to attain our Outstanding OFSTED Inspection!
Each school year brings with it new challenges and possibilities, and at each governor’s meeting we pray for God’s guidance in our leadership and the decisions we have to make, and I pray everyday for God’s blessing and protection on our school.
Treasurer & Local Authority Governor
I relocated to Weymouth with the family in December 2010, and my daughters Francesca and Grace attend St Nic’s. I wanted to become a school governor to play an active role in supporting the school to do the best it can to provide a full and rounded education for the children. I have a background in business management, change and project management built up over time in financial services, and now at Dorset County Council. I wanted to help out using my experience to see the school is run efficiently, money is spent wisely and staff and students have a pleasant and productive environment. I’m married to David, who is a fabulous cook. When we’re not at work or school, we try to spend as much time as possible outdoors, walking, cycling and swimming, making the most of the coast and countryside.
Mrs Sue Genge
I have been a foundation Governor for 16 years, and served as the Vice Chair for two, which I found very rewarding. I sit on the Personnel and Finance committee, and am one of the Child Protection Governors. I try to get into school as much as possible but working full time as a Pharmacy Technician, means I don’t get there as often as I would like to.
I have 4 grown up children all now married, who are past pupils of the school and am the proud Granny of 8 grandchildren, one who is at present in year 4 and in year 1. When I do get some spare time I enjoy reading and cooking, but most of all I really enjoy spending time with my family. Being Brown Owl at The Broadwey Brownie pack for 20 years, has so far been a fantastic experience, I also help with the Guide group, including at their annual camp held each summer, which I really enjoy. I became Church Warden at St. Nicholas, Broadwey 6 years ago, and feel that our school and church working together is very important.
I am employed by the Ambulance Service as a Specialist Paramedic in Emergency and Urgent care. I have lived in Weymouth all my life. Being a former pupil of St Nicholas School, I have fond memories and enjoyed going to school here. I am married to Becky, and have a six year old son, Harry, who is a pupil at St Nicholas and St Laurence Primary School. I am interested in railways (real and model), cycling and golf.
I firmly believe in giving back to the community, and feel that by becoming a school governor, supporting the Head and teachers, and taking an active role in school life, is a way to do this.
I have been a teacher at St Nicholas and St Laurence Primary School since January 1984. During that time I have seen many changes, all of which have helped to shape the outstanding school we now have today.
The children are central to all that we do. School is an extension of home life and we are proud to be part of our young people’s development. Each individual only has one chance at each stage, it has to be right in each year group throughout the school, enabling all to thrive and be the very best they can be.
It is with all of this in mind that I have become a Governor. It is our job to ensure every pupil has a chance to become confident, conscientious and resilient individuals, developing an ‘open mind-set’ that enables them to become great learners.
Clerk to Governors
If anyone has any queries about the governing body I am more than happy to meet and discuss any issues.