Governors

School Governing Body

 

The Governing Body

 

St Martin's Governing Body is made up of parents, representatives from the parish of St Martin's Church, Diocese of Guildford appointees, members of the local community, staff and a representative from the local authority. Governors are elected or appointed to the role depending on who they represent. Our Headteacher is also a member of the Governing Body. We work in close partnership with the Headteacher both supporting and challenging the school to achieve the best for its children. The Deputy Headteacher and School Business Manager also attend some meetings. Our governors bring a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience to their role and they all work in a voluntary capacity. All have great energy and enthusiasm for their role.

 

The role of the governors

School governors contribute to the work of the Governing Body by ensuring high standards of achievement for all children in the school:

· Setting vision, ethos and strategic direction

· Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

· Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

How do governors carry out their work?

 

Governors work in a variety of ways. They attend a full Governing Body meeting twice a term and are expected to join a committee. There are three governors’ committees at St Martin’s – Resources (R), Teaching and Learning (TL) and Wellbeing and Community (WC) which each meet once a term. These committees feed back to the full Governing Body. The Teaching and Learning Committee focuses on children’s progress and attainment, the quality of teaching and curriculum; the Resources Committee looks at anything to do with buildings, budget, staffing, health and safety etc; the Wellbeing and Community Committee focuses on issues of safeguarding, behaviour and safety of children, relationships with other schools, the Church and other organisations in the community. In addition governors have a monitoring role where they will visit school and may talk to different members of staff, visit classrooms, talk to children and look at students’ work in order to gauge how well things are going. They may also attend school events such as assemblies and fund raisers and be involved in staff recruitment. Governors undertake training regularly to be able to carry out their roles effectively either as a whole group or individually. Where non-attendance at meetings is recorded below, apologies and reasons for absence have been accepted by those governors present and all the meetings have been quorate.

 
Headteacher
Jane Elizabeth Gorecka
  • Ex-officio Governor

  • Ex-officio member of all 3 Committees

  • Meeting attendance 2018/19: full Governing Body – 5/5; Teaching and Learning – 2/3; Resources 2/2; Wellbeing and Community – 1/2

  • Register of interests: Headteacher of school; Director of Learning Space Dorking (Charity providing young people with solution focussed support).

 

Profile:

I was appointed at Headteacher of St Martin's C of E Primary School in September 2006, having previously been a headteacher in a Leatherhead School and a Deputy Headteacher in 3 different schools. I have also had a short period of experience as an Executive Headteacher and I spent the first 10 years of my teaching career in inner London. I am proud to be leading an exceptionally skilled and committed teaching team and to have the support and challenge of a strong Governing Body - we aim to always put the children first. My passion is to try to find success in every child and to utilise the confidence that brings, to motivate them to tackle areas where they may struggle. I am married to a teacher and have 3 children who have gained tremendous benefit from their time at local state schools. I am confident that St Martin's is heading towards continued success as we work hard to follow our strap line - 'Inspiring children to be the best they can be'.

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Foundation governors appointed by the Diocese of Guildford
Reverend Derek James Tighe
  • Ex-officio Governor as Vicar of Dorking and Rector of St Barnabas Church, Ranmore

  • Sits on Wellbeing and Community Committee

  • Meeting attendance 2018/19: full Governing Body – 3/5; Wellbeing and Community – 2/2

  • Register of interests: Vicar of Dorking and Rector of St Barnabas Church, Ranmore; Chair of St Martin’s Parochial Church Council

 

Profile:

 

The Reverend Derek Tighe is the Vicar of St Martin’s Church here in Dorking, and Rector of St Barnabas’ Church on Ranmore Common. An ex Lay Clerk of Ely Cathedral he holds a degree in Theology from Oxford University and was trained for ordained ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon. He joined the governing body of St Martin’s as ex officio member in the summer of 2012, following his appointment to Dorking. (Ex officio simply means that he has the right to sit on this body by virtue of his office as Vicar). A family man he is married with three children – two of whom have attended St Martin’s Primary School. His interests? Many and varied.

Foundation governor appointed by the Parochial Church Council of St Martin's Church
 
Peter Lawrence Bunn

 

  • 4 year term ends July 2020

  • Joint Vice-Chair of full Governing Body

  • Chairs Wellbeing and Community Committee and sits on Resources Committee

  • Meeting attendance 2018/19: full Governing Body – 5/5; Resources 3/3; Wellbeing and Community – 2/2

  • Register of interests: Churchwarden St Martin’s CE Church and ex-officio member of the Parochial Church Council; elected member of Dorking Deanery Synod.

Profile:

Peter a governor since 2012, is a churchwarden at St Martin’s as well as actively involved in the choir there. Having taken early retirement for personal reasons, he was a Senior Civil Servant whose career was in the Trade and Industry Group of departments dealing with issues ranging from innovation policy (including business/HE links) through to regional policy (including social inclusion). Having begun his own education at a precursor infants school to St Martin’s, he was keen to give something back by applying his analytical and administrative skills to educational governance; he is also passionate about further improving school/church links to the benefit of both.

 
Parent governors (elected by parents and carers)
 
Louisa Kate Whitney

 

  • 4 Year term ends October 2020

  • Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

  • Meeting attendance 2018/19: full Governing Body – 5/5; Teaching and Learning – 3/3

  • Register of interests: parent of pupils at school; self-employed family mediator and freelance blogger.

Profile:

Louisa spent 10 years as a solicitor specialising in family law before qualifying as a mediator and opening her own family mediation practice. She is passionate about helping families reduce conflict when parents separate. She is also passionate about the benefits of good communication. Her career enables her to combine these passions. She has a particular interest in the use of language in conflict.

Richard Jason Bailey (Rick)

 

  • 4 Year term ends November 2020

  • Sits on the Resources Committee and and Wellbeing and Community Committee; link governor for ICT/Computing and Maths

  • Meeting attendance 2018/19: full Governing Body – 5/5; Resources – 2/3; Wellbeing and Community -2/2

  • Register of interests: parent of pupil at school.

Profile:

Working on numerous change programmes over the last 20 years has helped Rick develop strong strategic planning, project management and problem solving skills as well as a good understanding of finance and staffing. He is passionate about the use of technology in education and enjoys supporting the school's digital learning initiatives.

Benjamin Garth David Tudor (Ben)

 

  • 4 Year term ends October 2020

  • Sits on Teaching and Learning Committee

  • Meeting attendance 2018/19: full Governing Body – 4/5; Teaching and Learning – 3/3

  • Register of interests: parent of pupils at school.

Profile:

Ben worked as a technology and business journalist for 15 years before moving into communications, advising and writing for organisations ranging from mobile phone manufacturers and Silicon Valley start-ups to toy shops and salt mines. He is particularly enthusiastic about using writing and reading to encourage curiosity, creativeness and independent thought. He has two children attending the School.

 

 

Simon Andrew Maunder

 

  • 4-year term ends November 2020

  • Sits on Resources Committee

  • Meeting attendance 2018/19: full Governing Body – 5/5; Resources – 2/3

  • Register of interests: parent of pupil at school.

Profile:

Simon runs a small business based in the local area which provides production services to the live events industry. His job mostly involves project management of events of all sizes for large corporations. He has one child at St Martins and another who will hopefully join in 2019.​

 
 
Sarah Billiald

 

  • 4 Year term ends November 2020

  • Sits on Teaching and Learning Committee

  • Meeting attendance: 2018/19: full Governing Body – 1/3

  • Register of interests: parent of pupil at school;

Profile:

Sarah is a qualified accountant who has worked across the public sector in both national and local settings at a strategic level. She has been a chief executive in both criminal justice and NHS community arenas overseeing significant change programmes in both. She has expertise in governance, performance improvement and collaborative working across organisations. Currently CEO of a community health provider in Surrey she is passionate about enabling people to achieve the best health and wellbeing outcomes they can for themselves and their families. In her spare time she is a keen musician and likes to sing and accompany choirs on the piano as well as helping with Colts cricket in the summer.

 
Staff governor: elected by members of support and teaching staff
 
Laura Catherine Bradney

 

  • 4 Year term ends August 2020

  • Sits on the Wellbeing and Community Committee

  • Meeting attendance 2018/19: full Governing Body – 5/5; Wellbeing and Community – 1/2

  • Register of interests: teacher at school.

Profile:

Laura Catherine Bradney is a teacher at St Martin's School. She has two daughters who attended St Martin's. She enjoys reading, walking her dog and spending time with her family.

 
Local Authority governor nominated by Surrey County Council and appointed by the Governing Body
 
Clare Mary Mansfield

 

  • 4 Year term ends August 2020

  • Responsible for Special Needs; sits on Teaching and Learning and Resources Committees

  • Meeting attendance 2018/19: full Governing Body – 4/5; Teaching and Learning – 2/3; Resources 2/3;

  • Register of interests – none relevant.

Profile:

Clare has been a governor since 2004, originally as a parent governor with 3 children at the school. She is a passionate supporter of high quality State education. As a governor she has gained a wealth of experience having chaired both the Curriculum and Finance Committees for substantial periods, led many working parties and sat on the governing body of St.John's Community School. As a Chartered Accountant, she has a strong background in Finance, enjoys strategic problem-solving and analytics, balanced by a Geography degree and a love of gardening and the great outdoors.

Co-opted governors appointed from the local community by the Governing Body
 
Helen Sarah Humphreys (Chair of Governors)

 

  • 4 Year term ends April 2020

  • Chair of Governors; responsible for Governor Training; Safeguarding and Looked After Children

  • Sits on the Teaching and Learning, Resources and Wellbeing and Community Committees

  • Meeting attendance 2018/19: full Governing Body – 5/5; Teaching and Learning – 3/3; Resources 2/3; Wellbeing and Community – 1/2

  • Register of interests: parent of pupils at school; self-employed education assessment consultant

Profile:

Helen’s children attend the school. She has a background in education having worked as both Subject Leader and Assistant Headteacher in the secondary sector and as a school improvement consultant for a local authority in the north of England. She also has some experience of carrying out OFSTED inspections. She has recently completed the nationally accredited Chair of Governors Leadership Development programme.

Andrew Nicholas Boagey

 

  • 4 Year term ends December 2020

  • Joint Vice-Chair of full Governing Body. Sits on Resources Committee; Chairs Dorking, Ashtead and Leatherhead Joint Governance Collaboration Group and is a Director of the Dorking, Ashtead and Leatherhead Schools Company (DALSCo)

  • Meeting attendance 2018/19: full Governing Body – 4/5; Resources 0/3

  • Register of interests: spouse is a teacher at school.

Profile:

​Andrew has lived in Dorking since 2006, when he first became a governor at the school, and has three children all of who attended St Martin’s before moving to secondary education. He is a chartered civil engineer. He keeps bees and enjoys gardening. He is married to Dr Susan Boagey who was a class teacher in year 6.

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David John Spalding

 

  • 4 Year term ends November 2020

  • Chair of Resources Committee and sits on Teaching and Learning Committee

  • Meeting attendance 2018/19: full Governing Body – 3/5; Resources – 3/3; Teaching and Learning – 3/3

  • Register of interests: parent of pupils at school.

Profile:

David has one daughter who attends St Martin’s. He has a background in structured finance having worked at KPMG, Bank of Scotland, Lloyds and Macquarie Bank over the last 20 years.

Nicholas Bonomini

  • 4 Year term ends November 2023

 

Profile:

Nick joined as a governor in July 2019. He is a serving senior police officer with the Metropolitan Police in London and has worked as a detective in both Specialist Crime and Counter-Terrorism for over 22 years during which he served for several years in North & West Africa. He also spent six months as a Fulbright Scholar in the US with the FBI and Chicago Police Department’s Gang Enforcement Unit. Nick has spent a considerable period of his service operating in inner-London boroughs, and has a particular interest in safeguarding. He enjoys studying French and Italian and his gardening is improving.   

Clerk to the Governors

 

Sinead Tobin

 

Sinead is a new Clerk to the Governors of St Martin's.

Meeting attendance 2018/19: full Governing Body – 5/5

 

Past Governors

Deborah Jane Harrison (Debbie)

 

  • Resigned March 2019

  • Meeting attendance 2018/19: full Governing Body – 2/4; Teaching and Learning – 2/3; Wellbeing and Community – 0/2

Susan Hilary Jamieson (Sue)

  • Resigned November 2018

  • Meeting attendance 2016/17: full Governing Body – 4/6; Resources – 3/3; Teaching and Learning – 2/2; Wellbeing and Community – 1/1

 

Sarah Louise De Caprio

  • Resigned as Co-opted Governor in October 2017

  • Meeting attendance 2016/17: full Governing Body – 5/6; Teaching and Learning – 2/3

 

 

Overview of Policies for Teaching and Learning Committee          download

 

Overview of Policies for Wellbeing and Community Committee     download

 

Overview of Policies for Resources Committee                             download

 

 

Becoming a parent governor

 

A vacancy for a parent governor will become available when a term of office expires after four years or if a parent governor resigns. At this point the school will write to parents and carers explaining the role and asking for nominations.. If there are more nominations than posts, then an election is held. Candidates are asked to write a short supporting statement and parents and carers are able to vote for the candidate they prefer.

 

Other governor appointments

 

With the exception of the incumbent of St. Martin’s CofE Church and the Headteacher, the term of office for the following governors is also four years: The Diocese of Guildford appoints two governors, one of whom is usually the incumbent of St. Martin’s CofE Church. St. Martin’s Parochial Church Council appoints the other Foundation Governor. The Headteacher is an ex-officio governor and the other staff governor is elected by the teaching and support staff. The Local Authority nominates a governor whom the Governing Body then appoints according to the skills needed. Up to four co-opted governors are appointed according to their skills and experience and what they can bring to the Governing Body.

Contact details

 

If you wish to contact a member of the governing body about a matter of governance, please do so through the school office.