Welcome to the Governing Body page for St Michael’s CE VA Primary School
The Governing Body is committed to working as a team with staff, parents, children and all other stakeholders to ensure the best outcome for all pupils. Together we aim to make the School outstanding in every way while retaining the school’s unique and individual character within its own community. Our Governors come from all walks of life and represent different bodies such as the Salisbury Diocese (St Michal’s Church), the local education authority, parents and staff. The Governing Body has a statutory duty to regulate the school with a view to:
- supporting staff in raising standards of achievement for all pupils
- providing strategic direction working with the Senior Leadership Team
- act as a critical friend to the Head Teacher ensure accountability for the performance of the school
The full governing body meets twice a term, with various sub committees meeting regularly to carry specific responsibilities in the course of the school year. Governors are linked to classes and some have specific responsibilities.
Governors monitor the success of teaching and learning through the reported pupil results, internal school data, direct observation, reference to the curriculum, discussion with teachers and conversation with pupils and parents.
Within this framework the focus of our governance is the wellbeing of the children. We want them to be the best they can be academically as well as being happy, safe and healthy within a caring, positive and Christian environment.
We have 12 Governors and as we are a Church of England School the majority of our governors are Foundation Governors with the responsibility to maintain the Christian ethos and values.
Full Governing Body Meetings are held on a Monday evening twice a term. Committees meet when require and at least once a term.
Curriculum and Standards
Staffing and Safeguarding
All correspondence for the governors must be sent via the Clerk to Governors who is Miss Ellie Doyle, at St. Michael’s CE VA Primary School, Kings Way, Lyme Regis, Dorset. DT7 3DY
Members of St Michael’s CE VA Primary School Governing Body
Michaela Ellis - Chair of St Michael’s Governing Body
Rachael Deem - Parent Governor
I have three daughters, two attending St Michael’s in KS1 and KS2 and another at secondary school. I have been actively involved in the school PFA for the past 3 years and I am a member of St Michael’s Pre-School Committee.
Mr Nick Kiddle – Headteacher/Governor
Miss Kate Whelan - Staff Governor
The Reverend Jane Skinner – Ex-Officio
Member of Christian Ethos Group
I have lived in Dorset for 5 years and was a governor previously in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria at a Secondary School. Wherever I have moved to a different parish in Cumbria and then Swindon, I have been involved in visiting and receiving children and their families into the life of the church. My interest in education ranges from R.E., Art and craft, Drama and SEN. I have enjoyed further the opportunity of learning as an adult and completed an MA at Leeds related to Hospital Chaplaincy. I am passionate that everyone should be encouraged to look deep, high and wide, to be inspired and inspiring. As a committed Christian, I believe that through positive experiences, children will have the knowledge to make choices about faith.
I am married to Stephen who is Team Rector in the Golden Cap Team of which Lyme Regis is one of 13 churches. Some of my interests are walking, reading, art and silk painting, dancing and jazz.
Mr Mark Stratta - Foundation Governor
I am a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and also a member of the Christian Ethos Group. I was a primary school teacher for 30 years which included several as head of a Dorset primary school. I currently work for the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education in a role where I support headteachers and governing bodies. I am also a trained inspector of church schools. I have lived in Lyme Regis for 24 years and am married with two children who have now ‘flown the nest’.
Mrs Zoe Swan - Foundation Governor
I have lived in Lyme now for over eleven years and both my children have been or are still attending St Michaels Primary School. I made a slow start all those years ago at school but was privileged to have very good teaching and support which led to a career in physiotherapy and working with my husband in business. I am still learning! Despite my dislike of sitting on committees, I became a Foundation Governor and am hoping to contribute all I can to ensure the children enjoy and get the best from their education.
Mrs Betty Wood – Foundation Governor
I am a Foundation Governor with responsibility for SEN and a member of the staffing and curriculum committees. On leaving school I joined the RAF. Following a posting to New Delhi with my husband, where I worked in the Immigration and Passport Office at the High Commission we returned to England and moved to Dorset. While living in Broadmayne I ran a Brownie Pack, was treasurer for the PTFA and steward at my church. I was also a parish councillor and a District Councillor for WDDC for 9years.When both my children were in their teens I gained my B Ed from Southampton and Diploma in SEN from Exeter. I taught in Yeovil and was the SENCo at Ansford Community School in Castle Cary. In 1995 we moved to Lyme Regis and I retired in 1997. Soon afterwards Ibecame a governor at St Michael's. I worship at St Michael's and play a full part in the life of the church and school.
Mrs Daphne Baker – Foundation Governor
Mrs Jacqui Gannaway – Foundation Governor (Safeguarding)
Dr Simon Larkin – LA Governor
Mr David Edwards – Associate member
Ellie Doyle – Clerk to the Governors
I was appointed as Clerk to the Governors at St Michael’s in June 2014. I retired to Weymouth from North Yorkshire following ten years as the Headteacher’s PA (to 3 Headteacher’s), Office Manager and Clerk to Governors. Prior to this I spent 21 years in the pharmaceutical industry.
I enjoy walking my Labrador Molly who is known to like a swim and a keen Geocacher (a form of treasure hunting with a hand held GPS).