St Mary’s CE VC First School
Charminster, Dorchester

Governing Body Structure

All maintained school Governing Boards must be constituted under the 2012 Constitution Regulations. These regulations provide that the minimum size of a Board of Governors is seven members and include within this:  

  • At least two Parent Governors, elected where possible by parents
  • The Headteacher
  • One elected Staff Governor
  • One Local Authority Governor, nominated by the LA
  • Where appropriate, Foundation Governors who are appointed by the Diocese

  At St Mary’s our Governing Body is made up of 12 Governors. The Instrument of Government came into effect 7th July 2015.   Our Chair of Governor’s is Lyn Paine.

  • Two Parent Governors –   Ez Lucas and Andy Branch
  • One Local Authority Governor – Current Vacancy
  • One Headteacher – Mick Homer
  • One Staff Governor – Josh Holt
  • Two Foundation Governors – Rev Leila Mather (Ex-Officio), Rev Pene Kennedy
  • Four Co-opted Governors – Lyn Paine, Jackie Dunford, Mike McMahon and Louisa Swabey-Payne

  We also have appointed Associate Members –  Lisa Thornicroft.

The term of office for each Governor is four years. The Diocesan of Salisbury is responsible for appointing Foundation Governors. The vicar at St Mary the Virgin, Charminster shall be a Foundation Governor (Ex-Officio).