Governors

Governors

The Governing Body oversees the work of the School and ensures that the School provides a good quality education for its pupils.  The Governors work in partnership with the Headteacher and other staff and are involved in such matters as:

  • Setting the School’s aims and policies;
  • Improving standards of teaching and achievement;
  • Setting the School’s budget plan and monitoring expenditure;
  • Interviewing and appointing staff;
  • Acting as a link between the Local Authority and the School;
  • Drawing up an action plan after an inspection and monitoring the success of the plan.

The Governing Body consists of one Local Authority Governor, two Parent Governors, one Staff Governor, the Head Teacher and eleven co-opted Governors who are elected for a four year term of office.  The Governing Body meets twice a term as does the ancillary committees: Resources Committee (Formerly Finance & Staffing and Premises, Pupil Welfare and Curriculum Committee. The Governors regularly visit the School and observe the work that is being carried out by the staff.

Copies of minutes of Full Governing Board meetings are available from the clerk on request

The Governing Body

Helen Farmer

Helen Farmer

Chair of Governors

I have worked in the education sector for most of my life with the last 20 years in Bridport. During this time I have benefited from meeting so many wonderful families and enjoyed watching their children flourish despite challenging circumstances. My husband and I have fostered for over 25 years brought up three children of our own and are now enjoying retirement and grandchildren.

Gill Howard

Gill Howard

Headteacher, ex-officio Governor

After a long career in special educational needs, I have ended up leading this exceptional school, Mountjoy, and I feel very privileged to do so. I strongly believe that education is not just about Maths and English. It is about being in a good state to develop skills and find talents. It is about learning to communicate for a range of purposes. It is about carving out your place in society. It is about becoming proud to be yourself.
I work for the good of the individual, the community and wider society alongside a great team of teaching and support staff and a strong board of Governors, who are all equally passionate about our mission.

Siobhan Freer

Siobhan Freer

Clerk to the Governors

I am delighted to have been appointed as the Clerk to Governors at Mountjoy School and with over 6 years as a Clerical Officer, I hope that my knowledge and enthusiasm will assist the incredible team of Governors we have.
My primary role is to organise and support the Governors, so that they can take the important decisions needed to secure the best outcome for our school community.
Should you be interested in finding out more about the governing board or have a query about one of the documents listed, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Rebecca Knox

Rebecca Knox

Local Authority Governor

School governing bodies are incredibly important and play a key role in ensuring the level of education, health and wellbeing of all pupils lies at the heart of a school. For staff the Governing Body provides that extra independent check and challenge and when all comes together, the school performs to an excellent standard for all. I live in Beaminster and have been involved with Mountjoy since the first plans emerged for its move to the Beaminster site. It flourishes and grows and is a school for the local community, its pupils and their families and staff to be proud of. Thank you for electing me as a Governor, it is an incredibly rewarding role.

Janice Pavitt

Janice Pavitt

Vice Chair

A little about my background. I retired, in 2007, from a very long career as a nurse, from staffing to Senior Nursing (modern matron), when I moved from Wanstead in East London to Beaminster. I trained as a nurse in a London Hospital and worked for a while as a staff nurse on a medical and care of the elderly wards. I then moved to Manchester to undertake Midwifery and went on the become a Health Visitor. I worked mainly in Cheshire and East London. For many years I worked as a Health Visitor with a case load that was 100% Asian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani and then moved back to hospitals where I worked in Gynaecology, Contraceptive and paediatric services. I gained a Master’s degree at Kings College, London in Child Studies which helped me to establish a Child Protection Nursing post in the hospital in response to the Laming Report on the death of Victoria Climbie. I became more interested in this aspect of my work and eventually I left to become a Designated Nurse for Child Protection in a London Borough where work was often very distressing and extremely busy. During the 1970’s I lived with my husband and 3 children in both Singapore and Kuwait for several years where I learned to love the Chinese food and culture, although did not enjoy the restrictions placed on women in the Arab countries. On my return to the UK I became a Magistrate where I served on the Adult, Juvenile and Family Panels. I Chaired my local court family Panel for 5 years during the massive changes to the 1989 Children Act and when the local London Family Panels joined to become to Greater London Family Panel I became a Vice Chair of this organisation. This was rewarding work but could also be very distressing at times. I love living in Beaminster and feel I am lucky to have found such a beautiful place in which to spend my retirement. I want to be able to give back something useful to this community and feel that some of the skills learned during my career may be of assistance in being a governor at Mountjoy School.

Carrie Shead-Jones

Carrie Shead-Jones

Staff Governor

Awaiting Information

Liz Fraser

Liz Fraser

Co-opted Governor

My husband and I moved from Essex to Mosterton in 2007. We are both architects, specialising in the education sector, and my particular interest and specialism within that was in Special Need. I started my career at the then Department of Education and Science in the Architects and Building Branch. I was involved there in the research on Special Design which led to the publication of the first Building Bulletin on Designing for Pupils with SEN and the development of area standards which still form the basis of school design today. I later worked as a Local Authority Architect in Essex, involved in the development of units attached to mainstream schools for children with autism, visual impairment and hearing impairment and was a long standing Parent and then co-opted Governor of a large stand-alone Nursery School with a unit for pupils with speech and language difficulties. Later in my career my husband and I headed the Education Division of a medium sized architectural practise, and I became an education design adviser to a number of local authorities, to schools, to building consortia and to other firms of architects on the design of nursery, primary and secondary schools. I was appointed by Lambeth Council to advise on the briefing and the design of the Michael Tippett Special School, a secondary school for pupils with special needs, which won a number of awards. I also became an OFSTED Lay Inspector. I have been a non-executive Director of a General Hospital, and was an NHS Design Reviewer. Since moving here I joined the Board of the Acorn Multi Academy Trust for 18 months. We have 6 lively grandchildren who love coming to Dorset, but I certainly found helping with home schooling very challenging during the various lockdowns. We have 3 hens and a large garden. I enjoy walking, reading, knitting, house and garden visiting and the friends we have made here in West Dorset.

Jane Biglin

Mountjoy School is a school I very much believe in – it feels like a great family of wonderful staff, Governors, children and families. By offering my services as a Governor I hope that I may contribute in a very small way to the future success of the school and the excellent provision it makes for children and young people with very individual needs in their education.
My background was, for many years working in the travel industry with an emphasis on developing travel for people with disabilities. But travel around the world did not work well with having my two daughters so that I started working as a note taker for sight and hearing impaired post 16 students. I loved the work and so ended up taking a Postgraduate Diploma in Education for the Hearing Impaired. This enabled me, as a non-qualified teacher, to practice as a Post 16 only Teacher of the Deaf. Having worked with deafblind students I moved into family support work with two different charities working with specific genetic syndromes. As well as causing dual sensory impairment the syndromes involved complex medical needs and varying levels of learning disability. Supporting the families was a privilege which I so enjoyed and so, on retiring, I became a Trustee for Alström Syndrome UK. I moved to Beaminster last year and in my ‘retirement’ I enjoy gardening, dog walking, dance, singing and my voluntary work with Beaminster Community Fridge

 

Jeanette Benton

Jeanette Benton

 

 

Jamie Scott

Jamie Scott

I retired to Bridport in 2023 from North London where I helped raise my 3 children. My working background is in the private sector where I held senior IT management positions and then spent several years in management consultancy.
I am Chair of Trustees at a secondary Academy in north London and have been on their governing body for around 15 years.
I enjoy all the various things that this area has to offer. I take part in various sports both spectating and participating, and have my garden to keep on top of.

 

Governor Documents

Governor Documents

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Code of Conduct for School Governing Board Nov 23.pdfViewDownload
Governor School Visits Policy Nov 23.pdfViewDownload
Governor Committee February 2024.pdfViewDownload
Link Governors- February 2024.pdfViewDownload
Terms of office dates Feb 2024.pdfViewDownload
Attendance Register 2022-2023.pdfViewDownload
Governors register of Business Interests Nov 2022.pdfViewDownload
Governor Allowances policy December 2022.pdfViewDownload
Governing Board Standing Orders October 2022.pdfViewDownload
Attendance register 2021 2022.pdfViewDownload