The Governance Board of Holy Trinity Primary School and Community Nursery endorses the school’s values of Respect, Faith, Harmony and Lifelong Learning. The Board adheres to the Nolan Principles which recommend standards of conduct in various areas of public life, including school governorship. The Principles support the values of Respect and Harmony and are incorporated into our Code of Conduct which is reviewed annually. Every Governor fully abides by the terms of our Code of Conduct. Our Committees focus on specialised areas such as Teaching & Learning, Finance & Personnel or Foundation which give us the opportunity to ensure that the values of Lifelong Learning and Faith are similarly supported.
In May 2016 our Governance Board was externally audited by the National Governance Association. A copy of their report is available to read here . The recommendations made in the report to improve have been implemented already to ensure further transparency and accountability to our community.
In October 2017 our Governance Board was awarded Governor Mark accreditation. The award is recognised by both the Department of Education and the National Governors Association. Governor Mark is a quality standard for school governance boards in England. It was developed in 2006. The process of accreditation involves assessment against a detailed framework covering all aspects of the responsibilities of school governance. Achievement of the award has a validity of three years, after which reassessment will be required, and allows the school to display the GLM (governance, leadership and management) Governor Mark logo.
The Governor Mark assessor focused on the impact that our Governance Board has had on the pupil outcomes through a paper trail and interview process. The advantage of having completed the Governor Mark accreditation process is the insight that it has given us as to what we do well, what we need to improve and what a completely impartial external adviser concludes having carried out a thorough audit. In the last year, only 30 governance boards received the Governor Mark accreditation, with ours being the only governance board in Dorset accredited.
The role of a school governor is one that is constantly evolving, and we continue to develop our skills with training from the Local Authority, the Diocese of Salisbury and other external providers. A slide show entitled “The Role of the Governance Board” is available for viewing here.
The Governance Board focuses primarily on strategic issues rather than operational matters. Our strategic aims are set out here. Again, these aims are reviewed annually to ensure that we strive to achieve what is in the best interests of our school.
The Governance Board was reconstituted in 2014 and now consists of 14 members, each of whom is highly dedicated. Our Governors bring to the meetings a wide range of experience and expertise, which is set out in more detail within their personal profiles below.
If you wish to know more about our School and Governance Board please get in touch with Natalie Green, Clerk to the Governors, or Helen Keedy, Chair of Governors, through the school’s email –
Helen Keedy: Chair of Governors
I am serving my fifth year as Chair of Governors, my term expiring in 2020. I have completed the Chair’s Development Programme in order to ensure that the school benefits from best practice. My career was corporate law and finance so combined with a previous school governorship, I am able to offer a considerable range of relevant experience.
My son is currently in KS2. I am a member of all the sub-committees.
My motivation to support the school is to ensure that every child has the best life opportunities through receiving the greatest educational start possible. An outstanding primary school education is the most valuable gift any child can receive; my goal is to support our school in delivering the greatest educational start to all our pupils.
Ellen Zapiec: Community Governor & Joint Vice Chair
I am a co-opted governor for Holy Trinity Primary School. I am now in my second term of office which runs from Sept 2014 – 18. I have worked in education for forty years and retired as a head teacher of a Special School. Clearly I am interested in Special Educational Needs so I am especially pleased to be responsible for SEND as a governor. I am committed to helping the school progress its work in raising standards for all children. I am the Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee, and a member of the Finance & Personnel and Headteacher Performance Management committees. Out of school, I really enjoy walking in this beautiful part of the country, meeting friends and reading.
I am an elected Parent Governor appointed by the school. My term of office runs until October 2019.
I have two daughters and a son who attend Holy Trinity Primary School in years 3, 1 and Reception. I’ve lived and worked in Weymouth for 12 years, during which time I’ve married and fathered my three children. My background is in Software Engineering and currently hold a position as a System Designer. My interests include sports, information technology and the outdoors.
I am a member of the Teaching and Learning committee and Sports funding Governor.
Fiona Daykin: Headteacher
As Headteacher I hold an ex-officio position on the Governance Board and I serve on all the Governance Board Committees, as well as attending Full Governance Board meetings and working parties. I have the responsibility of providing the Governance Board with the school information that they require in order to inform their decision making. I have been a Governor for 9 years, in two different schools. I have been in education for 30 years, and have fulfilled a range of roles during that time, including being a Headteacher, School Improvement Consultant and Borough Moderator.
I have the best interests of our children and their families at the heart of everything that I do, and I am passionate about raising aspirations, expectations and ambitions. My aim is to provide the children and families of Holy Trinity with the highest quality of education, within the context of the schools’ values of Respect, Harmony, Faith and Lifelong Learning.
Kim Newstead: Foundation Governor
My name is Kim Newstead and I am your new Foundation Governor. Many of you may know me as the Manager of The Swan Public House in Weymouth and I have been fortunate enough to have been part of Weymouth’s community for the past 16 years.
I have three children, two of whom attended Holy Trinity School for their primary education. I was also a dedicated member of the Friends for many years. I was extremely proud to have made such a positive contribution to Holy Trinity School with the installation of the outside play equipment and the garden. I am quite gifted when it comes to fund raising and my BA Honours in Business has been essential in achieving this.
I am an active member of Holy Trinity Church and feel the Christian values and ethos my boys received from Holy Trinity School have also been invaluable. As a Foundation Governor my hope is that this teaching continues and that the links between the school and Holy Trinity Church remain strong. I am a Foundation Governor at All Saints Church of England School and part of the Finance and Health and Safety Committees.
I feel that Holy Trinity School is growing from strength to strength and I am really looking forward to becoming part of a Governing Body that will work together to make a difference to both the school and the community.
Dr Lawrence Weston: Parent Governor
This is my first time as a parent governor and I’m keen to learn and support Holy Trinity School in whatever way I can. I have a varied experience of teaching and education having previously taught in further and higher education, as well as undergoing extended learning myself. I now work for a NGO in the environmental/forestry sector while also running my own independent business. I have lived in Weymouth for 7 years and have two children one of which has now started Holy Trinity. I’m a member of the Finance and Personnel Committee and hope to be able to support this through my experience of financial and business management. My term expires in 2021.
James Baker: Parent Governor
I am proud to take on the role of parent school Governor at Holy Trinity Primary School. I work within education at Wyvern Academy, a local SEN school. I have a particular interest in children who have special educational needs but my job has also enabled me to gain a sound understanding of the issues faced by every school in attempting to provide the best possible education and opportunities for all the children in their care; this is something I feel passionate about.
I have a son who has recently started in Reception and two step-daughters, one of whom is in KS2 and receiving the best possible support from the school and the older sister who, having attended Holy Trinity, has progressed successfully to All Saints School.
As a parent and someone who has experience of delivering education, I hope to bring knowledge, energy, understanding and a balanced view to the parent governor role.
It is important to me that all children, parents and carers are given the opportunity to be involved and have their voices heard. I’m excited to be part of a genuinely strong and dynamic governing body.
In my spare time I enjoy gardening, playing and watching football, reading, film, time with my family and friends and performing live as a solo musician.
Hadyn Beazer: Parent Governor
This is my first time as a parent school governor. I have been impressed by the changes and improvements introduced by the Board of Governors and the School Leadership Team. We moved to Dorset from London in 2014, and have one son at Holy Trinity, and another who will join him soon.
I am a chartered accountant, and so will look to use my business background to strengthen the Board of Governors, and ensure the School Leadership Team achieves its educational goals.
My interests are sport (rugby and golf), gardening, and walking in this lovely county of Dorset!
My term expires in 2022.
Mark Sandercock – Local Authority Governor
I have worked within the local authority as part of the school improvement service from 2004 – 2016. Prior to this time, I was headteacher of two First schools in east Dorset, both of which were judged to be ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
My role within the local authority covered numerous duties; supporting schools pre and post Ofsted inspections, working with leaders and governors in schools causing concern and also providing challenge and support as a School Evaluation Partner. In addition, for some time I was responsible for the overall quality of Early Years provision across Dorset, in both the private and maintained sector. My final two years with the LA was in the role of Principal advisor responsible for school improvement across all phases of education as well as responsibility for the moderation programme at Early Years, Key Stages 1 and 2.
Currently I work with a number of schools in my capacity as an independent education advisor. I am a member of the Church of England, am confirmed and served for some time as Church Warden at St Nicholas and St Laurence Church.
I have previously worked with the Governors of Holy Trinity Primary School when I was employed by the local authority. I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue to help support the school and have joined the Teaching & Learning Committee. My term expires in 2021.
Chris Brook: Co-opted Governor
I am a co-opted Governor and look forward to making a contribution to the management of the school and delivering the potential that is in every child. My younger son attends Holy Trinity and my elder son is in the Royal Marines.
I have lived and worked in Weymouth for 40 years. My background is in science and engineering moving to roles in business and staff management. My job in sales involves travelling worldwide to meet customers which give me a good perspective on different cultures. I hope to augment my colleagues in the Governing team who have much more experience in education. My interests are sport, military history, my allotment and playing guitar in a local band.
Martin Godfrey: Deputy Head teacher, Co-opted Governor
I am Holy Trinity Primary school’s Deputy Headteacher. As part of my current role in school, I attend all Teaching and Learning committee meetings and in my role as a Co-opted Governor I am proud to represent the school on the Finance and Premises committee as well as at FGB meetings.
In my previous post, I served as a Governor and sat on a range of the committees. I have been a teacher in a number of schools for over 20 years now, and have undertaken a wide range of differing roles and responsibilities during that time. My term as Governor expires in 2022.
On a personal level, I am dedicated to improving opportunities for all of the children in our care. I am passionate about each and every child meeting their own personal goals and aspirations and I strive to achieve this each day.
The Reverend Canon Andrew Gough: Ex Officio Foundation Governor
Soon after leaving school, university and theological seminary I became a priest in the Church. I have been a priest all my working life and have worked in East Sussex, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Devon and Cornwall. I also have qualifications as a pastoral counsellor working over the years with adults suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. I was appointed a Canon of Truro cathedral in recognition of my exceptional work for the church’s links overseas. I have significant experience as a school governor and have been a Chair of governors in several schools over the years. As Vicar of Holy Trinity church Weymouth I serve as the ex officio foundation governor on the school’s governance board and as a Trustee of the school Trust Deed I am keen to continue to build bridges with the school and church and ensure that all our children are given the opportunity to learn and flourish in an educational environment which has a strong Christian ethos.