King's Somborne C of E Primary School

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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors' section.

Our Governors

What do Governors do?


The Governing Body of a school is responsible for ensuring that pupils receive high quality education and that the conduct of the school reflects this aim. Governors work as a team with the Head Teacher on the strategic planning and management of the school. This involves providing a strategic, rather than operational, view, acting as a critical friend and ensuring accountability. The Governing Body agrees goals and targets for improvement and monitors progress against them. An individual governor has a responsibility, working alongside other members of the Governing Body, to the staff and pupils of the school, the church and the school’s wider community. They are a link between the school and the wider world.


Some of the tasks involved in being a governor are shown below:


  • Getting to know the school: its needs, strengths and areas for development

  • Attending meetings (Full Governing Body and Committees)

  • Working as a member of a team

  • Speaking, acting and voting in the best interests of the school

  • Representing the perspectives of parents / community / church where appropriate

  • Respecting all Governing Body decisions and supporting them in public

  • Acting within the framework of the policies of the school, the Governing Body and legal requirements

  • Committing to training and development opportunities


Our Governing Body and Terms of Office

The governing body was reconstituted on 1 Jul 2015 to reflect the changes in constitution of governing bodies that were introduced in the school governance regulations 2012.



The Full Governing Body of Kings Somborne CE School meets on a regular basis throughout the academic year. There are ten meetings each year; usually 3 or 4 per term.



The minutes of the meetings are public documents and can be obtained from the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs Catherine Cartwright, or from the school office.


Please note: Minutes of meetings cannot be published until they have been approved and signed at the next meeting of the full governing body.


Current Governors


Type of Governor

Term of Office Ends

Paul O'Brien

Head Teacher


Gemma FleetwoodTeacher 

Tom Horrell

Chair of Governors

Philip CarrFoundation08/02/2025
Timothy WatersFoundation29/03/2025

Michelle MacBean



Jane Thompson



Andrew Robinson



Claire HodgeParent31/08/2023
Steve HughesParent27/01/2026
Tom DynesParent27/01/2026
Julia WattersParent27/01/2026