King's Somborne C of E Primary School

Love - Trust - Hope - Joy

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 five or six meetings each year; usually two per term.



In between these meetings there are three committees which meet to discuss and debate issues concerning the school in greater depth.

These committees are:

SIC - School improvement committee (covers performance, standards and special educational  needs)

SOC - School Operational Committee(covers personnel, finances, Safeguarding and Health and Safety)



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


Patrick Cheyne



Catherine CartwrightClerk 

Brian Gravenor

Chair of Governors

Local Authority21/10/2021
Richard BurninghamFoundation30/04/2023
Philip CarrFoundation08/02/2025
Timothy WatersFoundation29/03/2025

Richard Masters

Vice Chair


Michelle MacBean



Joyce Richardson



Andrew Robinson



Claire HodgeParent31/08/2023
Tom HorrellParent31/10/2023