The Governors of St Andrew’s play an active part in the life of the school. By way of an introduction to the current Governing Body we would like you to know who we are and to read a little bit about us. We hope the following will be interesting and informative and help to make us a visible and recognisable presence around the school. The Chair and Mrs Simpson hold weekly meetings at school and the Trust supports each school’s LGB with regular briefings and training.
Julie Simpson, Headteacher. Appointed April 2018
Simon Jones, Chair of the LGB, Foundation Governor. Term Oct 2017-Oct 2021 responsible for School Improvement and SAST Liaison
I have been a foundation governor at St Andrew’s since 2012 and have also served on the Yetminster PCC. I have lived in the village with my wife since 2004 and our youngest attends St Andrew’s while our eldest is a pupil at The Gryphon School. I am a radiographer working in Dorset County Hospital running the scanning service. I have extensive post graduate qualifications in this field and in management. I enjoy sports of all types and sing in a choir. The school has an excellent opportunity to grow in stature with the support of SAST. Everyone involved with the school work hard to ensure this happens.
Georgina Duits, Parent Governor. Term Nov 2019-Nov 2023 responsible for Mental Health and Wellbeing and Languages
After completing my Masters at the Courtauld Institute and a long career in London, Europe & the US working at various art institutions, I moved to Dorset 8 years ago. I have two children at St Andrews and have experienced the caring, friendly atmosphere and dedication to teaching. I am passionate about the school and the wider community. I have been a governor since 2015 and enjoy working with the Governors and St Andrews’ staff in our aim to develop and improve St Andrew’s School.
Steve Crumpler, Appointed Governor, SIG. Term Nov 2016-Nov 2020 responsible for SENDi
I was a headteacher in Dorset for 27 years. I also trained as an OFSTED inspector and School Improvement Partner. I now work part time, supporting schools in Somerset and Dorset. I have always found it a huge privilege to be involved in education and I am very pleased to be part of St Andrew’s school again, where two of our children were pupils. I live in Chetnole with Anne, who is also a primary school headteacher. My spare time is often spent in my garden, walking the dog or sometimes acting and making scenery for local amateur dramatic groups.
Claire Bowman, Parent Governor. Term Jan 2018-Jan 2022 responsible for English
After a career spanning 20 years as a journalist on national newspapers and magazines, including The Times and Marie Claire, I returned to Dorset in 2010 with my husband, David, and young daughter Flora, a pupil at St Andrew’s School. I have since made the move into PR and brand consultancy, working with clients across a variety of fields, from education and food to fashion and beauty. I hope to be able to bring my experience in editorial, marketing and PR to my role as parent governor.
Maryann Parkinson, Parent and Safeguarding Governor. Term Nov 2019-Nov 2023 I live in Holnest and have 3 children, one of which attends St Andrew’s and the older two at The Gryphon School in Sherborne. I work alongside my husband in our Steel Fabrications business where I manage the accounting and day to day business management. I enjoy working alongside the school as part of the local governing body.
Russell Jepson, Parent Governor. Term Jan 2018-Jan 2022 responsible for Pupil Premium, Sports Premium and IT
I live in Leigh with my wife Julia and our two children. Our youngest started at St Andrew’s in Sept 2016. Originally from the North East of England, I moved south to study Medical Electronics. I then worked in a number of London teaching hospitals before eventually moving to Poole Hospital. In 1995 I set up a business designing automated speech test systems used for screening children’s hearing. I am very much looking forward to working with the staff and other governors to make St Andrew’s a school we can all be proud of.
Richard Taylor, Vice-Chair, Appointed Governor. Term Jan 2018-Jan 2022 responsible for maths and science
I believe an education is one of the most important things we can give to our children. So, I feel very privileged to be working with St. Andrew’s School as they provide the foundations of this education for our children. Personally, I have over ten years of experience working in Education as a Secondary School Science teacher. I also conduct research into learning and science education with the Department of Education at the University of Oxford.
Rev George Moody, Foundation Governor. Term April 2019-April 2023 responsible for Christian Distinctiveness
I am the Team Vicar in the Three Valleys Benefice. I live in Yetminster with my wife Alison. We are a family of six, with our eldest two at university, one at the Gryphon and one at Yewstock School. Before coming here I was a secondary school teacher for 25 years specialising in Philosophy and Religious Studies so I will have a focus on that area of teaching and on SIAMS. I cycle to stay fit and enjoy exploring the hills and byways of Dorset. I was once a keen sailor and now occasionally get to windsurf on the Dorset coast at Portland.
Adrian Whittlesea , Foundation Governor. Term Nov 2018-Nov2022 My wife Anne and I moved to Thornford in the summer. We have two grandchildren at St. Andrew’s. I have a background as a professional artist and art teacher, and in 2017 my daughter Amy Mitchell and I opened the Art & Music Cabin at St. Andrew’s and started art and music after school clubs. Having such direct and personal involvement in the school it was a natural step to apply to become a governor. I was appointed a Foundation Governor in December 2018 and it will be a challenge and a privilege to work with the other governors, Julie Simpson, and all the staff, contributing what I can towards the Christian ethos, the art, and general development of the school.
Alison Sparks, Staff Governor. Term April 2019 – April 2023
Moira Lyons-Montgomery, administration support to the Governing Body
If you wish to view LGB Minutes or contact a Governor please email Moira Lyons-Montgomery via the school office.