Meet the Governors
The Governing Body have an important and active role at Stoborough Primary School. We aim to ensure all children benefit from the best educational start; supporting and challenging the Headteacher to gain at least good outcomes for all pupils.
We actively monitor progress and attainment, in various aspects of the school and ensure the school budget is sent wisely.
It is a privilege to serve the school and its community.
Stoborough School Governors
Chair of the Governing Body ~
Vice Chair of the Governing Body ~
Foundation Governor ~ Giles Wade
Foundation Governor ~ Hilary Goodinge
Foundation Governor ~ Margaret Harris
Foundation Governor ~ Christopher Barnes
Foundation Governor ~ Christopher Hill
Authority Governor ~ Linda Northover
Parent Governor ~ Claire Hollard
Parent Governor ~ Miriam Abbott
Staff Governor ~ Beccy Spicer
Ex-Officio Governor ~ Canon Simon Everett
Headteacher ~ Deborah Heritage
For full information about the Stoborough School Governors please click the links below
Linda Northover ~ Authority Governor
I moved to Ridge from Berkshire in 2004 and am now enjoying an active retirement. For 17 yeas I was Headteacher of a primary school in Sandhurst, Berkshire. As my school also had a nursery class I have experience of the education system for children between 3 and 11 years. Between 2007 and 2009 I was involved in opening Children’s Centres across Poole, working closely with the Health, Education and Social Services. I have two children and three young grandchildren, who love coming to stay with granny to enjoy all that the Isle of Purbeck offers.
Clerk to the Governors
Karen Hall ~ Clerk to the Governors
Having grown up in Somerset throughout the whole of my child-hood, I moved to Dorset in 1994. I have been married to Andrew for 20 years and we have two children. Stoborough School will always have a special place in my heart because with the dedication of the teaching and support staff, it has given my two children the best possible start in their educational journey. I first became a parent at Stoborough School in 2006 when my eldest son started school – I will always remember the friendliness of the staff that put me at ease straight away. I became a parent volunteer in 2006 and I have continued to carry out this role on a regular basis. It was whilst I was helping in Reception that I decided to undertake a home study course to become a Teaching Assistant because I wanted to make a difference to the children’s education. I successfully passed this and became a fully qualified Teaching Assistant in June 2011. Whilst both my children are now at The Purbeck School I still have an active role within Stoborough School as Teaching Assistant in Year 1. I played an active part in the PTA when I became Secretary and Vice Chair in 2007. I then took over the role of Chair in 2009 and stood down in 2010 when I became Clerk to the Governors. My role as Clerk is to serve the whole of the Governing Body and to undertake administrative duties efficiently and effectively. I am a keen Short Mat bowler and have played for Dorset County for 20 years. I also enjoy making my own cards for special occasions.
Hilary Goodinge ~ Foundation Governor
Hilary Goodinge is married to Rick and lives in the heart of Wareham. She is a retired English Teacher and University Lecturer with over 40 years experience in Education, mostly in Dorset. Now recently retired. Hilary is keen to expend her energy and skills locally. Apart from being a Guardian and Guide for Lady St. Mary’s Church, she is a member of Wareham Choral Society, and a Friend of the Rex Cinema. Her 9 year old grandaughter also keeps her on her toes and she is very keen to become involved with Stoborough Primary School as a practising Christian and Governor. Hilary is also a Town and District Councillor. She is looking forward to meeting and getting to know parents and pupils and follow the school through future challenges.
Giles Wade ~ Foundation Governor
My wife and I moved to Wareham in 2008, after a few years in Poole; having both grown up on Mersea Island in Essex. I went away to sea as an apprentice deck officer after leaving school, and spent 11 years trading to all corners of the globe on cargo ships. Having obtained my Master’s certificate, I subsequently took a job with Condor Ferries in Poole, which prompted the move to Dorset.
I currently serve as Master of the high speed passenger and vehicle ferry from Poole to the Channel Islands and St. Malo. This allows me to continue the career I love, whilst also enjoying daily family life – something denied to most seafarers.
We have two girls at Stoborough School, and I am delighted to be appointed as a Foundation Governor, a position which will allow me to contribute and assist with this wonderful school.
Margaret Harris ~ Foundation Governor
I have been a member of Lady St Mary Church for the 40 years I have lived in Wareham and represent the PCC as a foundation Governor. As such I am interested in the Christian ethos of the school and how this impacts on the learning. Three of my granddaughters attend the school and I am a retired teacher and for many years worked in a middle school, so am familiar with KS2 and SATs. My particular responsibility is with the Personnel Committee and I have an interest in Maths and the way it is taught.
Christopher Barnes ~ Foundation Governor
Lizzie and I moved to Wareham in September 2015 with our two sons Ben and Tommy and we were delighted that they were able to follow in their mother’s footsteps by attending Stoborough. I have been teaching for ten years following time spent working in the ski travel industry.
I am currently Assistant Head of Milton Abbey School near Blandford, where I teach History, Enterprise and a variety of sports. I am keen to bring my knowledge of education and school operations to the governing body and to contribute in any way I can to this wonderful school.
Christopher Hill ~ Foundation Governor
Claire Hollard ~ Parent Governor
I have lived in Furzebrook for eleven years, after being born and living my early life in Wimborne. I lived in Southampton for many years whilst at University and afterwards, and after taking some time out to travel the world settled in Purbeck.
I have two boys at Stoborough School, who are enjoying their time here hugely. I work locally, managing Corfe Castle Pre-School, which enables me to drop off and collect my children most days.
I wanted to stand as Parent Governor to take an active role in supporting the school and to ensure that Parents have a voice in the running of the school, and was delighted to be appointed.
Miriam Abbott ~ Parent Governor
As a parent governor I am keen to work with children and staff to maintain Stoborough Primary School’s high academic standards and strong ethos, and to deepen its ‘eco’ and ‘healthy’ schools commitments.
I am very interested in the teaching of language; the natural sciences and humanities subjects, in particular helping children to understand ‘context’ in terms of both global and local history, culture and ecology.
I have over ten years’ experience as a sustainable development analyst and subsequently advisor working in the professional services sector, and I continue to work in this capacity on a part-time basis. Prior to this and between studies I have completed short-term posts teaching English abroad. I hold a first class BA (Hons) (Trinity Hall, Cambridge, 2006) and a TEFL certificate.
I am also close to the local area having grown up in Stoborough and attended Stoborough First, Wareham Middle and The Purbeck Schools.
Beccy Spicer ~ Staff Governor
I thoroughly enjoy teaching at Stoborough Primary, although it is not my first experience of this fantastic school as I was previously a pupil here a few decades ago! Teaching Early Years is a passion of mine and subsequently the majority of my teaching career has been teaching and leading the Foundation Stage. Being able to be part of a child’s journey through their first year of school is a real joy and privilege. When I am not teaching or thinking about teaching I love spending time with my family. My husband and I have two wonderful children and two beautiful Hungarian Vizslas, Bella and Martha. I enjoy running and try to run three times per week. Two years ago I achieved a life-long ambition and I ran the London Marathon. Apart from shopping (I would love to shop in New York one day) one of my other passions is baking, although I am nowhere near the standard of the contestants on the Great British Bake Off I enjoy making cakes and particularly relish making birthday cakes for my friends and family in a variety of different themes and shapes!