St. Catherine's Local Governing Body 2017/2018

We are delighted to welcome you to St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School.

We take great pride in our School and its children. The School teachers, staff and governors work hard to make sure that the School is a place for our children to learn, build friendships and be safe.


The Local Governing body is responsible for the strategic management of the school and will make decisions about a wide range of issues.

ALL governors are responsible for the 3 core functions which are:

      - To help set the strategic direction of the school.

      - To hold the Head Teacher to account for the performance of pupils.

      - To ensure financial probity and prudent use of public money.

As governors, we support the Senior Leadership Team in the strategic direction of the school and meet at least once a term. Part of our role is to challenge and support the Leadership Team and all staff to maintain high standards of teaching and learning at all times.

In addition, governors are involved in planning for the long term future of the school, including buildings and facilities.  Governors have specific roles within the governing body to support specific curriculum areas and have links to each class - see Governor Links to Curricular Subjects 2017/18.  A full training programme is provided for all governors.

Parent views

We encourage all parents to complete the annual parent questionnaires in order that the school can evaluate its effectiveness and put plans in place to continually improve. You are welcome to visit the website hosted by OFSTED that allows parents to upload their views about the school. The website address is:

Minutes of the Local Governing Body

Once approved by the Governing Body, minutes of their meetings are available on this website - see below: 

The minutes can also be viewed at the school - contact the admin team and a copy will be ready for you when you arrive.

LGB Minutes 2018/19

9th May 2018

15th March 2018 

LGB Minutes 2017/18

29th November 2017 

27th September 2017 

19th July 2017

23rd May 2017

26th April 2017

9th February 2017


Teaching & Learning Committee Minutes 2017/18

13th June 2018 

3rd May 2018 

21st November 2017 

13th September 2017


LGB Minutes 2016/17

23rd November 2016

28th September 2016


Dates of meetings For the Autumn Term:

LGB - to be confirmed

T&L - to be confirmed


 Chair - Chris Addis

              c/o St Catherines Primary School

              Pymore Road



              DT6 3TR



The Governing Body has no vacancies at present.  To register your interest in future vacancies please contact the Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Clerk on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All Governors are bound by a Code of Conduct which sets out the expectations and commitment required from school governos in order for the governing body to properly carry out its work.  See NGA Governor Code of Conduct 


Chris Addis -  Chair, Link Governor for Finance and Health and Safety

Chris is an experienced business man and has managed his own company for over 20 years, he brings with him a wealth of commercial and financial experience from the private sector. He has previous experience as a school governor in Hampshire. He joined St Catherine's Governing Body in July 2016 and became Chair in February 2017. 

Judy West - Vice Chair, Link Governor for English

Judy has spent her career in Education.  She taught English abroad and spent more than twenty years training teachers and writing teaching material.  She has been a governor since March 2015 and was elected Vice Chair in February 2017, she is also Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee.  Judy has two grandchildren at St Catherine’s.

Lynsey Maunder - Parent Governor

Lynsey is a parent who takes an active interest in her daughter’s education and is a regular visitor to the school. She is an active member of the PTFA and believes that it is a natural progression to become involved in a more formal way and sees the opportunity to become a Parent Governor as a perfect way of doing this. Through this route Lynsey hopes to represent the interests of parents as a whole and will ensure that the Governing body remains focused on its core strategic objectives of providing the best possible education for our children.

Canon Richard Meyer - Co-opted Governor 

Canon Richard Meyer has been the priest of Bridport Catholic Parish since 2010, before which he was for many years the resident Priest Chaplain of Leweston School near Sherborne.  He is a qualified teacher and has been involved in the governorship of various schools since 1977.  A widower, he has two children and five grandchildren.


Georgina Coombs - Foundation Governor

Georgina was a professional actress for many years and now teaches drama in and around West Dorset. She is passionate about trying to help children of all abilities to communicate better. She has been a Foundation Governor for just over a year and is the Link Governor for Religious Education and is a member of the Catholic Community Group.

Sarah Betts -  Foundation Governor

Sarah is a full-time mum with 2 girls and a parent at the school between 2010 - 2016. Sarah worked at St Catherine’s as a Lunchtime Supervisor, a reading assistant, ran a Cookery After School Club and was a PTFA member and Treasurer 2013-2016. She has been a Foundation Governor since 2015 and is the link governor for Safeguarding.

Siobhan Dinsmore - Elected Parent Governor

Siobhan was elected Parent Governor in November 2015. She has two daughters at St Catherine’s. Siobhan is a teacher, currently working as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator at Beaminster School. Previously, Siobhan taught in secondary education in London and moved to Dorset in January 2015.  Siobhan is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and is the link Governor for SEND and Pupil Premium.  She has supported the school by being a governor and being part of the various working groups that the governing body form from time to time.  Siobhan is passionate about education and is keen to give something back to the community.

Frances Guppy - Headteacher

Frances began her teaching career in London and then moved to Dorset. She has been a class teacher in both primary and in secondary schools both in Dorset and in London. As a mother of four children she worked part-time for Dorset County Council as an advisory teacher for pupils with specific learning difficulties. On returning to full time employment Frances led a specialist provision for children with additional needs in Dorset. She also carried out 'acting head' roles in schools, before becoming the permanent head at St Catherine’s in 2010.  Frances led professional development for teachers within Dorset and at the Institute of Education in London.  

Lydia Blake - Staff Governor

Lydia is the Assistant Headteacher and also a parent at St Catherine’s school.  She graduated from Aberdeen with a Bachelor of Education and has been at the school since 2002. Lydia is currently the part time class teacher in Reception, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Medical Officer. She has also taught across both key stages and has previously had co-ordinator roles for Literacy, Physical Education and ICT. 


Barry Irvine - Local Authority Governor

Barry's profile is pending. 


Martin Hazell - Foundation Governor (pending)

Martin's profile is pending. 


Chrystine Riley - Foundation Governor

Chrystine's profile is pending. 


Catherine Spelman - Foundation Governor

Catherine is a retired Local Authority administrator having worked in Occupational Health and Adult Education. She has 5 children and 4 grandchildren and worked as a classroom assistant and midday supervisor when her children were in primary education. Catherine has consistently volunteered in classrooms helping with reading, cooking, playing games, after school clubs and wherever help was required. Catherine is passionate about education and equal opportunities for all children. She is a parishioner of St Catherine’s, Bridport. 



Michael McGinty - Foundation Governor

Michael's profile is pending. 

Tan Cox -  Clerk to the Governors

Recently retired from the public sector, Tan served as a corporate risk manager to the MOD and prior to this as Head of Internal Audit at a Devon local authority. Tan is professionally qualified in risk management and internal audit with supplementary qualifications in Prince2 Project Management and ISO9001 Quality Auditing. Post retirement Tan has been Clerk to two CAST schools; she was appointed as Clerk to St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Axminster in March 2016 and Clerk to St Catherine’s in October 2016.


Record of Attendance / Changes


Governor Information

Plymouth CAST Scheme of Delegation 

Scheme of Delegation - Appendix 1

Scheme of Delegation - Appendix 2