The Function of the Governing Body
The governing body is an essential part of the management of the school, bringing with it, as it does, a wide range of experience and interests from the world of work and the community. It is well supported by Dorset Governor Services, who provide information, guidance and regular training opportunities.
The Role of the Governing Body
The Board of Governors is responsible to parents and the community, served by the school. The school is managed by the Head teacher and senior leadership team, with the governing body acting as a critical friend, in helping to maintain and improve the standard of education provided by the school. This broadly concerns issues such as curriculum matters, finance and the use of buildings and facilities.
A particularly enjoyable role of the Governing Body is to make presentations at Founders' Day. An afternoon of celebration of the achievements of our younger year groups in the name of the Founders of Gillingham School. Click on the link below to see a list of all the various award winners this year.
Founders' Day Programme
The Governors also play an active role in presenting shields, trophies and prizes at our Annual Speech Day Awards. Speech Day is an afternoon of celebration for the achievements of our Upper School students and also, former students. Click below to see the list of all the award winners of the 2016-2017 academic year.
Speech Day Programme
Governors have no individual authority so if you would like to contact the Board of Governors, please do so via the School.
The Work Schedule for 2017
Governors' Work Schedule
Members of the Governing Body
Mr Patrick Andrews, Parent Governor
Mrs Maggie Ayre, Parent Governor
Mr Gordon Brown, Parent Governor
Mr Neil Demmar, Co-opted Governor, Vice Chairman of Governing Body
Mr Clive Drake, Foundation Governor
Mr Richard Harvey, Associate Governor
Mrs Su Hunt, Co-opted Governor
Mr Robin Hussey, Foundation Governor, Chairman of Governing Body
Mr Andrew Jenkins, Foundation Governor
Mr Mat Lake, Co-opted Governor
Mr Guy Lowton, Foundation Governor
Mr Paul Nicholson, Headteacher
Mr Gordon Raymond, Co-opted GovernoMrs Jane Rees, Co-opted Governor
Mrs Janet Robson, Local Authority Governor
Mr Tim Sharp, Co-opted Governor
Ms Emma Vallender, Staff Governor
Clerk to Governors: Mrs Pam Henderson
Composition of the Governing Body