Our Governing Body
The School Governors at St. Mark’s CE Primary School are parent, staff, local authority and foundation (Church) representatives who are very interested and enthusiastic about the well-being of our school and our pupils and staff.
The Governors meet regularly and oversee the leadership and management of the school, providing expertise, critical friendship and a great deal of support to the school. Their chief concern is to ensure a high quality education for the pupils of St. Mark’s and that the school complies with initiatives and legislation such as the Freedom of Information Act.
Our Governors at St. Mark’s are extremely approachable and welcome opportunities to share information about their business and to discuss school matters.
Chairperson & Foundation:
Mrs. M. Marchant
I have been a foundation governor at St. Mark’s School since January 1995 during which time both my children have attended the school. Since September 2007, Chair of Governors. I was extremely proud and honoured to have been nominated by the school and church community to carry the Olympic flame on 12th July 2012.
I originally trained and worked as a Catering Manager, then spent some time as a secretary, a full-time Mum before re-training as a pre-school practitioner and have worked part-time for the past 9 years at St. Mark’s Little Birds pre-school. I run a Toddler Group which meets on a Wednesday morning in St. Mark’s Church, the church Junior Choir and help to organise our All Age Worship services as well as being involved in other aspects of the life and worship of St. Mark’s church.
Mr D. Hounsell – Vice-chair of Governors
I became a foundation governor at St. Mark’s in autumn 2015, since when it has been a privilege and a joy to get much better acquainted with the life and work of the School, its staff and its pupils. Throughout my career I’ve been involved in learning and teaching at university level, and while there are all sort of parallels that can be drawn with how schools go about their work, I’ve had a great deal to learn (and to go on learning) about primary education and its great achievements and challenges.
In my teens, I was a pupil at Poole Grammar School (though I’m no fan of the 11-plus), and moved back to Dorset three years ago, after 25 years in Edinburgh, where my sons still live, along with our two grandchildren aged 6 and 9. In Swanage, I’m involved with Rotary, The Wave Children’s and Youth Ministry, the new Volunteer Bureau, and the Saturn Education Trust. I still do talks from time in in other universities, including Bournemouth; play golf (with lots of enthusiasm and little skill); and love walking the coasts and hills of Purbeck.
Mrs. M. Hardy
I am finding it a great privilege to be a member of the Governing body of St Marks School and am enjoying work as a Foundation Governor, a position I commenced in early 2015.
I have lived and worked in Swanage / Purbeck for over 40 years and have a good understanding of local issues. Whilst my career has been spent in Health, I bring several transferable skills which I hope will be useful particularly as St Marks is now part of the Saturn Trust.
I am involved in several local organisations including The Wave Youth &Children’s Ministry, Rotary and the RNLI, where my husband Neil is the volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager. I am also lucky enough to have 5 lovely grandchildren aged between 2 and 7 whom I see whenever I can!
Mrs T Bonfanti
I retired from teaching in 2014 after a career of thirty six years, having worked in schools in the U.K., France and Italy. I found that I was missing the rewarding and very interesting world of teaching and so I was delighted to renew my contacts with education when I was appointed as a foundation governor at St Mark’s in 2015.
I experienced happy holidays in Swanage as a child and enjoyed visiting the area more regularly when my parents retired here in 1987. My family and I felt very lucky to be able to settle here ourselves in 2001 and I now enjoy taking part in many different activities in the Purbeck area with the local community.
It has been a pleasure to get to know the children and staff at St Mark’s and to help support this vibrant and purposeful school.
Mr D Edginton
I am one of the newest member of the Governing body, and have already been very impressed by my contacts with the school. We retired here 3 years ago, my working life has been mostly involved in different areas of education; I have taught in both Ghana and Tanzania and spent 19 years training mature students-many of them mums-to become primary school teachers in London’s EAST END. My patch included Tower Hamlets, Redbridge and Eltham. I returned to secondary School teaching and was Head of Department at Watford grammar School. I greatly valued my 8 years teaching in Africa-it gave me valuable insights into a very different culture than my own. I am a member of ALL SAINTS church in Swanage. I have written 3 books relating to our multi-cultural society and also Africa’s potential.
Mrs B Selman
I have lived in Swanage since 1999, with my husband, David, who was returning to the town having been born and brought up in the area.
I became a Governor in September 2016, since which time I have been impressed by all that the school is doing to ensure that our pupils receive the best possible education. I particularly value the insight I am currently gaining from being able to spend time each week in school working as a volunteer alongside teachers in their classrooms.
As soon as I left the University of Leeds I became an English Teacher in a challenging secondary school. Subsequently I followed a career path between schools until I finally became Headteacher of a large Comprehensive School in London. Following my retirement, I supported the senior managers of many secondary schools in difficulty, and was privileged to observe in action and assess over three hundred inspirational teachers as an Assessor of Advanced Skills Teachers in a national programme.
Although my career is rooted in secondary education I now very much enjoy learning about primary education in St Mark’s.
Mrs. C. Duncan
I am very happy to take on the role of Parent governor for St Marks. As an ex pupil I am very pleased to be now sending my two children Izzy in year 3 and Josh in year 1 to my old school. It brings back many happy memories. Both my children really love their time at school. I hope they will have some great memories too.
I am looking forward to the challenge and gaining an insight to the school. It was fantastic to see St Marks move to the new site in September. They have gained valuable space and I am looking forward to seeing them make use of all the new grounds. I believe it will be an exciting challenge to being a Governor and working with the children, teachers, governors and staff at St Marks.
Mr. P. Knight
The opportunity to become a parent governor at St Marks presented soon after Joss had started in year 2 having moved schools mid-year. Our youngest son Gabriel is for to start Little Birds in January. I had no hesitation in putting myself forward having seen the way the school worked and feel very lucky to be in a position to help and the school. I joined at a very busy time with the Multi Academy Trust process in full flow but I am proud to say I have been part of this exciting opportunity for the school.
I work in education as a PE at The Compass Centre which is a Pupil Referral Unit based in Weymouth. Alongside this I am a level 4 football supply league referee, also operating as assistant referee at contributory league level.
My wife Sabina and I moved to Swanage from Poole in 2009 and have not looked back, it was always our favourite place to visit in our spare time and feel lucky to live in such a beautiful place.
Head of School:
Ms S Craig
Mrs. T. Westall
I am very pleased to be appointed as Staff Governor for St Marks Primary School. I previously worked at Swanage Middle School for 18 years prior to the restructure. I served as a Governor for four years while employed there. I have been employed at St Marks for the past year and have seen many important changes in that time. It seemed strange at first to be returning to the same site as the Middle School but I was pleased to be part of the move. I obtained my Education degree from Plymouth University and have seen many changes in the education of our children.
I have been married to Andrew for 32 Years and have two grown up daughters, Krystina and Sarah. When I do have any spare time, I love to cycle, cook and do gardening. I am looking forward to working with the Governors to improve the provision and learning for the children, parents and community of St Mark’s.
Clerk to Governors:
Mrs. J. Ramsden