Our Governors

Because Montacute School is an Academy, its Governors are Trustees of the Academy Trust and Directors of the Company Limited by Guarantee as well.  Their role is therefore a legal and charitable one as well as the role of monitoring the performance of the school and influencing its values.  Being a governor of a school or academy is a voluntary role but one that we all carry seriously, understanding that what we do is on behalf of the wider community and parents, ensuring that standards are maintained and values are adhered to.

So who are we and what aspects of our role do we take particular responsibility for?  There are currently 12 Governors but the number is determined according the work we are undertaking at the time.  We have recently re organised our workload so we are still finding out how that works.  We have 2 main committees.  

The Standards Committee concentrates on the standard of education, health and safety and safeguarding and monitors the delivery of the curriculum and that children are making progress.

The Resources Committee takes responsibility for ensure the school's finances are well managed, that we have sufficient staff, and as the Governors employ the staff, that all legal obligations of being an employer are carried out.  We also carry a responsibility to make sure the building is maintained well and fit for our students to use.

Each year we elect a chairman.  This is an onerous role, organising the work of the governing body, and one that is difficult to fill.  However current governors are willing to learn and we are looking at making the role less onerous so that it is more attractive.

Because we are a company we also have a Company Secretary, our Clerk, who is also a member of the school's office staff.  While our meetings are professionally clerked by someone else, Gemma Bugler maintains our records of visits to school and generally keeps us well informed and up to date with school events.  

We meet as a whole governing body at least once a term.  Committees may meet more frequently depending on the business to be discussed.  Our meetings are open to the public, especially parents, to attend (except where confidential issues are to be discussed) and we welcome visitors, a good introduction to prospective new governors!  A phone call to Gemma to find out times of meetings is all that is necessary.  Agenda items from interested parties are also welcomed and can be given to Gemma at least 2 weeks before a meeting.

 

Steve Butterworth

 

Community Governor

 

Chair of Governors

Resources Committee

 

Steve is married with three grown up children and became a Montacute governor in 1996 when his son Nicholas had been a student for about a year. 

During his time as a governor Steve has performed a variety of roles including Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the Resources Committee and is currently Chair of Governors. 

Steve has spent the majority of his career as a manager in IT within financial services and currently works for Lloyds Banking Group. 

Having seen how his son Nicholas enjoyed his 15 years at Montacute and developed as a person, Steve is keen that the school continues to offer special children the very best start in life.

 

Pam Henderson

 

Community Governor

 

Vice Chair of Governors

Standards Committee

 

My son, Graham, was a pupil at Montacute for 17 years.  He is now 35 and still lives with us.  I have been a governor since he was a pupil.  Graham left but I couldn't!  Montacute did so much for him.  Its staff are very special people and I feel privileged to work for our students in ensuring we give them the best education we can.

I am married to Steve and we have 2 grown up daughters and 3 granddaughters.  We live in Wimborne.

Currently I am a member of the Resources Committee which oversees the staffing, financial and premises affairs of the school.  I am one of those 'strange' people that enjoys committee work!  Being a governor is a very rewarding job.

 

Alison Dalton

 

Parent Governor

 

Resources Committee

 

I live in Ferndown with my husband, son age 11 (who goes to Montacute) and my daughter age 6.

I am passionate about ensuring the children are given the best possible assistance, support and facilities to obtain high standards of education suitable to their individual needs, and importantly learning through having fun.

My son has been at Montacute for 18 months and just loves it, the staff are amazing with him and he has lots of fun, a happy child means a happy mum.

My background is in Finance and Strategic Management, I have 20 years experience in the commercial and public sector in all aspects of finance, management and corporate governance.

For the past 6 years my husband and I have been running our own business, which is a very rewarding, enjoyable and keeps us very busy.

In my spare time I like to keep fit riding my bike, music, interior design and painting pottery — rock on!

 

Avril Jackson

 

Community Governor

 

Standards Committee

 

I am married to Simon Miller and living in Ferndown with our daughters, Vicki and Paige.  I was born in Timperley, Cheshire in 1957.

I trained to teach children with special needs, qualifying in 1978, specialising in children with PMLD.  I have provided respite care to over 40 children with profound disabilities, and continue to do so.

My association with Montacute School began in 1989 when Simon and I moved to Dorset and I started supply teaching.  When I became a parent, two of my children attended Montacute School. Simon was a Parent Governor at Montacute about 15 years ago.  For 10 years I was involved in the Acorn Summer Playscheme.

Paige and Vicki attend a day centre and this is my free time.  I love the garden and walking.  I have several little friends, all with very special needs, for regular respite  I enjoy ebay, selling for us, friends and some organisations.  I particularly like buying selling and loaning disabled equipment.  I can sew, so I make and adapt special clothing.  I sit down with the Telegraph crossword and do my best.

When I asked Simon about my strengths, he said tenacity, follow through and a good organiser.  My weakness apparently is that I don't know when to stop.  I don't understand that, as I've too much to do.

 

Jane Shaw

 

Community Governor

 

Standards Committee

 

I have retired from the position of Vice Principal at Beacon Hill Academy, Thurrock.  I worked at Beacon Hill for 8 years having previously worked at Lancaster School, Southend, for 15 years.  Both schools had students with severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties, together with complex needs.

I have lived on Bournemouth, part time, for the last 10 years, but have now moved here permanently.  I am a season ticket holder at AFC Bournemouth and I am never happier than when cheering on the Cherries!

My other interests include travelling, particularly to countries where I can see exotic animals.  Also I love the theatre and settling down with a good book.

Being a Governor gives me the opportunity to keep in touch with changes and progress in education.  I hope my experience and expertise will support the staff, enabling all the students to reach their full potential.

 

Nicola Keynes

 

Community Governor

 

Health & Safety Governor

 

Resources Committee

 

Since February 2004 I have worked in Children's Services at the Borough of Poole in the role of Asset Planning and Development Manager in which I am responsible for mainstream pupil place planning and the planning and delivery of the Childrenís Services capital programme.

Previously I worked at The Wey Valley School in Weymouth as the school business manager from 1998 to 2004.  This means that I have 17 years experience of working in or with schools.  From 1984 to 1997 I worked for a charity in London which provided services to a range of housing organisations, including those providing supported housing to people with learning disabilities.

My sister who died in 2008 aged 60 had learning and other disabilities and therefore I have a strong interest in provision for children and adults who face similar challenges.

 

Jill Owen

 

Headteacher

 

I have had over 30 years working in Special Schools including a residential school run by RNIB, one specialising in supporting young people who have physical disabilities - and 15 happy years as a class teacher at Montacute!  I have had 11 years as a Head, 3 at Montacute so far.

I have a husband and 2 sons who are now grown up.

I also have a cat and 2 tortoises.  The governing body of a school is so important in underpinning the vision, direction and aspirations of a school and I feel privileged to be a part of the dedicated and skilled governing body at Montacute.

 

Paul Collins

 

Community Governor

 

Chair of Resources Committee

 

My name is Paul Collins.  I am current working for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service as a fire safety inspector.  Prior to this I was a Strategic Commander for Dorset fire and Rescue Service and retired in  2011 as the Area Commander for the Poole and Bournemouth conurbation.

As part of this role I chaired the Poole Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) and was a member on the Bournemouth LSP.

I was lucky enough to lead during a period of great change with in the fire service.  Part of this change was becoming more aware of our role within the community not just from a “fire” perspective but from a more holistic approach, especially around wellbeing and working with other organisations.

Information sharing amongst organisations was paramount and I realised that we had a role to play in supporting those less well off in our society.  I had 100 plus firefighters entering people’s homes carrying out fire safety checks ensuring that they were safe should a fire occur.  Firefighters were also evidencing other wellbeing issues but were unsure how to fully identify the issues and where to report them.  Through the local LSPs I organised some training with each organisation (including Dorset Fire and Rescue DFRS) identifying signs and symptoms (cause and affect) and where to report these. This, however, did need some controls so we set about recruiting safeguarding officers and a reporting structure.  As Area Commander, I was the senior point of conduct vetting concerns and ensuring the issue went to the right level within the right organisation.  This system is still in place today.

I have a family 2 daughters, one a doctor and have empathy and sympathy for the great work Montacute School and others do, as my brother has 3 children, all with autism.

I hope I can assist in the great work the school does.

Photo coming soon 

 

 

Jan Foster

Community Governor

 

 

 I recently moved to Broadstone with my husband Steve, after 25 years living and working on the Isle of Wight. We have elderly parents  needing  increasing care and support; not having to spend time crossing the Solent is allowing us to see more of them as well as spend more time with our daughter and grandchildren.

Since taking early retirement 2 years ago, I have endeavoured to be a better and more knowledgeable gardener, with varying results! Moving house has given me new inspiration!  I also enjoy walking, reading, travel, watching cricket, aquafit, and drawing and feltmaking.

I have 40 years teaching experience, all within Special Needs and when I realised that Montacute School was close by, I felt that becoming a Governor would be an interesting new challenge, where I could put my skills and knowledge to good use! I feel that Special schools have an important role to play in students’ lives, giving them the best education possible to prepare them for a fulfilling adult life. I welcome the opportunity to be a part of that.

 

Agnete Hansen

 

Staff Governor

 

Standards Committee

 

I have worked at Montacute for 3 years now and am very excited to be here!

My initial role was as a Teaching Assistant but I could not hide my ‘nerdy’ side for very long and have, with training and a lot of support from teachers, colleagues and the school’s leadership team, progressed to be the school’s Pupil Technology and AAC Lead.

I have a background in Health and Social care, having worked in a residential school and in an adult residential care setting working with children and adults with learning disabilities.

In 1993 I finished my A-Levels and came to The Sheiling School as a volunteer for a year – I never did move back to Denmark as I just love our little part of the world here in Dorset.

I live with my partner, my son who is currently at Winchester University and our dog Marvin. 

 

Sid Carter

 

Community Governor

 

Standards Committee

 

I work for Bournemouth University as a lecturer and researcher; my main areas of work are disability and social science.  I've been involved with learning disability all my working life, having qualified as a learning disability nurse in 1985.

One of my first jobs was running a respite service to help families with children with learning disabilities, so I have always been aware of the crucial role that special schools play in the lives of youngsters and their families.

I became a Governor at Montacute in 2010, and co-Chair in 2015.  In that time there have been some significant changes, the most notable of course being our magnificent new building.  Montacute is a wonderful school, and the Governors work hard to make sure it continues to be so.

 

Marci Osborn

 

Teacher Governor

 

Standards Committee

 

I have been a teacher at Montacute for 18 years(Please don't tell anyone!!).

I am married to the very lovely and patient Phil and have 2 boys: Makenzi is 20 (enjoying life at university) and Harvey who is a crazy, active bundle of 4 years old.

We live in Poole and love to spend free time in the sea swimming, on the sea - Jet skiing, or by the sea - drinking lots of coffee!

I have been a teacher for many years, but I am now on the school leadership team.  Part of my role is inclusion leader so I set up links with mainstream pupils to work and socialise with our pupils here at Montacute and also for some of our pupils to spend time with peers in mainstream classes.

The other part of my role is as a Senior Leader for outreach.  I support pupils with SEN in mainstream settings by working with their teachers and TAs, setting up programs and implementing strategies.  I love my role as it means I get to work with pupils and teachers in mainstream schools, but most of all I still get to work with our wonderful pupils here at Montacute.

I enjoy working with the other Governors to support the school to be the best it can be.

 

Gemma Bugler

 

Governor Support

 

I have been supporting the Governors of Montacute School for over 4 years now.  I also work in the school office, dealing mainly with pupil related matters.  Most of my work is around arranging pupil annual reviews and completing all of the paperwork that goes with them.

I live in Poole, not far from the school.  I have two black Labradors called Lolly & Lacey, a new forest pony called Blaze and a welsh cob x warm blood called Crispy. Needless to say that most of my spare time is spent with them!  (Luckily my partner is an avid golfer so he doesn't feel too left out!)

Working in the office at Montacute School is a very busy job!  It has helped me immensely in my role as Governor Support to get to know the pupils and to know how the school works on a day to day basis.

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Contact:

 

Governor Support - Gemma Bugler - gemma.bugler@montacute.poole.sch.uk 

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