Bridport Primary School has a board of ten Governors.


Term of Office

Parent Governors Melissa Craven November 2020
  Sally Spencer June 2020
Headteacher Debbie Brown Ex Officio - April 2020
Deputy Headteacher Adam Gough September 2021
Staff Governor Emily Kingston June 2021
Co-opted Governors Pat Neale April 2020
  David Powell - Chair April 2020
  Anne Bark – Vice Chair April 2020
  Iain Cowper June 2021
  Lesley Gaplin July 2021
  Justin Walton July 2021

Sarah Fletcher

May 2022

Michael Young

May 2022
Associate Governors Sarah Kilcoyne April 2020

Bridport Primary School is an academy within the Minerva Learning Trust (MLT). The overarching governance of the school is therefore the Trust Board of the MLT. Our school does have its Local Governing Body (LGB), which is charged with working with the Headteacher to ensure our school performs well in all aspects of school life, and that we retain the distinctive characteristics that define our school.
We bring a wide range of skills and experience to the role, ensuring a balance of business, financial, educational and life skills to support us in making decisions regarding our core functions.

Our core functions are as follows:

Establishing the strategic direction, by working with the school’s leadership team to set the vision, values, and objectives for the school and agreeing the school improvement strategy.

Ensuring accountability by monitoring progress towards targets, engaging with stakeholders and contributing to school self-evaluation. We hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils, and staff. We professionally challenge and support the headteacher in fulfilling her duties.

Supporting the Minerva Learning Trust in ensuring financial security, The LGB and Headteacher agree school development strategies that determine budget allocation. The Headteacher, LGB and Trust Board monitor the budget through the year. We aim to ensure that value for money is obtained and that risks are managed.

We hold six Full Governing Body meetings a year. Each governor works within one strand of school activity. These strands mirror the key School Improvement activities for the year. The School Leadership Team works with the governors allowing us to ask questions, monitor progress, challenge performance and support all staff and children to improve learning and teaching.

Drawing of a teacher and children

St Andrew's Road


Headteacher: Mrs. D. Brown (BED Hons NPQH)
01308 422846
Fax: 01308 458710