Governor Profiles

Bridport Primary School has a board of ten Governors.

Melissa is an elected Parent Governor serving a 4-year term which concludes in 2021. She grew up in Bridport and now lives with her husband and two daughters. Her eldest started school in 2016 and her youngest was born in the same year. She has really enjoyed meeting staff, pupils and other parents, and loves seeing what the children get up to when they’re at school. She works in PR and marketing and is currently with Dorset County Council. During her time there she has been fortunate to work mostly with children’s services, including a number of schools.  She volunteered to be a parent governor simply because she wanted to help.

Melissa Craven

Parent Governor

Anne moved to Bridport in October 2013. Previously she lived in Buckinghamshire. They have two daughters – one living in Dorchester and the other in Australia. Her career has been spent in education including headteacher of two new primary schools. She also worked for a Local Authority as an Improvement Partner. She was delighted to be co-opted onto the Bridport Primary School governing body in February 2014. She says “It is good to be part of a thriving school community again.”

Anne Bark

Co-opted Governor

Helen has had links with Bridport Primary since 1994 when she worked in the old school building as a clerical assistant and reception class teaching assistant. She says “It is lovely to re-join the school so many years later as Headteacher.”

Helen Farmer


Sarah trained as a nurse in London and then went on to train as a Health Visitor, and has worked in children’s health services throughout her career. She had a break from paid employment when her children were small, and she lived in Qatar for 3 years.

On coming back to the UK she returned to work as a Health Visitor in Kent, finishing her career as an Assistant Director for Community Childrens Health services. This involved responsibility for HVs, School Nurses, Paediatricians and therapists. Having always worked in Community Health services she has worked closely with Social Care and Education throughout her career, recently particularly on the SEND agenda, and the introduction of EHC plans. She was also seconded onto the Board of Governors of a special school in Kent. 

She left the NHS 5 years ago, and spent 4 years working as a freelance, including spending a year working as an Assistant Director for Dorset Community Health. She moved to Bridport just over a year ago, but has had a long association with the area as her family have owned a house at West Bay since the 1890s. On a personal note she has 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

Sarah Fletcher

Co-opted Governor

Lesley was very excited to take on a co-opted governor role at Bridport Primary School. She is serving a 4-year term which will expire in 2021. As a family she has lived in Bridport since 1986 and all of her children and now some of her grandchildren have all come to the school. She says “It will be a privilege to give something back to the school and my main focus will be SEND.”

Lesley Galpin

Co-opted Governor

Adam has lived and taught locally for all his teaching career and undertook his initial teacher training with the Dorset SCITT. Prior to working at Bridport Primary School he was the Deputy Headteacher at a small village primary near Sherborne where he also sat on the governing body. He says “Being a part of this dedicated group of volunteers is a real privilege and the challenge and support they offer the school is vital.”  He looks forward to working with the team in the years to come.

Adam Gough

Deputy Headteacher

Emily has been living in Bridport for 6 years and teaching at BPS for 2 years now. Before joining this school, she worked as Year 1 class teacher, English Lead and Staff Governor at her previous school in Weymouth. She enjoyed being Staff Governor there and so when the opportunity to join the Governors here presented itself, she umped at the chance!

Emily Kingston

Staff Governor

Clare Cavanagh

Parent Governor

Julia Whiting

Co-opted Governor

Justin is a co-opted Governor serving a 4-year term which will expire in 2021. He moved to Melplash just over 3 years ago and just loves it. He runs an outdoor clothing company which he started 30+ years ago but found that he had some spare time on my hands and decided that helping out at a local school was right up his street. He was co-opted onto the BPS governing body back in September and is currently the Year 4 link governor and is very much looking forward to helping Helen and the rest of the Leadership Team.

Justin Walton

Co-opted Governor

Mike moved to Dorset in 1987 to take up post as adviser to the secondary schools in the west and north. Previously he had worked for 15 years in schools, starting as an English teacher and leaving as a deputy head teacher. Mike became chief schools’ adviser and then deputy director of Education for Dorset, before leaving in 2003 to be director in Bath and NE Somerset. During the 10 years from 1992 he was also an Ofsted registered inspector, leading teams in the inspection of middle and secondary schools, including some work in British schools abroad. 

Mike left Bath with the change to Children’s Services and ran his own consultancy business, working mainly for Devon. At the same time he became chairman of a charitable trust based in Bath, 5x5x5=creativity. The charity 5x5x5 is dedicated to working with schools to improve the quality of primary teaching and learning through creativity and critical thinking; mainly in the arts but also other areas, like mathematics. Mike lives near Bridport in the Bride Valley with his wife Liz. He is a voluntary driver for the local community car service, taking mainly older residents to their NHS appointments.

Mike Young

Co-opted Governor - Chair

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