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

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

Anne Bark

Co-opted Governor

I have had links with Bridport Primary since 1994 when I worked in the old school building as a clerical assistant and reception class teaching assistant. It is lovely to re-join the school so many years later as Headteacher.

Helen Farmer


I trained as a nurse in London and the went on to train as a Health Visitor, and have worked in children’s health services throughout my career. I had a break from paid employment when my children were small, and we  lived in Qatar for 3 years.
On coming back to the UK I returned to work as a Health Visitor in Kent, finishing my 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 I have worked closely with Social Care and Education throughout my career, recently particularly on the SEND agenda, and the introduction of EHC plans. I was also seconded onto the Board of Governors of a special school in Kent. 
I 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. We moved to Bridport just over a year ago, but I have a long association with the area as my family have owned a house at West Bay since the 1890s. On a personal note I have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

Sarah Fletcher

Co-opted Governor

Hello, I am Lesley Galpin and I am very excited to take on a co-opted governor role at Bridport Primary School. I am serving a 4-year term which will expire in 2021. As a family we have lived in Bridport since 1986 and all of my children and now some of my grandchildren have all come to the school. It will be a privilege to give something back to the school and my main focus will be SEND.

Lesley Galpin

Co-opted Governor

I am really excited to be the Deputy Headteacher at Bridport Primary school. I have lived and taught locally for all my teaching career and undertook my initial teacher training with the Dorset SCITT. Prior to working here I was the Deputy Headteacher at a small village primary near Sherborne where I also sat on the governing body.
Being a part of this dedicated group of volunteers is a real privilege and the challenge and support they offer the school is vital. I look forward to working with the team in the years to come.

Adam Gough

Deputy Headteacher

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

Emily Kingston

Staff Governor

Barbara and I live in Burton Bradstock. We have two daughters, Elisabeth and Josie who live and work in Bristol and Bournemouth.
I have been the headteacher of three schools, the first in High Wycombe and the others in Dorset. In my last five years in education I have been Dorset’s Senior and then Principal Primary Advisor, responsible for developing creative approaches to leadership, teaching and learning across all Dorset schools. I am an accredited School Improvement Partner currently supporting 6 Dorset schools. This involves me in keeping abreast of all local and national developments, such as changes to OfSTED inspections and the National Curriculum. I have a clear understanding of the cycle of school improvement, linking data capture and analysis to development planning and staff development, training and performance management. Over the past year I have supported schools in England, Spain and Mumbai in this process. I have helped develop and have promoted the UNICEF Rights Respecting School award. I am qualified to train and accredit schools at both levels of this nationally recognised award.

David Powell

Co-opted Governor - Chair

I am an elected Parent Governor serving a 4-year term which will expire in 2020. My family and I moved to Bridport from South East London in 2011. I have two children at our wonderful school. From the time my daughter started at the school I was overwhelmed by the support network between parents, carers, staff and children. It made me want to be a part of something special. I am passionate about helping to make Bridport Primary School the great school that it is.

Sally Spencer

Parent Governor

I am a co-opted Governor serving a 4-year term which will expire in 2021. I moved to Melplash just over 3 years ago and just love it. I run an outdoor clothing company which I started 30+ years ago but found that I had some spare time on my hands and decided that helping out at a local school was right up my street. I was co-opted onto the BPS governing body back in September and am currently the Year 4 link governor and am 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

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