The Governing Body

 The Governing Body

The Local Governing Board of St. Augustine’s School provides strategic leadership and accountability in the school.  The governors work together with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.  They provide a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school, monitoring and evaluating the work of the school and holding the headteacher to account.  The governors also discuss the character of the school and its relationship with parents, the outside community, the local parish and the Church.  The governors give of their time and expertise on a voluntary basis and out of a sense of wanting and doing their best for the school.  Governors are currently meeting in-person twice a term where possible.  Minutes of all meetings are available by asking at the school office.

The structure of the governing board is laid down by Plymouth CAST, so that parents and the Church have sufficient representation to make the school what they want it to be.  There are currently a total of 12 governors, which are made up of 6 Foundation Governors appointed by the Diocese, 2 Co-Opted Governors, 1 Staff Governor, 2 Parent Governors and the Head Teacher.

Governors serve for 4 years unless re-appointed, and each year they vote in a Chair and Vice-Chair.

The Local Governing Body is as follows:

 

Governor Profiles 2022 – 23

 

  • Mrs Vicky Smythe

    Chair of Governors and Foundation Governor

    Vicky joined the governing board 5 years ago as a Foundation Governor and over the last year has had her term of office renewed for another 4 years. Vicky was elected unanimously in October 2021 to be the Chair of Governors for the Board. She is a practising Catholic and a very active parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea. Vicky has a long history in childcare settings and currently works for a local Academy Trust.
    Vicky is the Lead Governor for RE and Catholic Life

  • Mrs Raquel Cubillo-Mead

    Vice Chair and Co-Opted Governor

    Raquel has served on the governing board for the past 7 years. She was a Parent Governor for 4 years and is now a Co-Opted governor. She is a practising Catholic and a parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea and believes that children learn better when they feel secure and have a sense of belonging.
    Raquel is the Lead Governor for Safeguarding

  • Sister Jacqueline Brain

    Foundation Governor

    Sister Jacqueline is a Foundation Governor and has served on the board since 2016. She is a retired educationalist having worked in education all of her working life. She is an extremely active member of the parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea. She is involved in adult on-going formation, especially the Rite of Christian Initiation and co-ordinating and guiding the Scripture Sharing Groups. She takes particular interest in the links between school and parish and the school based Mini Vinnies. She is dedicated to the Catholic vision and values embedded in the school.
    Sister Jacqueline is the Joint Lead Governor for Curriculum

  • Mrs Cynthia Drinkhill

    Foundation Governor

    Cynthia is a Foundation Governor and has served on the board since 2018. She is a practising Catholic and an active parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea where she leads a weekly Bible Group exploring the scriptures. She has vast experience in the Health and Social Care setting and makes regular visits in-person with the school’s SEN Co-ordinator and Deputy Head Teacher, Katie Bladon.
    Cynthia is the Lead Governor for SEND

  • Mrs Jane Gardiner

    Co-Opted Governor

    Jane is a Co-Opted Governor and joined the board in October 2020 with the full support of local members. She was previously the SEN Co-Ordinator (SENDCO) for the school before taking retirement in 2020. She has a strong commitment to the school and particularly to those children with SEN needs. She brings to the board extensive experience in education and SEND.
    Jane is the Joint Lead Governor for Curriculum

  • Miss Imogen Mayes

    Staff Governor

    Imogen is a Staff Governor and joined the board in September 2021. She joined the school in November 2020 as a Year 1 teacher. She studied English Literature before teaching and is a huge classic literature enthusiast. She also spent some time living in Bristol where she worked in other schools and has now settled in Weymouth. She is passionate about providing the best school experience for all children and is committed to supporting the school in its development.
    Imogen is the Lead Governor for EYFS

  • Mr Damian Brown

    Foundation Governor

    Damian is a Foundation Governor and was appointed in November 2021. He has children at the school and is a practising Catholic and a parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea.
    Damian is the Lead Governor for Data Protection.

  • Mr George Dubois

    Parent Governor

    George is a Parent Governor and was appointed in October 2021. George has two children at the school and is a practicing Catholic and parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea. George works as a Nurse Practitioner for the NHS Ambulance Service and has held senior roles regionally for a national charity.
    George is the Lead Governor for Health and Safety

  • Mr Laurie Whyte

    Parent Governor

    Laurie is a Parent Governor and was appointed in October 2021. He has one child at the school.
    Laurie is the Lead Governor for Statutory Grants

  • Fr Anthony O'Gorman

    Foundation Governor

    Father Anthony is a Foundation Governor and was appointed in November 2021. He has considerable educational experience having been a secondary school teacher. Father Anthony is the Parish Priest of Our Lady Star of the Sea.

  • Mrs Emma Berry

    (Ex-Officio)

    Emma Berry is the Head Teacher of St. Augustine’s and is an Ex-Officio member of the governing body. She is a practising Catholic and a parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea.

Governor Information and 2021 - 22 Attendance

Full Name

Governor Type

Appointing Body

Date of current Appointment

End of Current Term

Meeting Attendance 2021 - 22

Business Interests

Other Governorships

Vicky Smythe

Foundation

Catholic Diocese of Plymouth

 1/11/2020

31/10/2024

4/6 meetings

67%

Nil

Nil

Raquel Cubillo-Mead

Co-Opted

LGB

17/10/2019

16/10/2023

3/6 meetings

50%

Nil

Nil

Sister Jackie Brain

Foundation

Catholic Diocese of Plymouth

1/11/2020

31/10/2024

4/6 meetings

67%

Nil

Nil

Cynthia Drinkhill

Foundation

Catholic Diocese of Plymouth

27/8/2022

26/8/2026

5/6 meetings

83%

Nil

Nil

Jane Gardiner

Co-Opted

LGB

1/10/2020

30/09/2024

5/6 meetings

83%

Nil

Nil

Damian Brown

Foundation

Catholic Diocese of Plymouth

19/11/2021

18/11/2025

5/5 meetings

100%

Nil

Nil

George Dubois

Parent

LGB

1/10/2021

30/09/2025

6/6 meetings

100%

Nil

Nil

Laurie Whyte

Parent

LGB

1/10/2021

30/09/2025

5/6 meetings

83%

Nil

Nil

Imogen Mayes

Staff

LGB

19/09/2021

16/09/2025

6/6 meetings

100%

Nil

Nil

Father Anthony O’Gorman

Foundation

Catholic Diocese of Plymouth

14/11/2021

13/11/2025

4/6 meetings

67%

Nil

Nil

Emma Berry

Ex-Officio

Headteacher

 

2017

 

5/6 meetings

83%

Nil

Nil

Governors who have left the LGB in the past 12 months

Full Name

Governor Type

Appointing Body

Date of Current Appointment

End of Term

Meeting Attendance 2021-22

Business Interests

Other Governorships

Sian Lydford

Co-Opted

LGB

17/10/2019

16/10/2023

1/6 meetings

17%

Nil

Nil

Lorraine D’Agostino

Foundation

Catholic Diocese of Plymouth

12/9/2018

11/9/2022

6/6 meetings

100%

Nil

Nil

Sam Newington

Foundation

Catholic Diocese of Plymouth

31/03/2022

30/03/2026

5/6 Meetings

83%

Nil

Nil

Plymouth CAST Board Information

St. Augustine’s is part of the Plymouth CAST Multi Academy Trust.  Information about the Trust can be seen here.
 
 

CAST Policies

All CAST wide policies can be found here
 

We welcome interest in joining the Board of Governors at St. Augustine’s, particularly from any parents, an area in which we currently have vacancies.  If you would like further information on the roles and responsibilities and how to become a Governor please contact the Clerk to the Governors, Margaret Lavender, by email to govclerk@staugustines.dorset.sch.uk or by letter to the school address.

To contact the Chair of Governors please address your correspondence to Mrs V. Smythe, c/o St. Augustine’s Catholic Primary School, Hardy Avenue, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 0RH or send your email via the Clerk at govclerk@staugustines.dorset.sch.uk

Please be aware that the Clerk to the Governors is a part-time role and all correspondence will be acknowledged within 7 days (term time only)