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 virtually 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 9 governors, which are made up of 5 Foundation Governors (1 pending renewal of term) appointed by the Diocese, 3 Co-Opted 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 2020 – 21

  • Mrs Sian Lydford

    Chair of Governors and Co-Opted Governor

    Sian joined the governing board 6 years ago as a Parent Governor and has now become a Co-Opted Governor. She has been Chair of the board since September 2016 and has steered the board through the Academy changes. Sian has been in education for nearly 30 years and is currently Head of Department at a local secondary school. She is a Christian and brings to the board a high level of educational expertise, deep ethical values in line with the school’s vision and a strong pragmatic approach to solving problems and ‘getting the job done.’

    Sian is the Link Governor for Looked After Children

  • Mrs Raquel Cubillo-Mead

    Vice Chair and Co-Opted Governor

    Raquel has served on the governing board for the past 6 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

  • Mrs Vicky Smythe

    Deputy Vice Chair and Foundation Governor - pending renewal

    Vicky joined the governing board 4 years ago as a Foundation Governor and over the last year has had her term of office renewed for another 4 years. She has been shadowing the current Chair over the last year in order to widen her skill set. She is a practising Catholic and a very active parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea coordinating the Shared Lunches and helping with church cleaning. 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

  • Mr Sam Newington

    Foundation Governor

    Sam is a Foundation Governor and has served on the board since 2014 offering great experience and knowledge to the board. Sam is a practising Catholic and a parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea. He is also the parent of children at the school. He has had governor responsibility for Health and Safety at the school for several years and has provided excellent and timely input on this subject.

    Sam is the Lead Governor for Health and Safety

  • 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.

  • Mrs Lorraine D'Agostino

    Foundation Governor

    Lorraine is a Foundation Governor and has served on the board since 2018. She is a practising Catholic and a parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea. Lorraine has extensive financial experience and expertise and currently works for Dorset County Council.

    Lorraine is the Lead Governor for Statutory Grants

  • 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 and virtually) with the school’s SEN Co-ordinator, Katie Bladon.

    Cynthia is the Lead Governor for SEND

  • Mrs Jane Gardiner

    Co-Opted Governor

    Jane is a Co-Opted Governor and recently 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

Staff Governor to be confirmed
 

Governor Information and 2020 - 21 Attendance

Full Name

Governor Type

Appointing Body

Date of current Appointment

End of Current Term

Meeting Attendance 2019 -20

Business Interests

Other Governorships

Sian Lydford

Co-Opted

LGB

17/10/2019

16/10/2023

1/5 meetings

20%

Nil

Nil

Raquel Cubillo-Mead

Co-Opted

LGB

17/10/2019

16/10/2023

4/5 meetings

80%

Nil

Nil

Sam Newington

Foundation

Catholic Diocese of Plymouth

1/4/2018

31/3/2022

5/5 meetings

100%

Nil

Nil

Vicky Smythe

Foundation

Catholic Diocese of Plymouth

Pending renewal 1/11/2020

Pending renewal 31/10/2024

5/5 meetings

100%

Nil

Nil

Sister Jackie Brain

Foundation

Catholic Diocese of Plymouth

1/11/2020

31/10/2024

5/5 meetings

100%

Nil

Nil

Cynthia Drinkhill

Foundation

Catholic Diocese of Plymouth

29/8/2018

28/8/2022

4/5 meetings

80%

Nil

Nil

Lorraine D’Agostino

Foundation

Catholic Diocese of Plymouth

12/9/2018

11/9/2022

3/5 meetings

60%

Nil

Nil

Jane Gardiner

Co-Opted

LGB

1/10/2020

30/09/2024

4/4 meetings

100%

Nil

Nil

Emma Berry

Ex-Officio

Headteacher

 

2017

 

5/5 meetings

100%

Nil

Nil


Governors who have left the LGB in the past 12 months :- 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 S. Lydford, 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)