Priestlands School

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01590 677 033

North Street, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 8FZ


Board of Governors

Portfolio Constitution Term of office Pecuniary/business interests with links to other establishments 2023-24
Mrs Claire Elford

Vice-Chair of Governors

Premises, Health & Safety

Parent 06.12.23-05.12.27 None 
Mrs Donna Gittins

IT & Website / Behaviour

Parent 06.12.23-05.12.27  None  
Mr Kevin Harriman Chair of Governors Associate Governor 18.01.23-17.01.27  None  
Mr Jon King

Data / Attendance / HR Audit

Parent 06.03.23-05.03.27 None
Mrs Beth Bray Teaching & Learning Community 01.09.22-31.08.26  None  
Mr Paul Cox Audit & Risk / Internal Scrutineer Community 26.02.23-25.02.27  None  
Mr Mark Dichlian Finance Community 12.06.22-11.06.26  None  
Mrs Polly Thornton Safeguarding & Welfare Community 10.12.20-09.12.24   None  
VACANCY Community
        VACANCY Community
Mr Ben Williams SEN Community 06.12.23-05.12.27 None 
                Mrs Keeley Stone N/A Staff 02.10.23-01.10.27 None
Miss Sally Feltham
N/A  Staff 15.10.20-14.10.24 None 
Mr Peter Main
N/A  Staff Ex Officio None 

If you would like to contact the Board of Governors for any reason, please contact Caroline Clitherow, Governance Professional, in writing at the school's address or by email.

Becky Hollowbread - Staff Governor resigned October 2022

Mark Dichlian - Community Governor - re-appointed to second term of office June 2022

Beth Bray - Community Governor - re-appointed to second term of office September 2022

Anna Clarke - Staff Governor - elected unopposed November 2022

Jon King - Parent Governor - elected March 2023

Current Community Governor Vacancy

We  welcome applications from interested parties.  Please click on the links below for more information and to complete an application form.

Information letter for potential applicants

Community Governor Application Form

The Role of the Board of Governors

Priestlands School has always aimed for a partnership with parents and the community, which undoubtedly brings great benefits to the children.  One of the most significant ways you can help in promoting this aim is to volunteer to be a Governor.  The Board of Governors' main task is to support the school, ensure that students receive high quality education and plan for future development improvement. You will be part of a team which holds up to 11 Board meetings per year which will require approximately 6 hours of your time per month.

We hope you will get a lot out of being a governor; the knowledge that you are helping the school and students, the satisfaction of giving something back to the community, a sense of purpose and achievement, new skills which may be useful elsewhere, broader horizons, new friends and workmates, together with training and support in order to help you fulfil your duties and responsibilities.

Community Governors will, ideally, live and work within the local area but will not be a parent of a current Priestlands student.  We advertise when vacancies arise and interested candidates complete an application form.  Applications will be considered and appointed by the Board of Governors.

If you are interested but would like an informal chat about the role before making an application, please contact Caroline Clitherow, Clerk to Governors via email at caroline.clitherow@priestlands.hants.sch.uk

Equally, Peter Main, Headteacher, would also be happy to discuss the role further with you so please feel free to email him at Headteacher@priestlands.hants.sch.uk.

Parent Governors play a vital role in ensuring the Board of Governors is aware of the views of parents and the local community.  We advertise when vacancies arise and interested parents complete and submit an application form.  An election is held and all parents of current students at the school are eligible to vote.