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Bridport St Mary's

C of E Primary School

Vision Statement: Building a caring community, where all can learn and shine!

Vision Statement: Building a caring community, where all can learn and shine!


Welcome to our Governors’ section!


Our governing body is a Local Governing Body (LGB) of the Minerva Learning Trust. Please find below details of how our LGB is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each governor. Serving as a governor is very rewarding role and the Chair of Governors would be happy to speak to anyone who is interested in joining the LGB. 




Kate Batorska, Headteacher - Ex Officio 

As Headteacher I hold an ex-officio position on the LGB. I moved to West Dorset from Somerset in 2001 and have lived in Bridport since then with my husband and son. I have been a teacher for nineteen years, working across a range of year groups and have been both Deputy Head and SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator). In 2012 I completed a Master’s Degree in Early Mathematical Intervention. This fuelled my passion for pursuing the very best teaching and learning approaches that help our children develop a love of learning and a belief that they can achieve the very best. 


Martin Warne, Chair of Governors - 5.2.20 to 4.2.24

I became a Community Governor in 2010 and served on the Partnership sub- committee as well as the Full Governing Body and am a Link Governor to the Reception Class. I am now a Co-opted Governor, appointed by Directors of the Minerva Learning Trust. This is my second time serving at the school having originally been a governor in the early 90’s when my children were pupils. Latterly I worked for Dorset Children's Services and was a social worker by profession. I have always had a close affinity to this school and have thoroughly enjoyed working here again. 


Revd. Pete Stone Joint Vice Chair of Governors - 6.12.18 - 5.12.22 

I am a Foundation Governor, appointed by the Diocese of Salisbury. It is a privilege to work with and support St Mary’s. The pupils are always welcoming and keen to ask questions and help one another. I am the Team Vicar for Bridport and a Salisbury Diocese Board of Education Trustee of the Minverva Learning Trust. I was diagnosed with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia at 38 and this experience and that of supporting a child with dyspraxia makes me passionate for every child to be given access to education that engages them and helps them to develop confidence and abilities that will be life enhancing, so that every child may be all that they can be. 


Michelle Sage - Joint Vice Chair of Governors - 2.11.17 to 1.11.21 

I am a Co-opted Governor, appointed by Directors of the Minerva Learning Trust. I am linked to the current Year 2 class and I have enjoyed getting to know them and the school. I am serving on the resources committee.  I used to be a teacher before becoming a mum and moving to Dorset! I now work on a caravan park but wanted to remain connected to the education system and offer support where I can.  


Jenny Hyett - 4.12.19 to 3.12.23

I am a Parent Governor, elected by parents and serving a four year term. I have three children, two of whom attend st Mary's so I will have a direct interest in the school for the next 9 years at least. I am training to be a midwife, set to qualify in April 2020. Through working in the local community I have an understanding of how good support can influence long term outcomes. St Mary's has great potential and I am enjoying being a Parent Governor. 


Brian Shelley - 5.2.20 to 4.2.24 

I retired to Bridport in 2006 to be closer to my grandchildren and to enjoy the delights of the Jurassic Coast. Before that I was the Headteacher of a Special School for 20 years. I have been Clerk to Governors at St Mary’s for 3 years before becoming a Community Governor in 2012. I am now an Associate Member, appointed by the Local Governing Board. I wanted to continue my association with the school because I believe that it does as wonderful job in giving all its pupils opportunities to learn and be creative.  


Clive Faircloth – 18.6.18 to 17.6.22 

I am a Foundation Governor, appointed by the Diocese of Salisbury. A lifetime’s experience in education for me involved teaching RE and English in Kent and in Dorset. Within that experience has been over thirty years of pastoral work in mixed comprehensive schools and, having been both Deputy Head and Co-Headteacher of what became an Outstanding school, retirement beckoned. Now I remain active in working in education including working as a governor, pursue a variety of leisure pursuits and the fortunes and misfortunes of Fulham Football Club.  


Anne Stone - 27.8.20 to 26.8.24

I am a Foundation Governor, appointed by the Diocese of Salisbury.


Hannah Morini - 10.7.19 to 9.7.23 

I am a Staff Governor, elected by the staff to serve on the LGB.


Vanessa Jessopp - 27.2.20 to 26.2.24

I am a Staff Governor, elected by the staff to serve on the LGB.


Sally Walton - 5.2.20 to 2.2.24 

I am a Co-opted Governor, appointed by Directors of the Minerva Learning Trust. My husband and I moved to West Dorset in 2014 and I would now like to give back to the community.   I have enjoyed reading with Year 5 at a local school and look forward to the opportunity at St Mary's where hopefully my more analytical side and business experience can be of assistance. 


Ewan Steele - 27.11.20 to 26.11.24

I am a Parent Governor, elected by parents and serving a four-year term. I am a proud father of 2 children with my eldest joining St Mary’s in Reception in 2020  I met my wife in 2010 we finally moved to Bridport in 2015 to be closer to her family as she was raised there and was a pupil at the old St Mary’s in Kings Street.  I work in the hospitality industry  and am an active member of Bridport Round Table, which raises money donated back to support local good causes.  I am passionate about giving youth an opportunity to develop their skills and very much look forward to supporting St Mary’s.


Christine Proctor - 24.5.21 to 23.5.25

I am a Co-opted Governor, appointed by the Directors of the Minerva Learning Trust and serving a 4 year term. I moved to Bridport in 2010, and luckily became a teacher at St.Mary's from 2011 until 2019. I taught Year 2 initially and then Year 1, was Key Stage 1 leader, KS1 Literacy co-ordinator, staff Governor and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Prior to this I worked in several Primary Schools in Southampton from 1995, and have taught Years 1-5, and had many responsibilities including SENCO and Assistant Head. In the distant past I worked for the Civil Service as a VAT Inspector! I am passsionate about reading, art and music and over the last few years have really enjoyed volunteering in school and working with the children in a more informal way.