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Welcome to the governance section of the website. I hope you find it useful and informative.

St Martin’s is a Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School.  Its Governing Board is appointed by the Local Authority and by the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE) to work on behalf of the children’s parents and carers, and of the local community, in three principal areas:

  • The vision, ethos, and strategic direction of the school
  • The educational performance of the school
  • The financial performance of the school

It does this by working closely with the Headteacher who is responsible for the day to day running of the school. 

At St Martin’s, an Interim Board established in September 2020 gradually transitioned to a Full Board for this academic year, 2022/23, to continue supporting, challenging and encouraging the school’s improvement. 

The Full Board consists of the Headteacher, members of the local church (Foundation Governors), Parents (elected by parents), Teachers, Co-opted Governors, and a Local Authority Governor.  Associate Governors may also be appointed for special projects. 

The Full Board meets at least 6 times per year and between these meetings its members visit school to monitor specific areas such as safeguarding, the curriculum, special educational needs, the budget, the school’s spiritual development. 

Our Governors

Our FGB comprises the following members:


Type of Governor



Michelle Bantoft


16 May 2022

15 May 2026

Steven Donohue

LA Associate

1 Sep 2020

31 Aug 2024

Lewis Edney


7 Dec 2021

6 Dec 2025

Kirsten Harwood (Vice Chair and Safeguarding Governor)


1 Sep 2020

31 Aug 2024

Mary Lilley


1 Sep 2020

31 Aug 2024

Barbara Lovibond


17 Jan 2023

16 Jan 2027

Becky McManus (Headteacher)


31 Oct 2022


Mike Oldham (Chair)


1 Sep 2020

30 June 2024

James Strachan


16 Nov 2021

15 Nov 2025

Deborah Williams

LA Associate

1 Sep 2020

 31 Aug 2024

As governors, we are very proud of St Martin’s and are committed to seeing continued improvement in all areas, including governance.  We have several vacancies for Foundation Governors and if you are interested in this role or have any more general questions, we would be very pleased to hear from you.  To get in touch, please contact St Martin’s Admin Office on 01722 554300 or the Clerk to the Governors on

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