Governors are at the heart of how a school operates, and the governing body's main role is to help raise standards of achievement. As well as helping the school agree and maintain standards, by setting and monitoring targets and planning for the future, the governors also help the school to respond to the needs of parents and the wider community, and they are a friend to the school, offering support and advice.

With a few exceptions, anyone over 18 can apply to become a governor.  All governors have to make a self-disclosure declaration and are subject to a Police check.

Wimborne First School & Nursery Governors are parents, staff and representatives of the local community who are committed to the school and offer support in a voluntary capacity. The number and type of governors on a school's governing body is determined by the law and depends on the size and type of school.  Wimborne First School & Nursery currently has 7 Governors of varying roles on their Governing body.

Name Governor Type Term From Term To Additional Information Roles Email
Mrs Val Arbon Co-opted Governor 15 July 2021 14 July 2025 Vice Chair, Safeguarding
Mr Andy Best Staff (Support) 16 Jan 2019 15 Jan 2023
Mrs Ingrid Fido Co-opted Governor 19 Jan 2021 18 Jan 2025 Also staff member
Mrs Sarah Hartley Head Teacher
Mr Gary Plummer Co-opted Governor 1 Sept 2012 7 Oct 2023 Chair of Governors Chair, SEND
Mrs Becca Rees Staff 1 Sept 2018 7 Oct 2023
Ms Denise Huggett Clerk


Mrs Amy Pritchard Associate Member


Mrs L Goddard Co-opted Governor 11 Feb 2020


19 May 2021 

Mr G McRae Co-opted Governor 27 Sept 2018


18 Dec 2021

Mrs A Hefferman Co-opted Governor 19 Jan 2021


1 Mar 2022 

Mrs G Prowse Parent 19 Jan 2021


13 Jun 2022

Mr S Joyce Parent Governor 19 Jan 2021


21 Nov 2022

The regulations of the 1980 Education Act require that copies of the agenda and minutes shall be available at the school. These are available in the school office if you wish to view them.

We hold meetings once per half term at Wimborne First School & Nursery.

Our current Governors are:

Mr Gary Plummer Mrs Sarah Hartley Mrs Rebecca Rees Mrs Ingrid Fido
Mr Andrew Best Mrs Valerie Arbon


The Responsibilities of a School Governor:

  • They work with the staff to establish objectives, policies and procedures for the school and to formulate the School Development Plan. They also monitor the implementation of these.
  • They ensure the National Curriculum is taught in a broad and balanced way, including Religious Education.
  • They are involved in making staff appointments, and oversee competency and disciplinary matters. They also ensure appropriate appraisal and staff development takes place.
  • They are concerned with, and have responsibility for, the overall financial management of the school.
  • They take responsibility for ensuring that high standards are maintained in health and safety and the school's environment.
  • They have collective rather than individual responsibility.

The Governors are not responsible for:

  • The day to day running of the school or the implementation of policies. These are the responsibility of the Head Teacher.
  • They do not oversee the work of individual teachers, carry out appraisals or act in any way as school inspectors.


If you need to contact the Chair of Governors please address all correspondence to Mr Gary Plummer, c/o Wimborne First School or contact him via email