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Our Governors

Welcome to the Governors page.

We are a board of 14 dedicated individuals comprising members of the school community, church, staff and parents. Achieving the best possible experiences and outcomes for all children at Semley School lies at the heart of what we do and is our guiding principle in all our decisions.


Along with the headteacher, we set the strategic vision of the school, ensure the finances are well managed, the curriculum is delivered, performance and progress is monitored, the best staff are recruited, the Christian ethos is upheld, policies are approved and the buildings are looked after.

We have full governing body meetings twice a term and all governors serve on at least one of the three sub committees which also meet twice termly – these are 1. Finance 2. Curriculum, Staffing and Admissions and 3. Premises. Governors bring to the role a wide range of skills, backgrounds and interests. We know the school well, visit regularly and attend training sessions to keep up to date with the ever changing world of education.


The governors are allocated different responsibilities; all are linked to a particular class, and some governors have other areas of responsibility such as for a curriculum subject, Special Educational Needs or Safeguarding. Governors visit their link classes whenever possible, helping out and getting to know the children. Through meetings with the headteacher, staff and pupils, governors monitor the school’s performance and its school improvement programme.


We have a clerk to assist us in setting agendas, taking minutes and ensuring that the Governing Board fulfils all its statutory duties. If you would like to contact any of the governors please do so through the school office.


Harriet Egerton

Chair of Governors



Picture 1 Harriet Egerton, Chair of Governors, Foundation
Picture 2 John Eustace, Vice Chair, Parent Gov
Picture 3 Simon Baddeley,LA Gov
Picture 4 Gerry Purdue, Chair of Finance, Foundation Gov
Picture 5 Mary Anne Mackaness, Foundation Governor
Picture 6 Karen Pitman, Foundation Governor
Picture 7 Evis Holliman, Foundation Governor
Picture 8 Jo Smith, Staff Governor
Picture 9 Rev. Richard Warhurst, Ex-offcio Foundation Gov
Picture 10 Julia Stokes, Headteacher
Picture 11 Sam Heavingham, Associate (Staff) Governor
Picture 12 Laura Miles, Chair of Curriculum, Assoc. Governor
Picture 13 Stuart Asbury, Associate Governor
Picture 14 Briony Brickell, Chair of Premises, Parent Gov
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Governor Profiles  


Harriet Egerton – Foundation Governor (Chair of Governors)

Committees: Curriculum, Staffing & Admissions; Premises; Finance.

I live on the edge of Semley and have 2 daughters at the school.  I love being involved and feel very proud of our thriving happy school. My background is in property and agriculture.


John Eustace – Parent governor (Vice-Chair of Governors)

Committee: Finance

Class link: Coral

Responsibility for: Special Educational Needs (SEN)

I live in Semley and two of my children attend the school.  I am a teacher in a specialist college for students with Asperger’s and ASD.  I teach Computing and Digital Design.


Simon Baddeley – LA governor

Committee: Curriculum, Staffing & Admissions

Class link: Starfish

Subject Link: Maths


Gerry Purdue – Foundation governor

Committee: Premises, Finance (Chair)

Class link: Coral Reef

Responsibility for: Health & Safety

Scientist – retired to Sedgehill after thirty three years working for BP in scientific research and technical-support roles. I am active in church life, with particular interest in supporting youth activities; and enjoy coming into school to help in class and take part in 'Open the book' assemblies.


Briony Brickell – Parent governor

Committee: Curriculum, Staffing & Admissions; Premises (Chair)

Class link: Stingrays

Responsibility for: Safeguarding

I am a parent governor with a child in Starfish. I studied History of Art and work as an education consultant for art galleries and museums. I have previously been a community governor in a school for children with special educational needs.


Laura Miles – Associate governor 

Committee: Finance, Curriculum, Staffing and Admissions (Chair)

Class link: Starfish

Subject link: English

I have lived in the area for 10 years and have 4 children, 2 of whom have been to Semley School and loved their time there. I work as a fund raiser for an amazing charity, the Scientific Exploration Society and I am also a governor of a local prep school. 


Fr Richard Warhurst – Foundation governor, Ex-officio

Committee: Premises

Class link: Swordfish

I am an ex officio Foundation Governor of the school as Rector of the Benefice of St Bartholomew – which is comprised of six local Church of England churches.  I live in Semley village and I have two young children.


Evis Holliman – Foundation governor

Committee: Curriculum, Staffing & Admissions

Class link: Turtles

Responsiblity for Disadvantaged Learners and RE

I am a Foundation governor, and have lived in the area for 7 years. My husband was a retired Priest and helped at the Benefice services where we both worship. I am very passionate about education and love being involved in our lovely C of E school in Semley. We have three children and seven grandchildren.


Mary Anne Mackaness – Foundation governor

Committee: Curriculum, Staffing & Admissions

Class link: Turtles

Foundation Governor at Semley School.  I have lived in the village for fourteen years and am involved with the village shop and the church.  I am married with three children, two at university and one at secondary school.  I have a local food business in Tisbury.


Karen Pitman – Foundation governor

Committee: Premises

Class link: Starfish

I have lived in the surrounding area all my life.  I am married to a local farmer who was a former pupil of Semley School.  We have two children who both came to Semley School.  I work at Ludwell School.


Jo Smith – Staff governor (Admin & Finance Officer)

Committee: Finance


Julia Stokes – Ex-offio (Headteacher)

Committees: Curriculum, Staffing & Admissions; Premises; Finance.


Sam Heavingham – Associate governor (Deputy Headteacher)

Committee: Curriculum, Staffing & Admissions


Stuart Asbury – Associate governor

Committee: Premises

Class link: Swordfish

Before retirement, I farmed in Semley for thirty years.  My daughter is a former pupil.  I have strong connections with the church having been Churchwarden. As a former teacher I am keen to maintain my connections with education and I am a regular member of the ‘Open the Book’ assembly team.


Clerk to the governors - Dinah Rawlinson