“Leaders and teachers set ambitious targets and expectations for students”
OFSTED Report 2017

Governors’ Information

‘Effective governance begins with effective Governors’

Governors are crucial to the running of a school. The different perspectives they can bring are invaluable to the Principal, staff and students. They will play an active and enthusiastic part in promoting the school and in ensuring its long-term success.

The school is very fortunate to have a supportive governing body. The current members bring a wide range of experience from many different areas of professional life to our school. The governing body will work closely with the Principal and the leadership team to set the strategic direction and development of the school.


Governors’ role at the Dorset Studio School is to:

  • Provide a strategic view,
 and help to set and maintain the broad framework within which the Principal of the School and the staff should run the school
  • Act as a critical friend and provide the Principal of the School with support and offer advice and information but also to provide some challenge
  • Report to the governing body on the school’s performance, and, in turn, the governing body is accountable to all stakeholders on the school’s overall performance

If you wish to contact a member of the Governing Body or are interested in becoming a Studio School Governor, please contact Vanessa Gifford, Clerk to Governors – Email address:  vanessa.gifford@kmc.ac.uk or Telephone:  01305 215170.


Position Attendance 2016/17 Attendance 2017/18 Attendance 2018/19
Academy Trust
Luke Rake Member N/A N/A N/A
Mike Foley Member N/A N/A N/A
James Tirrell Member N/A N/A N/A
Mike Faulkner Member N/A N/A  N/A
Tim Stephens Member N/A N/A N/A
Governing Body
Mark Gibbens Chair/Health and Safety Link Trustee 6/6 5/5 1/2
Luke Rake Vice Chair/ Trustee 5/6 5/5 2/2
Annetta Minard Principal 6/6  5/5 2/2
James Tirrell Trustee 5/6 5/5 1/2
Robert Lasseter  4/6  2/5 2/2
Kaye Chittenden Safeguarding Trustee  3/6 3/5 2/2
Andy Daw  3/6  3/5 1/2
Avril Harrison Pupil Premium Link Trustee  3/6 3/5 2/2
Martha Vigar  5/6  4/5 1/2
Joanne Manley Parent Trustee N/A N/A
Vacancy Parent Trustee  N/A  N/A

There are no delegation of duties due to the fact there is one Governor Full Board and no sub committees.

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Dorset Studio School, Kingston Maurward, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8PX
Call 01305 215028. Our office is open 9 - 4.30pm Monday to Friday

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