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The School Governing Body 2017/2018

The Governors can be contacted via their own email governors@stmartinsgarden.org.uk which sends emails direct to the  Chair of Governors: Dr Julia Garratt; Vice Chair of Governors: Mr Richard Cross and Clerk to the Governors or please write to Dr Garratt, Chair of Governors, C/O St Martin's Garden Primary School, Lympsham Green. Bath. BA2 2UN. 

If you would like more information on becoming a governor please contact us . 

Governors Annual Report to Parents 2016-2017 click here 

Governors Register of Business Interests 2017-2018  click here

Governor Name  Roles, Committees and Responsibilities and Pen portrait  Business Interests  voting rights Term end date 

 Dr Julia  Garratt                                                                                 

Chair of Governors  

I was a lecturer in English at Bath Spa University for many years, and after retiring I qualified as a counsellor; my counselling experience includes a period of working with young people at Off The Record in Bath. I have been a governor at Ralph Allen School for 12 years, including 4 as chair, and joined the St Martin’s Garden governors in the summer of 2016 to help consolidate the links recently established between the two schools, and also to find out more about primary education.              My particular interests include child protection, staff development and peer support, and ensuring that pupils of all abilities are able to achieve their best.


 Full  September 2020
 Richard  Cross

Vice-Chair of Governors

Responsibility for Finance inc. funding for Pupil Premium, Health & Safety,       Physical health inc. Sports funding

I have been a governor at St Martin’s Garden Primary and Fosseway Junior School for nearly 20 years and have seen many changes in that time.  I am also an ex pupil of the school. I live and work locally and am a Director of the Cross Manufacturing engineering company in Midford Road. The school is a vital part of our community and I remain committed to helping to ensure that all children at the school have to opportunity to achieve their full potential.

   Full  March 2019
 Matt  Stone

Head Teacher 

This is my second Headship following 3 years at my previous school. I originally taught in Japan, living there for 2 years, before returning to teach in England. Outside interests include playing football, swimming and playing the guitar. I also enjoy making up stories with origami, and am passionate about developing teaching and learning so that school is vibrant, engaging and teaches children the knowledge, values and skills that will enable them to lead happy and fulfilling lives.




Deputy Head Teacher

Staff Governor

I have worked at St Martin’s since January 2001. I joined as a newly qualified teacher and have had the opportunity to progress my career, so that I am now the deputy head-teacher. The children at   St Martin’s Garden are the reason why I have stayed at the school for so long. I love teaching our pupils, who are delightful and challenging in equal measure!  It is imperative that we ensure every pupil has the opportunity to be the best they can be, so they leave us being confident, independent, resourceful individuals who are well prepared for the next stage of their education.

   Full  February 2019


Parent Governor 

The School Governing Body has a vacancy for a parent governor.  The main duties of a governor are:

  • to ensure all pupils in the school have access to high quality education
  • to ensure the design and delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum which helps to maximise each pupil’s success and enjoyment
  • to ensure all pupils are safeguarded
  • to uphold and promote the ethos of the school
  • to ensure the school’s allocated resources are applied and managed effectively.

If you would be interested in helping to fulfil these duties, please write to the Clerk via Governors@stmartinsgarden.org.uk

If you are thinking of applying you might welcome an opportunity to discuss in more detail what is involved.  Julia Garratt, the Chair of Governors, would be happy to arrange a meeting.  Please contact her through the Clerk, contact details as above.



 David  Radford

Parent Governor

Responsibility for Estate Improvements and Inclusion

I am a parent of disabled twin daughters, one at St Martin’s Garden Primary School and one attending Three Ways School. I am a retired architect. Prior to retirement I was a director of BDP one of the largest architect practices in the UK where I specialised in healthcare design.  After retirement I sat on the NHS Design Review Panel and was an adviser the minister of health, Lord Warner.  I was a parent governor at St Saviours C of E Infants School and sat on the Forever Friends committee at RUH Bath raising funds for the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit. I am an advocate of inclusive, barrier free building design. I have recently designed our new family home which allows our daughters to be as independent as possible.




 Martina  Veale

Appointed Governor

Responsibility for Safeguarding and Special Educations Needs.

I have 22 years’ experience in education, including 12 years of senior leadership across several schools in London and Bristol. I have succeeded at leading a failing school out of special measures and taking a new school from bid to opening. 

I believe in the opportunity for everyone to experience a first class education, whatever their background or ability.  All the schools I have worked in have served areas of significant deprivation and faced the challenges this creates for young people to achieve their full potential. I am looking forward to learning more about the primary sector and how my experience at secondary level may benefit St Martin’s Garden Primary School.


   Full February 2021
 Alan   Howe

Appointed Governor

Responsibility for Curriculum Planning and Delivery.

I have 30+ years of experience in education as a primary teacher, primary teacher trainer, university lecturer and now Head of Education Studies at Bath Spa University. I have lived in Oldfield Park, Bath for 25 years and my three children were all schooled in local state schools. Throughout my career in education I have always worked hard to ensure my pupils and students are enabled to achieve their potential.   Above all, I believe primary schooling should be a time when children feel safe, secure and able to express themselves without being judged or labelled. I am proud to be part of the St Martin's Garden Primary School community. 

 Full November 2021 

 Information on the Governance of the Palladian Academy Trust can be found here