Governor Name Roles, Committees And Responsibilities And Pen Portrait Business Interests Voting Rights Term End Date

Dr J Garratt

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 Primary 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 2024

Mr R Cross

Richard Cross

Vice-Chair of Governors

Responsibility for Finance including funding for Pupil Premium, Health & Safety, physical health including sports funding and Chair of the Pay and Staffing Committee.

I have been a governor at St Martin’s Garden Primary and Fosseway Junior School for over 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 2023

Mrs C Parfitt


Headteacher, Specialist Leader in Education   Full  

Mrs A Horn

Angela Horn2



Deputy Headteacher/SENCo/Designated Safeguarding Lead

Staff Governor

  Full March 2023

Mrs R Seale

Becky Seale2



Parent Governor

My daughter attends St Martin's Garden Primary. I am a qualified primary school teacher and spent 6 years teaching before spending 2 years as a teaching assistant at a local primary school. I have been fortunate enough to be at home with both my children since they were born which means that I am lucky enough to have the time to do voluntary work including running a Brownie Unit in Bath as part of Girlguiding UK, being a committee member of a local preschool as well as being part of the Governing Body at St Martin's Garden Primary School.

As a family who live and work locally we are keen to support St Martin's Garden Primary as we feel it is an important part of the Odd Down community. I very much enjoy working with children, in educational and non-educational settings, and I am looking forward to spending time in school and being able to play a role in supporting the school community to be the best that it can be.

    October 2022

Mr D Tristram

Dominic Tristram

Parent Governor

My children both attend the Margaret Coates Centre. I take an active interest in the school and I am one of the trustees, and current treasurer, of the Friends of the Margaret Coates (FOMCU). My background is in computing and I currently run my own software development company. I have worked for a number of computer companies based in Bath, large and small. Outside paid work I was an elected public governor for four years, representing the City of Bath, at the Royal United Hospital. I am also interested in politics and have stood in local elections as a councillor for Odd Down twice, and for Parliament as a candidate for the Bath constituency twice.

  Full January 2024

Mr R Davies

Rod Davies

Appointed Governor

My experience in education is eclectic, having worked in secondary, primary and special schools, advisory education and as an educational consultant. Respect, teamwork and personal best have always been some of the main tenets of any education setting I have had the good fortune to manage.                  My career in education started in a large London comprehensive, culminating in the role of Head of Upper School. I was fortunate to be awarded a one-year secondment to London University to study for an advanced diploma in the psychology of children with SEN (specialism social, emotional and behavioural difficulties). I returned to the LEA and applied for the newly created post of advisory teacher for SEN.         The love of teamwork, learning and personal achievement eventually led me back into the school system.                                                      As Headteacher of the National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy, and latterly as the Head of an LEA primary provision for the education for pupils with social emotional and behavioural difficulties (managing a school, pupil referral unit, behaviour support team, and a primary learning achievement centre). This enabled me to explore learning and behaviour in its widest sense and understand the value of ‘progress and effort no matter the starting point’.                                                                    On a wider note I am a qualified RFU coach, a keen golfer, skier, bridge player, theatre/film goer, qualified NLP master practitioner and trained in solution focused brief therapy.

  Full September 2024

Mr A Howe

Alan Howe2


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 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

Mrs S Lee

Sue Lee

Appointed Governor

Responsibility for Literacy/Oracy and Safeguarding

I was a Senior Nurse working at the RUH and then serving the Bath Community for over 30 years. I started volunteering as an additional reader with pupils in the Margaret Coates Centre a few years ago.

I am a passionate reader and passionate about helping children to learn and enjoy reading.  Being a Governor has enabled me. despite my disability, to help and support St Martin's Garden Primary School. 

  Full  July 2022

Dr S Divall

Dr Sally Divall

Appointed Governor

I have been fortunate to live in Bath for 35 years. My children grew up here and were educated in local state schools.  I studied Natural Sciences at university and worked in business and in research before becoming a teacher.  I then worked for over 20 years as a science teacher and recently retired as a headteacher. I want all children to be able to develop a deep love of thinking and learning while honing their skills for adult life and am excited to be part of the St Martin’s Garden Primary School community.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, mountain walking, and various outdoor pursuits.

  Full January 2024
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