"Be kind, try hard, do your best."


 The School Governing Body 2019/2020

The Governors can be contacted via their own email Chair@stmartinsgarden.org.uk which sends emails direct to the  Chair of Governors: Dr Garratt; Vice Chair of Governors: Mr 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 Register of Business Interests 2019-2020  click here

Governor Meeting Attendance 2018-2019 click here

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

 Dr J  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
 Mr R  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 2023
 Mrs C Parfitt 

Head Teacher and Specialist leader in Education



Mrs A


Deputy Head Teacher/SENCo

Staff Governor

Newly Appointed

   Full  March 2023

 Mrs R   Seale

Parent Governor 

I am a parent of a daughter at St Martin's Garden. 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 my daughter since she was born and I now work as bank staff at a local preschool that may daughter previously attended.  I am also a member of the preschool committee and I volunteer with Girlguiding UK running a Brownie Unit in Bath.

As a family who live and work locally we are keen to support St Martin's Garden 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

Parent Governor

 I am a parent of two children in the school, both in 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 candidate for the Bath constituency twice.


 January 2024


Appointed Governor 

 Mr A   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 
Mrs S Lee

Appointed Governor

Responsibility for Literacy/Oracy

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

Appointed Governor

I have been fortunate to live in Bath for 35 years and 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 Science 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 community.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, mountain walking and various outdoor pursuits.

Full January 2024

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