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 The School Governing Body 2019/2020

The Governors can be contacted via their own email governors@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 . 


We are seeking a second parent governor to contribute to the work of the Governing Body of St Martin’s Garden Primary School (including the Margaret Coates Centre). The Governing Body works with the Headteacher and staff to oversee the conduct of the school and to shape the school's future direction. The governing body includes parent governors who are elected by parents/carers of pupils at the school.   

We are currently looking for a parent governor to join us who can offer:

  • a strong commitment to education and the school
  • a willingness to learn about governance
  • a readiness to play a full part in the collective work of the governing body. 

Parent governors play a valuable role, bringing their experience of the school and of the community to the work of governing. 

The main duties of the Governing Body 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 and the Palladian Academy Trust
  • to ensure the school’s allocated resources are applied and managed effectively. 

All parents/carers of pupils attending the school have the right to stand for election and to propose other candidates. Nominations should be returned to the school marked ‘FAO the Clerk to Governors’, or via email to d.clayton@palladianacademytrust.com, no later than noon on Friday 29 November 2019

Anyone standing for election must certify that they are not disqualified to stand for any reason. All our governors are expected to follow the Palladian Academy Trust Code of Conduct and agree to a DBS application being made. Training is available for all governors and those new to governance are encouraged to attend induction training. 

Nomination forms and further information on the role of parent governors, including a summary of the statutory qualification/disqualification criteria, can be found below or collected from the school office on request.  

If you are thinking of applying and would like to discuss the role in more detail, please contact the Chair of Governors who would be happy to arrange a meeting. Please email Julia Garratt at governors@stmartinsgarden.org.uk  to arrange a  mutually convenient time. 

Thank you for your support, 

Julia Garratt

Chair of Governors

Nomination Form

Role of Parent Governor

Governor qualification/disqualification criteria

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 



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

 Ms M  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 January 2021
 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

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