Meet The Governors
Cerne Abbas VC CE First School is part of an informal Collaboration of schools including Prince of Wales First School, Cheselbourne Village School, Broadmayne First School and St Mary's Charminster. It is called the Learning First Alliance.
Our Governing Body diversity is predominantly white British. There are currently 9 female and 2 male Governors. The age range is 80's-30's
If you wish to contact a Governor please email the clerk on email@example.com or ring the school office 01300 341 319
Our Chair can be contacted directly on the email below
Chair of Governors
Retired Clinical Oncologist
Involvement in Medical education and committee experience -
Accredited teacher for London University
Practical approaches to training and teaching and demonstrating the success of these methods is of particular interest to me.
Interests - Trained to licentiate standard in Piano and music theory.
Gardening and Forestry, Stone and slate carving, Fishing
Barbara Southcott - Chair
Special Responsibilities - Health & Safety, Music
|Co - opted Governor|
|I have worked at Cerne Abbas CE VC First school since 2014, initially as the Head of School and then I became the substantive Head Teacher in 2017. I have been in teaching for 29 years and my experience includes being an Acting Head Teacher and a Co-Head teacher in previous settings. I have 2 children, my son who has recently achieved a degree at Brighton University and my daughter who has just started University in Bristol. I attend a local church in Dorchester and my passions include cooking and walking.|
|Catherine Cresswell||All committees|
|Head Teacher||01/09/2014 - present|
|I am now retired and live in the village but my career has been in Education, mainly early years and Primary. Moved into Higher Education, doing HR, Management and Trainer Training, and was involved in the development and verification of higher level NVQs. I'm currently volunteering in the County Museum helping with the education programmes.|
Committees - Teaching & Learning (Chair)
Pay & Personnel
Special Responsibilities - English, History, Geography
I have four children and three grandchildren, my husband and I retired to the village nearly 6 years ago. In my career I managed a range of early years settings within Hampshire. Taught, assessed EYE practitioners and apprentices at further education colleges. My project in the village was to start in the Little Giants Preschool in the village.
Having worked in the Early years sector for over 35 years I look forward to becoming a governor for the school, where I hope to continue supporting its valuable work for the community.
Safeguarding - shadow Gov
|Local Authority Governor||13/09/2021 - 12/09/2025|
|I have been a school governor for well over 30 years, and have retained an interest in education ever since my own children were small. I grew up in Weymouth and did my doctoral research in New Zealand; subsequently I lectured for the Open University for 40 years, ran my own geological consultancy, involving trips to the Middle East, Europe and Kazakhstan, and delivered numerous Earth Science workshops to science teachers in UK. Having recently retired, and living in Cerne for the past 13 years, I hope to pass on some of that Earth Science knowledge. Hobbies include swimming (not particularly wild!), cycling, choral singing, botanical painting, gardening and monitoring butterfly and cowslip populations. I attend Cerne Abbas church and sit on the PCC (Parochial Church Council).|
Committees - Pay & Personnel (Chair)
Special Responsibilities - Safeguarding, Science, Educational visits monitor, Staff welfare
|Foundation Governor||05/05/2021 - 04/05/2025|
|I’m Becki, I live in Cerne Abbas and this school was the main reason for my family moving to the village in 2019. I have 2 boys, my eldest already attends the school and my younger son is looking forward to starting the ‘Ducklings’ class for Pre-School. Prior to becoming a mum, I was a Research Scientist with a background in medical biochemistry, physiology and immunology. My PhD was particularly focussed on how the immune system is involved in the development of type 2 diabetes. I put myself forward for the role of Parent Governor as I am keen to be involved with the school and to help support the staff to ensure it continues to achieve and to maintain its excellent reputation.|
|Becki Macmillan||Special Responsibilities - Maths & French. Science - Shadow Gov|
|Parent Governor||28/06/2021 - 27/06/2025|
I’m Jenny, I live in Cerne Abbas and have two children at the school, and another at St Osmunds. I am a Research Nurse at Dorset County Hospital, with a background in cardiology.
I became a co-opted governor in September 2020 as I wanted to become more involved in the school.
Committees - Pay & Personnel
Special Responsibilities - EYFS
|Co-opted Governor||14/09/2020 - 13/09/2024|
|I live in Forston with my wife and young child, who is at the school. I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor working for Wessex Water and have a vested interest in career support for our children and young adults with responsibility across several areas. I manage Wessex Water's QS degree apprenticeship programme and am founder/chair of an RICS Collaboration Initiative comprising major employers in the region, who provide support to candidates on their pathway to becoming professional. I am also an official RICS mentor, as well as a Wessex Water Enterprise Advisor for a local Dorchester middle school.|
Justin Rush - Vice Chair
Committees - FR&E - Chair
Special Responsibilities - Computing & E Safety
|Co-opted Governor||28/06/2021 - 27/06/2025|
Committees - Finance, Pay & Personnel
Special Responsibilities - SEND, PE
|Staff Governor - School Business & Finance Manager||25/09/2021 - 24/09/2025|
|I am Jonathan Still, Vicar of Cerne Abbas since 2011.|
|Rev Jonathan Still|
Special Responsibilities - Religious Education
|Ex- officio Foundation Governor||since 01/06/2016|
I have two children at Cerne Abbas First School school and as a governor (and parent) I am keen to help support the school in creating the best environment for the children to learn and grow in.
I moved to Cerne Abbas in 2012 and set up Quince Art School; art classes for adults and children in Dorset. Prior to that I was a secondary school Art teacher in London. I strongly believe everyone can learn to draw and paint, it just requires supportive teaching and enthusiasm.
As a governor (with a special responsibility in Art & Design) I hope to share some of my skills and experience in supporting the school
Special Responsibilities - Design Technology & Art. Shadow Gov for Music
|Co-opted Governor||06/09/2022 - 05/09/2026|
|Andrea Schafer||As well as being clerk, I work in the school office|
|Clerk to Governors||01/09/2015|
Cerne Abbas CE VC First School - Governing Body
Summary of Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests 2023/2024
|Name of Governor||Name of Business||Nature of Business|
Nature of Interest
|Barbara Southcott||No business interest declared|
|Catherine Cresswell||No business interest declared||Education||Head Teacher|
|Fiona Hyden||No business interest declared|
|Alex Ryan||No business interest declared||School Business Manager. Also SBM at Nicholas & St Lawrence, Weymouth|
|Rev Jonathan Still||No business interest declared|
Governor at Buckland Newton School
|Jenny Rees||No business interest declared||Parent|
|Judy Burnham||No business interest declared|
|Leonora Phelan||No business interest declared|
|Becki Macmillan||No business interest declared||Parent|
|Justin Rush||No business interest declared||Parent|
|Valerie Champion||No business interest declared|
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