The governors of Poole High School are the strategic leaders of the school and have a vital role in making sure every child in the school gets the best possible education.

This is reflected in the law which states that the purpose of the school governing body is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement’.
The governors have three core strategic functions

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

As a foundation school, we are our own admissions authority, employ the staff and own the land and buildings.

The governing body is made up of 18 members:

Name Type Start Date End Date Term of Office Appointed by
Dr Philip Ryland CO-OPTED 29/11/2018 28/11/2022 4-years CO-OPTED
Mr Jeff Hart CO-OPTED 07/11/2017 06/11/2021 4-years CO-OPTED
Ms Joanne Oldale CO-OPTED 12/07/2017 11/07/2021 4-years CO-OPTED
Ms Marie-Claire Mowlam CO-OPTED 08/07/2019 07/07/2023 4-years CO-OPTED
Mr Martin Bland LA 09/04/2018 08/04/2022 4-years LA
Mr Michael Beesley CO-OPTED 07/11/2017 06/11/2021 4-years CO-OPTED
Mr Paul Gray HEADTEACHER 01/09/2015   4-years HEADTEACHER
Mr Paul Thynne STAFF 04/07/2019 03/07/2023 4-years STAFF
Mr Peter Woodroffe CO-OPTED 09/03/2019 08/03/2023 4-years CO-OPTED
Mr Ashley Rowlands CO-OPTED 01/09/2020 31/08/2024 4-years CO-OPTED
Mr Stewart Bullen CO-OPTED 19/09/2017 18/09/2021 4-years CO-OPTED
Ms Tracie Billington-Beardsley CO-OPTED 26/09/2018 25/09/2022 4-years CO-OPTED
Mr Reuben Hawkwood PARENT 09/11/2018 08/11/2022 4-years PARENT
Mr James Lee PARTNERSHIP 19/12/2018 18/12/2022 4-years PARTNERSHIP
Mr Paul Tansey PARTNERSHIP 10/07/2019 09/07/2023 4-years PARTNERSHIP
Ms Louisa Way PARENT 10/10/2019 09/10/2023 4-years PARENT

It meets together five times a year and is organised into a committee structure:

Strategy Committee

Jeff Hart (Chair), Ashley Rowlands, Martin Bland, Peter Woodroffe, Paul Gray, Joanne Oldale, Tracie Billington-Beardsley, James Lee, Reuben Hawkwood, Paul Tansey, Sian Phillips (Obs)

Learning & Staffing Committee

Ashley Rowlands (Chair), Jeff Hart, Stewart Bullen, Marie-Claire Mowlam, Paul Thynne, Paul Gray, Michael Beesley, Joanne Oldale, Phillip Ryland, Peter Woodroffe, Reuben Hawkwood, Louisa Way, Sian Phillips (Obs)

You can contact the governing body c/o Poole High School.;-

Governing Body - Documents

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