Meet the Governors
Each school has a group of people who serve on the Governing Body. The Governing Body meets at least once a term.
The term of office for Governors is four years.
Chair of Governors
Mr Ray Wood BEM
I first became involved with Christchurch over 20 years ago when my two children attended the school. I joined the parents’ association and later became a parent governor. As a governor I wanted to make a contribution to improving children’s education and to the community. I became a community governor and was then elected as the Chair.
As chair I worked with the Heads in post when the infant and junior schools merged to become Christchurch primary school, when the new library and the drama studio were opened and when the school expanded to five forms of entry. Throughout these significant changes my role as chair has provided a sense of continuity and I have been delighted to see the school ranked as outstanding by Ofsted in each of its last three inspections.
I am committed to raising standards in partnership with the Headteacher and to promoting equal opportunities for all pupils. I feel greatly privileged to have been involved with the school and its dedicated staff for such a long time long and I look forward to even greater achievements by its pupils.
I was a building society manager for 14 years and now work in the voluntary sector as a Macmillan Welfare adviser.
Mrs Maria O'Keefe
I have served as a Community & Co-Opted Governor at Christchurch for more than ten years. My two children attended Christchurch, during which time I volunteered in the classroom, on trips and as a member of the Christchurch Friends Association. I am active locally, supporting activities that bring the community together. I believe that the positive relationships that our children make at Primary School are key to a building and maintaining a cohesive and harmonious sense of community in the future. My role as a governor is to support staff in order to ensure that every child looks forward to school every day and reaches her or his potential, in an environment that is well managed and nurturing. I bring my professional experience within education, the business world and as a parent, to serve this purpose.
Mrs Marina Porter
I have worked at Christchurch Primary for 31 years now and it is a privilege to serve the school as a Governor. I started my career at Christchurch as a midday assistant when it was an infant school and my passion for supporting pupils with their learning quickly moved me into a classroom role. I have seen the school go through many changes in my time at Christchurch, however it has never lost its strong sense of community and as a Governor I am committed to ensuring that remains. I am keen to ensure all pupils achieve their best and most importantly are happy coming to school.