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The Governors of Manor Park School work with the Headteacher and the senior leadership team to provide the strategic direction for the school. Our role is to ensure that the children receive the very best education that we can provide, by helping to ensure that everyone knows what they need to do and have the necessary resources.

Governors both support and challenge the Headteacher and senior staff to ensure that the school performs as well as it should and that all pupils have the very best opportunity to learn & grow.

Below are all the current Governors of the school.

Patrick Myers – Community Governor

Vice Chair of Governors

Lead Governor for Pupil Premium / EYFS

I am a community governor and I have a son in Year One of this fine school. He really enjoys his school life and I am so pleased to be a part of the school community that is doing so much to make his infant years productive and enjoyable. Children and Young people play an important part in my life as I work as an Assistant Director in Children Services at the county council. I have a particular interest in making sure that those children who find it more challenging to learn are supported to achieve their potential and that those who are able to excel equally are supported to be the best they can be. I enjoy the governor role and I am pleased to be working with such a dedicated and hardworking team.

Melanie Pallister – Head Teacher

I have been Head Teacher at Manor Park CE First School since September 2011. I am really proud to be the Head Teacher of this happy, exciting and developing the school. The staff here are very dedicated and work incredibly hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for our amazing pupils.  The parents and Governors also provide a lovely community to work with and everyone has the best interest of the children at heart.  All of my teaching career has been around the local area, and my husband, our 3 children and I love to spend time along the coastline enjoying walks in the countryside or taking advantage of the beach and the sea.

Rev’d Fiona Hall – Ex-Officio Governor

Lead Governor for RE
As team vicar at St George’s Church in Fordington I have been an ex-officio Governor since October 2012. One of my roles is to help the school preserve and develop the school’s distinctive church foundation, and act as a link between the school and the Church. So you may also see me in school doing assemblies and the Munch Bunch Lunch club, and occasionally marrying or baptizing teddies in lessons! In the past I’ve worked as a nursery nurse and early years teacher and really appreciate being part of the governing body and involved in a school that values all its members. Having been born in Dorchester it is lovely to be back living here again and enjoying the countryside and coffee shops with my cocker spaniel on days off.

Anna Jackson – Foundation Governor

Jenny Young – Staff Governor

Lead Governor for ICT
I am a Staff Governor for Manor Park First School. I have taught in Year Four at the school since 2014. I am passionate about ensuring that children are engaged and enthused by their learning. I also believe in children having the opportunity to have a voice and lead the School Council. The arts are also very important to me and with the help of other members of staff I lead the Choir and have done so for the last two years.
Although I do not live in Dorchester, I have lived in Dorset all my life. I live with my husband, my two horses and two dogs, Harley and Lucy.

Declan Cummings – Community Governor

Lead Governor for SEND
I am a Community Governor and have been so since February 2015.  I made the decision to become involved in the school as I wanted to invest some of my own time into having a greater understanding of what can make a good school, a great one.  As I do not have an educational background, I have completed a number of courses that have assisted with my role and having a daughter in Year 2 has also helped with this immensely.

As a family, we moved to Dorchester in 2006 and are aware that we live in a town which welcomes many families from all across the country.  Manor Park School is part of this welcome for many.   I have a particular interest in the Pupil Premium children, but I am proud to say that I believe the school gives all children the best possible start to their educational journey.

Mark Branson – Community Governor


Stephen Murphy – Parent Governor

Lead Governor for English
Lead Governor for E-Safety

After 26 years as an officer in the Royal Navy I retired in early 2015 in order to spend more time with my family. I have enjoyed a good relationship with the school over the last 5 years. My eldest son finished at Manor Park and moved up to Year 5 at St Osmund’s this academic year, I have a daughter in year 4 and my youngest son is in Reception. I have, since retirement, helped with various school trips and activities. With all 3 children now in full time education I have been a regular (CRB checked) parent helper in Year 4 which is an activity I thoroughly enjoy.

During my career with the Royal Navy I have gained wide experience in management, personnel, finance and crisis planning. With few commitments other than family I have the time and capacity to offer my services and would be honoured to be of assistance to the school as a Parent Governor.


Victoria Edgeler – Parent Governor


Emma Newman – Parent Governor


Jill Hooper – Parent Governor


Claire Warne – Clerk to the Governors

I am the Clerk to the Governors and have been Manor Park’s clerk since January 2015, I previously clerked for another First School and a Multi Academy Trust. I am also the Business Manager at Manor Park First School. I have recently passed my Accreditation with merit for clerking a Governing Body, a newly introduced qualification for clerks.

I have two children who have both attended DASP schools one who has recently left Thomas Hardye sixth form and the other is just about to take GCSEs.

Clair Bolland – Associate Governor


My name is Clair Bolland and I began working at Manor Park as a 1:1 Teaching Assistant some years ago, during my time here I have completed an NVQ level 3 in Specialist Support Teaching and Learning. Eighteen months ago I gained an ELSA qualification and am now a full time ELSA at Manor Park and am in the second year of a degree in Psychology and Criminology. My passion is promoting the understanding and managing of emotional intelligence to support healthy choices and am proud to be part of a school which holds this in high regard.