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.
If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors or the Clerk then please email the school office on email@example.com
Patrick Myers – Community Governor
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.
Steven Murphy – Community Governor
Vice Chair of Governors
Lead Governor for English
Lead Governor for E-Safety
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.
Revd. Cora Yarrien – Ex Officio Governor
I am an Ex-officio Governor at Manor Park School and also the vicar of St George’s Church, Fordington and St Andrew’s Church, West Stafford. Since starting as vicar in Dorchester in January 2021 I have been pleased to refresh the community connection between St George’s Church and Manor Park School. Within the governing board I have responsibility and oversight for RE curriculum. I also take a part of school life when I lead Collective Worships and a School services like Christmas, Easter and the Leavers Service. In my leisure time, I like to walk my dogs through the beautiful Dorset Countryside. I am also a fan of crafting and creating so enjoy creative projects that involve knitting, sewing and soap making . I am glad to be volunteering as part of the Governors team and hope to do my part to encouraging Christian distinctiveness, supporting the Staff team, helping children to achieve their potential and inspiring all to learn and grow.
Anna Jackson – Foundation Governor
I am a Foundation Governor and have been since July 2018. My faith is at the core of everything I do, so I have enjoyed working with the school to ensure we continue to show how Christian values are at the centre of school life. I have 3 children, two of whom have been all the way through Manor Park – one is now at St Osmund’s and the other at The Thomas Hardye School, and my youngest is here at Manor Park in Year 1. My background is in teaching and I worked at two local schools before having my own children, and I am currently work in early years as a childminder. Before the preschool amalgamated with the school, I was the Chair of their committee, so I really enjoy working with the early years team and have been able to see how the whole of the early years foundation stage is changing and developing now the pre-school is part of the school and with the newly implemented EYFS.
Mark Branson – Community Governor
Lead Governor for Health & Safety and Art/DT
I was a parent governor for 4 years in my children’s previous primary school and have now been a governor at Manor Park since 2017. My daughter attended the school and has now moved on to her next school.
I currently work in the Engineering & Scientific sector and lead teams and projects and hope to bring some of my experience into the Governing body.
I enjoy the outdoors and have two children, both at local middle and upper schools. I really like the people and town of Dorchester and want to ensure the school engage with the local community and events. I am passionate that all children have a good start to their education and enjoy school life at the same time as making solid progress. I believe this school has high expectations, a clear vision for continuous improvement and provides all children with a great and happy education.
Clair Bolland – Staff Governor
My name is Clair Bolland and I began working at Manor Park as a 1:1 Teaching Assistant over eight years ago. During my first year here, I completed an NVQ level 3 in Specialist Support Teaching and Learning.
A year later I was lucky enough to be asked to train with the Dorset Educational Psychology Team as an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant, which enables me to support children with their social and emotional skills which then became my full time role.
As our school inspires everyone to learn and grow, my journey with understanding positive mental health continued and I became a Licensed Thrive Practitioner. Thrive uses the latest research into child development, attachment theory, neuroscience and creativity to further support our children.
I completed training as a Designated Safeguarding Lead in 2020 and am now one of the deputy DSL’s at Manor Park. Having had training from the NSPCC to deliver the Pantosaurus resources, I deliver the PANTS message to our KS1 and Early Years children and along with a colleague, make Therapeutic stories available to all classes.
I have been part of the Governing body since 2016 as an Associate Governor and now am privileged to be Staff Governor, a new role to me this year. During covid, my role expanded to include Staff wellbeing and Mindfulness which I feel enables me to be an effective voice for staff.
My desire to provide emotional support continues to grow and alongside my full time work at Manor Park and with the support and encouragement from the senior leaders, I began to train as a Counsellor. Gaining a Level 2 Diploma in Counselling Skills (2017) and a Level 3 Diploma in Counselling studies (2018), with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body. I am now a registered member of the BACP as I am in my final year of qualification. By July 2021 I will have completed the Level ⅘ in Integrative Counselling with Ironmill College and my focus is on the modalities of Person Centered and Gestalt Therapy. I currently volunteer as a Counsellor for the charity Reach Across which is based in Arbroath, Scotland. The charity supports those who experience suicide ideation and those who are bereaved by the loss of a loved one.
My passion is promoting the understanding and managing of emotional intelligence to support healthy choices for children and their families. I am proud to be part of a school which holds this in such high regard and hope I can bring to the Governing Body a perspective which supports our schools emotional wellbeing.
Jill Hooper – Parent Governor
Lead Governor for Science
I am a proud mum of two children at Manor Park. I decided to become a governor to give something back to the school community, share my professional skills and support children to have the best start to their learning journey.
Currently, I’m the link governor for science. I will work closely with the science team to enhance children’s natural curiosity, problem solving skills and develop their scientific reasoning to debate global issues, such as climate change.
I have a teaching background, taught in schools around the county for 6 years, then a woodland became my classroom. In 2010, I became a director of Dorset Forest School. My role involves managing the day to day running, writing progress reports and funding bids, liaising with schools, social services and NHS. However, the highlight of my week is witnessing children exceeding their own expectations and gaining increased self-confidence.
In my leisure time, I wander through the magnificent Dorset Countryside, listen to stories and share food around campfires and create felt masterpieces.
Emma Newman – Parent Governor
I am a mum of 4 children who have all been educated at Manor Park First School. As such I have a very good insight into life as a parent at Manor Park as well as a strong personal desire to see the school succeed and continue to thrive.
I have had a successful career over the last 20 years as a chartered accountant having trained with the leading accountancy firm Deloitte and worked in the leisure industry in a multi-national business in a number of senior management roles. I also have project management and IT experience. Accountants should always try to de-mystify the financial numbers and other data for operational managers and key stakeholders, and I would hope to use these skills to support the school.
I have recently decided to step away from corporate life to spend more time in the home and to support my children through their formative years. The parent governor role is an opportunity to use my time, skills and experience to support the school whilst also indirectly doing something that will be in the children’s best interests.
Since my own children started school I have learned much of the challenges facing teaching professionals and management alike. I am both interested and enthusiastic to do what I can to support the wonderful Manor Park team who work so hard in what is often a challenging environment.
Kelly Tipton – Parent Governor
As a mother of 2 children, one who has completed her education at Manor Park and one in year 3, I wanted to support the school and felt that becoming a Parent Govenor was a good way to do this. Being a parent govenor gives you insight and appreciation of the huge amount of effort and commitment that it takes to run a successful school and I am greatful and happy that my children attend this school.
Professionally, I have a background in Manufacturing and Operations Management with over 25 years leadership experience in a variety of sectors and feel that my background offers a diverse persepective that can futher support the school as well as giving back to the community that working with this great school offers.
We moved to Dorset in 2017 from Sydney Australia and we have fallen in love with Dorset areas landscape and the community. I am very keen to support the school see the school continue it’s education of all of our children as well as playing a pivotal community support role.
Sophia Horwood – Associate 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 and thoroughly enjoy the role which utilises my skills in Finance. I hold the Accreditation with Merit for clerking a Governing Body alongside the Certificate in schools Business Management.I am passionate about my role and attend regular training to ensure our Governing Body is kept up to date on all matters relating to Governance.
In my free time I enjoy walking and cooking, I also enjoy crafting and am constantly trying out new crafts with a particular interest in sewing and paper crafts.
I am proud to be part of a Governing board that is so passionate about the children in its care.