The Governing Body oversees the work of the School and ensures that the School provides a good quality education for its pupils.  The Governors work in partnership with the Headteacher and other staff and are involved in such matters as:

  • Setting the School’s aims and policies;
  • Improving standards of teaching and achievement;
  • Setting the School’s budget plan and monitoring expenditure;
  • Interviewing and appointing staff;
  • Acting as a link between the Local Authority and the School;
  • Drawing up an action plan after an inspection and monitoring the success of the plan.

The Governing Body consists of one Local Authority Governor, two Parent Governors, one Staff Governor, the Head Teacher and eleven co-opted Governors who are elected for a four year term of office.  The Governing Body meets twice a term as does the ancillary committees: Resources Committee (Formerly Finance & Staffing and Premises, Pupil Welfare and Curriculum Committee. The Governors regularly visit the School and observe the work that is being carried out by the staff.



Chair of Governors – Gill Acton

Profile -Now retired, I have over 30 years’ experience of teaching German and French in British state schools, and teaching EFL in Germany and Austria. I am a volunteer advisor for Bridport and District Citizens Advice and, as a volunteer for the RVS Home Library Service, I deliver books to people who find it difficult to get to the library. In my spare time I like singing (I am a member of Bridport Choral Society and Beaminster’s own Raucous Chorus), reading and walking. I also run a local classic car club. It is a privilege to be Chair of Governors of the caring and vibrant community that is Mountjoy School!


Vice Chair – Local Authority Governor

Rebecca Knox


Heather Giles
(Co-Opted Governor)

Paula Bates
(Co-Opted Governor)

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Madhara Davies
(Parent Governor)

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Maureen Granger
(Co-Opted Governor)

3 Vacancies
(Co-Opted Governors)

Susan Gurney-Legg
(Staff Governor)

Mat Follas
(Co-Opted Governor)

Jackie Shanks

(Headteacher, ex-officio Governor)

Steve Page
(Parent Governor)

David Witham

(Co-Opted Governor)

Mary Hall
(Co-Opted Governor)

John Ryde
(Co-Opted Governor)

Clerk to the Governors
Mrs Vicky Reed

If you are interested in becoming a Co-Opted Governor, please send an email to

Minutes of Governors’ Meetings are available on request.

Vicky Reed, Admin Officer/Clerk to Governors, Mountjoy School, BEAMINSTER, Dorset, DT8 3HB, Tel: 01308 861922