Governor Profiles

Bridport Primary School has a board of ten Governors.

James is an elected Parent Governor, appointed by parents and serving a four year term that runs until June 2025.

James has had a successful career in educational IT dating back over 20 years. This began managing local school systems, expanded to provide curriculum and infrastructure advice whist working within the Capital Team at Dorset County Council, and continues in his current role within the Capital Directorate at the Department for Education.

James has 3 children at BPS across the keystages, and enjoys spending time with his family being creative, running, cycling or on woodland walks.

James Hatch

Julia was appointed by the Local Governing Board on a 4 year term which expires in June 2023. Julia lives in Bridport with her husband having moved here 2 years ago. She has always worked in education, working in secondary schools and latterly in primary schools as a professional librarian. She is looking forward to getting back into working closely with all at Bridport Primary School having been fully involved with and playing an active role in her son’s schools in London.

Julia Whiting

Co-opted Governor

Michaela is the Headteacher of the school and as such holds an ex-officio position on the Local Governing Board.

Michaela has two young boys. They are very lively and keep her busy at weekends. The eldest has just started the next stage of his schooling at the Sir John Colfox School, so it has been an exciting start to the new school year for both of us!

Michalea was born and grew up here in Bridport. The daughter of a Primary School Head, she knew very early on that teaching was for her.  Michaela went to Loders Primary, then Colfox Secondary (as it was then), studying English and languages. It was then off to Cardiff for teacher training. She has taught and held leadership positions in several different schools, and after four and a half years as Head of School at Mrs Ethelston’s in Uplyme, Bridport Primary was a golden opportunity.

The chance to make a difference to the town she loves and support the future means a great deal and she feels privileged to be Head at Bridport Primary School.

Michaela Kite


Sarah is a Co-opted Governor, appointed by the Local Governing Board and serving a four year term which concludes in May 2022.  Sarah trained as a nurse in London and then went on to train as a Health Visitor, and has worked in children’s health services throughout her career. She had a break from paid employment when her children were small, and she lived in Qatar for 3 years.

On coming back to the UK she returned to work as a Health Visitor in Kent, finishing her career as an Assistant Director for Community Childrens Health services. This involved responsibility for HVs, School Nurses, Paediatricians and therapists. Having always worked in Community Health services she has worked closely with Social Care and Education throughout her career, recently particularly on the SEND agenda, and the introduction of EHC plans. She was also seconded onto the Board of Governors of a special school in Kent.

She left the NHS 5 years ago, and spent 4 years working as a freelance, including spending a year working as an Assistant Director for Dorset Community Health. She moved to Bridport just over a year ago, but has had a long association with the area as her family have owned a house at West Bay since the 1890s. On a personal note she has 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

Sarah Fletcher

Co-opted Governor

Lesley is a Co-opted Governor appointed by the Local Governing Board and serving a 4-year term which will expire in 2021.  Lesley was very excited to take on a co-opted governor role at Bridport Primary School.  As a family she has lived in Bridport since 1986 and all of her children and now some of her grandchildren have all come to the school. She says “It will be a privilege to give something back to the school and my main focus will be SEND.”

Lesley Gaplin

Co-opted Governor

Adam is an elected Staff Governor, appointed by the school staff and serving a 4 year term which will expire in September 2021.  Adam has lived and taught locally for all his teaching career and undertook his initial teacher training with the Dorset SCITT. Prior to working at Bridport Primary School he was the Deputy Headteacher at a small village primary near Sherborne where he also sat on the governing body. He says “Being a part of this dedicated group of volunteers is a real privilege and the challenge and support they offer the school is vital.”  He looks forward to working with the team in the years to come.

Adam Gough

Deputy Headteacher

Clare is an elected Parent Governor, appointed by parents and serving a four year term which will expire in June 2023.

Clare is a mum of two, Olive in year 6 and Frank in year 4, has been married for a good while, enjoys being close to nature, taking care of our numerous pets and obsessing over her wildlife garden. After teaching in Africa she returned to UK completed a PGCE and taught in mainstream schools before branching off into specialist education, primarily for behaviour and autism, she currently works for the Local Authority as an advisory teacher. Clare is an advocate of lifelong learning and completed her MA in Education a few years back, she is also interested in the holistic development of children and more recently completed a Beach Schools qualification.

Clare believes whole heartedly in inclusive education as it benefits all, Olive and Frank’s experience at BPS is enriched by the diverse needs of some of their peers and is evident from their heart-warming tales of who needed some extra help, with this or that, today at school or who wowed the class with their detailed descriptive writing.  Inclusive practices build confident, resilient children as a parent governor she would hope to be able to draw upon her experiences to support and develop these practices at BPS.

Clare Cavanagh

Parent Govenor

James serves as a Co-opted Governor, appointed by the Local Governing Board on a four year term which concludes in July 2023. James has lived in Bridport since 2001. Both of his children attend BPS. Prior to joining the governing body for BPS James was involved with the management committee for St. Catherine’s Preschool, including acting as the Chairman for two years. James is the Head of ICT Operations at Dorset Council.

James Ailward

Co-opted Governor

Emily is an elected Staff Governor, appointed by the school staff and serving a 4 year term which will expire in June 2021​. Emily has been living in Bridport for 6 years and teaching at BPS for 3 years now. Before joining this school, she worked as Year 1 class teacher, English Lead and Staff Governor at her previous school in Weymouth. She enjoyed being Staff Governor there and so when the opportunity to join the Governors here presented itself, she umped at the chance!

Emily Kingston

Staff Governor

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Natalie Green

Clerk to the Governors

Justin is a co-opted Governor serving a 4-year term which will expire in 2021. He moved to Melplash just over 3 years ago and just loves it. He runs an outdoor clothing company which he started 30+ years ago but found that he had some spare time on my hands and decided that helping out at a local school was right up his street. He was co-opted onto the BPS governing body back in September.

Justin Walton

Co-opted Governor

Mike is a Co-opted Governor appointed by the the Local Governing Board and serving a 4-year term which will expire in May 2022.  Mike moved to Dorset in 1987 to take up post as adviser to the secondary schools in the west and north. Previously he had worked for 15 years in schools, starting as an English teacher and leaving as a deputy head teacher. Mike became chief schools’ adviser and then deputy director of Education for Dorset, before leaving in 2003 to be director in Bath and NE Somerset. During the 10 years from 1992 he was also an Ofsted registered inspector, leading teams in the inspection of middle and secondary schools, including some work in British schools abroad.

Mike left Bath with the change to Children’s Services and ran his own consultancy business, working mainly for Devon. At the same time he became chairman of a charitable trust based in Bath, 5x5x5=creativity. The charity 5x5x5 is dedicated to working with schools to improve the quality of primary teaching and learning through creativity and critical thinking; mainly in the arts but also other areas, like mathematics. Mike lives near Bridport in the Bride Valley with his wife Liz. He is a voluntary driver for the local community car service, taking mainly older residents to their NHS appointments.

Mike Young

Co-opted Governor - Chair

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