Governors

The governors are a hard-working group who work closely with the staff to direct and monitor the work of the school. Currently, our governing body is made up as follows:


Mr John Tourgout
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Mr John Tourgout

Parent Governor

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Mr John Tourgout

Parent Governor

I am a new parent Governor for 2019-20. One of my daughters is in year 6, and the other attends secondary school after leaving Southill a couple of years ago. I wanted to become a governor to simply bring support where I can, and help the school to continue to develop. I am particularly interested in the work around building learning power, as I believe this can help set children up for life beyond school in years to come.

I spend half my time in a marketing role for local children’s charity SafeWise, which has one centre based next to the fire station, and another in Bournemouth near the University. The other half is spent looking after our family’s small business called Ocean Rocks which sells Jurassic Coast inspired organic, ethically made & eco-friendly t-shirts and associated accessories.

Mr Paul Mason
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Mr Paul Mason

Headteacher

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Mr Paul Mason

Headteacher

A little bit about me…

I joined the school in September 2014 having spent 6 years as the Headteacher of Swanage Primary School. Prior to that I was Deputy Headteacher at Chickerell Primary School. Although having a lot of experience in leadership roles, I actually find many aspects of the job quite dull – finance, emails, contracts and meetings, to name but some! The main reason I come to school each morning is to see the children – our lovely pupils are always full of energy, interesting to talk to and a pleasure to spend time with. I enjoy being in lessons helping children with their learning and I love organising fun events that I think they will enjoy. These are the times when I think it’s a great job and that I’m very lucky to be the headteacher of such a great school.

Mr Pete Barrow
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Mr Pete Barrow

Vice-Chair of Governors and Co-opted Governor

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Mr Pete Barrow

Vice-Chair of Governors and Co-opted Governor

The theme of my career has been proactive intervention which transforms organisations for the better. I can bring a step-change in performance and results while raising team morale. In Dorset Fire and Rescue and at Weymouth Sports Club, I planned and implemented change for the better.

I’ve also served the community in a variety of voluntary roles, including helping disadvantaged young people through the Prince’s Trust and the setting up of Weymouth Skatepark and I am delighted to be able to help my local primary school as a governor.

I chair our meetings, liaise closely with the headteacher, act as a link with FOSS and sit on the Personnel & Finance Committee.

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Mr Keith Evans

Chair of Governors

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Mr Keith Evans

Chair of Governors

I joined the Southill Governing Board as a Co-opted Governor in September 2018, and this September was elected Chairman of the Board of Governors. I am passionate about children developing to their full potential, and having clear aspirations for what they want to be and what they can be.

Born in Essex, married with three children. I came to Dorset via South Wales, a journey that was primarily career driven.

My career background is in the Aerospace Industry. This ranges from an operational role running a manufacturing facility to leading and developing a division of the company. In more recent years, I have lead transformational change teams focusing on integrating multinational leadership teams and businesses.

I believe my experience will help develop the future vision for the school, identifying areas of improvement, resource planning, as well as meeting the fiscal demands associated with running a school to budget.

Mrs Caroline Wood
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Mrs Caroline Wood

Deputy Headteacher

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Mrs Caroline Wood

Deputy Headteacher

I joined the team here at Southill in September 2011. Over the years I have taught in Reception, Year 1, 4, 5 and 6. I’m really proud to be part of the team because I’ve always believed that a good education is more than just learning facts and figures – it’s about learning to be the best person you can be. At Southill we help our pupils become resilient and resourceful learners who can work with others and reflect on their learning and experiences, making links with the wider world and becoming thoughtful and caring citizens.

I’m married with two grown-up daughters. I love books, films, history and watching live music.

Mr Simon Hounsell
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Mr Simon Hounsell

Parent Governor

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Mr Simon Hounsell

Parent Governor

I was born in Weymouth, raised and educated in Southill. I am married and have a son who is currently a pupil at Southill. I’m an active person, my interests include camping, skittles, football, golf and, well any sport really. I completed the Level 1 FA football coaching course last summer and have, until recently been helping out with my son’s football team.

Whilst I have a vested interest in the school doing well it is not my only reason for becoming a governor. As a former pupil of this school it is time to give something back to the place that served me so well during my early years.

I am looking to bring my knowledge and experience gained from many years working in finance to the board to help the team at the school continue the great work that is already happening.

Attendance at Governing Body Meetings Sept 2018 – 31st July 2019

Summary of Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interest of Governors