The governing body consists of eighteen members. The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets five times a year, with additional sub-committees meeting before each of the FGB meetings. The committee structure deals with specific issues relating to:
Christian Vision, Curriculum and Achievement, Finance & Premises and Staffing, Admissions and Pastoral.
The Governing Body is formed under an Instrument of Government which took effect from 1/9/17.
Foundation Governors (11)
Mr Roger Coombe
Appointed by: Bath Deanery Synod Committee Membership: Christian Vision, Curriculum & Achievement, Finance & Premises, Joint Executive, Staffing Term of Office: 11/11/17 – 10/11/21 Responsibilities: Joint Chair of Joint Executive Committee Declarations of Interest: None Attendance Summary 2018-19 85%
I have been a governor at St Mark’s School and Chair of Governors since 2008. I am passionate about St Mark’s School; we have a great school with great staff, students and governors, at a time when many exciting projects are about to come to fruition. Married with four children and eight grandchildren I have always been in Agriculture, mainly in Dairying, but for the last thirty years I have been supplying seed and fertiliser to farmers throughout the UK.
Mrs Julie Henderson
Appointed by: Ex officio Rural Dean Committee Membership: Curriculum & Achievement, Finance & Premises, Joint Executive, Joint 6th Form, Staffing Term of Office: 22/12/16 – 22/12/20 Responsibilities: Chair of Governing Body, Chair of Curriculum and Achievement, Chair Governors Pay Committee Declarations of Interest: None Attendance Summary 2018-19 90%
I began my career as a teacher of French and Spanish in secondary schools and now also teach ESOL in a College of Further Education. I was a governor at Wick Primary School for several years, serving as Chair of Governors in my last year. I have been a governor at St Mark’s School since 2008 and have been Vice Chair of Governors since 2010. I chair the Curriculum and Achievement Committee as well as serving on the Staffing, Finance and Premises, Joint Sixth Form and Joint Executive Committees. I am passionate about education and about St Mark’s School. Both our children attended St Mark’s School.
Appointed by: Ex officio Minister of St Saviour’s Church Committee Membership: Term of Office: N/A Responsibilities: Chair of Finance & Premises Committee Declarations of Interest: None Attendance Summary: N/A
Appointed by: Diocesan Board of Education Committee Membership: Staffing Term of Office: 13/10/17 – 12/10/21 Responsibilities: Vice Chair of Governing Body, Chair of Staffing Committee, GDPR Governor Declarations of Interest: None Attendance Summary 2018-19: 85%
I have been a governor for some four years and serve on the Staffing and Christian Vision committees. My second son is studying at the New Sixth. I work as a lawyer in Bath, specialising in corporate law. My husband and our four children live in a small village about ten miles outside Bath near Corsham. We are members of our local Baptist church in Corsham.
Mr John Fox
Appointed by: Archdeacon’s Representative (Lay) Committee Membership: Curriculum & Achievement, Finance & Premises Term of Office: July 19 – July 23 Responsibilities: Declarations of Interest: None Attendance Summary 2018-19: n/a
Mrs Lyndsey Wright
Appointed by: Diocesan Board of Education Committee Membership: Christian Vision, Staffing, Pastoral Term of Office: 28/07/19 – 28/07/23 Responsibilities: None Declarations of Interest: Assists the Bath and Wells Diocese full time Attendance Summary 2018-19: 80%
All 3 of my children were educated at St Mark’s with my youngest recently finishing at the New Sixth. I worship at St Saviour’s where I co-lead our children’s work and head up our Fair Trade activities. I work in the Sanctuary one morning a week at Breakfast Club and I occasionally give a whole school assembly. I also go into St Saviour’s Infant and Junior schools on a weekly basis with Fair Trade tuck shops.
Mrs Sam Packer
Appointed by: Diocesan Board of Education Committee Membership: Christian Vision, Pastoral Term of Office: 28/07/19 – 28/07/23 Responsibilities: Governor i/c Safeguarding Declarations of Interest: Bath Youth for Christ Schools and Youth Worker Attendance Summary 2018-19: 95%
I have had two daughters at St Mark’s and work as a part time Schools & Youth Worker for Bath Youth for Christ on the east side of Bath. I work in The Sanctuary one day a week where I run Breakfast Club, and see young people for mentoring. I think St Mark’s is an excellent school and should be supported by the local community. I worship at St Luke’s Church on Wellsway, Bath.
Mrs Jessica Barber Appointed by: Diocesan Board of Education Committee Membership: Staffing Term of Office: 1/6/16 – 1/6/20 Responsibilities: e-Safety Governor Declarations of Interest: None Attendance Summary 2018-19: 20%
1 x Vacancy
Appointed by: Bath Deanery Synod (Clergy)
2 x Vacancy
Appointed by Diocesan Board of Education
Non - Foundation Governors (8)
Local Authority Governor (1) appointed by Local Authority and Governing Body
Mrs Carol Bowery
Committee Membership: Pastoral Committee Term of Office: 01/01/18-01/01/22 Responsibilities: SEND Governor, Staff Wellbeing Governor, Chair of Pastoral Committee Declarations of Interest: Attendance Summary N/A
A teacher since 1978, most of my career has been supporting young people from vulnerable backgrounds. I have been the Headteacher of The Meriton in Bristol for 27 years, giving education and support to young parents, leading the school to 3 ‘Outstanding’ OFSTEDs. In 2002 I was awarded an MBE for this work. Recently retired, I will continue to fight for an education system which promotes equality and progression for all. My children went to St Mark’s. I live locally and believe in St Mark’s, and want it to be at the heart of the local community.
Parent Governors (4) elected by Parents
Ms Emma Dumeige
Committee Membership: Curriculum & Achievement, Finance & Premises Term of Office: 9/10/17-8-10/21 Responsibilities: H&S Link Gov Declarations of Interest: Attendance Summary 2018-19: 70%
Mrs Fiona Clist
Committee Membership: Staffing, Finance & Premises Term of Office: 9/10/17-8/10/21 Responsibilities: Declarations of Interest: None Attendance Summary 2018-19: 80%
This is my first position as a governor, I was previously chair of the PTA’s at both St Saviours Infants and Junior Schools where my two children attended. My eldest child is now in year 7 at St Marks, and my youngest is in year 5 at St Saviours Junior School. I run my own small business and also work for a firm of accountants in Bath. I am not local to Bath, having grown up in the West Midlands but I have lived in Larkhall for the past 16 years with my husband who is an ex pupil of St Saviours Infants, Juniors and St Marks. Our close family ties with the school are the reason I am keen to have a positive impact on the school and try to change people’s attitude towards it.
Mr Strider Cutts
Committee Membership: Term of Office: 9/11/18-8/11/22 Responsibilities: Declarations of Interest: None Attendance Summary 2017-18: N/A
Co-Opted Governors (1) appointed by Governing Body
Mr Philip Addis
Committee Membership: Finance & Premises Term of Office: 10/06/19 – 09/06/23 Responsibilities: Marketing & School Facilities Development Declarations of Interest: Director at Theatre Royal Bath Attendance Summary 2018-19: 65%
I started my own wine company in Bath in 1983, and later sold in 2010, by which time it was importing from all over the world and selling to consumers, restaurant and other wine companies. I now work with a number of small and growing business as a both a consultant and non executive director and am on the board of trustees of three charities. Married with two daughters, I enjoy running and rowing, playing golf (which sadly lacks adequate skill and technique), and watching all sport especially Bath Rugby. I am also determined to help bring wider awareness to the great education that St Mark’s can provide!
Mr Barnaby Ash
Committee Membership: Christian Vision, Curriculum & Achievement, Finance & Premises, Joint Executive, Joint 6th Form, Staffing Term of Office: N/A Responsibilities: None Declarations of Interest: Employee of the School Attendance Summary 2018-19: 100%
I have been Headteacher of St Mark’s’s and Governor-Headteacher since September 2014. I have previously worked at four schools, both at home and broad, which has included working on three management teams and completing a headship at a school in SE London. My subject specialism is Physical Education. I am married with two daughters. I attend St Swithun’s Church, Bathford.
Staff Governor (1) elected by Staff
Mr Hilary Kops
Committee Membership: Christian Vision Term of Office: 20/03/17 – 19/03/21 Responsibilities: None Declarations of Interest: Employee of the School Attendance Summary 2018-19: 95%
I have been Assistant Headteacher at St Mark’s since September 2013. I have previously worked at three schools which included working on two management teams. I also completed my NPQH in September 2013. My subject specialism is music. In a previous life I was a professional musician. This involved performing with the BBC concert orchestra, playing and recording with The Stranglers and touring the world for five years. I am married and have a daughter who is at UCL and a son who is at Bath College.
Associate Members of the Governing Body (3) appointed by Governing Body (without voting rights)
Mr Stephen Lillicrap
Committee Membership: C&A Committee Term of Office: n/a Responsibilities: n/a Declarations of Interest: None Attendance Summary N/A
I have worked with children all my life, mainly as a Riding Teacher and a Vaulting Instructor. I also qualified as a Teaching Assistant to work child friendly hours. I love working with young people and feel privileged to be part of a positive school experience for those who struggle without support. I currently work 1:1 with a pupil at St Saviour’s Juniors. I gladly bring these experiences to my role as a Governor at St Mark’s. I worship at Hay Hill Baptist Church.
Governors who have resigned or whose office has expired in the last 12 months:
Mrs Jackie Short (Parent Governor) Term expired 19/12/18
Mrs Pat Garven (Associate Governor) Resigned Sep 2019