The Governors

We are lucky to have an active and effective board of governors at Summerfields. Please click here to view our  2018-19 Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegation. 

Below are short biographies of our current board:

Tony Murphy – Co-opted Governor & Chair of Governors

Hi, I’m Tony Murphy. I have had three very happy children pass through Summerfields Primary. I’ve been running the under 11 school football team here since 2011 and also enjoy taking assemblies as part of my role as Minister at Church on the Roundabout.

I also worked for 19 years as a science teacher at Sandown High (as it was then), so given my links to Island education and the local community, it seemed a logical step to become a school governor in September 2014.

I can be contacted in writing via the school.

Kay Wood – Head Teacher

Luke Meads – Co-opted Governor

I wanted to become a school Governor to help make a difference in my local community and make a positive contribution to the education of children.  I have a passion for Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), specifically engineering, and would like to have an influence in developing the next generation of Engineers.  I believe education is vital in an ever changing world and I want to support those educating and inspiring children.

Both my wife and mother are teachers in Primary schools, and I am aware of the challenges that teachers have. With an almost constant change in school environments (budgets, targets, curriculum etc), I want to be able to contribute to the support network for the Headteacher and their teaching team.

Ben Gard – Co-opted Governor

I have lived local to the School for most of my life and have two children, one who attends the school and another currently attending Bright Sparks who I hope will enrol at Summerfields in a couple of years. By trade I am a Lawyer practising in a wide range of law including information governance (freedom of information and data protection), corporate governance, and school exclusions. In my spare time I am also the Chairman of Seaclose Swimming Club, a local registered charity. I am pleased to have been co-opted to the governing board.

Jane Bridle – Staff Governor

Jane is our staff governor.  She is the subject leader for Maths and teaches Year 5.

Helen Smith – Clerk to the Governing Body

I am an Island girl born and bred with a long history in Local Government administration, most recently with the East Riding of Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board and the Isle of Wight Fostering Team.  I am passionate about education and training, and the opportunities it can deliver to all, especially when it comes to helping all young people achieve their potential and get the best outcomes in life.  I am happy to be back home on the Island and gaining more knowledge and training in the field of education now that my daughter attends school at Summerfields.

Parent Governor – Vacancy

Co-opted Governor – Vacancy

Local Authority (LA) Governor – Vacancy

If you are interested in finding out more about any of our vacancies, please speak to the school office.

Current Terms of Office 2017-18


Surname Forename Type of Governor Appointed By Date Elected End of Office Date expired/ resigned
ALLMAN Tara Parent Parents 28/11/2017 28/11/2021
MURPHY Tony Co-opted Governing Body 13/09/2018 12/09/2022
WOOD Kay Headteacher Ex Officio 06/01/2014 N/A
GARD Ben Co-opted Governing Body 25/01/2018 25/01/2022
MEADS Luke Co-opted Governing Body 18/05/2017 17/05/2021
BRIDLE Jane Staff Staff 06/03/2018 05/03/2022
Parent Parents VACANCY
Co-opted Governing Body VACANCY
Local Authority LA/ Councillor VACANCY
Historic Governors from the past 12 months
Surname Forename Type of Governor Date Elected End of Office Date expired/ resigned Reason
VINE Melanie Associate Member 24/11/2016 24/11/2017 14/09/2017 Voided when committees ceased
ALLMAN Tara Parent 27/11/2013 27/11/2017 27/11/2017 Expired & Re-elected
OLIVE Dan Parent 20/06/2017 20/06/2021 01/11/2017 Resigned due to personal reasons
FOSTER Jacqueline Local Authority 16/02/2017 15/02/2021 06/01/2018 Resigned due to London work base
BOUND Alan Staff 23/09/2016 23/09/2020 22/01/2018 Resigned due to ill health


Pecuniary Interests 2017-18

Pecuniary Interests 2017-2018
Name: Directorships, partnerships and employments with businesses that provide goods or services to the school. Trusteeships and Governorships (other than Summerfields)


Any other potentially relevant interests:
Kay Wood None None Employed at the school
Tara Allman None None ·  Child attends school as a pupil

·  Employed at Hunnyhill Primary School

Tony Murphy None None Wife employed by the school
Alan Bound None None Employed at the School
Jacqui Foster None None Employed at Southern Housing Group
Luke Meads None None ·  Wife employed at the School

·  Employed by GKN Aerospace

Ben Gard ·  IWC Lawyer

·  IWC Clerk to Independent Review Panel (School Exclusions)

·  IWC Deputy Data Protection Officer

None · Son attends the school

· Chairman of Seaclose Swimming Club

Jane Bridle None Employed at the school

Roles and Responsibilities

Below is a full list of roles and responsibilities of the board of governors, along with a record of attendance at meetings.

Chair of Governors                                      Tony Murphy – Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair of Governors                           Tara Allman – Parent Governor


Areas of Responsibility 2017-18   

Teaching & Learning Tony Murphy Jane Bridle
Finance Luke Meads Tony Murphy
Data Luke Meads Tara Allman
Health & Safety Ben Gard Luke Meads
School Development Pan and Ofsted Readiness Tony Murphy Jane Bridle
Safeguarding & Behaviour Tara Allman Kay Wood
Special Educational Needs (SEN) Ben Gard Tara Allman
Disadvantaged Children Ben Gard Tara Allman
Pay Committee Tara Allman Vacancy Ben Gard
Headteacher’s Performance Tony Murphy Tara Allman

 Governor’s attendance at Meetings 2017-18

FULL GOVERNING BODY 2017-18          
14/09/2017 12/10/2017 16/11/2017 25/01/2018 15/03/2017 17/05/2018 17/07/2018 TOTAL %
Kay Wood 7 100%
Tony Murphy X Graduation 6 85.71%
Tara Allman 7 100%
Alan Bound X N/A N/A N/A N/A 2 28.57%
Jacqui Foster X N/A N/A N/A N/A 2 28.57%
Luke Meads X Newborn 6 85.71%
Dan Olive N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 2 28.57%
Ben Gard N/A N/A N/A N/A 3 100%
Jane Bridle N/A N/A N/A N/A 3 100%


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