Governing Body St John’s CE Primary School
Judy Anderson, Foundation Governor
I became a foundation governor in September 2014. I have lived in Tisbury
since 2003 and retired in 2013 after 35 years as a secondary school teacher.
Since retiring I have helped with the reading programme at St John’s and I am
a member of the ‘Open the Book’ team which regularly leads assemblies at
the school. Much of my free time is taken up with church-related activities
and I also enjoy playing the flute with various local groups.
Louise Atkins, Parent Governor
I became a parent governor in May 2016. I have one child at St John’s and one due to start in 2019. I have a degree in archaeology and a PGCE, qualifying as a primary school teacher in 2004. I look forward to returning to teaching once both my boys are at school. I have lived in and around Tisbury for 34 years and enjoy art, family history and outdoor activities.
Clare Barham, Vice Chair Co-opted Governor
I became a co-opted governor in July 2015. I spent my whole working life in
education as a teacher, lecturer and then in education policy at the
Department for Education. I moved to Tisbury in 2011 and am now enjoying
retirement, grandparenthood and performing various voluntary roles.
David Boulting, Parent Governor
I have been a parent governor since September 2014 and currently have two
children at the school. I work for Cathedral Communications, a local
publishing company which specialises in heritage conservation. Before that, I
was a teacher and lecturer for 13 years, mainly in higher education. I enjoy
spending time with my kids, country walks, reading and watching old movies.
Lizzie Brodrick-Barker Co-opted Governor
I have been a governor of St John’s for five years and vice chair for the past
two. I am a solicitor and work in Tisbury. I have four long-grown-up children,
five grandchildren and a passion for horses and dogs.
I am delighted to have been elected as the Chair of Governors at St John’s. I
live and worship in Tisbury, so I understand the vital role the school plays in
the local community. My wife is the midday catering assistant and serves the
children delicious hot meals each day. My three girls all attended the school
before moving on to secondary education.
I have a daughter currently at St John’s and two older daughters who have
already passed through the school, so I have seen the school undergo many
years of positive progress. My wife Debra is the reception year teaching
assistant at St John’s. I have worked in the railway industry for 14 years, and
train driving for the last 10. I have a keen interest in fitness and adventurous
I have been a co-opted governor since September 2014. I am enjoying
retirement in Tisbury and keep busy with a number of volunteer roles with St
John’s Church, Tisbury Library and elsewhere. I also help to run the ‘Open the
Book’ assemblies at school. Having worked in primary schools all my working
life, I volunteered to be a governor because I missed working with children
and wanted to keep in touch with a school.
Lisa Portch (Headteacher), Staff Governor
I joined St John’s Primary as the KS1 teacher in September 2014 and became
head of this wonderful school in September 2015. I was trained in the Early
Years, which has provided me with a good understanding of how children
learn and develop, but I have taught all primary year groups. I have three
grown-up boys who all work in our family business. I enjoy spending time
with family and friends, walking and going to the gym.
Helen Stoddart, Co-opted Governor
I was elected as a Co-opted Governor in September 2016, having previously been the Clerk to the Governors from 2006 to 2013 and a Staff Governor for 3 years from 2013. I retired from the post of Finance and Administration Officer at the school in the summer of 2016 having worked at St John’s Primary since 2005 and I worked in school administration since 1996. I have three grown-up children who all attended local schools before going to university. I also have two grandchildren. My hobbies include gardening, folk dancing and crochet and I enjoy cooking for family and friends.
Julie Rendell, Staff Governor
I joined St John’s as a NQT covering maternity in KS2 in 2014. I was appointed full time in 2015 and I was thrilled to be given the chance to carry on working in a fantastic school. I am happily married with two grown up children living in Glastonbury. In my spare time I like to go on family walks with our dog Monty.