Our Governing Board 

The Governing Board is an overarching body for the Cornerstone Federation which consists of The Bay All-Through School and Niton Primary School.  It consists of 18 governors currently made up of: 4 Foundation Governors, 2 Parent Governors, 1 Staff Governor, 1 Local Authority Governor, the Executive Headteacher and 9 co-opted Governors. This committed team of Governors brings with them a wide range of skills and expertise and make a valuable contribution to our group of schools. 

What is the role of the Governing Board?

The Governing Body at The Cornerstone Federation provides strategic leadership and accountability. It has three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the schools and making sure money is well spent
  • Holding the Executive Headteacher and Heads of School to account for the educational performance of the schools and their pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

The Governors set the aims and objectives for the schools and the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the schools are making and act as a source of challenge and support to the Executive Headteacher. In action, this means:

  • Appointing and performance reviewing the Executive Headteacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about pay
  • Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent
  • Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
  • Sitting on panels and making decisions about areas such as pupil exclusions and attending hearings
  • Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
  • Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school

Our Governors adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. They also understand that they need to be prepared to have courageous conversations; an enquiring mind; the ability to challenge the status quo; be collaborative to build strong relationships with all stakeholders; committed to developing their skills as a Governor and be creative and innovative. 

All Governors serve a term of office of up to four years. 

Being a school Governor can be a very rewarding role. If you would like to find out more please do not hesitate to contact us at –

Our Current Governing Board


Forename Surname Category Appointed Expiry
John Poerscout-Edgerton Co-opted (Chair) 24/04/2018 24/04/2022
Duncan Mills Executive Headteacher 06/06/2016 01/06/2020
Sally Jones Co-opted 06/06/2016 01/06/2020
Jonathan Hall Foundation 28/08/2018 28/08/2022
Anna Payne Staff 06/06/2016 01/06/2020
Carolyn Corbett Foundation 06/06/2016 01/06/2020
Julie Sutch Local Authority 06/06/2016 01/06/2020
Mark Williams Foundation 12/09/2017 12/09/2021
Sarah McCarthy-Fry Co-opted 24/04/2018 24/04/2022
Anthony Freelove Parent 16/10/2018 16/10/2022
Vicki Sitch Co-opted 17/10/2017 16/10/2021
Dave Stocking Co-opted 05/03/2019 05/03/2023
Peter Higgin Parent 27/02/2019 27/02/2023
Debbie  Andre Co-opted 10/09/2019 10/09/2023
Richard  Wade Co-opted 10/09/2019 10/09/2023
Wendy   Phillips Co-opted 10/09/2019 10/09/2023

Questions to Governing Board should be made through the Clerk to Govornors via 

Governor Documents

Please click here to view Governor Pecuniary & Business Interests. Please click here to view Governor attendance for September 2018 – September 2019. Please click here to view the Structure of the Governing Board. Please click here to view the Governors Allowances. Please click here to view an up to date record of governor training....

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Meet the Governors

Carolyn Corbett – Foundation Governor I moved to the Island with my family 19 years ago for my husband’s job,  and until my retirement, I worked as a school librarian. We have 1 grandson who attends an island primary school. At present I am on the Standards, Provision and Partnership committee. Since becoming a Foundation...

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Governors Vision Statement

For copies of the minutes of any of the Governing Board meetings please contact the Clerk to the Governors via email at or call us on 01983 403284 and we will arrange for a copy to be issued.

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The role of Governors

The Cornerstone Federation Governing Body (The Bay CE All-Through School and Niton Primary School) The Cornerstone Federation has an experienced and committed set of Governors who work selflessly to provide high quality Governance to our group of schools. What is the role of the Governing Body? The Governing Body at The Cornerstone Federation provides strategic...

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