Lifelong love of learning


Please click on the links below to view each document:

Annual Statement of Governance                    Governor Details                   Governor Attendance Record

Minutes from Governing Body meetings can be found at the bottom of this page.

Alena Marshall - Chair of Governors & Foundation Governor

My son started in the Reception Class at Dedham Primary in 2014 and I became a Foundation Governor at the end of 2014. We have lived in Dedham for five years and during that time have seen how pivotal the school is within the village community and it’s outreach influence for young people within the church congregation. I retired from work in May 2014 after working for 18 years in a number of Senior HR jobs in Banking and Asset Management in the City. I hope to bring some of my management and banking experience to the role. My role as Foundation Governor is to support the school in building and maintaining it’s identity as a Church of England Voluntary school. I was appointed Vice-Chair of Governors in September 2016 and Chair of Governors in April 2018.

Rachel Brown - Parent Governor

As a parent to children at Dedham, you will see me daily at the school gate, more often than not accompanied by our 3-legged dog!  With a background originally in hospitality management in London and America, I have a strong commitment to service delivery, clear communication and talent development; all of which I believe are as applicable to a school environment as to any other organisation.  In 2015 I switched both careers and sectors, enjoying working locally the at the University of Essex as Compliance Manager (Safeguarding).  
Having moved to Dedham in 2015, we relocated from a vibrant London community and as a family we have been truly heartened by the warmth of the Dedham community.  And I love digging out the Ordnance Survey map to discover more of the delights hidden in the Essex and Suffolk countryside. 
I am privileged to be an active member of the school's Governing Body and, in addition to being a Parent Governor, I have specific oversight of both Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).  

Ian Morehouse - Co-opted Governor

Together with my family I moved to the area in November 2014.  I have 2 daughters now at Dedham Primary School in Class 1 and 5.  I joined as Finance Governor in October 2016 and during my initial few months will complete a series of training programs to help me learn how to transfer my business skills to benefit the school and provide financial guidance.  I have a background as a mechanical engineer complimented by a Masters in Business and I am currently Managing Director of a successful Colchester based business.  I have always enjoyed giving back to the community in which I live, becoming a Governor will be both motivating and pleasurable for me and I am excited to have joined the already highly motivated group of Governors and Staff at the School.

David Larner - Headteacher

Having worked in a variety of roles in education for the past 20 years including teacher, senior leader, SenCo, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher , I was appointed to the position of Headteacher at Dedham Church of England Primary School  from September 2018.  My role is to provide Governors with regular information to allow them to monitor the school's performance both academically and financially, as well as developing the school's long term objectives. I meet regularly with all Governors to ensure they are up to date with school life and are fully aware of our successes and areas for improvement.

Mrs Briony Wilson - Staff Governor

I became the staff governor in September 2017 as I wanted the opportunity to learn more about how the school works and how decisions are made.  I have been teaching for 6 years and have experiences in a larger community school as well as at Dedham C of E Primary. I am the Religious Education subject leader and year 1 teacher. 
My role as staff governor is to share my experiences and opinions on how decisions made may affect the children and staff. 

Reverend Antony Wilson - Ex Officio Governor

I started my career as a school teacher (geography in secondary schools) and since ordination have worked as a governor in three different schools.  I became Priest-in-charge at St Mary's Church, Dedham, in November 2016 and since then have enjoyed working closely with the staff, children and families at Dedham Church of England Primary School.  My work in school includes leading regular assemblies as well as working with the Collective Worship and Religious Education subject leaders in the school.

Jason Dearsley - Parent Governor & Vice Chair

I became a Parent Governor at Dedham in October 2015, and elected as the Vice Chair in April 2018.  I have a child who is currently in Key Stage Two.  My background is in the Civil Service and I am also a qualified electrician. The skills I have gained around property maintenance, contract management, Health and Safety, combined with an investigative supervisory mind supports our Governing Body.  I have completed the training provided for school governors and have a Certificate of School Governance issued by Essex Educational Services.  Two areas of governance that I represent is Health & Safety and Premises. I conduct regular checks of our wonderful school ensuring that I can support the senior management team, in their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act. This covers not only our buildings fabric, but also the welfare of the staff and children.

Louise Fenn - Co-opted Governor

I have been a Co-opted Governor at the School since October 2015.  I am a mother of 3 children, 2 of which attend the school.  I have lived in the local area all my life.  I work full-time in the public sector at a supervisory level. I hope to bring the skills, knowledge and experience that I  have gained in my employed role into the school to assist with maintaining an outstanding environment where the pupils have access to a high level of education and support.  I have enjoyed the time I have already spent being a Governor at the school, attending courses and meetings and also take a valued interest  in the subject that I oversee which is PE.

Anthony Regan - Local Authority Governor

I became a Community Governor as the nominated representative of Dedham Parish Council in June 2013 and then became a Co-opted Governor in 2015. I then became the Local Authority Governor in July 2017 and I am the Governor with responsibility for Mathematics.  I have lived in Dedham since 1978 and my younger son and 5 grand-daughters all attended the school.

Laura Austin - Parent Governor

I have two children in the school at KS1 and KS2.  Away from Governance duties I am the Executive Partner and Solicitor of a regional law firm and spend most of my time conducting advocacy before the Courts.  I have particular experience in representing young people and those vulnerable by virtue of mental health and disability.  With the small time there is left I enjoy spending time with animals and am hoping to own a small zoo some day.

Lisa Ellis - Co-opted Governor

I have been a part of the governing body since the beginning of the 2015/16 academic year when I was appointed as a co-opted governor. I work full time as a middle leader in Science at a local high school. In my work I have a particular interest  and experience in educational data analysis and hope that these skills help the governing body in its strategic management of the school. I have one son in Year 2 and another who will start at the school next academic year. I also have a daughter who attended the school.

Laura Stapleton - Co-opted Governor

I was appointed as a co-opted Governor at Dedham in 2018. I have a child in KS2 and my daughter will also be joining the school in September 2018.

I have worked in primary education for eleven years now, and am currently working full-time teaching a Year 1 class. I hope to use my knowledge and experience in education to support the school in my role of Governor.

Ed Cartwright - Parent Governor

I have been a paediatric doctor for 10 years, and have worked in both Colchester and Ipswich hospitals and before that trained in Cambridge and London. I have mostly been a hospital based doctor, but have also spent time in community paediatrics. I have an interest in medical research and I completed my PhD in 2014, shortly before moving to the area to be close to my wife’s family. I am co-founder of a medical technology software startup based in London. From September 2018 I will have a son in Year 3 and another son starting in Reception.  My daughter will have to wait until September 2020 to join them.