Welcome to Marshwood Church of England Primary Academy.  Ours is an extremely happy school, providing a caring environment in which each child can feel truly valued. We have dedicated, well-qualified teaching staff who provide a high quality education supported by well trained classroom assistants.  The curriculum is rich and varied and we make the most of visits and visitors to enhance the pupils’ experiences. The children can select from a number  of extra-curricular opportunities which help them to develop their talents and interests to the full. Our small school has high expectations of  the pupils  in all they do and this underpins  activities whether in the classroom, on the playing field, or on day or residential visits.

The Christian ethos pervades the life of the school. We want our children to feel cared for valued and safe, and, in turn, to care for and value others. We want all the children here to feel good about themselves because we know that happy, confident children will both do the best they can and make the most of school life. The pupils attend a simple act of worship in the adjacent St Mary’s church each day to strengthen their understanding of the Christian faith. The school is set in a beautiful location with ever improving facilities such as outside play spaces and a newly developed garden and wild areas. We try to ensure the school offers a stimulating, welcoming environment for children and parents alike.

Our membership of Acorn Multi Academy Trust supports and strengthens our aims by offering skilled and experienced support and challenge from Andrea Rice, the CEO of the trust. The increased pool of management and teaching expertise found across the seven schools; Mrs Ethelston's CE Uplyme, Axminster Primary, St Andrew’s CE Primary Chardstock, Membury Primary, Loders CE Primary, Thorncombe St Mary's CE Primary and ourselves, helps the staff to develop  and share skills and knowledge and widens the curriculum opportunities for the children.

Whilst the school operates under the umbrella of Acorn Multi Academy Trust and its Board of Directors, we retain our own Local Governing Body (LGB) and through this we work hard to preserve the individual character of our school.

Within the framework of our Terms of Reference and the Trust Board Scheme of Delegation, governors work as a team with children, parents, staff and the community to ensure the best outcomes for pupils. We are constantly striving to improve our own skills to strengthen the leadership of the school in order to fulfil these aims and obligations.

The task for the governors is to monitor and oversee the work of the school. To question the staff  and visit the school, as critical friends. We want to know   about standards , behaviour , the safety of the  pupils, expenditure and the quality of the curriculum.  We all strive to maintain and improve Ofsted’s most recent judgement of a good school with outstanding features.

Choosing the right school for your child is a major decision so  the governors invite you to come to  Marshwood  CE Primary  Academy to meet the head of school, staff and pupils to see if our school will meet the needs of your child. We currently have a vacancy for a foundation governor, if you are interested in joining us please get in touch.

Sarah Forsey c/o Marshwood CE Primary, Tel: 01297 678224

Chair of Governors


Mrs V Dower

Acting Head Mr Peter Beare

To contact the governors please email the clerk:, or write to the Chair of Governors, Marshwood Primary, Marshwood, Bridport, DT6 5QA 



Type of Governor

Appointing Body




Registered interests

Peter Beare



As Head of School

Head of School




Sarah Forsey

Foundation Governor

Salisbury Diocese


23.02.21 - 22.02.25



Martin & Co - accountant

Rob Greenman


Foundation Governor

Salisbury Diocese


16.04.19 – 15.04.23


Trustee of Bethany Chapel (Regd Charity)


Catherine Grinter


Trust Board

11.02.21 - 10.02.25


Scott Rowe Solicitors - legal secretary

Ann- Marie Chapman


Trust Board

20/10/21 - 19/10/25


Sarah Cuff

Foundation Governor

Salisbury Diocese

03/11/21 - 02/11/25


Governors no longer serving

Sarah Perrett


Elected by parents



Local Governing Body meeting Attendance

Local Governing Body Meetings
01/09/20 – 31/07/21



Sarah Perrett



Luke Owen



Cat Grinter



Rob Greenman



Sarah Forsey



Long Eared Bat Conservation Project

09 Jul 2021

Staff from East Devon ANOB visited the school today for an art themed Long Eared Bat conservation workshop. During the day children in KS2 produced stunning habitat acetate OHP paintings alo...

Olympic Sailors

05 Jul 2021

Lamberts Class enjoyed a super days sailing at the Olympic Sailing Centre in Portland today as part of their end of year Japan 2021 Olympics topic. A brilliant experience for all who went. 

Activities Week

02 Jul 2021

Today marks the end of an amazing week of activities for Years 5 and 6. Since Monday, they have enjoyed sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, high ropes, rock-climbing, hiking, paddling in the seas, an...

Break The Rules Day...

25 Jun 2021

Today the PFA have organised a 'Break The Rules Day' at Marshwood. How many rules will you child/children (and even the staff break in one day? 

KS2 - First Aid and CPR Training

25 Jun 2021

All children in KS2 at Marshwood CE Primary Academy enjoyed a day of physical health and wellbeing as they learnt the basics of First Aid from Anne-Marie Chapman from the South West Ambulance Ser...

Rosalind Monks Inspired Art

24 Jun 2021

Lamberts Class have been exploring the work of British artist Rosalind Monks. Rosalind is famous for using lines to create intricate patterns within the bodies of insects and other animals. She c...

Dorset AONB Art Project

23 Jun 2021

Our Year 3 and 4 children enjoyed a minibeast themed visit to nearby Lamberts Castle with local artist Rowan Beecham and storyteller Martin Maudsley this week. The morning was part of a Dorset AONB pr...

Mental Health Ambassadors

22 Jun 2021

Today, 8 children in Years 4 and 5 underwent Mental Health Ambassador training so that they can work with staff to ensure Marshwood is a mentally healthy a school as possible. This training took place...

Move It Week 2021

21 Jun 2021

This week is National Schools Sports Week. This is when schools nationwide take part in sporting events and activities. This year, Dorset School Games have created ‘Move It Week’ to get Do...

Bikeability 2021

18 Jun 2021

Huge congratulations to our Year 6 cyclists who successfully completed their Level 1 and Level 2 bikability courses this week in and around the village of Thorncombe. As part of their traini...