We are an enthusiastic and committed group of people coming from all walks of life who volunteer to help run the school. We are involved in key decisions about all aspects of managing the school such as overseeing the buildings, budgets, and reviewing policies.
Working closely with the Executive Headteacher and senior leaders, we play an important role in improving and maintaining the high standards throughout the school and Federation and make big decisions about the school’s ethos and long term goals.
The Federation is committed to being open and transparent: this section contains information about our governance.
We aim to be a federation where all pupils can achieve as well as they can, they can grow and develop intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually within a family atmosphere in which education is the joint responsibility of pupils, parents, carers and staff.
We promote an ethos of respect for ourselves, others and the environment. Our aim is that children care about each other and others from different backgrounds.
Governing Body Structure
The governing body is organised into two main committees:
Each governor is assigned to a committee, with the Executive Headteacher assigned to both committees. All committees have an appointed chair and terms of reference for each. Some governors also have lead responsibilities.
We meet as a full governing body once every term. The Finance and Premises and Curriculum and Resources committees meet at least once every term and the following committees meet as and when they are required: Performance and Pay, First and Second.
To contact the Federation Governors, please contact our clerk to governors at this email address: email@example.com
Chair of Governors
Nadine Sampson managed banks in the local area. She has extensive knowledge in finance, marketing, communications and leadership. Nadine was nominated by the local authority and appointed by the governing body. She is a highly experienced chair of governors and also our safeguarding and children in care link governor. Her term of office runs from 12-10-22 until 11-10-26. Nadine sits on the Curriculum and Resources and the Performance and Pay committees. She has no registered interests.
Nadine can be contacted at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chair of Governors
Silvia Panella is a co-opted governor appointed by the governing body. She is an independent psychologist and researcher with a specialism in autism and is the Clinical Director of The Devon Autism Centre. Silvia works with children and their families across a range of settings in Devon as well as conducting research in her field. Her term of office runs from 10-10-19 until 09-10-23. Silvia is our SEND link governor, Chair of the Curriculum and Resources committee and sits on the Performance and Pay committee. She has no registered interests.
Aidan Harding is a parent governor elected by parents. He is a Technology Director of a software consultancy. His term of office runs from 17-11-21 until 16-11-25. Aidan sits on the Finance and Premises committee. He has a relative employed by North Devon First Aid who has delivered first aid training in the Federation.
Cathryn Hewitt is a co-opted governor appointed by the governing body. Her term of office runs from 05-10-23 until 05-10-27. Cathryn is the manager of the local Children’s Centre. She sits on the Curriculum and Resources committee. She has no registered interests.
Clare Langmead is a staff governor, elected by school staff. She is the deputy headteacher at Ilfracombe Infant and Nursery School. Her term of office runs from 29-09-22 until 28-09-26. Clare sits on the Curriculum and Resources committee. She has a relative employed within the federation.
Colin Ley is a foundation ex officio governor, appointed by the Diocese. Colin runs his own farm and has a wide range of knowledge about buildings and their upkeep. His term runs from 16-11-19 until 15-11-23. Colin is the Chair of the Finance and Premises committee. He has no registered interests.
Rosa Payne was a parent governor elected by parents. Her term of office ran from 17-11-21 until 06-03-23. Rosa sits on the Finance and Premises committee. She works for Homes England and is a governor at another school.
Pat Pengelly is a foundation governor, appointed by the Diocese. Pat works within the telecommunications industry and brings a wealth of technical skills to the board. His term of office runs from 23-11-19 until 22-11-23. Pat is our lead finance governor and sits on the Finance and Premises committee and Performance and Pay committee. He has no registered interests.
Peter Taylor was a foundation governor, appointed by the Diocese. Peter’s career has involved finance, publishing and IT. He currently works under contract as Business Manager / Company Secretary for two companies operating in the UK and abroad. His term of office ran from 12-10-19 until 11-10-23. Peter sat on the Finance and Premises committee. He had no registered interests.
Claire Grant is an ex-officio governor as Executive Headteacher and sits on both of the main committees: Curriculum and Resources and Finance and Premises. Her term of office commenced on 01-09-2007. She has a relative employed within the federation.
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Attendance at full governing body meetings over the last academic year (2021/22):
Attendance at committee meetings over the last academic year (2021/22):