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Governing Board


A school's governing board provides oversight of the management and operation of the school. This section will tell you who the governors are, how they are appointed and elected, what they do, what their legal duties are and how you can contact them.

What does the Governing Board do?

The Governing Board does not run the school. That is the job of the Headteacher and the Leadership Team. Rather, the governors provide independent oversight of the school and how it is run. The school is required to report to the governors on various aspects of management and planning and, by acting as 'critical friends', the governors can give the school an invaluable sounding board.

Some aspects of the governors' role in the school are laid down by law. For example, they are required to approve the school budget, as well as the school's targets for attainment in SATs. Also, if the school decides to exclude a pupil permanently, that decision has to be reviewed by an independent panel of governors.

Major strategic decisions of the school also have to be approved by the governors, for example the decision of our school to investigate joining a Multi-Academy Trust.

What sort of people are the governors?

Governors are all volunteers and the role is part-time. Most of them have full-time jobs elsewhere. One of the major benefits of the governing board is that the governors are all able to bring their own experience and expertise to support the work that they do with the school. This can help the school take a more creative and strategic approach to management, problem-solving and long-term strategic planning. 


How are the governors elected or appointed?

There are a number of different routes onto the Governing Board. Our Governing Board is made up of:

Parent Governors: Elected by parents of pupils at the school

Staff Governor: Chosen by the staff

Foundation governors: Volunteers from the wider community, appointed by the Diocese



All governors (except the headteacher and the vicar, whose positions are ex officio) serve a four-year term, at the end of which they may stand for re-election or re-appointment. There is no limit to the number of terms a governor may serve. When a parent governor’s term ends, an announcement is made about an election and all parents or carers of pupils at the school are eligible to stand.

The chair and vice-chair of Governors are elected by the full governing board at its first meeting of each school year. 


How is the work of the governors organised?

The Governing Board meets throughout the academic year. Members of the Governing Board have distinct roles including: safeguarding; finance; health and safety; admissions; and curricular roles.


Minutes of the Full Governing Board are made available once they have been approved and can be requested from the school office.

Governors can be contacted via the school.

Local Governing Body Members


Governor Name Position Date of appointment Business  and Pecuniary interests Term of office Appointed by Responsibility Committee Membership
Robert Harris Chair Of Governors,  Co-opted Governor 27/09/2018 Minister of St. Marys  Parish church 1 Year LGB N/A


Teaching and Learning

Karen Aspinall Parent Governor



Children attend the School

4 Years LGB Communication Resources
Sarah Woolven-Allen Foundation Governor 16/06/2017 Children attend the school 4 Years Trust


Pupil Groups

Teaching and Learning
Emma Kingwell Staff Governor 26/06/2018 None 4 Year  LGB N/A Resources
Suzie Ottewell Headteacher September 2018 Headteacher at St Mary's Primary School 1 year  Trust N/A


Teaching and Learning

Jane Burt Associate Governor

October 2018

Child Attending the School Ex Oficio Trust



Teaching and Learning

Diane Smith Foundation Governor 01/09/2019 None 4 Years Trust Ethos Teaching and Learning
Stuart Talbot Foundation Governor 01/09/2019 Child attends the school 4 Years Trust

Premises, Health & Safety

and Risk Management

Matthew Kent Clare Parent Governor 01/09/2019 Child attends the school 4 Years LGB Finance Resources
Christopher Banbury Foundation Governor 01/09/2019 None 4 Years Trust Safeguarding Teaching and Learning
Emma Young Foundation Governor 01/09/2019 Child at Plympton St Mary's C of E Infant School  4 Years Trust   Teaching and Learning


Governor Resignations 2019-2020


Governor Name Position Date of Appointment Date of Resignation Business  and Pecuniary interests Term of office Appointed by Responsibility Committee Membership
Nick Evans Foundation Governor 01/09/2019 06/02/2020 Governor at Hele's School 4 Trust Curriculum and Standards Resources
Daniel Campbell Co-opted Governor 01/09/2019 27/03/2020 Employed at Plympton St Mary's C of E 1 Trust N/A Teaching and Learning



“Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14)


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