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Welcome to our Governors' section. 

Please find below details of how our Local Governing Body (LGB) is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each governor.


The stated aims of the Governing Body of St Marychurch C of E Primary and Nursery School and our vision for the future are:

  • Working closely with the school's management team through Governor visit days, special occasions and portfolio responsibilities;
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it's money well spent.


As a Governing Body, we are committed to uploading a high standard of education and to ensure the St Marychurch C of E Primary and Nursery School will continue to provide all its learners with a challenging, stimulating and accessible education.



Each School within the St Christopher's Multi Academy Trust (MAT) has its own LGB to whom delegated authority is clearly defined via a Scheme of Delegated Authority (SoDA).  A copy of the SoDA can be found below.


LGB Structure

The LGB meets monthly throughout the academic year and the composition of the LGB is:


  • 1 Headteacher;
  • 1 Parish Priest;
  • 1 Staff Governor;
  • 2 Parent Governors;
  • 6 Foundation Governors;
  • 1 Co-opted Governor.


The LGB carries out its work through portfolios.  Each governor has responsibility for a portfolio which they work on together with the Senior Leadership Team of the school.  These portfolios are: Curriculum; SEND, Vulnerable Pupils & Safeguarding; Ethos and Christian Distinctiveness; Leadership, Standards and School Improvement; Communications; Human Resources; Premises, Health & Safety; and Finance.


Portfolio holders meet termly in school and must include the School Improvement Plan (SIP) as part of their focus.  One governor has a responsibility for fundraising and writes bids to raise money for school projects.


Information about Governors

Updated: November 2017

In the interests of transparent and accountable governance, we are required by law to publish the following information about our governors.


To contact our Chair of Governors, Cari Dennis, please email

To contact or Clerk to Governors, Stuart Loly, please email


Current Governors       


Name Appointed Committee/Portfolio Other Interests
Cari Dennis (Chair) 01/09/2013 Leadership, Standards and School Improvement Portfolio; Hearings/First Committee; Performance & Pay Committee  
Carole Brierley (Vice Chair) 06/05/2014 SEND, Vulnerable Pupils and Safeguarding Portfolio; Appeals/Second Committee; Admission Commitee  
Nikki Bond (Head) 06/06/2011 Admission Committee  
Rob Densmore 21/11/2016 Curriculum Portfolio  
Kim Plumb 01/09/2014

Ethos and Christian Distinctiveness Portfolio;

Admission Committee

Margaret Scarf             18/05/2015 Human Resources Portfolio; Hearings/First Committee; Performance & Pay Committee  
Charles Hopton 12/05/2015

Premises, Health & Safety Portfolio;

Appeals/Second Committee

Louise Williams 03/12/2014   

Finance Portfolio; Hearings/First Committee;

Performance & Pay Committee

Lorraine George 05/11/2012 Fundraising; Admission Committee  



Former Governors 

Governors listed below resigned in the last 12 months


Name Date of Resignation
Paul Martin 09/08/2016
Carole Scholes 15/10/2016 (Term of office ended 
Claire Smith 06/11/17
Nicky Daly 23/1/18


Attendance Records (2016-17)

Key: A = Attended; O = Absence sanctioned; R = Resigned; App = Appointed

Name Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar May Jun Jul  
Nikki Bond (Head) A A A A A A A A A A  
Lorriane George A O A O A A A A A A  
Cari Dennis (Chair) A A A A A A A A A A  
Carole Brierley  A A A A A O A A A A  
Kim Plumb A A A A A A A A A A  
Louise Williams O A O O A A O A A A  
Charles Hopton A A A O O O A A A O  
Margaret Scarf A A A A A A A A O A  
Nicky Daly   App O A A A O A A A  
Rob Densmore       App A A O O O O  


Our School Governors



Lorraine George (Foundation Governor )


I have served as a Governor for over five years.  I have had a long association with St. Marychurch School and although my own children are now older, they all attended St Marychurch as did I;  I then became a Governor so that I could give something back to the School.  I have worked with early years children for many years and passionately believe that if we get the opportunities right for young children we can help them to fulfil their potential and make a difference to their lives.  I have experience in raising funds from trusts and grant bodies and aim to use these skills to support the development of the school.



Kim Plumb (Foundation Governor)


I am a foundation governor at St Marychurch Primary School. I moved to Torquay from London 25 years ago.  All 4 of my children attended St Marychurch School and moved on to St Cuthbert Mayne, they have all completed their education and are now all employed locally.  I helped run a local pre-school and our church mother and toddler group, before I was employed at the school as a TA.   I still run St Marychurch Rainbow and Brownie Unit. I enjoy being actively involved in my local community but do miss London and being so far away from my large family.  Luckily in 2014 I became a Nana, so my family is growing and I LOVE IT!



Margaret Scarf (Foundation Governor)


I have been a Foundation governor for over 4 years, initially joining the governing body to discover whether forty years of secondary school teaching might prove useful to St Marychurch School.  It did not take long to get thoroughly involved in such a happy and caring school and my interest in the Religious Studies curriculum has gradually broadened to evolve into team leadership of the Curriculum portfolio.  As usual with being a governor, there will be much to learn but I am looking forward to being involved as we develop as an academy.  Outside school, I am enjoying my retirement.  I am married to a church organist, enjoy singing and charity work, gardening and having more time for my family and friends, both here in Devon and in London where our son still lives and works.   



Cari Dennis (Foundation Governor (Chair))


All three of my children have been through St Marychurch School.  I know from experience what a lovely caring place it has been for all of them and for me as a parent too. I became a foundation governor because I wanted to give something back to the school that has taken such good care of my children!  Many years ago I worked as an infant teacher and have always volunteered to work with children.  I attend an Anglican church in the town centre where I run the baby and toddler group and older children’s groups on Sunday.  I also enjoy working on my allotment, sewing, crocheting, cake baking and decorating. I enjoy walking around our beautiful coastline and on Dartmoor.  I like to think that I’m a fast learner, a good facilitator and a caring listener.  As well as chairing the governing body I am in charge of the Leadership/School Development Plan portfolio and work closely with the school leadership team to develop vision and direction for the school.



Nikki Bond (Head)


St Marychurch School is my passion and life. When I do get time away from it however I enjoy spending time with my family who all live locally and includes my own two daughters, my partner, my sisters and two nieces and four nephews! We can often be found at the beach in the warmer months or at other times doing DIY!

Day to day running of the school is my responsibility but I work closely with Governors to ensure the strategic vision of the school attains the best possible education for all of our pupils. Our Christian Values of Love, Peace, Joy and Kindness set the tone for everything which happens within school.



Carole Brierley (Parent Governor)


I am married with 3 children Darren 16, Michael 10 and Lorien 7. We moved here from London in 2001 and have been involved with St Marychurch school ever since. My eldest son has Aspergers and found school very difficult, which set me on a journey of parent courses and training to help him cope. What I discovered was lots of parents like me not knowing where to turn.  I now run a youth group ASrUS Torbay for families affected by Autism, I am part of the Torbay Parent Participation Forum (PPF) who work with the local authority, health service, social care and parents to improve services for children with disabilities and last year became a parent governor for the school.

I am the lead governor for SEND and safeguarding which means I can link the work I have done with the PPF and ASrUS directly into help our children with addition needs or disabilities to get the most out of their education and enjoy their time here at St Marychurch. It is so rewarding to see them progress to secondary school as happy confident young people and a huge credit to all the staff for the amazingly nurturing way everyone behaves in our school community.

I hope to support many more of you during my time as governor. I am at school most days dropping and collecting my own children or you can leave me a message at the office if I can support you and your child in any way.



Louise Williams (Co-opted Governor)


My step daughter attended St Marychurch Primary School and I was extremely impressed by the level of dedication and care by all the staff. I was born in Torbay and live close by, I feel having a good knowledge of the local community helps me as a Governor at the school.  I have worked in the Banking industry for the last 16 years in a variety of roles helping both Businesses and Individuals fulfil their potential. This has given me the skills and experience to be able to assist the Governing body particularly in relation to Finance which is the area I am responsible for.     When I am not working I enjoy travelling, concerts, spending time with my family and keeping active amongst other things!



Charles Hopton (Parent Governor)


I am a family man with a vested interest in helping to provide the best opportunity for children attending St Marychurch Primary, since my own two young children attend.  

I work in residential childcare with vulnerable young people, I am a trained counsellor and have volunteered with Victim Support in the local community for several years.  I am hoping that the range of my life experience can contribute towards my bringing an objective, balanced and useful influence in my role as parent governor. I look forward to being part of trying to achieve the best outcomes of governance for the children, parents and staff alike.



Stuart Loly (Clerk to Governors)


I am the Clerk to Governors for St Marychurch C of E Primary and Nursery School.  I fulfil this role, along with my day time role as a Learning Support Assistant at a local secondary school.  With over 8 years experience of arranging and taking minutes of meetings for Local Authorities and Police Forces, I wanted to make use of my administration skills and experience in the local area.

My role as a Clerk to Governors includes providing advice to the governing board and its individual members on governance, constitutional and procedural matters, plus to provide administrative support to the governing board, its committees and individual governors to facilitate effective and efficient meetings and strategic governance.


Rob Densmore (Foundation Governor)