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Welcome to our Governors' section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.


Our Mission Statement

God is with us on our journey together as we:

  • Become the best learners we can be
  • Celebrate our successes and learn from our mistakes
  • Build a safe and happy school
  • Value and respect everyone, whoever and wherever they are
  • Place our Worship at the heart of all we do and are so that we learn how to live out our School Christian Values of
    LOVE, JOY, PEACE and KINDNESS and attain through our Learning Attitudes of being ASPIRATIONAL, CREATIVE, RESPONSIBLE and SPIRITUAL. 


The Governing Body Vision

The Local Governing Body (LGB) aims to support the Mission Statement of St Marychurch School by ensuring that the school provides a safe, caring, and stimulating learning environment where every child can realise his or her full potential.

We will achieve this through both an active involvement in the daily life of the school and by working closely with the school’s management team through Governor visit days, special occasions and portfolio responsibilities:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Our actions will be rooted in the best interests of the school, its pupils and our Christian Faith. We will always be prepared to explain our decisions openly and honestly to staff, parents, pupils, government, and anyone else in the wider community with an interest in the conduct and standards of the school.

Our 5 identified areas for school development are:

  1. Improve spelling consistently across the school;
  2. Develop personalised learning, especially through the effective use of technology;
  3. Embed learning attitudes to impact on attainment, promoting independence and growth mindsets, including use of ‘green for growth time’, in the context of a broad and balanced curriculum;
  4. Improve attainment in reasoning in maths in line with expectations of new curriculum;
  5. Fully exploit learning through play within and outside of the classroom – exploratory play within lessons – collaboration and play during break times to ensure behaviour at break is consistent with the high standards in lessons and all children feel they are treated equally and fairly;


LGB Structure

The Governing Board meets monthly throughout the academic year and each Governor has a term of office of four years.  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 porfolios are: Curriculum; SEND, Vulnerable Pupils & Safeguarding; Finance; Premises and Health & Safety; Human Resources; Leadership; Standards and School Improvement; Community Relations; Communications and Parental Engagement (CR, C&PE); Ethos and Christian Distinctiveness.


Portfolio holders meet termly in school and must include the School Development Plan (SDP) 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: May 2017

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


Current Governors       


Name Appointed Committee/Portfolio Other Interests
Nikki Bond (Head) 06/06/2011    
Lorraine George 05/11/2012 Fundraising  
Cari Dennis (Chair) 01/09/2013 Leadership, Standards & School Improvement  
Carole Brierley 06/05/2014 SEND, Vulnerable Pupils & Safeguarding  
Kim Plumb 01/09/2014 Ethos and Christian Distinctiveness  
Louise Williams 03/12/2014 Finance  
Charles Hopton 12/05/2015 Premises and Health & Safety  
Margaret Scarf 18/05/2015 Human Resources  
Nicky Daly 17/10/2016 Curriculum  
Rob Densmore   21/11/2016    Curriculum  
Claire Smith  27/03/2017 CR, C&PE  




Former Governors


Name Date of Resignation
Michelle Lewis 22/07/2016
Paul Martin 09/08/2016


Attendance Records

Key: A = Absent

       R = Resigned

Name 30/09/15 14/10/15 18/11/15 09/12/15 20/01/16 10/02/16 16/03/16 04/05/16 15/06/16 06/07/16 Total
Cari Dennis 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10
Nikki Bond 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10
Lorraine George 1 1 A 1 A 1 1 1 1 1 8
Kim Plumb 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10
Margaret Scarf 1 1 1 A 1 1 1 1 1 1 9
Carol Scholes 1 1 A 1 1 1 1 1 1 A 8
Carole Brierley 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10
Chales Hopton 1 1 1 A A 1 1 1 A A 6
Louise Williams 1 1 A 1 1 1 1 A 1 1 8
Michelle Lewis 1 1 A 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9
Paul Martin 1 A 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 A 8




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.



Nicky Daly (Staff Governor)


Having worked at St Marychurch for over 12 years in different capacities, enables me to have an all round awareness of the school. 

At this present time I have the priviledge of being the school's Pastoral Lead, where I am fortunate to be able to help children and their families when things become a bit tricky.

I am married and we have a wonderful son, who attended St Marychurch.  I love to travel and have had fabulous experiences driving around England and Europe.  As a family we have just welcomed a puppy 'Bobbi' into our home; I'm really looking forward to when I can take her for lovely walks around our lovely Bay.



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, as well as All Saints Babacombe C of E 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)

Claire Smith (Foundation Governor)