Our Governors

Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in all St Christopher’s Trust schools however the ultimately responsibility for the school lies with the Board of Directors with much of the work delegated to the Local Governing Body (LGB).

The LGB has three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Governors set the aims and objectives for the school and set the targets/policies for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. 

Governors bring a wide range of skills and expertise from their professional lives to the governing board and schools benefit greatly from working with skilled volunteers. 

If you are interested in hearing more about becoming a governor please contact;

Our school has recently teamed together with All Saints Babbacombe & Upton St James Primary Schools who are part of St Christopher's Academy Trust, to become a Hub Governing Body.  This means we are able to provide strategic oversight for all three schools as part of a larger governing body.

Meet Our Governors

Father Nick Debney

My name is Fr Nick Debney and I have been the Priest in Charge at St Mary the Virgin, St Marychurch since July 2022. 

It is an absolute and joy and privilege to be the parish priest in this lovely community and to be part of such a long-standing and vibrant relationship between the Parish Church and St Marychurch Primary and Nursery School.  I grew up in Torquay and prior to ordination worked for over twenty years in the NHS.  After I was ordained I served my curacy for four years in Dartmouth and then as the Vicar of St Luke’s Milber in the Newton Abbot Team Ministry and latterly as Priest in Charge of St John’s Bovey Tracey.

My passion is ministry to children and families and I am looking forward to spending time in school and building on this incredible relationship, as by God’s grace we journey with our young people together.

Sally Harris

Having been a former pupil at St Marychurch Primary, I feel I have come a full circle now that I am fortunate enough to be part of our amazing teaching and support staff team.

Until my son started at the school, I had worked in various roles for 23 years within a South West retail company.  Unfortunately, I was made redundant and found myself with time on my hands - this turned out to be a blessing; as not only did I get the chance to spend quality time with my son but I also started to volunteer in his reception class when he started school.  This led to me becoming employed at the school full time, and I have never looked back.

I can honestly say that since the time I was a pupil, to current times, the school feels exactly the same - the community and the caring staff are the glue that keep this school such a lovely place to be.  I hope in my role as a Staff Governor, I can further support our school in any way possible.

LwMy name is Laurence Walbrugh, and I locally in St Marychurch, very close to the school. 

I have worked across the power, energy, and chemical industries for the last 15 years in a variety of technical and management roles.  

Since moving to Torquay in 2010 I have seen clearly how integral a role St Marychurch Primary School plays in our local community, and I was keen for my daughter to attend the school. As someone who strives to support our community where I can, I took the opportunity to become a school governor in 2022 and have been focussing on SEND and safeguarding support since then. 

I enjoy spending time in school and working with pupils, staff and parents, helping in any way I can.

Nicki rogers

My name is Nicki Rogers, and I am a local resident of St Marychurch, with a passion for reading, listening, learning and dogs.

Learning has been a cornerstone of my corporate career within Human Resources and during that time I have worked with a wide variety of industries and local education providers to build links between the world of work and students.    

I have previously served as a school governor at Secondary level for a number of years and following my decision to step away from my former career in 2024, I am now privileged to be serving as a Local Governor for St Marychurch Primary.

I look forward to learning more about the school and our community, and playing my part in the team to support its progress

Governor Statutory Information

MRY Website

Board Diversity

The board believes that it is important that we reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Diverse boards promote inclusive school environments and provide diverse role models for staff and young people. We collect data on the diversity of the board, including age, ethnicity, and gender and we use this data to inform our recruitment and training needs, ensuring there is always a diverse range of perspectives around the table to support robust decision making. We do not publish diversity data online as individual governors could be identified and we have a legal obligation to protect their personal data.