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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 upholding a high standard of education and to ensure 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: September 2018

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


To contact our Acting Chair of Governors, Carole Brierley, please email

To contact our Clerk to Governors, Carolyn Halstead, please email


Current Governors (30.9.19 current changes being worked on)        


Name Appointed Term of   Office  Appointed by Committee/Portfolio Other Interests

Carole Brierley (Vice


06/05/2014 4 years Parent election

SEND, Vulnerable Pupils and Safeguarding Portfolio; Appeals/Second Committee; Admission Committee

SEND & Safeguarding


Nikki Prentice


06/06/2011 N/A N/A Admission Committee  
Rob Densmore 21/11/2016 4 years Trust Board Ethos and Christian Distinctiveness Portfolio; Hearings/First Committee  
Kim Plumb 01/09/2014 4 years Trust Board

Ethos and Christian Distinctiveness Portfolio;

Admission Committee

Margaret Scarf             18/05/2015 4 years Trust Board Human Resources Portfolio; Hearings/First Committee; Performance & Pay Committee  
Tracey Winstone 05/02/18 4 years Staff election Communications Portfolio  
Sergio Catignani 19/02/18 4 years Trust Board Curriculum Portfolio; Appeals/Second Committee  
Alex Barnard 16/04/2018 4 years Parent election Premises, Health & Safety Portfolio; Performance and Pay Committee  

Carly Deans


Sept 2019   Awaiting Trust Board Approval

Leadership, Standards & School Improvement; Hearings/First Committee; Performance & Pay Committee; Admission Committee

Deputy Safeguarding

David Lamoon 1/4/19 4 years Trust Board Finance Portfolio  



Former Governors 

Governors listed below resigned in the last 12 months


Name Date of Resignation
Cari Dennis 05/04/19
Lorraine George 12/09/18 
Charles Hopton 30/03/18
Nicky Daly 23/01/18
Louise Williams 31/12/17
Claire Smith 06/11/17


Attendance Records (2018-19)

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

Name Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul  
Nikki Prentice (Head) A A - A A A A A A A A  
Cari Dennis (Chair) A A A O A A A R        
Carole Brierley  A A A A A A A A A A A  
Kim Plumb A A A A A A A A A A A  
Margaret Scarf A A A O A A O A A O A  
Rob Densmore O O O O O O O O O O O  
Sergio Catignani A A A A A A A A O A O  
Tracey Winstone A A A A A A A A O A A  
Alex Barnard O A A O O A A A A A O  
Carly Deans A A A A A A A A A A A  
David Lamoon               App A A A  


St Christophers Multi Academy Trust


Please click on the links below to our Trust website, which provides statutory information on Governance and Accounts.

Our School Governors




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. 




Nikki Prentice (Head Teacher)


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 husband, 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 and Acting Chair)


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.



Sergio Catignani (Foundation Governor)


I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter and am passionate about education.  I believe that a strong academic education firmly grounded on Christian values is the foundation upon which children can flourish for the rest of their lives.  Thus, I am honoured to have been appointed as Foundation Governor (Curriculum) at St Marychurch, where both my boys and my little girl go to school.  As governor I hope to enable the school to reach its full potential as a C of E primary school in Torbay.  I tend to get stuck in with whatever my kids get into.  So, that is why I have applied to become a Foundation Governor and why currently I train with my boys in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mainly play together with my daughter during her elaborate tea parties.



Tracey Winstone (Staff Governor)


My father started at St Marychurch School in 1958 on the first day it re-opened after being bombed in the war.  Myself, my brothers and my own four children and now my grandchildren have all been pupils here too!  My third daughter has Down's Syndrome and the school embraced her and she truly had a wonderful experience as a pupil here.

As a staff member for just over four years now I learned a lot about the school from a different side and have decided to become a governor to support the school in its future development.

During my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, both immediate and extended.  Together we enjoy pub walks and murder mystery trails!




Rob Densmore (Foundation Governor)


As a relatively recent addition to the governing body, I have been impressed by the very intentional design of St Marychurch's leadership structure. I view my role as one of offering support wherever possible and guidance wherever applicable - and to do so whilst upholding the 'team' mindset that is characteristic of the school, and of the Church of England in Devon. I work as a priest in Torquay and have a passionate interest in bringing Christian ethics into conversation with education, particularly at the primary level. I am also fortunate to have two young boys at St Marychurch - and have admired their development whilst in the caring hands of teachers and staff. They are growing to embody the virtues of Jesus Christ, and this is due in large part to their being embedded in a clearly Christian ethos. My personal aspiration would be to see this trend continue and grow throughout the student body. 



Alex Barnard (Parent Governor)


My children are just starting their journey through St Marychurch Primary so I feel honoured to be part of the Governor Team. I am passionate about the school and what it can achieve for our children and the community both now and in the future.


I am originally from Torquay. When I was younger I went away to travel and go to University but have returned to bring my own family up in Torbay. I work for the emergency services which I love, it is really fulfilling and rewarding being able to help people and I hope to be able to extend that now with the school as a Parent Governor.



Carly Deans (Co-opted Governor)


I feel honoured to have been asked to be the -Co-opted Governor for Finance for the school. I worked for many years in London within Investment Banking; so hope to be able to serve the school by supporting the Governing team.
I was born in Torbay but moved away in my twenties to work and travel. I met my husband in London, and we started our family in Essex, but made the move back to Torquay in 2015. I am very proud that both of my children are now attending this wonderful school, with which I have family history as both my mother and grandmother attended the school.




David Lamoon (Foundation Governor)


I did ask my daughter what she would write about me but all I got back from her was, “You’re a dad, you’re funny, you were a head teacher and you have a lot of shirts.” Whilst accurate, I thought it lacked a little detail.

Since becoming part of St Marychurch Primary School community in 2017, when my daughter started here, I have been continually impressed by the care, dedication, professionalism and hard work of all the staff at the school and I am now proud (and excited) to be part of that team as a governor.

I have been involved in education from the age of 18, being a volunteer in outdoor education before becoming a teacher and senior leader, finally stepping down from headship in 2014 after 10 successful years, including 2 “good” Ofsted inspections.

Having now taken early retirement, I “keep my hand in” and currently teach at Our Lady and St Patrick Primary School in Teignmouth 2 days a week.

My faith is important to me and attend church in All Saints Parish in Teignmouth, where I am an active member of the parish. In 2019, as part of my spiritual development and exploration of my faith, I undertook and completed a solo pilgrimage, walking from Portugal to Santiago de Compostela, in Northern Spain – a wonderful and fulfilling experience.

As for the shirts, currently 125 and counting….




Carolyn Halstead (Clerk to Governors)


I have taken early retirement after teaching for many years and now work as a part time TA and Clerk to Governors at Babbacombe All Saints Primary School.
Both myself, and my three children (who are now grown up) attended St Marychurch; so we know what a caring community it is. When not working, I love walking my dog in the local area especially on the beach, enjoy spending time with family and friends.  Sometimes I even do a bit of gardening!