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Welcome to our Governors' section

Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in all St Christopher’s Multi Academy 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:
•    Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
•    Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
•    Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

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; 

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: November 2020

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, Carly Deans, please email

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


Current Governors      


NameAppointedTerm of   Office Appointed byCommitteeOther Interests

Nikki Prentice


Kim Plumb01/09/20144 YearsTrust Board


Resources & Risk

Disadvantaged Pupils

Ethos, Community Relationships & Communication

Margaret Scarf            18/05/20154 YearsTrust Board



Performance & Pay

Resources & Risk


Carly Deans

Sept 20204 YearsFull LGB



HT Appraisal Panel

Performance & Pay


Curriculum & Standards

Disadvantaged Pupils


Sally Harris19/01/204 YearsLGB

Curriculum & Standards

Ethos, Community Relationships & Communication


Angela Boyd

(Co Vice Chair)

Jan 20214 Years



Safeguarding Governor

Resources and Risk



Roger Carlton


Jan 20214 YearsFoundation  
Margaret Roper22/2/214 YearsFoundation  

Jack Yard

(Co Vice Chair)

17/3/214 YearsFoundation  



Former Governors 

Governors listed below resigned in the last 12 months


NameDate of Resignation
Anna Billingham10/1/22
David LamoonOctober 2021
Alex Barnard03/03/21
Sergio CatignaniJan 2021
Robert DensmoreJuly 2020
Carole Brierley20/01/20


Attendance Records (2020 - 2021)


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

WA = With apology; WO = Without apology

Nikki Prentice (Head)AAAAAA
Carly DeansAAAAAA
Margaret ScarfAOAWOWAA
David LamoonAOAAWAA
Sergio CatignaniWAWAR   
Sally HarrisAAAAAA
Alex BarnardOAOR  
Margaret Roper  


(FEB 21)

Angela Boyd  A/APPAAA
Fr Roger Carlton  A/APPAAA
Anna BillinghamAOAAOA
Jack Yard   A/APPAA


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.


Carly Deans (Co-Opted Governor)



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.


Sally Harris (Staff Governor)



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.  




Angela Boyd (Parent Governor)



I am excited to be joining the team as a Parent Governor in 2021.  I was raised in Torquay and after working abroad for a few years I returned to settle down and start my career.  I work in Human Resources and hope to be able to share my knowledge and experience to benefit the staff and students at the school.  Both my children attend St Marychurch School and I look forward to supporting the school to flourish in the future.



Jack Yard (Foundation Governor)



I have always been passionate about supporting children to achieve their very best. I am currently a primary school teacher working in Paignton and before that I worked as a summer camp leader and a swimming teacher for 7 years. I have recently moved with my family to Devon from Somerset and I am keen to support children in my local community. I was recommended joining and supporting St Mary Church C of E Primary School as it is such a warm and welcoming community. I truly feel that the school’s core Christian values of Love, Peace, Joy and Kindness are vitally important to developing well-rounded, happy and healthy members of society. I really look forward to offering my services as part of the school’s governing body.


Margaret Roper (Foundation Governor)



I became a Foundation Governor in February 2021 (not the best of times during the Covid pandemic!).

I was born in St Marychurch, and received my primary education in Bristol and my secondary education in Kingsbridge.  I married a Kingsbridge man and then spent the next 40 years in London.  I taught for nearly 30 years, mainly in EYFS and KS1.  I have three children and six grandchildren.

In retirement, my husband (also a primary teacher) and I, decided to return to Devon, but I did not expect to be back in St Marychurch.  I have gone full circle and now find myself a Governor at the school where my father, uncles and aunts were educated.

I am an active member of the parish church in St Marychurch, the local National Trust, Children's Hospice South West and the U3A.


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!


School Motto

Love. Joy. Peace. Kindness

Mission Statement

"Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the lord your god will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)

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