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Governors

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.

 

Governance 

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 Carly.Deans@gov.stcmat.org

To contact our Clerk to Governors, Carolyn Halstead, please email MRY.Clerk@stcmat.org

 

Current Governors      

 

Name Appointed Term of   Office  Appointed by Committee Other Interests

Nikki Prentice

(Head)

06/06/2011 N/A N/A Admissions  
Kim Plumb 01/09/2014 4 Years Trust Board

Admissions

Resources & Risk

Disadvantaged Pupils

Ethos, Community Relationships & Communication

 
Margaret Scarf             18/05/2015 4 Years Trust Board

Hearings 

Appeals

Performance & Pay

Resources & Risk

 

Carly Deans

(Chair)

Sept 2020   Full LGB

Hearings

Appeals

HT Appraisal Panel

Performance & Pay

Admissions

Curriculum & Standards

Disadvantaged Pupils

SEND

 

David Lamoon

(Vice Chair)

1/4/19 4 Years Trust Board

Hearings

Appeals

HT Appraisal Panel

Deputy Safeguarding Governor

Curriculum & Standards

Ethos, Community Relationships & Communication

 
Sally Harris 19/01/20 4 Years LGB

Curriculum & Standards

Ethos, Community Relationships & Communication

 
Anna Billingham June 2020 4 Years Parent Election

Hearings

Appeals

Admissions

 

 
Angela Boyd Jan 2021 4 Years

Parent

Election

Safeguarding Governor

Resources and Risk

 

Father

Roger Carlton

Jan 2021 4 Years Ex Officio    
Margaret Roper 22/2/21 4 Years Foundation    
Jack Yard 17/3/21 4 Years Foundation    

 

         

Former Governors 

Governors listed below resigned in the last 12 months

 

Name Date of Resignation
Alex Barnard 03/03/21
Sergio Catignani Jan 2021
Robert Densmore July 2020
Carole Brierley 20/01/20

 

Attendance Records (2019-2020)

PLEASE NOTE: MEETINGS IN MARCH & APRIL WERE CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19

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

Name Sep Oct Nov Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Nikki Prentice (Head) A A A A A     A A
Carole Brierley  A A A A/R          
Kim Plumb A O A A A     A O
Margaret Scarf A A A A A     O A
Rob Densmore A A A A O     A O
Sergio Catignani O O O O O     O O
Tracey Winstone A A O R          
Alex Barnard O A A O A     O O
Carly Deans A A A O A     A A
David Lamoon A O A O A     A A
Sally Harris       APP A     A A
Anna Billingham                 APP/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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Carly Deans (Chair)

 

I feel honoured to have been asked to be the Chair of Governors 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) Vice Chair

 

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….

 

 

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.  

   

 

Anna Billingham (Parent Governor)

I have recently joined the team as a parent governor and feel very privileged to have done so. I hope to be able to help be the voice of parents on the school governing board.

 Although I wasn't born in Devon, I have lived here for the majority of my life and love living here in St Marychurch with my husband and 2 children; both of whom attend St Marychurch. It's a beautiful part of the world to live in, so I try to make the most of it.  

For my job I am a Registrar of births, deaths and marriages; I really enjoy it. In my spare time I love to get out on the water in a kayak when I can, walking a lot and I run regularly (although I don't enjoy this part so much!!). I am a worship leader at my church and love to sing - I am currently writing and recording my first song! I also love to bake (hence all the outdoor activities!). 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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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