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St Mary's C of E

School Bideford


All governing boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

•       Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

•       Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

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


In our schools, the full board meets throughout the year, between these meetings individual governors are responsible as lead governors for a portfolio, and have delegated responsibility for defined areas of work. You can find out which areas our governors are responsible for in our Register of Business Interests below. We are abiding by our duty to publish relevant business and pecuniary interests and attendance at meetings of all governors. We also sign up to Code of Conduct annually.

​In addition the board has the following committees:

  • Pay and performance committee, which meets twice a year, with delegated responsibility for ensuring that staff appraisal is appropriately carried out.

  • Head teachers’ appraisal committee, which carries out the head teacher’s appraisal.

  • 1st (Hearings) Committee and 2nd (Appeals) committee are convened as required to consider any formal proceedings, such as a staff disciplinary issue or the permanent exclusion of a pupil (extremely rare in our case).


The terms of reference for each for each lead governor, committee and panel can be found in our terms of reference - below. They explain what delegated authority the governor or committee has been given to make decisions on behalf of the board. 

​Any work undertaken by lead governors is reported to the full board at their next meeting.

​If you would like more information on the work we do to ensure continuous improvement in all aspects of school life, to apply to join the governing board or to contact a governor please contact the Clerk, Natalie Stanbury, at nstanbury@stmarysce.co.uk or our Chair, Sian Jenkins at sjenkins2@stmarysce.co.uk 


Register of Business Interests:


NameTypeAppointed byStart dateEnd date Lead Governor Relevant business interests
Sian Jenkins, Chair Co-optedFGB29.10.2228.02.26Deputy Curriculum Lead, HT Appraisal Panel

Chair of Governors at West Berry Federation, Member of SOGG Committee - Diocese of Exeter

Project Coordinator, The Hygiene Bank Charity


Naomi TottleStaff, Ex OfficioBy virtue of position01.09.19--HT at St. Mary's CE Primary School
Mike GardnerStaffStaff12.09.2211.09.26Special interest in GDPRMember of Staff at St. Mary's CE Primary School
James WeltonParentParents25.02.2224.02.26Finance LeadParent at St. Mary's CE Primary School
Alex Coyle ParentParents19.07.2218.07.22Safeguarding LeadParent at St. Mary's CE Primary School
VACANTFoundation, Ex OfficioDiocese of Exeter----
Sophie TugwellFoundationDiocese of Exeter19.07.2118.07.25Health & Safety Lead, Member of the HT Appraisal PanelParent at St. Mary's CE Primary School
Tony BrignellLocal AuthorityNominated by the LA, appointed by FGB12.09.2211.09.26


Pupil Premium Lead

Parent at St. Mary's CE Primary School
Natalie StanburyClerkFGB25.03.22---
Serving in the last 12 months:      


Peter Goodall

AssociateAppointed by FGB17.10.2216.10.26--

Judy Walters,

Vice Chair

Co-optedFGB25.10.2127.02.23Curriculum Lead, Deputy Safeguarding Lead-
Mary DendleFoundationDiocese of Exeter21.09.2120.09.22PP, SEND Lead-
Leaha WilsonStaffElected by Staff21.09.2118.07.22-Staff member, St. Mary's CE Primary School


Attendance at full governing board meetings for the academic year 2021/2022:


NamePossible Attended
Vicki Bull31
Mary Dendle65
Rebekah Howes33
Sian Jenkins55
Natalie Stanbury11
Naomi Tottle66
Sophie Tugwell65
Judy Walters54
James Welton33
Leaha Wilson64


Attendance at full governing board meetings for the academic year 2022/2023 - 



Possible number of meetings could attend

Number of meeting did attend

Naomi Tottle



Mike Gardner



Sian Jenkins



Judy Walters



Sophie Tugwell



Tony Brignell



James Welton



Alex Coyle



Rev Peter Goodall