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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 - due to be published following agreement at our next governing board meeting. 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 clerk@stmarysce.co.uk or our Chair, Sian Barten at sbarten@stmarysce.co.uk 


Register of Business Interests:


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

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

Project Coordinator, The Hygiene Bank Charity

Judy Walters,

Vice Chair

Co-optedFGB25.10.2124.10.25Curriculum, Safeguarding-
Naomi TottleStaff, Ex OfficioBy virtue of position01.09.19--HT at St. Mary's CE Primary School
Leaha WilsonStaffStaff02.11.2101.11.25-Member of Staff at St. Mary's CE Primary School
James WeltonParentParents25.02.2224.02.26-Parent at St. Mary's CE Primary School
Mary DendleFoundationDiocese of Exeter21.09.2120.09.25SEND, Pupil Premium, RE, Member of the HT Appraisal Panel-
Sophie TugwellFoundationDiocese of Exeter, Ex Officio19.07.2118.07.25Health & Safety, Member of the HT Appraisal PanelParent at St. Mary's CE Primary School
VACANTLocal AuthorityNominated by the LA, appointed by FGB----
Natalie StanburyClerkFGB25.03.22---
Serving in the last 12 months:      
Michael HeardParent Parents01.09.1731.08.21--
Rebecca FearnleyParentParents04.10.1824.10.21--
Rebekah HowesParentsParents19.10.2101.03.22--


Attendance at full governing board meetings for the academic year 2020/2021:


NamePossible Attended
Rebecca Fearnley66
Naomi Tottle66
Mary Dendle66
Leaha Wilson63
Michael Heard66
Sara-Jane Palmer63
Sophie Tugwell11
Vicki Bull11
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Sian Barten 


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Judy Walters


Mary Dendle


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Sophie Tugwell




James Welton


Naomi Tottle
Leaha Wilson