Governors

The Role of the Governing Body 

We have a very hard working and dedicated Governing Body and their role is to help to provide a strategic vision for the school. They work closely with the headteacher to decide on the school’s future priorities and then act as a critical friend in monitoring the school’s performance and effectiveness. This is achieved in a variety of ways including regular visits to the school to liaise with staff, children and parents. They also produce a regular newsletter which highlights their role and work.

You can view a list of our current Governors and their roles HERE

Useful links:

Ottery St Mary Primary School Complaints Procedure

Ottery St Mary Primary School – Governor Impact Statement 2018-19

You can view our statement HERE.

In order to delegate and share the responsibilities of the Governing Body more effectively and efficiently, there are two main sub-committees.  The Committees are a flexible way of dealing with specific or fairly detailed matters and offer individual governors wider opportunities to apply their personal expertise. The two main sub-committees are:

  • Learning and Development
  • Resources

Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Amy Thornton and, like all the governors, he can be contacted via the school office, or via the Clerk to the Governors at clerk@ottery-primary.devon.sch.uk.

Mrs Amy Thornton

Governor (LEA) and Chair of the Board of Governors

Date of Appointment: 26th March 2019
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointed by: Governing Body
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests: I work as a HE educational publisher for SAGE publications
As a parent of 1 child in KS2, investing time and effort in children’s learning and education is hugely important to me. I became a Parent Governor at the school for this reason and to contribute to my family’s community.

Miss Louise Fitzpatrick

Staff Governor

Date of Appointment: 30th September 2019
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointed by: Staff
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests: My name is Louise and I am a loyal and committed staff member at Ottery Primary School, having been here since I started as an NQT and remaining here still to date.  I have been part of Ottery’s journey and I wish to continue to support Ottery on its upward trajectory to success.

Mr Joe Wall

Governor (Trust)

Date of Appointment: 12th February 2019
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointed by: Smile Trust 
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests: Parent
I am a Chartered Management Accountant working at Exeter University for the past 6 years. I have two children at Ottery Primary school and am keen to use my training and skills to help where I can.

Mrs Jo Hounsell

Parent Governor

Date of Appointment: 18th November 2019
Term of Office: 4 years
Elected by: Parents
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests: None
I have a daughter in Ottery Primary, a younger son currently in one of the local nurseries, and two stepdaughters who both attended the school.  I have a background in Human Resource Management, with over 15 years’ experience in HR roles, mostly with the retail & catering sector.  I have lived in Ottery most of my life and I am keen to use my experience to support our local school.

Vacancy

Parent Governor

Vacancy

Co-opted Governor

Mrs Michelle Perryman

Governor (Co-opted) - Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors

Date of Appointment: 17th July 2018
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointed by: Governing Body
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests: I work for Virgin Care and I am the named School Nurse for Ottery Primary School. I am also a governor at Honiton Primary School.

Mrs Sarah Weeks

Associate

Date of Appointment: 16th July 2020 
Term of Office: Ongoing
Appointed by: Governing Body
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests: None
I have a daughter at Ottery Primary and my eldest is at The Kings School. I work part time as a Radiographer in the NHS. Communication is a key skill within my job and is also key within my role as a governor to support and challenge the school. I love to spend time with my family finding new adventures and places to visit.

Mr Craig Allen

Governor (Co-opted)

Date of Appointment: 17th July 2018
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointed by: Governing Body
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests: I work for Scomis. a Traded Service from DCC which provides ICT services to schools.
Beginning my life as a Secondary Teacher, I made a change to ICT Support and have worked in Education ICT since 2001. I specialise in consultancy work on School’s Management Information Systems with emphasis on Assessment Tracking, Parental Engagement and School Improvement Data. In my spare time I coach football and am currently Chair of Ottery St Mary Youth FC.

Mr Stephen Owen

Governor (Trust)

Date of Appointment: 25th February 2021
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointed by: Smile Trust
Registered Business Interests: None

My first interest and experience with Ottery St. Mary Primary School was way back in 1986 during my first PGCE teacher training year when I undertook a teaching practice here in the latter part of the Autumn Term 1986.  There may still be a parent who I taught from that time connected with the school!  I spent 34 years in education as a teacher and a headteacher and latterly as a Deputy Director of School Standards and Provision for a Local Authority, and as an Ofsted Inspector before taking medical redundancy 18 months ago.  I am very much looking forward to working with other members of the Governing Board, the school term, the pupils and the wider community.  I have a particular knowledge of, and interest in, disability and mental well-being issues.

Mr Alastair Price

Governor (Parent)

Date of Appointment: 4th November 2020
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointed by: Parents
Registered Business and Pecuniary Interests: Parent

I am a senior manager at the Met Office with many years’ experience in delivering quality weather services and, in that role, I am responsible for managing and developing people, scrutinising finances and output and determining future strategy. I have two children at OSM Primary but where I get leisure time I particularly enjoy hiking and exploring the great outdoors.

Ms Amie Langley-Ellis

Co-opted

Date of Appointment: 25th May 2021
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointed by: Governing Board
Registered Business and Pecuniary Interests: Parent

I am a qualified primary teacher, currently taking a professional break to look after my young children. I have taught in schools in the UK and also in China, where I lived with my husband for 3 years enjoying many adventures!  I currently have two children attending Ottery Primary and have a younger child still at home who will hopefully be joining them in a couple of years.  I am pleased to have this opportunity help contribute to the education and welfare of students from my community.