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.

Ottery St Mary Primary School – Governor Impact Statement 2015-16

2015-16 was a busy year for the governors.  The July 2015 Ofsted inspection highlighted some issues requiring immediate action. As governors we were (and remain) committed to pushing through improvement.  Ottery St Mary Primary is our school and the education of our children is our first priority.
The Full Governor Board oversaw the enhanced School Improvement Plan and monitored progress on the plan throughout the year.  We worked with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team on a new staffing structure which put in place 2 new Assistant Heads with curriculum responsibilities for English and mathematics.  We supported and were actively involved in the recruitment of 4 new members of staff in what was a busy summer term.
The Learning and Development Committee worked to closely monitor the new teaching and learning strategies introduced to improve standards.  These included the use of the Babcock Writing Scheme which centred on the themes of ‘Imitate; Innovate; Invent’; the new focus on talk for learning in mathematics; more consistent use of talk partners; a more structured marking and feedback policy and closer monitoring of all children’s progress and attainment which led to more immediate use of targeted support and interventions to improve the children’s progress and outcomes  The children’s work and attitudes to learning demonstrate the positive impact of these changes.
The Resources Committee worked to closely monitor and balance the school budget and to ensure staffing levels were maintained in a year of change.  They oversaw the budget for the provision of school meals at our school, which continues to be a success.
Both committees reviewed all school policies and made updates when needed.
Individual governors attended training on the curriculum and school data. Governors visited the school frequently throughout the year to monitor improvements first-hand. The Chair of Governors and selected other governors were interviewed as part of Local Authority inspections and received and responded to feedback from these inspections.
We are now working to maintain the pace of improvement into 2016-17.  We are confident that the school is moving in the right direction and that the changes made will have a positive impact on pupil outcomes.



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 Mr Oliver Helm and, like all the governors, he can be contacted via the school office or via the Clerk to Governor, Jessica Benger at,