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

Governor Impact Statement 2016-2017

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 Oliver Helm

Governor (Co-opted)

Date of Appointment: 12th February 2019
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointed by: Governing Body
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests: none
I have been a governor of the school where my wife, Bethan, has taught since 2015, and was re-appointed in February 2019.

Mrs Elizabeth Johnson

Governor (Co-opted)

Date of Appointment: 17th July 2018 
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointed by: Governing Body

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests: I am employed as an Associate (Cilex) by Ashfords LLP solicitors and I am a Trustee at a local care home (Stallcombe). I am a lawyer, specialising in personal injury and privacy/data breach litigation. I have 3 children aged 18,16 and 12 who all attended Ottery St Mary Primary School. Since moving to Ottery in 2002, I have been involved in a number of community or voluntary projects including chairing the PTA. My children were very happy and thrived at this school and I am proud to be able to play a part in ensuring that future generations can do the same.

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: None
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 Lisa Tomkins

Parent Governor

Date of Appointment: 18th November 2019
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointed by: Parents
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests: 

Mrs Jo Hounsell

Parent Governor

Date of Appointment: 18th November 2019
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointed by: Parents
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests:

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

Governor (Parent) and Chair of the Learning and Development Committee

Date of Appointment: 24th June 2016
Term of Office: 4 years
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 Mark Panizzi

Governor (Trust)

Date of Appointment: 13th December 2017
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointed by: Smile Trust
I have been a Governor since January 2001 when I was originally appointed as a Parent Governor. I am a qualified teacher with a specialism in Maths and currently work in the local area as a TA/MTA with a specialist role in running two programmes for children with motor co-ordination issues/difficulties.