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 Register of Business Interests

Governor Impact Statement 2016-2017

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 Governors at clerk@ottery-primary.devon.sch.uk.

Mr Oliver Helm

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

Date of Appointment: February 2015
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 taught since 2015 and have been Chair of the Board of Governors since September 2017

Mrs Elizabeth Johnson

Governor (Co-opted)

Date of Appointment: 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 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.

Mrs Michelle Perryman

Governor (Co-opted)

Date of Appointment: July 2014
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointed by: Governing Body
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests: I work for Virgin Care and am the name School Nurse for Ottery Primary School. I am also a governor at Honiton Primary School

Mr Joe Wall

Governor (Co-opted)

Date of Appointment: February 2015
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointed by: Governing Body
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests: None
I am a Chartered Management Accountant working at Exeter University for the past 5 years. I have two children at Ottery Primary school and am keen to use my training and skills to help where I can

Mrs Amy Thornton

Governor (Parent) and Vice Chair of Governing Body

Date of Appointment: February 2015
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointed by: Governing Body
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests: I work as a HE educational publisher – SAGE publications
As a parent of 2 children 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.

Mrs Sarah Weeks

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

Date of Appointment: July 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: 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: July 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.

Vacancy

Governor (Parent)

Vacancy

Governor (Parent)