Church Street, Morchard Bishop, Crediton, Devon EX17 6PJ

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Morchard Bishop C of E Primary School

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Richard Miners – Foundation Governor and Chair of Governors 

Richard joined the Governing Board in May 2016 and became a Co-Vice Chair in October 2017 and Chair of Governors in September 2018 His daughter attends the school. Richard is also a member of the Risk & Resources and the Pay and Performance Committees. 

Richard has had a combined career as a professional musician and music educator for the last 22 years. He has performed with leading artists throughout the UK and Europe. Richard has worked as a teacher and lecturer in all age ranges, and has advised and provided training for schools, colleges and universities. He currently is the managing director of Mid Devon Music Ltd. 

Tracey Langrill – Parent Governor and Co-Vice Chair 

As an elected parent governor, Tracey joined the Governing Board in September 2016 and became Co-Vice Chair in May 2018 and Chair the Teaching and Learning Committee from February 2019.   

Tracey has many years of experience in education and training adults, having instructed extensively in her 17 years as a military officer. She is currently employed as a BSc and MSc distance learning tutor for Portsmouth University. 

 She has three children, two of whom are at Morchard School, with the eldest at college.  

Charlotte Squire – Parent Governor and Co-Vice Chair 

Charlotte has been a member of the Governing Board since June 2015 and became Co-Vice Chair in September 2018.  She is a member of the Resources and Risk Committee and the Chair of the Ethos Group. 

Charlotte is a business partner at Lapford Cross MOT & Service Centre. She is also part of the Community Safety Team at Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue. 

 Charlotte has two children at the school. 

Maggie Down – Staff Governor 

 Maggie joined as the non-teaching Staff Governor in 2013. She is part of the Resources & Risk Committee and is responsible for finance and the business management of the School. 

 Appointed as Senior Administrator of the school in June 2008, Maggie continues to use her skills for financial planning and management in her role as Business Manager.  Maggie has three children all of whom attended the school and then moved on to Chulmleigh Community College. Two out of three of them then transferred to Queen Elizabeth’s Community College for sixth form. 

Jo Eames – Foundation Governor and SEND 

 Jo became part of the Governing Board as a Foundation Governor in January 2015. She is Chair of the Pay and Performance Committee and a member of the Teaching & Learning Committee and is the governor responsible for SEND. 

 A teacher for thirty-five years, Jo began her career at Queen Elizabeth’s Community College teaching French and Spanish; became a Head of Year for ten years then spent ten years as Head of Special Needs. 

Jo’s children – now adults – both attended Morchard Bishop School. She has been living in Morchard Bishop with her husband since 1978. 

Rachel Griffiths – Foundation Governor 

Rachel joined the Governing Board in May 2018. She became the Chair of the Resources and Risk Committee in September 2018.  Rachel has a particular focus on safeguarding and data protection. 

A trained counsellor, Rachel works in mental health and wellbeing at Exeter University and specialises in autistic spectrum conditions.  She lives out of the village in Eggesford and has two children at the school.

Joanna (Biddy) Hooper – Foundation Governor 

Biddy joined the Governing Board at the end of April 2018 and is also a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee.  She is a teacher with ten years’ experience and currently teaches at Copplestone Primary School.  She lives in the village and has four children; two who attend School and one at the Pre-School. 

Sue Moody – Foundation Governor 

Sue became a Foundation Governor in November 2018 and is also a member of the Pay and Performance Committee and the Ethos Group.  Sue is a retired nurse who moved to the village in 2014. She has three children who all attended primary school in Devon. 

Samantha Oliver – Foundation Governor 

Samantha, teacher at the School, joined the Governing Board in September 2016.  She is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Ethos Group.  

Chris Sargeant – Headteacher & Governor 

Chris became the Headteacher of the school in 2011 at which point he joined the Governing Body. He attends every Full Governing and committee meeting. 

It is Chris’s responsibility as Head to provide the Governing Body with reports on school improvement, asset management, pupil achievement and staffing. 

Chris has three children, two attended Morchard Bishop and are now studying at Exeter College and St Peters.

Reverend Lindsey Starrs – Ex Officio 

Lindsey joined the Governing Board in June 2006.  She also serves on the Teaching & Learning and Pay & Performance Committees and is a member of the Ethos Group. 

Rachel Cooper – Associate Member to the Governing Board and the Resources & Risk Committee 

Rachel was welcomed to the Governing Board as a Foundation Governor in April 2014 to  April 2018, when her term of office expired.  She was also the Co-Vice Chair, Chair of the Resources & Risk committee, and on the Committee for Teaching & Learning.  Rachel continues to support the full Governing Board and the Resources and Risk Committee in her role as an Associate Member. 

She is a senior accountant for a firm based in the South East of England. 

Rachel has one child at the school. 

Denise Bennet – Associate Member to the Governing Board, the Resources & Risk Committee and the Pay & Performance Committee 

Denise joined the Governing Board as an elected Parent Governor in 2010 and then became a Foundation Governor, with roles of Vice Chair, Co-Vice Chair and Chair of Governors until 31 October 2018 when she officially stepped down.  Denise was also a member of the Resources & Risk and Pay & Performance Committees (and continues to support the full Governing Board and the Committees in her role as an Associate Member). 

 Working as a Business Analyst for DXC Technology, Denise is involved in the implementation of the new Image-based Cheque Clearing process as well as Incident Management as required. Denise has two children who previously attended the School; one at Exeter College and the other at Chulmleigh Community College. 

Hilary Jones – Associate Member of the Teaching & Learning Committee 

Hilary, a teacher at the School, became an Associate Member of the Teaching & Learning Committee in September 2016. 

Sue Smith – Associate Member to the Governing Board and the Teaching and Learning Committee 

Sue became the LA Governor in January 2015. She was Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee and a member of the Pay & Performance committee.  She was also the governor responsible for Safeguarding. Sue’s term of office as a LA Governor expired in February 2019 but she continues to be an associate member to the Governing Board, the  Teaching and Learning Committee and the Pay & Performance Committee. 

While living in Morchard Bishop, Sue was an active part in the community. She is semi-retired having previously been the Special Educational Needs Adviser for Devon, and an additional Inspector for Ofsted. 

Sue continues to carry out consultancy work in schools throughout Devon today. 

Pam Down - Clerk to the Governing Board and Committees 

Pam joined the Governing Board in January 2016.  She had previously worked as an administrator and clerk to the governors at a local primary school for almost twenty years. Pam also works as a personnel officer in a local multi academy trust. She is an active member of Winkleigh Methodist Church where is she a steward, secretary and part of the music team.