Our Governing Body
Our Governors are all dedicated to the continuous improvement of our schools and come from all walks of life. We have a Priest, a tree surgeon, a retired school business manager, consultant psychiatrist and local business owners from a range of sectors currently appointed to our board. Click on the pictures below to find out more about our great Governing Body.
Sian BartenChair Governor Category: Co-Opted, appointed by the board
Curriculum, SEND, School Improvement Lead Governor
Ethos and Vision Committee Member, Pay & Performance Committee Member, Head Teacher Appraisal Panel Member
My family and I run a holiday business in Watermouth and both my children spent happy years at Berrynarbor School. Years ago, I made a New Year's Resolution to be more involved in my community and as a result this is my second stint as a Governor and I also sit on the Parish Council
Governor Category: Parent, Elected by Parents
Personnel Lead Governor, Chair, Pay and Performance Committee, Member of the Ethos and Vision Committee, Head Teacher Appraisal Panel Member
Having attended West Down School, I went onto study at Braunton School & North Devon College. In 2007 my husband & I set up a company that specialises in the rental of giant Nordic inspired tipis for events, distributing in the UK & overseas. My children attend West Down & we live in the village.
Natalie StanburyClerk to Governors
I was appointed as Clerk in Feb 2017 & I am the “Governance Professional” on the board. This entails administrative tasks such as writing agendas & taking minutes as well as providing advice & guidance to the board, ensuring we are compliant within our statutory and legal duties and facilitating strong governance. I am usually the first point of contact for anybody wishing to communicate with the board. I am also Clerk for Kingsacre School.
Su CareyGovernor Category: Head, holds a place by virtue of their office and attends all meetings and committees
I was born & raised in the Bristol Area & that is where my career in teaching started. I moved to North Devon in 2007 to take up the post of head teacher at Berrynarbor VC Primary School. After Federating in 2012, I now lead both Berrynarbor & West Down Primary Schools. Although I no longer teach a class, I know all of our children and I enjoy watching them grow into wonderful young people
Faye PoynterI have taught across all year groups within West Berry Federation. In Sept 2017 I was appointed as Deputy Head & in Sept 2018 I became Co-Head alongside Su. Both of my children have attended West Down. I feel extremely privileged to be part of such a fantastic team, surrounded by fantastic children!
Andrew IsaacGovernor Category: Parent, elected by parents
Health and Safety Lead, Member of the Pay and Performance Committee
I have spent over twenty years in the Armed Forces split between the Army and the Royal Navy. This in turn has given me leadership and mentoring qualities as well as a whole host of engineering, management and quality training and qualifications. I have also been involved in many aspects of Health and Safety throughout my career.
Caroline RabyGovernor Category: Foundation, Appointed by the Diocese
Member of the Ethos and Vision Committee
I am the Assistant Curate at St Calixtus West Down. I was ordained in Sept 2015, and since then have been working in the parishes of West Down, Marwood and Heanton. I enjoy working within schools as part of my role. Before becoming a Priest, I worked as a nurse for 38 years, spending most of my career at the North Devon District Hospital. I am a widow & have brought up our son alone since he was 3.
David RichardsonGovernor Category: Local Authority, Nominated by the LA, appointed by the board
Lead Governor for Safeguarding
I am a Consultant Psychiatrist at North Devon District Hospital. My training & work has allowed me experience and understanding of safeguarding processes within Devon. This allows me to work to ensure that the Federation continues to ensure that safeguarding is central to everything we do and that children, parents and carers have faith in us as safe place to be.
David SpelmanCategory of Governor: Foundation, appointed by the Diocese
Chair, Ethos and Vision Committee
Since moving to Combe Martin, I was keen to continue my involvement in my local community. Becoming a governor allows me to do this; as well as continuing to encourage Christian Ethos within the Federation in my role as Foundation Governor. I also regularly take assembly for the Federation and other local schools in the area.
Tim SpelmanGovernor Category: Staff, elected by staff
I spent some time working in outdoor education & youth work, before becoming a teacher. I have worked at West Down since early 2013 & have taught across all year groups. Outside of work I am a parent of 2 children who have both attended West Down. I am part of the leadership team for South Street Church Braunton & I’m also part of the local band “Jose and the Hot Dogs”. As a staff governor I bring insight into the day to day running of the school.
Chris TownsendChris Townsend
Governor Category: Co-Opted, appointed by the board, GDPR Lead.
I currently run my own tree surgery business in the area, employing a number of staff. Prior to this I have experience within the telecommunications industry. I have 3 children at Berrynarbor School in years Reception, 4 and 6.
Our Governing Body
All governing boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
In our schools the full board meets 9 times a year, between these meetings individual governors are responsible as Lead Governors for a portfolio, and have delegated responsibility for defined areas of work. You can find out which areas our governors are responsible for in our Register of Business Interests below. We are abiding by our duty to publish relevant business and pecuniary interests and attendance at meetings of all governors. We also sign up to Code of Conduct - this can be viewed below.
In addition the board has the following committees:
Pay and performance committee, which meets three times a year, with delegated responsibility for ensuring that staff appraisal is appropriately carried out.
Head teachers’ appraisal committee, which carries out the head teacher’s appraisal.
1st Committee and 2nd (Appeals) committee are convened as required to consider any formal proceedings, such as a staff disciplinary issue or the permanent exclusion of a pupil (extremely rare in our case).
The terms of reference for each for each lead governor, committee and panel can be found in the Scheme of Delegation below. They explain what delegated authority the governor or committee has been given to make decisions on behalf of the board.
Any work undertaken by Lead Governors is reported to the full board at their next meeting - you can view minutes of the full board below.
We currently have 1 vacancy available on our board.
If you would like more information on the work we do to ensure continuous improvement in all aspects of school life, to apply to join the governing board or to contact a governor please contact the Clerk, Natalie Stanbury, at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Chair, Sian Barten, at email@example.com.