About our school

Governors

The governing board of West Hill Primary School has the responsibility of setting the vision, ethos and strategic direction of this outstanding school. It is their role to set the schools strategic framework and to ensure all statutory duties are met. They hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff. They also oversee the financial performance and ensure the school’s money is well spent.

The governors are made up of a cross section of the local community, parents, staff and community representatives, who voluntarily give their time and services to the school. This cross section of influence allows the governing board to maintain the character of the school and its great relationship with the local community. Please read Governors Code of Conduct for more information.

The full governing board meet up monthly with lead roles taken on and coordinated by specific governors. The governing board have specific duties and legal responsibilities in respect of the curriculum, discipline, finance, appointments and dismissal of staff, school premises, health and safety matters and for pupils with special educational needs.

The governors’ meetings are open to the public but the Chair reserves the right to ask the public to withdraw when certain confidential issues arise or when voting is taking place. Supporting the governing board is the Clerk to the Governors role. This role is part of the school administrative team and is on the school payroll. You can contact the Clerk to Governors on the following email address clerk@west-hill-primary.devon.sch.uk.

The new governors process is really important to the governing board here at West Hill and the following ‘new governor induction checklist’ gives a summary of the support and help that will be given over the first few months in the role.  The Governor Privacy Notice explains how we use governor, associate member and clerk information collected when joining the governing board.

The following list shows the current school governors (governance roles work over a period of four years after which time positions are re-elected)

Cheryl Boulton Head teacher/Director of the SMILE Learning Trust

I started teaching in 1993 and have worked with children from 4-11 year olds in 3 Infant schools and 3 Primary schools. As well as being a class teacher, I have held 2 Deputy Head positions, 1 Acting Head and 2 Headships. I enjoy working closely with the governing body for the strategic development of the school and feel very honoured to have such a strong set of governors at West Hill Primary School with their wide and varied skills. In my limited spare time, I enjoy keeping fit by cycling, swimming, attending gym classes and running. I have completed half marathons and several 10ks. I am also a keen baker with my specialty being muffins. I have been learning to play the piano and have achieved my Grade 1.

Appointed by Automatic appointment as Head
Date of Appointment - Term of Office 01/09/2016 - n/a
Lead roles & Committee Memberships Member of Admissions Committee (reserve)
Attendance 2018/19 100%
Register of Business Interests: None
Martyn Cutmore Foundation Governor

I spent my entire career teaching history in secondary state comprehensive schools, and also held senior curriculum and pastoral positions of responsibility. Having retired, I have recently moved from the Midlands back to my wife's home town of Sidmouth, where my teaching career began forty years ago. I hold a Master's degree in history education and a PhD in history from the University of Warwick. I am an honorary research fellow in history at the University of Exeter.
These biographical details speak to my commitment to education, both as a teacher and as a lifelong learner. Although my experience is in secondary and tertiary education, indeed because of this, I understand the vital importance of primary education. The foundations laid in the primary years are essential and, as a governor of West Hill Primary School, I hope to be able to continue to promote the purposes of education, and to support the aims of a successful school that seeks to serve the individual and the community, and that perceives its role in terms of enduring values, life skills and the love of learning.
My return to Devon, with my vocal and guitar skills still (somewhat) intact, has resulted in the reformation of the band, although (sorry to disappoint) a reunion gig may be some distance away at the moment. I have also been known to play golf (not well) and I am a member of Sidmouth Golf Club.

Appointed by: The SMILE Learning Trust
Date of Appointment - Term of Office 12/06/2019 - 4 Years
Lead roles & Committee Memberships Humanities Lead;
Standards & Assessment Lead; (EYFS/KS1/KS2);
Member of Head Performance Management Review Panel
Attendance 2018/19 n/a
Register of Business Interests: None
Ian Guy Parent Governor

I am now retired after working for three National Banks as a Regional Director in the East Midlands and then running my own financial services company with 250 staff.
I have two grown up children who attended Nottingham High School and the Sheffield University and I have a 16 year old girl at Kings School and a 7 year old at West Hill.
I have lived in Ottery for 5 years and really enjoy the quiet life compared to Yorkshire and Nottingham.
Schooling was our first concern when my wife was relocated to the Devon region of her Bank and we feel we could not have done better than Kings School and West Hill Primary.
I am a keen golfer and represent Devon at senior level as well as being a keen member of several East Devon bridge clubs.

Appointed by: Governing Board
Date of Appointment - Term of Office 12/06/2019 - 4 Years
Lead roles/committee memberships Finance Lead; Pupil Premium Lead; Computing & Online Safety Lead; Member of P&P Committee; Member of Admissions Committee
Attendance 2018/19 n/a
Register of Business Interests: None
Lee Jordan Foundation Governor

I am a solicitor for an international law firm, specialising in complex litigation.
In the past year I have moved to East Devon and had my first child. In my short time with WHPS, I have been incredibly impressed with the endeavour and excellent work of all the school. As a governor, I will strive to utilise my expertise, to help maintain and improve an outstanding education for present and future generations of pupils.
I am a keen sports enthusiast and in my spare time enjoy long distance running and tennis. I also enjoy cooking, spending time with family, and playing golf (badly).

Appointed by: The SMILE Learning Trust
Date of Appointment - Term of Office 27/09/2018 - 4 Years
Lead roles/committee memberships Parent & Community Links Lead; PE & Sport Lead; PSHE Lead; Premises Deputy Lead; Health & Safety Deputy Lead; Member of SMILE Learning Trust; Member of P & P Committee
Attendance 2018/19: 67%
Register of Business Interests: None
Will Mackenzie-Green Co-opted Governor

I served eight years as an officer in the Royal Marines Commando’s following which spent three years working for a leading Private Maritime Security company. Having built up the courage to follow a long held ambition to become a teacher I undertook my PGCE at the University of Exeter. I am now in my fifth year of teaching and have held posts such as Induction Tutor and Housemaster. My first four years were spent at King’s College, Taunton. I am currently the Head of History at King’s Hall School in Taunton.
I am a keen rugby supporter and coach. I have three young children and my wife is a doctor. When time allows, I like to run and open water swim and compete in all manner of endurance events.

Appointed by: Governing Board
Date of Appointment - Term of Office 06/11/2019 - 4 Years
Lead roles/committee memberships Personnel Lead;
Member of P & P Committee
Attendance 2018/19: n/a
Register of Business Interests: None
Rob Pantling Staff Governor

I have worked in education for over 15 years. I have held various roles including Deputy Headteacher and Interim Headteacher, having worked previously for a Multi-Academy Trust. My experiences include working in schools with dedicated Special Education Needs units and attached Children's Centres. I have also worked as an associate for Babcock 4S as a Lead Moderator for End of Key Stage 2 Writing and have supported school improvement in a range of settings. I completed the NPQH in 2017 and hold an Honours degree specialising in Primary Education with QTS. I joined the school as Deputy Headteacher in September 2018 having relocated to Devon with my family.

Appointed by: Governing Board
Date of Appointment - Term of Office 03/09/2019 - 4Years
Lead roles/committee memberships
Attendance 2018/19: n/a
Register of Business Interests: None
Simon Pedrazzini Co-opted Governor

I am retired following a career in industry, thirty five years of which were spent in management within multinational
organisations covering product development, marketing and sales. Having experienced the education of my children in several areas of the UK, I am impressed with the education my grandchildren are receiving at West Hill. I consider the
primary stage crucial to creating a sound foundation for the attitude and enthusiasm of children in all following
stages of their education. For several years I have been involved in my local
community and I now feel privileged to use my spare time and experience to contribute towards the continued success
of the school. Since moving to East Devon I spend time gardening, keeping
fit, reading and on the preservation and use of my fifty year old classic car, which forms the basis for many short holidays.

Appointed by: Governing Board
Date of Appointment – Term of Office 22/06/2017 - 4 Years
Lead Roles & Committee Membership Vice-Chair of FGB; Premises Lead; Health & Safety Lead; Science Lead; Design & Technology Lead; Member of Admissions Committee; Member of Head Performance Management Review Panel
Attendance 2018/19 89%
Register of Business Interests None
John Pulsford Co-opted Governor

I was County Treasurer and Director of Finance and Information for the Isle of Wight Council for nine years from 1994 until I retired in 2003. In my earlier career I had spells with Sheffield, Kent, Plymouth and Somerset County Councils.
Post retirement from full time work I have carried out various interim management assignments including looking after the pension fund of a London borough for 2 years. Later I worked part time until 2013 for a large investment management company, advising them on and taking part in the marketing of, the multi-billion pound local government pension funds part of their business.
Before moving to Devon from the Isle of Wight in 2017 I was for several years a governor of St Catherine’s School in Ventnor (a residential school for children with speech and language difficulties), vice chairman of Age UK Isle of Wight and a trustee of the Mountbatten Hospice.
Now in full time retirement I am a keen walker, sports fan, garden labourer and a volunteer locally for Hospiscare. I am also trying to learn Italian.

Appointed by: Governing Board
Date of Appointment – Term of Office 24/05/2018 - 4 Years
Lead Roles & Committee Membership Chair of FGB; Safeguarding Lead; Gifted & Talented Lead; Member of Admissions Committee; Member of Head Performance Management Review Panel
Attendance 2018/19 89%
Register of Business Interests None
Jeremy Stone Co-opted Governor

I have taught in Ireland and the UK, where I am currently the Deputy Head of Stover School in Newton Abbot. My teaching experience mainly involves secondary Science and Drama, but also includes History, Geography and English. I was a pupil of West Hill Primary School from 1967 to 1972, and have had a lifelong interest in Education, in which I hold a Master’s degree. My PhD was on an obscure group of extinct microfossils called conodonts – which I promise not to talk about.
I am a Life Patron of Sidmouth Rugby Club, and member of the Devon Archaeological Society and Devon Wildlife Trust. My daughters are both members of Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club. Other interests include the history of science, and history in general – especially regarding ancient Rome. I enjoy foreign travel and hill walking, particularly in areas of biological, geological or historical interest, and also the theatre and listening to classical music (when not ‘helping’ my wife in the garden).

Appointed by: Governing Board
Date of Appointment – Term of Office 31/10/2018 - 4 Years
Lead Roles & Committee Membership Inclusive Education Lead;
SEND Lead;
Curriculum Lead;
School Improvement Lead;
Member of P&P Committee
Attendance 2018/19 67%
Register of Business Interests None
Jonathan BrookAssociate Member
Term of Office4 Years
Date of Appointment23/03/2018
Appointed byGoverning Board
Register of Business InterestsNone
Voting Rights?No
Jennifer MeredithAssociate Member
Term of Office4 Years
Date of Appointment19/07/2018
Appointed byGoverning Board
Register of Business InterestsNone
Voting Rights? NoNo

Current Governor Vacancies

LA Governor

For more information about these rôles please email the Clerk to Governors at:

clerk@west-hill-primary.devon.sch.uk

Past WHPS Governors who have resigned in the last year:

Clare Doble LA Governor
Appointed by:Local Authority
End of Term of Office: Term of Office – 4 years 30/10/2022
Resigned:16/09/2019
Register of Business Interests:None
Attendance 2018/19 56%
Ashley PocockParent Governor
Appointed by:Parent Body
End of Term of Office:Term of Office – 4 years 08/12/2021
Resigned:06/09/2019
Register of Business Interests: None
Attendance 2018/1967%
Rowan RossCo-Opted Governor
Appointed by:Governing Board
End of Term of Office:Term of Office – 4 years 25/06/2022
Resigned:24/07/2019
Register of Business Interests: None
Attendance 2018/19100%
Matt FrippFoundation Governor
Appointed by:The SMILE Learning Trust
End of Term of Office:Term of Office – 4 years 26/09/2022
Resigned:23/1/2019
Register of Business Interests:Parish Council Campaign member
Attendance 2017/1864%