About our school

Governors

The Governing body 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 body 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 body meet up monthly with lead roles taken on and coordinated by specific governors. The governing body 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 body 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 body 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 following list shows the current School Governors (governance roles work over a period of four years after which time positions are re-elected)

Sally Sycamore

Chair of Governing Board

Parent Governor

As a parent governor with four children spanning all stages
of learning within the school, I am committed to helping
make West Hill Primary School the best it can be. I hope
that my experience within the financial markets, marketing
and communications, alongside my enthusiasm, allow me to
contribute to the further achievements and strategic
direction of the school.When not running around being a children’s taxi service, I
like to read, walk, swim, generally try and keep fit and I
love anything and everything to do with music.

Appointed by:

Parent Body

Status – Lead roles/committee membership:

School Improvement Lead

Member of the Pay and Performance Committee

End of Term of Office:

Term of Office – 4 years

17/12/2019

Register of Business Interests:

None

Attendance 2016/17

100%

Cheryl Boulton

Head teacher

Chair 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.

Date of appointment:

01/09/2016

End of Term of Office

N/A

Register of Business Interests

None

Attendance 2016/17

100%

Dorothy Bioletti

Co-opted Governor

Having previously worked in the NHS in large hospitals for
36 years in operations management, projects and strategic
development, before I retired in 2012, I worked in a large
service directorate with a large compliment of staff and a budget in excess of £10m. My experience in HR related matters, market testing, negotiating contracts and quality
control assist me in my role as governor. I applied to be a governor to give back to the community, to support the growth and changes that will affect the school now and in the future and to help ensure that the children receive a high quality of teaching from a broad and balanced curriculum.My interests include walking (especially with the dog), reading and gardening.

Appointed by:

Governing Board

Status – Lead roles/committee membership:

Personnel Lead and SEND Lead

Member of the Pay and Performance Committee

Member of the HT Appraisal Panel

Member of the Admissions Committee

End of Term of Office:

Term of Office – 4 years

19/11/2018

Register of Business Interests

None

Attendance 2016/17

100%

Hilary Eade

Co-opted Governor

I qualified as a primary school teacher in 1974, teaching children from age five to eleven in a number of schools.
For the last thirteen years I was privileged to be the Head Teacher of a school very similar in size and character to
West Hill, although situated in South Gloucestershire. I
had the exciting opportunity to visit schools and work with
teachers in Belarus, New Zealand and Indonesia. I retired a couple of years ago but am still very interested in children’s education. I have the skills and experience that
enable me to empathise with the staff at West Hill and to support them in their aim to provide the very besteducation for the children in their care.I enjoy reading, gardening and walking, especially at the seaside and helping at the library.

Appointed by:

Governing Board

Status – Lead roles/committee membership:

Curriculum Lead

Member of the Pay and Performance Committee

Member of the HT Appraisal Panel

Member of the Admissions Committee

End of Term of Office:

Term of Office – 4 years

19/11/2019

Register of Business Interests:

None

Attendance 2016/17

90%

Matt Fripp

Parent Governor

I have always been interested in assisting the local community to ensure that I help maintain develop facilities for the future. My financial training and commercial
experience allows me to provide challenge and support for the organisation. My involvement with the school also allows me to understand the world of education and relate
these experiences with my everyday business life.My interests are firstly the interests of my family. I am a local company director and on occasion, I like to get out on the golf course.

Appointed by:

Parent Body

Status – Lead roles/committee membership:

Finance Lead

Chair of the Pay and Performance Committee

End of Term of Office:

Term of Office – 4 years

24/11/2018

Register of Business Interests:

Parish Council Campaign member

Attendance 2016/17

90%

Deborah Hudson

Staff Governor

Prior to training as a teacher I was a qualified nurse and worked at Charing Cross Hospital. I later embarked on a 4
year B Ed. Hons with History and started teaching reception
children up to Year 7, as a supply teacher in local
schools. I have been a teacher at West Hill for nearly 20 years. My current roles are: Deputy Headteacher, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer, Class 2 Teacher, KS1
Assessment Co-ordinator, Computing Co-ordinator and
Paediatric First Aider. I also sit on Teacher Assessment panels for the DFE in  Westminster, working with other professionals on the development of SAT papers; all of which aids my contributions to the governing body. When I have spare time I enjoy walking – especially on Dartmoor. I enjoy travel – Italy being my latest find. I also like to read for pleasure.

Appointed by:

School Staff

Status – Lead roles/committee membership:

End of Term of Office:

Term of Office – 4 years

1/9/2019

Register of Business Interests:

Attendance 2016/17

90%

Jennifer Meredith

Vice Chair of Governing Board

Parent Governor

I am a Whitehall Civil Servant with professional experience
spanning analysis, policy-making, legislation and strategy
development. I draw on my professional skills in my role as a parent governor with lead responsibility for Inclusion and Safeguarding. I care passionately about supporting our school’s commitment to provide the highest educational
standards, ensuring every child achieves their full potential.I love the outdoors and spend most of my spare time either gardening, walking along the coast or on cycling adventures with my family.

Appointed by:

Parent Body

Status – Lead roles/committee membership:

Safeguarding Lead

Chair of the Admissions Committee

End of Term of Office:

Term of Office – 4 years

17/12/2019

Register of Business Interests:

None

Attendance 2016/17

90%

Daniel Murphy

Foundation Governor

I have been privileged to see how West Hill Primary School has supported & encouraged the development of my two children over the last 5 years. Our school is an exceptional place and I hope by volunteering as a Governor I can support the school to develop and maintain its high
standards of teaching & pastoral care. I have worked within the NHS for 15 years & have experience in auditing and maintaining high standards of care and hope to bring this to the Governing Body; I currently am a Partner
in a local GP surgery alongside working as a Rheumatologist at the RD&E. Outside of school & work, I enjoy spending time outdoors running, swimming and cycling and coach junior cricket in Ottery St Mary.

Appointed by:

The SMILE Learning Trust

Status – Lead roles/committee membership:

Member of the Pay and Performance Committee

Inclusion Lead

End of Term of Office:

Term of Office – 4 years

12/01/21

Register of Business Interests:

None

Attendance 2016/17

100%

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

Status – Lead roles/committee membership:

Member of the HT Appraisal Panel

End of Term of Office:

Term of Office – 4 years

22/6/2021

Register of Business Interests:

None

Attendance 2016/17

N/A

Ashley Pocock Parent Governor

I am a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and established my own practice in 2015. I gained extensive experience in Corporate Finance in London, Zurich and Melbourne with several international banks and accounting firms. I strongly believe that every child has the right to an outstanding education. I will use my skills to build on the success of WHPS by working with the staff and leadership team to support the future direction of the school and engaging with the local community. I enjoy swimming, gardening and spending time with my family.

Appointed by: Parent Body
Status - lead roles/committee memberships Reserve Member of the Admissions Committee
End of Term of Office Term of Office - 4 years
08/12/2021
Register of Business Interests: None
Attendance 2016/17: N/A

Vacancy

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by:

Governing Board

Status – Lead roles/committee membership:

End of Term of Office:

Term of Office – 4 years

Register of Business Interests:

Attendance 2016/17

N/A

Past WHPS Governors who have resigned in the last year:

Jonathan BrookVice Chair of the Governing Board
Appointed by:Local Authority
End of Term of Office: Term of Office – 4 years 7/1/2020
Resigned: 22/3/2018
Register of Business InterestsNone
Attendance 2016/17100%
Ian HeardFoundation Governor
Appointed by:The SMILE Learning Trust
End of Term of Office: Term of Office – 4 years 7/1/2020
Resigned07/01/2018
Register of Business Interests:Chair of the Village Hall Trustees, West Hill Parish Council Campaign member
Attendance 2016/1790%
Esther ApseyParent Governor
Appointed by:Parent Body
End of Term of Office:Term of Office – 4 years 19/1/2021
Resigned31/10/2017
Register of Business InterestsNone
Attendance 2016/17100%
Susan ToveyCo-opted Governor
Appointed byGoverning Board
End of Term of Office20/11/2013 - 20/11/2017
Resigned22/6/2017
Register of business interestsNone
Attendance 2015/1688%

Record of Governor Attendance 2014-2015