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 Governor Code of Conduct for more information.

The full Governing Board meet 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. Anyone wishing to attend must give prior notice of at least 7 calendar days. This can be reversed on a meeting to meeting basis, at the chair’s discretion, if there are clear and lawful reasons. This is reviewed annually at the first meeting of a new school year. 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 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 Board 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, attending gym classes and running half marathons and 10Ks. I have completed half marathons and several 10ks. I am also a keen baker with my speciality being muffins.

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 2020/21 100% - All 8 meetings
Register of Business Interests: Husband's company undertakes occasional maintenance work for the school
Steve Meredith Parent Governor

Originally from Portsmouth, my family and I moved to Ottery St Mary after spending the past 8 years in the wonderful island of Jersey. I started my career at IBM and held various Consultancy and Management roles in the IT and Financial Services sectors, located in Portsmouth, London and Bermuda. I now run an ICT Training and Consultancy business servicing clients across the Middle East and Africa. I am also the founder of a start-up online training platform.

I have 2 children at West Hill Primary School (WHPS) and as a parent governor I am delighted to bring my experience and enthusiasm to help support and improve the high standards of education for present and future pupils at WHPS.

I enjoy spending time with my family and exploring our beautiful countryside at weekends. I am a keen golfer and enjoy long distance running (when time permits) having completed several Ultra marathons. I am also a rubbish cook!

Appointed by: Governing Board
Date of Appointment - Term of Office 08/09/2021 - 4 Years
Lead roles/committee memberships Premises and Health & Safety Lead; Science Lead; Member of Admissions Committee
Attendance
Register of Business Interests: None
James Downey Parent Governor

Originally from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, I read history at Durham University and after graduation took up a commission in the Royal Air Force. After initial officer training, I trained as a navigator and was selected for fast jet operations, qualifying as a combat ready Tornado navigator. After several tours of duty on the front line and in staff headquarters I left the RAF and retrained as a solicitor, joining a large city law firm in London as a corporate lawyer.

In 2012 my wife and I relocated to Devon and set up a ski business, operating luxury catered ski chalets in the French Alps with a team of up to 35 employees. I have also continued to work as a solicitor and act for a number of law firms as a consultant, working with a range of businesses from start-ups to large corporates, providing corporate and commercial legal advice.

I have 2 small children aged 5 and 3, the eldest being in year 1 at WHPS. I have had always had an interest in education and training, have been an instructor in the RAF and a trainee mentor in my London city law firm. I have a keen interest in sport and coach junior rugby at Topsham Rugby Club.

Appointed by: Governing Board
Date of Appointment - Term of Office 08/01/2020 - 4 Years
Lead roles/committee memberships Personnel Lead; Design & Technology Lead; Gifted and Talented Lead
Attendance 2020/21 62.5% 5 out of 8 meetings
Register of Business Interests: None
Lee Jordan Foundation Governor

I work in contracting for the NHS, and am a non-practising solicitor
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 Vice-Chair, Parent & Community Links Lead; PSHE Lead; Member of SMILE Learning Trust; Member of P & P Committee: Member of Head Teacher Performance Management Review
Attendance 2020/21 75% 6 out of 8 meetings
Register of Business Interests: None
Rob Pantling Staff Governor

I have worked in education for over 17 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 - 4 Years
Lead roles/committee memberships
Attendance 2020/21 100% All 8 meetings
Register of Business Interests: None
LEA Governor
Appointed by: Governing Board
Date of Appointment – Term of Office
Lead Roles & Committee Membership
Attendance
Register of Business Interests
Ian Guy Co-opted 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 Sheffield University, one daughter who is 18 and currently at Sheffield University and my youngest daughter who is 9 attends Hill House in Doncaster
I now live in Doncaster.

Appointed by: Governing Board
Date of Appointment – Term of Office 29/09/2021 - 4 years
Lead Roles & Committee Membership Finance Lead; Pupil Premium Lead; GDPR Lead; PE & Sport Lead; Member of Finance Committee; Member of P&P Committee; Member of Admissions Committee
Attendance
Register of Business Interests
Lucy Samson Co-opted Governor

By profession I am a Chartered Accountant and started my working life in the late 1990s with PwC, first in the UK and then in the Middle East, based in Dubai. Since then I have worked in Senior Commercial and Financial positions for several multinational businesses. I recently moved back to Devon with my family and I decided to move into the world of education and am currently working for the Babcock and Devon County Council Joint Venture. I am passionate about the provision of a stimulating, strong and happy education for all children and hope that in the role of Governor I can help support the achievement of this at West Hill Primary.

I am also a busy mum of 3 active children. At the weekend I can usually be found on the sidelines supporting a host of sporting fixtures, generally in wellies and wrapped in the warmest coat I own (I am still getting used to the weather!). If I have the odd moment to myself, I enjoy Running and Pilates and very occasionally manage to be convinced I can still play netball (vet style).

Appointed by: Governing Board
Date of Appointment - Term of Office 08/01/2020 - 4 Years
Lead roles/committee memberships Inclusive Education Lead; SEND Lead; Safeguarding Lead; Arts Lead; MFL Lead; Member of Pay & Performance Committee; Member of Admissions Committee; Member of Finance Committee
Attendance 2020/21 100% All 8 meetings
Register of Business Interests: None
Co-opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Board
Date of Appointment – Term of Office
Lead Roles & Committee Membership
Attendance
Register of Business Interests None
Graham Harry Co-opted Governor

I am a youth pastor in Ottery St Mary, and the surrounding villages, for TheO6 Project. A lot of my job is supporting schools in the area with mentoring, small support groups, lunchtime clubs and assemblies. Other projects include running a youth drop in for secondary school children and also setting up a Mentoring Project (XLM-Ottery). I am also a trained primary school teacher, specialising in History and I.C.T. Even though I have worked with children and young people for the past 25 years I originally started off in advertising selling advertising space for the East Devon News and the Express and Echo! My passion to support young people and a desire for them to be the best they can be will drive me in my role as Governor of West Hill Primary School.

A lot of my personal time is revolved around family. I have four children (Chloe 27, Aimee 25, Millie 22 and Phoebe 11 years old) and 6 grandchildren. I live in Ottery St Mary. I enjoy spending time with them, going on walks, visiting English Heritage or National Trust sites and just having fun. I am a committed Christian and I attend the United Reformed Church in Ottery St Mary. I enjoy football – playing and watching. I love to cook and experiment often. I have a good sense of humour and I love a good laugh.

Appointed by: Governing Board
Status - lead roles/committee memberships Chair, Computing & Online Safety Lead; Maths Lead; Member of the Headteacher Performance Review; Member of Finance CommitteeManagement Committee
Date of Appointment - Term of Office 03/02/2021 4-years
Register of Business Interests: None
Attendance 2020/21 100% All 5 meetings (since February 2021)
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

LEA Governor
Foundation Governor

Past WHPS Governors who have resigned in the last year:

Name of GovernorDate Resigned
Simon Pedrazzini12.02.2021
John Pulsford24.02.2021
Martyn Cutmore01.05.2021
Jeremy Stone14.10.2021