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Our Governors

Briony Tuohey – Foundation, Chair of Governors, Member of the Pay and Performance Committee, Member of the HT Appraisal Panel, Pupil Premium Governor

I have taught in local primary schools for 20 years, this has given me a clear understanding of the opportunities and challenges within primary education; I currently teach in upper Key Stage 2 and as such, am familiar with the rigours of the national assessment system. My work in education also includes being the lead mentor for a local School Direct teacher training programme; it is really rewarding to be involved with training the teachers of the future!

I have been a governor at Kingsacre School for 5 years. It has been a real privilege to work with fellow governors and staff to provide an inspiring learning environment for all our children. 

Sheila Bloomfield – Co-Opted, Safeguarding Governor, Children in Care Governor, SEND Governor Member of the HT Appraisal Panel

We have lived in Devon since 1973, and in Northam from 1980. Our daughter attended both Northam schools and Bideford College.

In addition to serving as Safeguarding Governor at Kingsacre, I have served as a governor at Bideford College since 1987 when elected as a Parent Governor. I have held various posts, including Chair of Governors and Vice-Chair, and have seen many changes such as the construction of the new building and joining the Launceston MAT in March 2016. I am currently Vice Chair  Safeguarding and SEND  governor.

I have also been a governor at St. George's School since 1995; this experience allowed me to take on the role of Trustee of the Atlantic Coast Co-operative Trust, including the Federation of Northam Schools  since 2015. I was a Councillor from 1995 - 2003 and was Deputy Mayor 2002-2003.  I served on the Devon Advisory Committee for JPs from 1999 - 2007.

I was diagnosed with MS in 1978 and later undertook an Open University degree which allowed me to represent disadvantaged students for the South West with the various requirements of support needed.

We have lived in Devon since 1973, and in Northam from 1980. Our daughter attended both Northam schools and Bideford College.

Helen Potter – Co-Opted

I volunteered as a parent governor when my children were at Kingsacre as, like many of us, I wanted to support the school and its community. Having now worked in education, in a variety of settings and roles, for 25 years I have developed a wide knowledge based.  My career started as a secondary school trained Geography teacher before moving on to teach ‘A’ level. For the past 7 years I have been a TA at Kingsacre, predominately working with children with SEND.  I have held various positions of responsibility in my previous employment and am currently the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Champion at Kingsacre.  I am now a co-opted member of the governing body. Although my children have left Kingsacre, it is a very special community and I will continue to be an honest, hardworking member of the team helping to drive Kingsacre forward.

Catherine Andrews – Parent, Vice Chair of Governors, Finance Governor, Member of the Pay and Performance Committee

I decided to volunteer as a Parent Governor at the beginning of 2017, after my daughter started Year 3 at Kingsacre School.  Prior to that we have experienced flexi-schooling and home-schooling.  My younger son (7 ½) is currently home-schooled. I feel that having one child in the mainstream education system and one out gives me an interesting perspective that enables me to challenge well as a governor, as and when appropriate. 

My work experience includes being a business and data analyst, working in large organisations across both private and public sectors with a wide variety of people, including senior management. I have a multitude of skills, including: data / business analysis, project life-cycle (visioning, scoping, planning, implementing etc..) communications, training, and documentation.  I have also set up and run a holistic wellbeing centre and am passionate about people learning how to best look after and heal themselves.  I’m also a committee member of Braunton Library where I help with documentation and planning and running events. Another passion of mine is community and I’ve set up and organised community Big Lunch events previously and would like to do more of this in future.

My aim as a governor is to use my analytical skills to support the governing body to function effectively, to challenge where appropriate, as well as focus on community and wellbeing.

Matt Connell – Staff

I re-located from Kent to North Devon and joined Kingsacre as class teacher and Deputy Head in January 2015.  It is a role which I feel privileged to be in and be part of such a vibrant and dedicated staff team as well as a caring school community.  Before that I was a Deputy Headteacher in Kent for five years and have taught since 2002.  In my role at Kingsacre I am currently leading maths and assessment across the school.  To me, teaching is the best job in the world where every day is different and rewarding in so many ways.  It is such a pleasure to work with your children at our unique and fabulous school..

Joshua Baker - Parent 

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Natalie Stanbury – Clerk to Governors

As Clerk, I act as the “Governance Professional” on the board. This entails administrative tasks such as writing agendas and taking minutes as well as providing advice and guidance to the board, ensuring we are compliant within our statutory duties and facilitating strong governance. I am usually the first point of contact for anybody wishing to communicate with the board. I have also clerked for West Berry Federation (Berrynarbor VC Primary and West Down Primary) since February 2017, and prior to this was Vice-Chair of Governors and Lead for Finance at the Federation. I thoroughly enjoy this varied and challenging role.


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