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Our Governors

Briony Tuohey – Co-Opted, Chair of Governors

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. I have recently been appointed Chair of the Governing Body, I am really looking forward to ‘carrying the baton’, continuing the great work of our long-standing Chair, John Martin, and working alongside Mrs Cole and the dedicated staff team.


Sheila Bloomfield – Co-Opted, Safeguarding Governor

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.


Catherine Andrews – Parent, Vice Chair of Governors

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.


John Martin – Co-Opted

I have proudly been associated as a Governor of Kingsacre Primary school for 20 years ever since my son attended there in reception class in 1998 and subsequently my daughter in 2000. In addition to my role as a Governor I have also been known to stand in as a mealtime assistant and as the occasional Lollipop person when available, both highly enjoyable experiences. Hopefully my passion for the school and how it develops shows when I meet parents at the school where I can be seen fairly frequently and would hope that parents and carers feel comfortable in approaching me to discuss matters which concern them and hopefully more often where they would like to praise the school.

My work life is a balance between medical device sales and marketing and running my own business at the same time which has given me sound knowledge of large budgetary management and processes which does have a lot of similarities to the running of our school.


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.


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.


Sharon Jones – Parent

I have lived in Braunton since 1995 and have three children at Kingsacre School. I work locally as a dental hygienist.  I have a special interest in special educational needs and have lots of personal experience and a wealth of knowledge around autistic spectrum disorder.  This area is where I hope to be of most use as a Governor.


Lora Whiting – Co-Opted

I am not only a Governor but have also been teaching at Kingsacre for most of my teaching career - 2018 marks my 12th year at the school.  

In my time here, the children, parents and staff have become like an extension of my family and Kingsacre is a place that people cannot help but feel very deeply about.

I am the English Coordinator at the school and have a keen interest in all subjects but particularly: Reading, Writing, Drama and PE.  I believe that we can all succeed well in education, and hope that the children leave Kingsacre feeling proud of their achievements in a variety of areas of the curriculum.

As well as being a Teacher and a Governor at the school, I am also a proud Kingsacre parent, therefore I  feel well experienced to comment on all the factors that make the school such a special place to be. 

Cerian Ayres – Parent 

I have worked in the Further Education and Skills Sector for over twenty- five years and have extensive experience of the full range of Further and Higher Education, academic and vocational curricula.

I am currently the Head of Technical Education at the Education and Training Foundation, where she is responsible for the development and management of significant programmes of support for providers delivering technical education and apprenticeships, including Future ApprenticeshipsTeach TooSET for Success and the Further Forces programme.

I have previously worked as the Head of Teaching and Learning Quality, Teacher Education, CPD and Strategic Lead for STEM at a large Further Education College in the South West and in addition to these positions in  Leadership and Management, continued to teach on a diverse range of academic and vocational programmes. I am a qualified Science teacher, examiner and a STEM ambassador who is passionate about STEM learning and who is committed to inspiring individuals of all ages to consider progression to higher levels of STEM study and or employment. I became a Governor at Kingsacre in order to actively contribute to building capacity for improvement in teaching and learning throughout the organisation, whilst contributing to enriched and enhanced learning opportunities, particularly in science, throughout the school and local community.


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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