Our School Governors


Sticklepath’s Governing Body is experienced across a range of relevant areas including local government, safeguarding, education, construction, finance, local churches and small businesses. Together with the added perspective of parent-governors, this knowledge is brought to bear in support of the Co-Head Teachers and the school – being careful to maintain the necessary separation of roles between governance and management – being rigorous in challenge and wholehearted in support. The Governors are all committed to the locality.

The Governing Body usually meet termly, to consider the following main areas and has lead governors for specific areas:

The Governors see Sticklepath Community Primary Academy as a place of improvement and are keen to continue the journey towards excellence, meeting the needs of our locality as a place of education but also as a wider facility to the community. In doing so the school is open to all, while ensuring the school is a safe environment for children and others that are vulnerable.

Over recent years the Governors have played a major part in the improvements that have been made to the school building, and bringing the nursery into the fold. This has helped make it a comfortable happy environment for the children to learn and develop in.

Being a Parent Governor at Sticklepath is about being part of a whole school team that want the best for all the children at our school. The rewards come in seeing happy enthusiastic children enjoying their school.

Matthew Anderson
Parent Governor

Chair of Governors
Occupation – Teacher, Great Torrington School

Responsibilities - Teaching and Learning 


Rita Sampson

Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair of Governors

Occupation - Head of Faculty, Petroc

Responsibilities - EYFS 

Mark Joslin

Parent Governor
Occupation – Bank Manager, Nat West

Responsibilities - Resources, Parent and Community 

Jane Berry
Co-opted Governor                                                                                     Occupation -  Associate at Babcock

Responsibilities - 

David Smith
Parent Governor

Occupation – Self Employed

Responsibilities - Artsmark, More Able 

Rev Guy Chave-Cox

Co-opted Governor

Occupation - Vicar - St Paul's Church

Responsibilities - Headteachers appraisal, Curriculum Development  

Ms Sara Wearne

Parent Governor

Occupation - Teacher Wave Academy

Responsibilities - Safeguarding and SEN, Pupil Premium 

Sam Warner
Co- Head Teacher Governor
Occupation – Co- Head Teacher at Sticklepath Community Primary Academy

Richard Blunt
Co-Head Teacher Governor

Occupation – Co- Head Teacher at Sticklepath Community Primary Academy

Georgia Newman
Staff Elected Governor
Occupation – SENCo at Sticklepath Community Primary Academy

Gay Karczmarz
Staff Elected Governor

Occupation – HLTA at Sticklepath Community Primary Academy

Responsibilities - Health and Safety 

Philip Venn
Parent Elected Governor

Occupation – Design Manager

Responsibilities - 


Ellen Mitchell (Senior Administrator)
T: 01271 342455     E: admin@sticklepath.org.uk
Sticklepath Community Primary Academy, Woodville, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 2HH


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