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.

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Matthew Anderson
Parent Governor

Chair of Governors
Occupation – Teacher, Great Torrington School

Responsibilities - Teaching and Learning 

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Philip Venn
Parent Elected Governor

Occupation – Design Manager
Responsibilities - IT strategic direction, Pupil Premium and PE  

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Jane Berry
Co-opted Governor
Occupation -  Associate at Babcock 
Responsibilities - 

David Smith
Parent Governor
Occupation – Self Employed
Responsibilities - Artsmark 

Rev Guy Chave-Cox
Co-opted Governor
Occupation - Vicar - St Paul's Church
Responsibilities - Headteachers appraisal, Curriculum Development  

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Ms Sara Wearne
Parent Governor
Vice Chair of Governors

Occupation - Teacher Wave Academy
Responsibilities - Safeguarding and SEN 

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


Richard Blunt
Executive Co-Head Teacher Governor
Occupation – Executive Co- Head Teacher at Sticklepath Community Primary Academy

Matt Pennington
Staff Elected Governor
Occupation – Deputy Headteacher at Sticklepath Community Primary Academy


Gay Karczmarz
Staff Elected Governor

Occupation – HLTA at Sticklepath Community Primary Academy

Responsibilities - Health and Safety