Introduction to governance at Seaton Primary School
Governors are individuals from the community who give their time on a voluntary basis, joining from different groups with an interest in the school – parents, staff, local authority, including individuals who are co-opted to the Board who bring particular skills and expertise.
We act collectively as a Board, working as a team.
The Board is responsible for making sure the school provides a high quality education for all pupils. Raising educational standards in our school is a key priority through great pastoral care and a curriculum that captures the imagination of learners. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what all pupils can achieve.
Working with the Headteacher and senior leaders, who are responsible for the day-to-day leadership and management of the school, as governors we set the school’s aims and policies, and promote effective ways of teaching and learning.
Head teachers are recruited and selected by governors, and in our school, the Headteacher is also a governor.
We are accountable to parents, the local community and Devon Local Authority. Governors are appointed for 4 years.
The Governing Board:
• is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community;
• plans the school’s future direction;
• selects the Headteacher;
• makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing including the performance management policy;
• makes sure the curriculum is well taught;
• decides how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development ;
• makes sure the school provides for all pupils, including those with special educational needs.
Governors support and challenge the Headteacher and senior leaders by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what is best for the school. We are not here to rubber stamp decisions. We are prepared to give and take advice and are loyal to decisions taken by the governing board as a whole.
This is a new governing Board, appointed on 2 March 2021, with its first meeting on 3 March. It comprises the Full Governing Board (FGB), which is attended by governors, and two committees. These meet between Full Governing Board meetings to look in more detail at aspects of policy and impact of the school with Associate governors attending. Associate governors do not have voting rights, but bring expertise and knowledge to support the work of the Full Governing Board, through the committees. Both Associate governors bring the knowledge of governance in the school over the last couple of years, as well as their particular expertise, having served on the previous federation board.
The governors will be working with the school to set the strategic direction for next academic year, and until then, we continue to work on delivering the current objectives, set while Seaton was still part of the Axe Beacon Federation.
We are fully focussed on ensuring the best outcomes for all children, in what has been a very challenging year.
If you have any questions or comments, then please do contact the Chair of Governors, Fiona Hammans, via the school.
Meet Our Governors
Dr Fiona Hammans
I am delighted to be part of Seaton Primary School, having recently moved back to Devon. Our family spent four years in the late 90s in Teignmouth, and I grew up in the county, with the last 20 years or so living in Oxfordshire. I am married with three grown up children, and three grandchildren. And a dog and a cat!
My professional background is school leadership – both primary and secondary. Currently I have a part-time role in a multi-academy trust, leaving me time to take on this governor role, and also undertake some consultancy in the wider education sector, including independent and international schools.
I have governance experience in local authority schools, as a trustee and member of a large multi-academy trust, adviser to a small independent special school group and recently as the independent chair of a primary school in special measures. Although I do not now inspect schools for Ofsted, the training and experience I have continues to be very useful.
Any time I have that is not education-related is spent reading novels, (and not particularly worthy ones), a bit of light pottering in the garden and walking the dog.
Lizzie is a Mum to two small boys, one of whom attends Seaton Primary, the other to follow soon. Before having her children she spent 15 years in various management and leadership roles for Tesco Stores Ltd across the country and hopes that some of the skills she learnt and used there can be put to good use on the Governing Board for the school.
Lizzie stopped work when she had her first son and over the last few years has been running her own small business. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, sewing and painting.
My wife and I have 3 children at Seaton Primary School and I was previously a member of the PTA. I have been a financial adviser since 2006, in which time I have developed skills I hope will be useful in my position as a Governor. As a family we love to travel, visit our extended family and walk our dog. I am a keen golfer and in recent years have taking up walking, completing the majority of the Jurassic Coast with various friends and family. I look forward to contributing to Seaton Primary Schools continued success over the coming years
I moved to Seaton in 2007 and currently have 2 children in KS2 at Seaton Primary. I have always been impressed with the school and the environment my children have been educated I am delighted to have the opportunity to assist the school in the future years. My wife and I co-own a local, family business with my brother and his wife which has been in our family for over 20 years. As we both were not born locally we find ourselves very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country and enjoy many local activities whilst finding ourselves very popular with family and friends who are keen to visit and be beside the sea.
My daughter previously attended Seaton Primary School before moving up to secondary school and I was involved with supporting the PTA during this time.
I currently work for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) delivering early intervention mental health support to children and young people in schools. I am the Safeguarding Governor for Seaton having previously worked in primary and secondary schools as a Safeguarding and Mental Health lead. As a family, we love spending time at the beach, walking with our dog and camping. I look forward to supporting Seaton Primary School to continue providing the best education for our children in my role as co-opted governor
I am a mum to 3 boys who all attend Seaton Primary School. Having moved from Ireland (by way of many places!) we find ourselves very lucky to live by the coast in Seaton. I joined the Board of Governors because I would like to play a small part in the success of Seaton Primary, helping to provide my own, and other kids, with a great start in life. My husband and I are self-employed, previously I worked in management in the hospitality sector and hope that I can bring skills to the Board that will be useful. As a family we love being outdoors; travelling, camping, swimming, cycling and eating good food!
I am delighted to be part of our governing board here at Seaton Primary, where I have been a teacher for the past 5 years. I thoroughly enjoy teaching here and truly believe we have a wonderful team of staff and children. I became part of the governing board to support our new committee to understand teaching and learning within our school and I am very passionate about working together to achieve the best we can for our school. I grew up in Devon and love living here - the beaches, the community and being surrounded by family and friends. I also teach for a local dance academy, which allows me to delve into the wider community, and in my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, swimming in the sea and spending time with my family. Travelling is a keen interest of mine and I love visiting new places, seeing magnificent landscapes and exploring different cultures.
I have been a member of staff at Seaton for over twenty years. I have always enjoyed the fact that Seaton Primary has played its part in our local community through various events and activities and it has been my privilege to be involved in some of them. I work in Key Stage 2 and lead the singing in school. Away from school, I have 3 children (11 and 9) and a very lively Jack Russell. I enjoy reading, playing the piano and, taking inspiration from my children, Minecraft.
I originally trained to be a teacher in Devon before taking my first teaching post in Crewe, Cheshire where I spent the rest of my career up until recently relocating back to Devon. I am pleased to be back in the South West, nearer to some of my family. I am also delighted to be Headteacher and governor here at Seaton Primary School. I am exciting to lead and strategically work as a team of governors in contributing to the future of the school. My biggest passions in life are my family, especially my nieces and nephews, acting, theatre, the arts, swimming, travelling and exploring the great outdoors.
Table showing names, type of governor, appointment terms
|Name of governor||Type of governor||Appointed||Office terminates||Role as a governor||Registered Interests|
|Dr Fiona Hammans||Co-opted||2/3/2021||1/3/2025||Chair of Governors; Inclusion and SEN Lead||CEO of Abingdon Learning Trust Director of Freshairjunkie Ltd Member of White Horse Federation (MAT)|
|Lizzie Rowlands||LA||2/3/2021||1/3/2025||Vice Chair of Governors; HR and Leadership Lead||None declared|
|Anna Vine||Co-opted||21/9/2020||20/9/2024||Safeguarding Lead|
|Ed Stockwell||Parent||21/9/2020||20/9/2024||Finance Lead|
|Ben Matthews||Co-opted||2/3/2021||1/3/2025||Premises,Security and H & S Lead||None declared|
|Zoe Crockett||Staff||06/07/2021||Staff Governor|
|Simon Lewis||Staff||06/07/21||Staff Governor|
|Eimear Oliver||Parent||08/06/2021||07/06/2025||None declared|
|Andrew Mills||Parent||08/06/2021||07/06/2025||None Declared|
Governor's Attendance - Full Governing Board
|Dr Fiona Hammans||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Ady Norris||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Resigned 28.9.2021||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Nic George||No||No||No||No||No Longer in Role||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Claire Redwood||No||No Longer in Role||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Amanda Lacey||N/A||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No Longer in role||N/A||N/A|
|Zoe Briant-Evans||No (not required to attend)||No (not required to attend)||No (not required to attend)||No (not required to attend)||Resigned 23.7.2021||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Fiona Collier||Yes||Yes||No (not required to attend)||No (not required to attend)||Resigned 23.7.2021||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Governor's Attendance - Resources Committee Meetings
|Ed Stockwell (Chair)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Ben Matthews (Vice Chair)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Amanda Lacey||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No Longer in Post||N/A||N/A||Yes|
Governor's Attendance - Teaching & Learning Committee
|Anna Vine (Chair)||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Ady Norris (Vice Chair)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Resigned 28.9.2021||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Zoe Briant-Evans||Yes||No||Resigned 23/7/2021||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Amanda Lacey||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No Longer In role||N/A||N/A|
|Nic George||No||No||No Longer in role||No Longer in role||N/a||N/A||N/A|