The Governing Body

Who are we?

Following a formal agreement to federate in November 2016 we serve  Tiverton High School, Heathcoat Primary School and Rackenford Church of England Primary School. Our governing body is made up of representatives from parents, staff, foundation, the local authority and the local community. The current governors are listed below.

We may also appoint additional people with relevant skills and expertise as associate governors to support our governing body in key areas.

What we do

We work with our schools and leaders to ensure a high quality, inclusive education which enables all students to maximise their potential and make greater progress than expected.

We have three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of our schools, their pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the schools and making sure money is well spent.

Governors are not involved in the day to day management of a school. We are “eyes on, hands off”.

We provide strategic oversight of the processes, policies and practices of our schools to ensure that that they are statutorily compliant and to monitor and evaluate their impact.  For example, we do not set the school behaviour policy – that is the head teacher’s role. Our job is to ensure that school behaviour systems are fair and support inclusion and achievement for all pupils.

How we do it

To achieve this we will:

  • support and challenge leaders
  • have knowledge of the student experience
  • have a comprehensive understanding of how our schools work
  • have the benefit of our pupils at the heart of all our decisions
  • strive to engage with parents
  • ensure governors are well trained

Our structure

The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets twice a term. It has the following sub-committees for both the primary and secondary phase which are chaired by governors and report to the FGB:

  • Resources
  • Learning Progress and Welfare
  • Pay
  • Ethos

The FGB also has First and Second Committees to deal with Disciplinary issues, Exclusions or Appeals.

In addition the FGB can set up local groups to focus on key issues relating to all or any of the three federated schools. For example – Safeguarding. These groups will be made up of a mix of governors and other members of the school and community who have the relevant skills and knowledge in that issue.

Jason Cox – Joint Chair of Governors
Flora Wood – Joint Chair of Governors
Sammy Crook – Head of Federation and THS Head of School

Sarah Dienes – Staff Governor
Helen Hyland – Foundation Governor
Steph Jeffs – Foundation Governor
Sarah Child – Local Authority Governor
Teresa Sturtivant – Co-opted Governor
Ian Fraser – Foundation Governor
Andrew Rigamonti – Co-opted Governor
John Panton – Co-opted Governor
Ellie Denno – Parent Governor
Sonia Chanell – Co-opted Governor
Lucy Bull – Foundation Governor
Philip Adkins – Co-opted Governor

Sarah Maude – Associate Governor and RPS Head of School
Demelza Higginson – Associate Governor and HPS Head of School
Simon Tong – Associate Governor and THS Deputy Head
John Cleaver – Associate Governor
Mark Barlow – Associate Governor
Kate Stanton – Associate Governor
Stephen Perriss – Associate Governor
Adrian Webber – Associate Governor
Liz Paxton – Associate Governor
Philip Barlow – Associate Governor
Nicky Welsh – Associate Governor

Strategic Vision


Register of Business Interests 2018


Governor Code of Conduct 2018


Meeting Attendance for The Federation of Tiverton Governors 2017