Our Governors

Welcome to St Mary's Priory Schools Governing Body

Welcome to the Governance page of Plympton St. Mary Infant school and Old Priory Junior Academy Governing Body.  Both schools are part of St. Christopher’s Multi Academy Trust; “A strong family of outstanding schools, serving their community and contributing fully to the provision of education, collaborating with other partners to achieve common goals.”

Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in all St Christopher’s Multi Academy Trust schools however the ultimately responsibility for the school lies with the Board of Directors with much of the work delegated to the Local Governing Body (LGB).

The LGB has three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Governors set the aims and objectives for the school and set the targets/policies for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. 

Governors bring a wide range of skills and expertise from their professional lives to the governing board and schools benefit greatly from working with skilled volunteers. 

If you are interested in hearing more about becoming a governor please contact;

Governors have specific areas of responsibility:

Chair of Governors:           Ray Nair

Vice-Chair of Governors:   Victoria Whittingham and Sarah Shelton

Safeguarding Lead:            Sarah Shelton

Clerk to the LGB                 Sam Brown   email:  old.clerk@stcmat.org

If you wish to contact the Governing Body, or you are interested in becoming a governor, please email the clerk.

Meet the Governors

Tm photoHi I am Tony, and I have a son at Old Priory. I am originally from Cardiff and have a background in security, education and training, and am a director of security, care and training companies. I am looking forward to helping the school in any way I can.

 

 

 

Ray NairHi, my name is Ray Nair and I currently have a daughter and son who attend Old Priory. I'm originally from London and have worked in retail for over 20 years in various management capacities. As governor I feel it's hugely important that both schools are operating to a high standard and giving those attending every opportunity to flourish and grow into confident and capable individuals.

 

 

Sarah SheltonMy name is Sarah Shelton and I currently have one child who attends St Marys Priory Schools. I have been part of the school community for 7 years and you are likely to have met me as part of the PTA. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and going for walks. As governor, I am looking forward to supporting the continued improvement and journey of the schools and ensuring that our children have the best learning experiences possible during their time here.

 

 

Victoria WhittinghamVictoria Whittingham: I am a parent of two lovely children, one is in year 5 and the other is in Year 1. I have been teaching for 17 years in various Primary schools across Surrey and Devon and previously been a staff Governor. I’m hoping to support both schools within their journey to being the best they can be.   

 

 

 

  

Governor Terms of Office

N.B: Use the slider bar to view meeting attendance figures

Name 

Type of Governor 

Appointing Body 

Role 

Term Start 

Term End 

Registered Interests 

Attendance 2022/23 

Emma Kingwell 

Staff 

Staff 

 

31/08/22 

30/08/26 

None 

5 of 6 

Ray Nair 

Foundation 

Trust 

Chair,  

Disadvantaged 

01/09/22 

31/08/26 

Retail Manager Furniture Industry 

5 of 6 

Suzie Ottewell 

Ex-officio 

Trust 

Headteacher 

n/a 

n/a 

None

6 of 6 

Sarah Shelton 

Parent 

Parents/carers 

Vice Chair 

Safeguarding 

21/09/22 

20/09/26 

Friends of St Marys School & Old Priory Juinor PTFA member.  

5 of 6 

Victoria Whittingham 

Parent 

Parents/carers 

Vice Chair 

Curriculum 

21/09/22 

20/09/26 

Owner/proprietor of DMW Plumbing 

5 of 6

Tony Merrick Foundation Trust   28/02/24 27/02/28 Company Director/proprietor: City Security Ltd, City Security Training Ltd, City Security Consultants Ltd, City Security Solutions Ltd, City Care South West Ltd, City People Ltd, Ocean City Holdings Ltd, Mayfair House RTN company Ltd  n/a
Vicky Phillips Foundation Trust   28/02/24 27/02/28 None N/a
VACANCY Foundation Trust          
VACANCY Foundation Trust          

Governors who have left in the last 12 months

Name 

Type of Governor 

Appointing Body 

Start date 

End date 

Reason 

Registered Interests 

Attendance 2022/23 

Emma Young Foundation Trust 16/12/19 15/12/23 Completed term of governance Head of School Plaistow Hill Infant & Nursery School & Ex-officio governor  3 of 6

Mike Lewis 

Foundation 

Trust 

31/03/22 

04/10/23 

Resignation 

 

6 of 6 

Robert Harris 

Parish Priest Ex-officio 

Trust 

 

21/07/23 

Resignation – moved from area 

 

Trustee at: Plympton St Mary PCL; Plympton St Maurice PCL; Exeter Diocesan Board of Education; Exeter Diocesan Network; Maudlyn Lands Trust 

4 of 6 

Jane Burt 

Associate 

LGB 

01/09/21 

21/07/23 

Resignation – moved from area 

 

6 of 6 

Luke Giles 

Foundation 

Trust 

01/03/23 

04/07/23 

Resignation 

Employee @ Hele’s School 

0 of 2 

Board's Diversity

The board believes that it is important that we reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Diverse boards promote inclusive school environments and provide diverse role models for staff and young people. We collect data on the diversity of the board, including age, ethnicity, and gender and we use this data to inform our recruitment and training needs, ensuring there is always a diverse range of perspectives around the table to support robust decision making. We do not publish diversity data online as individual governors could be identified and we have a legal obligation to protect their personal data.