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Governors play a very important role in schools, helping to set the strategic direction and ensuring that the best possible use of resources is made (you can check how our funding and spending compares to other schools on the Schools Financial Benchmarking Site). If you are interested in becoming a governor or would like further information about what is involved, please contact Kevin O'Donnell  on 01769 572656.

As a Church of England Voluntary Aided School, we were founded by trust deed and our governing body consists of :-


  • 8 Foundation Governors – one of which is an ex- officio appointment – the Principal Officiating Minister ie the Rector of the Parish Church. The other 7 are appointed by the South Molton Parochial Church Council and the Diocese, and should include where possible three who, at the time of their appointment, be eligible for election as a Parent Governor.
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 LEA Governor
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 1 Head Teacher
  • 1 Co-Opted Governor

    Our instrument of Government was made on the 21st September 2017 by order of the Devon Local Education Authority. The instrument of government also includes an ethos statement which says “This is a Church of England School in the Diocese of Exeter. Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles and practice of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church in the parish and the diocese. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experiences it offers to all its pupils.”

    The governors aim to play an active part in the life of the school. Accepting office as a governor involves commitment of time and energy, attending meetings, training sessions and assisting in school activities. All governors are available to parents and are happy to listen to your views when considering the strategic overview of whole school, issues and policies. We realise that it is a privilege to serve the school, its children and their parents or carers in this position.

The Governors

Lis Grandey - Foundation Governor and Chair of Governors
Angela Hulme – Foundation Governor and Vice Chair
Keith Crockford - Foundation Governor and Vice Chair
Michael Grandey  - Ex- Officio
Debbie Leach - Co-opted Governor
Kevin O'Donnell – Head Teacher
Keith Crockford - Local Authority Governor
Katie Partridge - Staff Governor
Maureen Burton - Foundation Governor
Trisha Ford - Foundation Governor
Duncan Casburn - Parent Governor
Shelagh King - Foundation Governor
Malcolm Palin - Foundation Governor
Vacant - Parent Governor
Associate Members  

Gill Haynes

Andrew Woollacott