Okehampton Primary School Academy Committee is an academy committee within the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust.
Our Academy Committee has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction:
• Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff: and
• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The Academy Committee consists of 17 Governors, a mix of Staff, Parent, and Co-Opted Governors. There are six Academy Committee meetings each academic year. There are a further three committees that meet throughout the academic year, each has its own elected chair and vice chair:
The School Improvement Committee
The Resources Committee
The Strategic, Planning and Evaluation Committee
For more information about our Committee Structure, Register of Interests, Meet Our Team, Minutes, Cycle of Business, or anything else, including how to contact us, please visit the links below.
Clerk to Governors, Ann-Marie Bowles
Richard Parsons - Chair of Governors
Category of Governor: Co-Opted Governor
Committees served: SPEC, Pay and Performance, Appeals and Resources Committee
Lead Governor: Ethos
R Parsons Chair of Governors
Okehampton Primary School
Glendale Road, Okehampton. EX20 1JP
I live in Okehampton with my wife Deborah, we have four children and ten grandchildren, three who currently attend OPS, along with many school runs each week I also work as a volunteer two days a week, in a Year 1 and Year 4, together with some pupil coaching.
I have previously been involved as both Governor, Vice Chair and Chair of Governors of the primary school in which our four children attended and maintained supporting the village school even when they moved to senior school. During my time as Vice Chair and Chair we went through two early Ofsted inspections, with good positive results, all due to our Head and teachers, parents, stakeholders and our governors working with energy to maintain high standards and move our school forward year on year.
My work background at the time of retirement was within social housing, working with a number of London housing associations handling referrals of anti-social behaviour, working with a mixed group of tenants, closely coordinating with many external agencies, local authorities, social services and mental health teams, and of course much daily working relationships with Police, family solicitors and County Courts.
I have much positive energy to offer to our local community and intend to make a valuable contribution to the Governing Body of the primary school.
Committees served: School Improvement
Lead Governor: Mental Health and Wellbeing
I am Assistant Head Teacher at Okehampton Primary School. This gives me the best of both worlds - two days a week teaching our wonderful children and the rest of the week as a member of the Senior Leadership Team with responsibility for Personal Development, Behaviour and Attitudes. The ever-evolving dynamics of teaching means that, as a team, we are always looking to develop strategies for improving children’s attainment and progress. Helping children overcome barriers to learning, develop emotionally and achieve their potential are, in my opinion, the most rewarding aspects of teaching.
Category of Governor: Co-Opted Governor
Committees served: School Improvement and SPEC
Lead Governor: SEND
Deputy Safeguarding Governor
As a Teaching Assistant at Okehampton College and formerly a Child Workforce Enabler for Children with Additional Needs, I have understanding and knowledge of supporting and enhancing the learning of students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Alongside my employment, I also work within the Ministry of Justice for Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service as a Magistrate within the Cornwall District Bench, a Youth Referral Panel Member for the Youth Offending Team in Plymouth and an Independent Monitoring Board Member for HMP Exeter.
I also preside as a Trustee Lead for Mental Health, Safeguarding and Prevent for multiple organisations across the South West Region, including but not limited to Tor Support Services in Okehampton. I have been a Governor for Exeter College and am currently the Vice Chair of Trustee’s for the South East Cornwall Multi Academy Regional Trust. I am also currently studying a University Degree in Public Services at Exeter College and enjoy living next to Dartmoor and taking advantage of the amazing scenery and what it has to offer.
Education is the foundation of every individuals’ life and is an overriding necessity to ensure a successful and rewarding future. I therefore have a deep passion and interest for providing outstanding education to students within Okehampton Primary School, alongside providing the correct support and guidance, to enable every student to progress into independent and successful people in the future.
Committees served: SPEC, First, Pupil Discipline and Headteacher Performance Review Group.
Lead Governor Early Years
Jo lives in Okehampton and has two sons, Callum who has attended Okehampton College since September 2016 after completing his primary education here at Okehampton Primary school and Caiden who started his primary education here at Okehampton Primary school in September 2016.
Jo works in Food retail as a Store Manager and has done for 25yrs, She currently manages The Co-op Food store at Brook Street in Tavistock.
As many parents with children and a full time career she does not have much time to spend on her hobbies and interests, and if she does find any ‘spare time’ the boys have it covered with their social lives and activities, whether it is Rugby, Football, Swimming or just play dates.
Jo is outgoing, social, loves purple, and admits to being a bit of a technophobe!!! Oh and finally... She loves to listen, and talk about anything and everything!!!
Safeguarding Governor and Looked after children
Committees served: School Improvement, Pay and Performance and First Committee.
Lead Governor: Pupil Premium
Lead Governor: School Website
I have been working in Customer service within the Automotive industry , Currently with Audi UK for a large part of my life since I left school which is longer than I wish to remember. I have managed a couple of public houses in between, I am a keen listener and love problem solving. Within in my role at work I manage my team and problem solve events throughout the day I believe I will be a great asset to the current Governors and am looking forward to the opportunity to work within Okehampton Primary school. And help to achieve an outstanding mark.
Category of Governor: Staff Governor
Committees served: Resources
Lead Governor Premises, Health and Safety.
I am an animated, passionate and dynamic teacher who loves all aspect of school life. I am one of the deputy head teachers at Okehampton Primary and I relish this role as it allows me to share my love of learning with all the staff and children alike. I have been teaching for over 10 years and in this time I have worked in a variety of different schools. I am Devon born and bred – I wouldn’t want to live and work anywhere else! I started at Okehampton Primary as a class teacher before being promoted to the KS1 English leader and then to an assistant head teacher. I have loved all of these roles and have learnt a lot from the amazing staff and children at the school. Additionally, I am an SLE (Specialist Leader of Education) for the Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance which means that I can work with colleagues in many schools across the alliance. Within this role, I help to coach other teachers to improve their practice and the progress of the children in their class as well as learn new ideas to bring back to Okehampton. All teachers are like magpies!
There are many aspects of school life that fire me up. I find the most rewarding aspect of the job is the rapport you build with the children and their family. Being a governor also means that I get to check that the school is doing everything it can to improve outcomes for all.
Outside of teaching I love spending time with my family and going on holiday. I have six year old twins so life is never dull!
Category: Co-Opted Governor
Committees Served: School Improvement and Strategic Planning and Evaluation
Lead Governor: IT (Social media/safeguarding)
I was elected to the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in May 2015. I sit on the school improvement committee and believe this is the area of governance that best suits my skills and personal qualities. I have chaired this committee since November 2016 and despite the steep learning curve I have enjoyed the additional responsibility. At a typical committee meeting we look into a few key areas of school life from an annual cycle, analyse performance data, discuss current success and opportunities, review policies and invite key speakers to give us information about their role and subject or organisation. I am also the Safeguarding Governor. Within education Safeguarding is an area which must be given due resource and attention and I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved in such a core element of our children’s school life. Talking to our children, reviewing school procedures and seeing the staff in action gives me confidence that Safeguarding is an area we are managing well.
Clerk to Governors
Contact E-Mail: email@example.com
For information about Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust, our Trustees and their duties, and our governance structure, please visit the link below.