The Governing Board of St. Martin’s consists of the following:
Foundation Governors, who have particular responsibility for upholding the Christian ethos of the school and are appointed by the Diocese of Exeter.
Staff governors, one elected by staff vote and the other the Headteacher
Parent Governors, elected by parental/carer vote
Co-opted Governors, appointed by the Governing Body based on the skills they can bring to the school
One Local Authority Governor, appointed by the Governing Body but approved for holding office by members of the Local Authority.
The Governing Board is also able to appoint Associate Members to join Committees on the basis of the specific skills and experience that they can bring to the role.
My name is Tania Beard and I am the head teacher of St Martin’s. I first became a staff governor when in my first teaching post and really enjoyed seeing the school I worked in from a different perspective. The Governing Board at St Martin’s is very strong and they work well together to support and challenge me in my role as head teacher. When I am not at school I enjoy walking with my husband and our two little Jack Russell dogs who are called Pirate and Hector. I also make time to knit, read and am a member of a running group who meet every Saturday morning for a gentle run along the River Otter followed by coffee and chat.
Having been involved with the initial development of the Nursery in my Local Authority role as Lead Early Year’s Advisor, I was delighted to have been asked to become a Governor at St Martin’s. I have lived, taught and been involved in school improvement in Devon since moving here in 1997 and am enjoying this new perspective on school life. In my spare time I love anything to do with food and relax by browsing through my array of cookery books – which inevitably ends with some baking. Luckily I am proud Mum to three sons who appreciate those efforts!
My name is Owen Golightly and while I am originally from Sunderland (distant city in the North East famed for excellence in all things football) I have lived in Exeter for the last 16 years working locally for EDF Energy. I’m married with 1 daughter. I joined the Governing Body in 2013 as a parent governor. I’m looking forward to working in partnership with Tania and her team, to ensure our children receive the very best education and whole school experience possible during their time at St Martins.
In 2012 I responded to a request for Foundation Governors for St. Martin’s through my church, which is the Methodist Church in Ottery St. Mary. I wanted an opportunity to be involved in the new community in Cranbrook and consider it to be a privilege to have been accepted. I am a Devonian and grew up in Totnes. My husband and I moved to East Devon in 1988, when his work brought us here. We have four adult sons and six grandchildren.
I have done many jobs over the years, but my involvement with young people was mainly as a Registered Child Minder when mine were small, as a Sunday School Teacher for a short while and then as an Officer in the Boys’ Brigade, until we moved here. I was self-employed as a Driving Instructor from 2001 and taught all comers but particularly enjoyed mature students and those with Specific Needs.
I retired from that in November 2014, and my husband and I moved to Tedburn St Mary, where we maintain links with the Methodist Church, as well as with the Cornerstone Community Church in Cranbrook. My hobbies are photography, music of all genres and camping – although we are ‘soft’ now and use a camper van.
I am Sheila Watson, the ex-officio foundation governor. I was a governor at Clyst Honiton Village School when Cranbrook was still a ploughed field. Planning the new school and seeing it grow from drawings to this fantastic building was quite an experience, surpassed only by seeing the school community grow from the original 30 children to what it is now.
I have worked in education all my life and when I retired I became churchwarden at Clyst Honiton church. I was asked if I would be a governor at the village school, it being a church school, and I said yes, and I am still here. When the school transferred to Cranbrook with the pupils, teachers and other staff, the governors came too.
In my spare time I enjoy all kinds of craft work, I am involved with Trefoil Guild, the adult section of Girl Guiding, I run a weekly coffee morning in the church, and help with the fund raising activities, but what I enjoy most of all is volunteering in school and being among the children.
I am a teacher with over ten years experience with posts held in a variety of settings including mainstream primary schools, maintained special schools and I am currently employed in a independent non-maintained special school here in Exeter. I have previously been a governor for a special school in Plymouth and am delighted to have the opportunity to support Mrs Beard and the staff at St Martin’s in their delivery of what I believe is an outstanding level of care and education for our children.
My family and I moved to Cranbrook almost two years ago. I am an active member of the Cornerstone Church community and really enjoy taking part with Mark and the team in the monthly Messy Church held at St Martin’s. My other past times include indoor climbing, mountain biking and playing the guitar (badly!).
I joined St. Martins in April 2014, excited by its ever-changing situation and warm and caring environment. Having been a Governor in my previous school I was keen to join a Governing Body again, working with a different group of people who have a vested interest in the school ‘being the best that it can be’. I am currently teaching Year One and have a keen interest in maths across the school. At home I love spending time with my 3 young girls, going for long walks by the sea and catching up with a good book!
I live here in Cranbrook with my husband, also a Minister and usually some of our three adult children though I think we will be empty nesters in the next few years. I fill my time off with crafty pursuits like cardmaking, scrapooking and crochet and also love to sing and act and play the piano
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