Welcome to our Governors’ Section
We would like to welcome you to Upton St James CofE Primary School. Everyone at the school, works hard to achieve the very best they can; teachers, learning support assistants, support staff and especially the children.
We believe that every child should be enabled to 'rise to their best' and the school ensures that every child gets the support they need to do well academically, socially, emotionally and, to enjoy their years at the school.
Our aim is for everyone to reach their full potential and, by working together with parents and carers, provide a firm foundation for life at secondary school and beyond.
The Governors at Upton St James work closely with the school to fulfil their statutory role and to shape the school’s policy, curriculum, accountability and ethos. The Governors, who are volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, all contribute to the work of the Governing Body through regular meetings and visits to the school.
It is a tribute to the school’s senior leadership team and staff, and a matter of pride to us all, that children progress so well and are happy at Upton St James CofE Primary School.
Governors are volunteers from the local community who care about the school and who give their time and skills to help it to thrive, grow and become a better place. If you are interested in becoming a governor … please get in touch.
If you would like to speak to a governor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Izzi Mardon - Headteacher, Safeguarding
I am very proud to be the Headteacher of this wonderfully nurturing Church School. It is a privilege to work in partnership with the Governing Body and staff team to enable everyone in our school community to 'rise to their best'. The scripture that supports our shared vision is 'Love your neighbour as yourself' (taken from Mark 12 v30 - 31). Central to my role on the Governing Body is working effectively with all stakeholders to ensure that every pupil really does 'rise to their best'. In my spare time, I am kept busy with two young children. We are often found exploring new places around Devon and further afield - on foot and by bike!
Greg Bell - Chair of Governors, Safeguarding Governor, Foundation Governor, Christian Distinctiveness & Ethos
I have recently become the Chair of Governors at Upton St James, as well as a Foundation Governor and Safeguarding Governor. I work as Head of IT for a group of independent schools all around the UK as well as the Operations Manager for Together church, which is also on St James road. I am a husband and a father of four children and we love wild swimming, walks on Dartmoor and exploring the lovely coves in the Torbay and wider area. We moved to the area to help the church and the local community of Upton.
Zac Allen - Co-opted Governor, Disadvantaged Pupils
Hello, my name is Zac Allen. I am a coopted governor appointed on behalf of the charity Governors for Schools and I am responsible for disadvantaged pupils. In my spare time I appreciate a good book, fiction or biography and I am a keen athlete, you'll normally find me in the gym!
Joy Payne - Foundation Governor, SEND and Health & Safety
I have recently become a Foundation Governor at Upton St James, I am a member of St Mags Church, having previously been treasurer and now on the Parochial Church Council for St Mags. I work as a Compliance and Contract Manager inspiring, developing and supporting people to make positive change across the South West. I am also the Deputy of a Saturday Club for Children with Additional Needs. I have previously been a Chair of Governors and after a long break I am excited by the challenge of returning to a Governor Role. I have also worked as a Careers Adviser with a focus on young people with SEND. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, reading and cross stitch.
Sarah Wright (Staff Governor)
Kellie West - Clerk to the Governors
I currently work at another school that is part of the St. Christopher's MAT and felt that I'd like to get involved in another area of the MAT community. When not working I enjoy spending time with my husband and three teenage boys. When I manage to get a little 'me' time you'll find me throwing pottery on my wheel in my garden studio or playing netball.