Marpool Primary School

Believe, Achieve, Succeed

Governor Information

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the Executive Head, Head of School and Assistant Heads. Governors hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is the governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. They are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend).

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.

Effective leaders and managers at all levels have caused rapid and sustained improvements. The experienced and knowledgeable governing body provides support and challenge in equal measure.

 Ofsted report

Meet the Governors

 Mrs Pattison


Committees: Full, Premises & Equipment, Personnel & Finance, Teaching & Learning

Governor expertise: Executive Head

I have a long history with Marpool and its community, working at the school as a teacher, middle leader and head teacher. I am passionate about all children having a sense of self worth and an aspiration to achieve. I balance my love for learning with the children at Marpool alongside a thriving and happy family life. I continue to strive for the very best for our community and all those I come in contact with.

 Mrs Threlfall


Committees: Full, Teaching & Learning

Expertise: Head of School

I love being part of our Marpool school community, having worked at the school for several years. I have been part of its growth and progress towards securing good outcomes for all of our children. We are really fortunate to have such a dedicated team of professional people supporting all aspects of our school and I feel lucky to be part of this. When I am not at work I love nothing more than a good stomp down the beach with my dog, spending time with my lovely children and learning my next yoga move!

Ms Claire Foster


Committees: Full, Teaching & Learning

Governor expertise: Chair of Full Governor

I am a co-opted Governor and I have lived in Exmouth since 2013. I have two daughters aged 11 and 15. I enjoy being a Governor at Marpool and supporting the local community. I am passionate about eduction and being a part of providing positive experiences for children at Marpool. I work as a website administrator and my hobbies include walking and horse riding.

Mr Martin Young


Committees: Full, Premises & Equipment

Governor expertise: Chair of Premises & Equipment Committee

I have lived in Exmouth since 1986. I am married to Paula and we have two grown up children. I have been working at Marpool as an LSA since March 2013. I enjoy jogging,reading and looking after the school animals.

I find being a school governor very interesting and rewarding. I am the Chair for the Premises and Equipment committe which involves being part of a team which is responsible for the school buildings and equipment. I would recommend the role of governor to any interested persons.

Mr Malcolm Dobbins


Committees: Full, Personnel & Finance

Governor expertise: Chair of Personnel & Finance Committee

I worked for ICI Ltd and before retirement I was HQ Sales Manager. I was then elected as County Councillor in Buckinghamshire representing Gerrards Cross on the Education Committee. We returned to Budleigh Salterton and I was invited to become a Governor of Marpool in 1997. In addition I sit on the Devon Education Forum and the Schools Funding Group on Devon County Council and am a Board Member of the Devon Association of Governors. I have a degree in Politics and Economics and to keep my mind alive I still read and take various University courses which range from the Creation of the Universe to Global Warming.

Mr Tony Alexander


Committees: Full, Personnel & Finance

Governor expertise: Benchmarking

Personal statement to follow

Ms Gibson-Fletcher


Committees: Full

Personal statement to follow

Mrs Tanya Cox


Committees: Full, Teaching & Learning

Governor expertise: Chair of Teaching and Learning, Wraparound care

l became a Governor in 2017. I live in Exmouth with my husband & our two adult children. In 2016 I finished my employment of 17 years with DCC working within Children & Families Child Protection Services. I worked in many roles & positions from running drop-in centres and community family support/intervention work to managing Family Intervention Teams across Exeter, East & Mid Devon. This had led me to link in with other organisations & professionals, such as Marpool where a colleague and I successfully ran Parenting programmes. Now a self employed Therapist, I enjoy being part of the local community and appreciate the opportunity to help shape the future for Marpool and future generations of young people.

Mrs Tamsin Ballard


Committees: Full, Personnel & Finance

Governor expertise: 


Personal statement to follow

Mrs Heather Hart


Committees: Full, Teaching & Learning

Governor expertise: Pupil Premium


I am a parent governor and have three children. My two daughters attend Marpool.  My oldest has left Marpool and is at Exmouth Community College. I am passionate about children's health and social care and have worked for DCC for 21 years; serving the last 11 years as a social worker, previously in children's disabled services and now in adult social care. I was drawn to Marpool as a school as I feel it has a great community and family ethos. The school gives each child their time to shine. I get a sense that staff really care and strive to do their best for all the children. It's a community I'm proud to be part of. In my own time I love spending time with my family, walking my dogs on the beach and common and trying to keep fit.

Mr Lyndon Keywood


Committees: Full, Premises & Equipment

Governor expertise: Vice Chair of Full Governors, asset management


I have been associated with Marpool for some 26 years starting when my two sons attended the school. During this time, I served on the MSA committee and later as a parent governor. I am now a co-opted governor working on the premises and equipment committee. Having retired from financial services my aim is to ensure all our children receive the best possible start to their education so that they can go on to achieve their full potential. I can often be found in and around the school supporting various school trips, the football teams or driving the school minibus. In my spare time I enjoy keeping my classic triumph on the road, attending car shows and motor sports events.

Mrs Kelly Taylor


Committees: Full


My daughter started at Marpool in September 2020; as a family we love the ethos of Marpool and felt that it would be a perfect fit for our daughter. My personal background is as a teacher and I own a local educational service. I work with and provide support for children who attend school, alongside children who are home educated; my passion is that every child should receive a personalised and suitable education, in an environment that enables them to thrive. Due to my work I have a lot of tips and tricks that I would love to share with the team at Marpool in order to further support the ethos and development of the school. In my spare time I love to be in the ocean, swimming, kitesurfing or wake boarding. As a family we love adrenaline sports and enjoy new adventures in our beautiful surroundings.

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