Our Governors

Our local governing body (LGB) supports our Head of School to determine and act upon ‘local’ agenda and strives for excellence for every child.

Our  LGB is made up of up 6 members; of which two are elected as parent reps and one elected as a staff rep with the other three being co-options, two of which are members of the local community and form C of E schools in the Diocese.

The LGB’s Terms of reference and decision making is set by the Primary Academies Trust Directors and reviewed annually, but centre on core areas of work; these are:

* To propose and review progress of the School Improvement Plan

* Propose, approve and monitor pupil behaviour policies

* Support pupil admission arrangements and allocate or refuse places

* Propose and monitor premise related policies

* Support the H&S work of the school through risk and critical incident plans

The LGB’s provides Directors with important local context and self-evaluation information to aid the direction of the Trust and decision taken for all PAT schools.

Our governors are:

Mr Patrick Redwood – (Chair of Governors) Date of appointment 17.12.13. Proprieter of Redwood and Son.

I have been a governor at Hemyock Primary School for over 8 years.  My original motivation for this was to be constructive, as a parent, in the improvement of Hemyock Primary school.  I was involved with the transition from a single school, to a federation and then the Multi Academy Trust.
When the local governing bodies were formed I became a community governor.  I was also elected as chair at this time.  My main role as chair is to lead the local governing body meetings, offer support and challenge in the development of the school and to work closely with the head of school.

I attend termly chairs meetings within the Multi Academy Trust.  I feel my experience and wide knowledge of the Primary Academies Trust (PAT) is of a benefit for these chairs meetings and also locally for Hemyock.
It is of great value to me to be able to come into school,  talk to the children and observe lessons.  After 8 years I am still enthusiastic about children’s learning and feel privileged to be involved with the highly motivated group of teachers and support staff we have at Hemyock.

Mr Richard Whiteside – (Parent Governor) Safe guarding Governor. Date of appointment 17.12.13. Employee of Wildside Education.



I am a Parent Governor with special responsibility for Safeguarding. I am married to Alison and have a daughter Hannah in Year 2. We run Wildside Experience, a local business that organises wildlife and countryside experiences for groups – including Hemyock School.
I play the fiddle with the Lucy Lastic Band which sometimes calls for barn dancing. My family are practising Christians, we worship at St Andrews Church in Cullompton.

Mr Jonathan Hillman (Community Governor) Date of appointment 11.02.15.

Having recently taken on the role of Pastor at Rosemary Lane Chapel, Clayhidon, I am delighted to be able to join the Governors at Hemyock School as a community representative. Having worked at Uffculme School for over 8 years, I feel that working with the students and staff of Hemyock Primary is a wonderful opportunity to serve the community and, in some small way, support those who are continuing to shape the school that sits at the hearts of so many local people’s lives. I am married to Emma and we have a little boy Hadley, who in a few years will be starting at Hemyock we hope. Beyond school, chapel and family life, I have a passion for football and even help coach at local rivals, Churchstanton Primary School.


Mrs Claire Alers-Hankey (Parent Governor) Date of appointment 30.11.17.





I am a parent Governor, with responsibility for Health & Safety. I have twin boys who started at Hemyock Primary in 2017, and another boy who will hopefully be starting at Hemyock in a couple of years. I was motivated to become a Governor as a means of contributing to school life and the local community. I think we are lucky to have such a good school, and I hope that I can promote and support the school, to enable it to grow and adapt to the changes it can be faced with.

Mrs Kath Bright (Parent Governor) Date of appointment 30.11.17.






I have two children at Hemyock Primary Schoo, in Year 2 and reception. I proposed myself for Governor because I wanted to become more involved in my children’s education and use the skills I have as a Civil Engineer to contribute towards the further development of the school. I am looking forward to working with the Governing Body to promote and support the school.


Mrs Lorna Pring (Parent Governor) Date of appointment 30.11.17.

I am a parent governor. I have three children at Hemyock Primary School in years 1, 3 and 5. We have a dairy farm in the village and I work for the NHS as a Paediatric Dietitian. Since my eldest daughter started the school I joined the PTFA and now as a parent governor I hope to become more involved working with and supporting the School.


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