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The King's School

The King's School Founded 1545

Achievement for All

Governing Board

As an Academy the King's School Governors are also Charity Trustees and Company Directors. They exercise a strategic role in the running of the school and decide on what they want the school to achieve and agree a framework for getting there. This means:

  • setting suitable aims and objectives
  • agreeing policies, targets and priorities
  • monitoring and reviewing aims, objectives, and whether the policies, targets and priorities are being achieved.

The School Development Plan along with agreed policies generally provides the strategic framework. The governing body monitors and evaluates progress in the school towards achievement of the aims and objectives set, and regularly reviews the strategic framework for the school in the light of that progress. A summary of the schools achievements, outcomes and finances is contained within the Annual Report and Accounts which is published in December each year.

Members of the Governing Board are currently: 

Mr Ted Bloomfield - Appointed Governor (Term Ends 06/09/2019)

Ted Bloomfield


I live in the school’s catchment area at Aylesbeare having moved from Warwickshire in 2006 to help with grandchildren. A further, recently discovered, link is that a great, great uncle was Clerk of Works on the original school building.  I have served as Vice Chair and Chair of Governors through the Academy Conversion process. My background has been in education as an adviser and consultant and previously as a comprehensive school deputy head.  My post-graduate qualifications are in Education Industry Liaison and my governor links are therefore to the Post 16 and Work Related Learning areas. 

Register of Interests: Samaritans, Exeter Choral Society

Mr Gordon Bryant - Co-Opted Governor (Term Ends 10/05/2022)

Gordon Bryant


I was co-opted onto the Board of Governors in June 2018, I sit on the Resources Committee and I undertake the role of Responsible Officer for the school. This role provides reassurance to the Governing Body that their financial responsibilities are being discharged adequately.

I live in Ottery St. Mary and have two daughters currently studying at the school. I am the Head of Finance and Operations at Exmoor National Park Authority and have a broad range of experience in public financial management.

Register of Interests: Member of the Somerset Pension Fund Committee

Mrs Sue Cade - Appointed Governor (Term Ends 11/12/2018)

Sue Cade


I am an independent PR and copywriter, working for businesses in Devon and London. I enjoy supporting smaller companies as much as working for large organisations including local family business, Otter Garden Centres. I have strong links with local media in Devon.

I have been an appointed governor since 2012. I am also link governor to the English Department, which has been interesting from the perspective of recent curriculum changes and how well this has been handled by both our students and teaching staff. I am on the Curriculum & Quality and Pay & Performance committees. My two children attended The Kings School until Summer 2018, doing well at creative subjects including dance and music. Being a governor has given me a fascinating insight into the modern education system, very different to when I was a student.

Register of Interests: In the Right Order

Mrs Liz Charles - Appointed Governor (Term Ends 18/10/2020)

Liz Charles


I first became a Governor as a parent in the 90’s and it has been a privilege to support the school through vast progress and change. Having started a career teaching in Secondary Education, since time out I have taught fitness classes to adults and been involved in various local organisations on a voluntary basis. I was Vice Chair of the governing board for 10 yrs. I am particularly interested in Science Education and value my role as link Governor to this Department

Register of Interests: None

Mrs Becky Jacobs - Staff Governor (Term Ends 31/08/2021)

Becky Jacobs


Register of Interests: None

Mr Steve Ellison (Chair) - Parent Governor (Term Ends 04/11/2020)

Steve Ellison


I started my career as a geologist.  I then completed teacher training and taught for 4 years in state secondary education before joining the Army and attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.  On commissioning, I became increasingly involved in the leadership of the development, delivery and evaluation of soldiers’ and officers’ professional and personal education and training - working in GB & NI, Europe, USA and other locations.  During this time I became an Associate Inspector with the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) and a teaching fellow at Southampton University.  More recently, I have been involved in business as a company director and as a consultant delivering leadership and management development and executive coaching with clients in the UK and the Middle East.

I have been a governor at King’s since 2004. I have a passion for comprehensive education and believe that governors hold a key role to support and challenge King’s to be as good as it possibly can be for all young people in our community. My three boys attended The King’s School through to sixth form. Each benefited in their own way from what this outstanding school has to offer – academically, in sport and in their personal development. 

I am a playing member and volunteer, currently as Chair, with Sidmouth & Ottery Hockey Club and a Trustee of a charity providing apprenticeships and training for serving soldiers.

Register of Interests: a partner in the family’s consultancy business, a Trustee at the Royal Artillery Centre for Personal Development and a director of its trading company - Sheldrake Training Ltd and  Exercise to Music and Pilates instructor (family member).

Mrs Sue Fallows (Vice Chair) - Appointed Governor (Term Ends 13/12/2021)

Sue Fallows


I have lived in the area for over 20 years and felt very privileged to join the Governing body of the school having been a Staff Governor at the school I taught in.  That was 8 years ago and the journey has never been anything but interesting.

6 years ago I became Chair of Governors – an even more interesting time! My governor links are with the Modern Foreign Languages department and Skills4Learning, which is very interesting, as both areas are very different from my own teaching experience. 

As Chair of Governors I sit on both the Resources and Curriculum and Quality committees, and these give me a good insight into both the financial management and the teaching and learning within the school. My step-daughter attended the school happily for seven years, and through her and other ex-students I have been impressed by the way lasting and supportive friendships have been formed – a very good reflection on the ethos of the school.

Register of Interests: None

Dr Jason Fearn-Smith - Co-Opted Governor (Term Ends 20/10/2019)

Jason Fearn-Smith


I am a co-opted governor and have been for three years. I was previously a foundation governor at Rockbeare Church of England Primary School, and I have two children currently at The King's. I sit on the curriculum and resources committee.
Prior to reading medicine as a mature student I was a secondary school teacher in Buckinghamshire. In addition to being a busy GP in Exeter I am also a Honorary Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School teaching first, second and fifth year students, with an interest in professionalism as well as diabetes.

I am currently the link governor for PSHE.

Register of Interests: JFS Medical Ltd (Partner), Sothernhay House Surgery (Partner)

Dr Charlotte Hawkins - Staff Governor (Term Ends 31/08/2021)

Charlotte Hawkins


Register of Interests: None

Mrs Charlotte Hollingshead - Parent Governor (Term Ends 20/10/2019)

Charlotte Hollingshead 


I have two children at The King’s School; a son in Year 10 and a daughter in Year 8.  I joined the school as a Parent Governor in October 2015.  Previously, I was a Foundation Governor at Sidmouth Primary for six years.  Outside of school, my business is involved in magazine publishing where I specialise in print and online advertising sales for national organisations.  Always on the lookout for good local sales people, in 2013, I launched a local jobs website to help the young people of East Devon find their first part time jobs and since then we’ve grown to be able to help other local organisations, including The King’s School, find staff.

Register of Interests: Publishing Matters, Hours4Work, Schools Insight, C&C Properties (SW) Ltd

Lady Lucy Kennaway - Appointed Governor (Term Ends 11/12/2018)

Lucy Kennaway


A long time ago I was a pupil at the school and more recently my 2 daughters also had a very positive and happy education at The King’s School.  I run the business side of Escot Estate along with my husband; this is a multi-facetted rural business which includes a wedding, conference, events and activities venue, and forest schools and outdoor education facilities.

I serve on the resources committee and am the link governor for Geography.
I believe the best type of education is a broad, inclusive and exciting one which helps students to become happy confident and successful adults in whatever they choose to do.

Register of Interests: Escot Estate

Mr John Lavender - Appointed Governor (Term Ends 08/02/2021)

John Lavender


My association with the school dates back to 1976 when I joined the teaching staff. In a thirty one year career within the school, until my retirement in 2007, I held a number of posts including Head of Mathematics, Senior Teacher and Assistant Headteacher.

Experience of school governance was gained by spending eight years on the governing body at Ottery Primary school. I joined The King’s School governing body in 2009 and currently chair the resources committee as well as being the link governor for Design and Technology. I am also treasurer of the Foundation and Jubilee Trust.

Register of Interests: Kilmington Playing Fields Committee (Trustee) 

Ms Ruth Miles-Haynes - Parent Governor (Term Ends 06/12/2020)

Ruth Miles-Haynes


I have been a parent governor since December 2016.  I have daughters in Year 7 and Year 9 at The King's School as well as a younger daughter at West Hill Primary.  I have been a secondary school maths teacher for over 20 years and I currently teach at Cullompton Community College.  I am a passionate believer in comprehensive education and The King's ethos of 'Achievement for All' very much fits with that.  I serve on the Curriculum and Quality committee and the Data group.  I am the link governor for Business, ICT and Vocational Education.

Register of Interests: None

Mr Robin Mitchell - Appointment Governor (Term Ends 18/10/2020)


Register of Interests: None

Mr Dave Nicholson - Staff Governor (Term Ends 13/12/2021)

Dave Nicholson


Register of Interests: None

Mr Alan Paterson - Parent Governor (Term Ends 20/10/2019)

Alan Paterson


Register of Interests: None

Mrs Susan Starr - Parent Governor (Term Ends 06/12/2020)

Susan Starr


Register of Interests: Dudman Shaw Ltd – Rundlewalker Solicitor (Director) 

Mr Rob Gammon - Headteacher (Term Ends n/a)

Rob Gammon


Register of Interests: None

Mr Laurence Evans - Company Secretary / Clerk (Term Ends n/a)

Laurence Evans


Register of Interests: None