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Our Governors

Introduction to governance at Seaton Primary School

Governors are individuals from the community who give their time on a voluntary basis, joining from different groups with an interest in the school – parents, staff, local authority, including individuals who are co-opted to the Board who bring particular skills and expertise.

We act collectively as a Board, working as a team.

The Board is responsible for making sure the school provides a high quality education for all pupils. Raising educational standards in our school is a key priority through great pastoral care and a curriculum that captures the imagination of learners. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what all pupils can achieve.

Working with the Headteacher and senior leaders, who are responsible for the day-to-day leadership and management of the school, as governors we set the school’s aims and policies, and promote effective ways of teaching and learning.

Head teachers are recruited and selected by governors, and in our school, the Headteacher is also a governor.

We are accountable to parents, the local community and Devon Local Authority. Governors are appointed for 4 years.

The Governing Board:

  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community;
  • plans the school’s future direction;
  • selects the Headteacher;
  • makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing including the performance management policy;
  • makes sure the curriculum is well taught;
  • decides how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development ;
  • makes sure the school provides for all pupils, including those with special educational needs.

Governors support and challenge the headteacher and senior leaders by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what is best for the school. We are not here to rubber stamp decisions. We are prepared to give and take advice and are loyal to decisions taken by the governing board as a whole.

This is a new governing Board, appointed on 2 March 2021, with its first meeting on 3 March. It comprises the Full Governing Board (FGB), which is attended by governors, and two committees. These meet between Full Governing Board meetings to look in more detail at aspects of policy and impact of the school with Associate governors attending. Associate governors do not have voting rights, but bring expertise and knowledge to support the work of the Full Governing Board, through the committees. Both Associate governors bring the knowledge of governance in the school over the last couple of years, as well as their particular expertise, having served on the previous federation board.

The governors will be working with the school to set the strategic direction for next academic year, and until then, we continue to work on delivering the current objectives, set while Seaton was still part of the Axe Beacon Federation.

We are fully focussed on ensuring the best outcomes for all children, in what has been a very challenging year.

If you have any questions or comments, then please do contact the Chair of Governors, Lizzie Rowlands, via the school.

We have two governor sub-committees which meet half termly. The committees are:

  1. Resources committee
  2. Teaching and Learning committee

The chair of Resources is Ed Stockwell and the chair of Teaching and Learning is Lucy Hanley.

In addition, we have a full governing body meeting half termly and the chair of governors is Lizzie Rowlands.

Meet Our Governors

Lizzie Rowlands

LA Governor

Chair of Governors



Lizzie joined the Board in March 2021 as Vice Chair and became Chair in September 2022. She has lost recently picked up the SEND Lead role in September 2023.

She has over 15 years of experience in a variety of Leadership and Management roles with Tesco Stores Ltd across the UK and hopes to bring some of those skills and experiences to the team. 

Lizzie is also a Mum of two children whom attend Seaton Primary. In her spare time she likes to go walking and camping with her family, and is a big fan of sea swims all year round.

Ed Stockwell

Parent Governor

Chair Resources Committee

Finance Lead

My wife and I have 3 children at Seaton Primary School and I was previously a member of the PTA. I have been a financial adviser since 2006, in which time I have developed skills I hope will be useful in my position as a Governor. As a family we love to travel, visit our extended family and walk our dog. I am a keen golfer and in recent years have taking up walking, completing the majority of the Jurassic Coast with various friends and family. I look forward to contributing to Seaton Primary Schools continued success over the coming years.

Jenny Eagles

Co-Opted Governor

Pupil Premium Lead


Rob Gibson

Co-opted Governor

HR Lead/Welfare Governor

Vice Chair Resources


Rhys Jones

Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair FGB

Curriculum Lead


Lucy Hanley

Co-opted Governor


Chair Teaching & Learning

Safeguarding governor

Zoe Crockett

Co-opted Governor


Vice Chair Teaching & Learning

I am delighted to be part of our governing board here at Seaton Primary, where I have been a teacher for the past 7 years. I thoroughly enjoy teaching here and truly believe we have a wonderful team of staff and children. I became part of the governing board to support our new committee to understand teaching and learning within our school and I am very passionate about working together to achieve the best we can for our school. As a governing board, we are striving to support the school at a strategic level and I am linked with one of our key school improvement priorities this year – writing. I grew up in Devon and love living here - the beaches, the community and being surrounded by family and friends. I also teach for a local dance academy, which allows me to delve into the wider community, and in my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, swimming in the sea and spending time with my family. Travelling is a keen interest of mine and I love visiting new places, seeing magnificent landscapes and exploring different cultures. .

Simon Lewis

Staff Governor

E-safety Governor

H & S/Premises Lead

I have been a member of staff at Seaton for over twenty years. I have always enjoyed the fact that Seaton Primary has played its part in our local community through various events and activities and it has been my privilege to be involved in some of them. I work in Key Stage 2 and lead the singing in school. Away from school, I have 3 children (14 and 11) and a very lively Jack Russell. I enjoy reading, playing the piano and, taking inspiration from my children, Minecraft and Pokémon Go.

Rachael Taylor

Clerk to Governors

I became the Clerk to Governors since March 2021, when Seaton Primary School became a standalone school. I undertook the role as I have a long association with the school as I was attended the school for my Primary School Years and wanted to show my commitment to the school. I was at the school when this opened on the current site in 1981. My two children also attended Seaton Primary School.

Outside of school life our family enjoys travelling, walking our dog and have started to complete the south west coast path.

I hope to continue to support the school whilst I undertake my role as Clerk to the Governors.

Jenna McCaffery


I originally trained to be a teacher in Devon before taking my first teaching post in Crewe, Cheshire where I spent the rest of my career up until recently relocating back to Devon. I am pleased to be back in the South West, nearer to some of my family. I am also delighted to be Headteacher and governor here at Seaton Primary School. I am exciting to lead and strategically work as a team of governors in contributing to the future of the school. My biggest passions in life are my family, especially my nieces and nephews, acting, theatre, the arts, swimming, travelling and exploring the great outdoors.

Table showing names, type of governor, appointment terms

Name of governor Type of governor Appointed Office terminates Role as a governor Registered Interests
Lizzie Rowlands LA 2/3/2021 1/3/2025 Vice Chair of Governors and SEND Lead role None declared
Ed Stockwell Parent 21/9/2020 1/3/2025 Chair of Resources Committee and  Finance Lead None declared
Jenna McCaffery Headteacher 01/01/2022      
Zoe Crockett Staff 06/07/2021   Proposed Vice Chair Teaching & Learning  
Simon Lewis Staff 06/07/21  

Online safety Governor;

H & S / Premises Lead

Robert Gibson Parent 08/06/2021 07/06/2025 HR Lead/Welfare Governor  Vice Chair Resources None declared
Lucy Hanley Parent 01/07/2023 07/06/2027

Proposed Chair Teaching & Learning 

Safeguarding governor

None Declared
Jenny Eagles Co-opted 01/07/2023 07/06/2027 Pupil Premium Lead None Declared
Rhys Jones Parent 01/07/2023 07/06/2027 Vice Chair FGB and Curriculm Lead None Declared

Governor's Attendance - Full Governing Board

Governor 02/03/2021 11/5/2021 08/06/2021 06/07/2021 28/9/2021 23/11/2021 25/1/2022 5/4/2022 24/5/2022 12/7/2022 28/11/2022 21/2/2023 28/3/2023 27/4/2023 10/10/2023
Dr Fiona Hammans Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No N/A
Lizzie Rowlands Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Anna Vine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ed Stockwell Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Ben Matthews Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No No N/A N/A N/A
Amanda Lacey N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Longer in role N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Eimear Oliver N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
Andrew Mills N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No N/A
Simon Lewis N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes
Zoe Crockett N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Jenna McCaffery N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rhys Jones N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jenny Eagles N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes
Rob Gibson                     N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes
Lucy Hanley                         Yes Yes Yes

Governor's Attendance - Resources Committee Meetings

Governor 20/4/2021 15/06/2021 14/09/2021 02/11/2021 18/1/2022 03/03/2022 08/03/2022 10/5/2022 28/06/2022
Ed Stockwell (Chair) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Ben Matthews (Vice Chair) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lizzie Rowlands Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Andrew Mills N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Amanda Lacey No Yes Yes Yes No Longer in Post N/A N/A Yes Yes
Simon Lewis N/A N/A No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Jenna McCaffery N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Governor's Attendance - Teaching & Learning Committee

GOVERNOR 19/5/2021 20/7/2021 15/09/2021 03/11/2021 12/01/2022 16/03/2022 18/5/2022 06.7.2022
Anna Vine (Chair) Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fiona Hammans Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Amanda Lacey Yes Yes Yes Yes No Longer In role N/A N/A Yes
Jenna McCaffery N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes No
Eimear Oliver N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Zoe Crockett N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes