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The Beacon C of E (VA) Primary School

'Living life in all its fullness' (John 10:10)


1 Beacon Place, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2SR

01395 264300


All Governing Boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

·    Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

·   Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff, and

·   Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

In our school the Full Governing Board meet once every half-term and are supported by two main Committees, both of which have delegated authority.  These are the Resources Committee which monitors the school finances, personnel, health and safety and premises related matters, and the Curriculum and Learning Committee which focuses on standards and attainments.  All work completed by the Committees is reported back to the Full Governing Board.

In addition, the Board has a Pay Committee which meets at least once a year, a Headteacher’s Appraisal Committee which meets four times a year, and an Admissions Committee which meets at least once a year and as often as needed.  All Committees have delegated responsibilities.

The terms of reference for each of these Committees explains what delegated authority the Committee has been given to make decisions on behalf of the Board, and copies are available on the links below.

​Our Governors are from the Church, parents and staff at the school and the wider community and are appointed for four year terms.  All of the Governors are volunteers with some appointments being made by the Church and the Local Authority.  Day to day management decisions are taken by the Headteacher and school staff.  However, the Governing Board is responsible for appointing staff and making policy decisions.

Click here to Meet our Governors

Current list of Governor's Register of Interests

List of Governor's Register of Interests and Role's 2023-2024

List of Governor's Register of Interests 2022 -2023 

Governor Attendance 2022 - 2023

List of Governor's Register of Business Interests and Attendance 2021-2022


Please click below for a copy of the part one minutes of the Full Governing Board.

Full Governing Board Meeting 17th July 2023

Full Governing Board Meeting 22nd May 2023

Full Governing Board Meeting 24th April 2023

Full Governing Board Meeting 27th March 2023

Full Governing Board Meeting 6th February 2023

Full Governing Board Meeting 5th December 2022 

Full Governing Board Meeting 26th September 2022


Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Caroline Walshaw.

Our Vice Chair of Governors is Mr Steve Badcott.

Chair of Curriculum and Learning Committee is currently Alison Sparks.

Lead SEND Governors are Vicky Tarran and Alison Sparks.

Chair of Resources is Mr Ian Moore.

Lead Safeguarding Governors are Alison Sparks and Vicky Tarran.

Lead Online Safety Governor is Tim Pratt.



Governors can be contacted at or through our school office.  Please note that Governors are not able to respond to any comments, concerns or queries about day-to-day matters or individual children. Governors are responsible for the strategic leadership and management of the school.