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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


Meet the Governing Board

Our Board of Governors has 14 members made up of Parent Governors, Foundation (our Foundation is the Church of England) Governors, Local Authority Governors and Staff Governors.  All our Governors work together for the good of our school as one corporate body, together.

The board believe it is important that we reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Diverse boards promote inclusive school environments and provide diverse role models for staff and young people.  We collect data on the diversity of the board, including age, ethnicity and gender and use this data to inform our recruitment and training needs and ensure there is always a diverse range of perspectives around the table to support robust decision making.  We do not publish diversity data online as individual governors could be identified and we have a legal obligation to protect their personal data.


Mrs Anne Billington,

Headteacher. Ex Officio Governor


I have taught and undertaken a wide variety of leadership roles in both small and large, Church and Community schools in Devon for over 25 years.  My own teaching experience is from Nursery to Year 7, I’ve been a school governor since 2003 and a head teacher since 2010. 

I live locally and worship in the mission community Holy Trinity is a part of.  I have three children, all grown up and a grandchild. 

I am committed to ensuring The Beacon continues to build on its many strengths, and engenders in our children and families the sort of primary school memories they will treasure whilst developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that provide the rock for them to build on, ready to enjoy the next steps in their educational journey.

Mrs Caroline Walshaw,

Chair of Governors.  Foundation Governor.

Safer Recruitment Lead, Curriculum: Language Literacy & Communication Lead, Reading and Writing Lead, Sports and Sports Premium lead


I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in May 2020, having previously been a Parent Governor. I have two children at the school.  As a primary school teacher, I have an active interest in developing future generations, and being able to invest some of that energy into my own children’s school is a real honour.  I was elected as Chair in September 2019 and am dedicated to working with our excellent team of Governors, Mrs. Billington, the wonderful school staff team and you, our parents, to make the Beacon C of E Primary School a thriving, happy and highly successful school for our whole community.  I adore reading - both to children and for myself - and I can also often be found out at Adventure School, making the most of the outdoors!  

Mr Ian Moore, Chair of Resources Committee. Foundation Governor.

Safer Recruitment lead, Pupil Premium Lead inc. Catch up and Recovery. Finance Lead. Curriculum: Well-being Lead.

I have lived in Exmouth for around 17 years and now have a young family. We feel very lucky that our daughter now attends this vibrant and community centred school. I am the Deputy Head Teacher at Exminster Community Primary School and have been teaching for 13 years. I am very much looking forward to playing an active role in the school and hope that my experience will help support the school in providing all the children with the opportunity to achieve the very best they can and prepare them for their future lives


Mr Mike Byrne, Foundation Governor.

GDPR and Data Lead.  


I have lived in Exmouth for just over four years, and have been a governor at the Beacon for all but the first few months of that time. I am lead governor for data protection/GDPR and for maths.

Education, at all levels, has been a large part of my life. I retired several years ago, but most of my career was spent as a University lecturer in Operations Management, and I spent many years as a governor in a large comprehensive school. Acting as a governor in a small primary school like the Beacon is different in many ways, but I have enjoyed extending my knowledge and experience in this new environment.

I am married with two grown up sons and an elderly dog.  My wife and I are very much involved in a local church. We love living by the sea, and enjoy running (or rather gently jogging!) along the seafront.

Mrs Vicky Tarran. Parent Governor

SEND lead, Safeguarding lead

Having been part of The Beacon community since 2014 when my eldest daughter joined the school, I am thrilled to now be joining the governing board. Both my daughters attended The Beacon, one still now. 

I have lived in Exmouth since 1999 when I came to study teaching at Rolle College. I graduated in 2003 with a BED in English and the last 17 years have seen me working in the same Primary school, starting as a full-time class teacher, and becoming a SENDCo in 2007. I achieved the SENDCo award in 2014 and have worked full-time in this role until now. 

In January I am embarking on a new role, continuing to support children but in our local community. This new job will allow me more time to spend with my family and in and around Exmouth. I am looking forward to bringing my experience of working with children to a different setting and working alongside the dedicated team at the Beacon




Mr Tim Pratt, Local Authority Governor. 

 Online safety lead, Health and Safety lead.

I am the father of a pupil in school and having spent 2 years collecting my daughter from Reception and Year one, I was impressed by how friendly the staff are and how welcoming the school is. In return for looking after my daughter I thought I would like to give something back to the school.

I currently work for Devon County Council, and have done for the past 30 years, working in the IT department, so I have a fair insight into how aspects of local government operate.

Outside of work, my main sport is Archery and I am currently the chairman of Exmouth Archers, who most will know for our car boot sales, up on our own grounds at Withycombe Raleigh Common. Within Archery I have volunteered at many levels and for some years was responsible for our National Tournaments, as well as local ones. I was a volunteer at Lords Cricket Ground in 2012 where the Olympic Archery events were held. I am also a qualified level two Archery coach. Other interests include (as well as looking after my daughter and wife!) DIY, swimming, cycling, snowboarding and you can often see me on the seafront on a Saturday morning, running our local parkrun, or some weeks volunteering instead of running.

If you see me in the playground waiting to pick up my daughter, please feel free to come and say Hi…


Mrs Alison Sparks, Co-opted Governor. 

SEND lead, Children in Care Lead, Safeguarding Lead. Curriculum: Reasoning and Logic Lead, RE and Worship Lead.


I have been privileged to be a governor at The Beacon for several years. 

I am passionate about education and ensuring that children are taught the skills and attitudes to learn in a nurturing environment so that they can flourish in the future.  I have spent most of my career in primary education, teaching in four Devon schools. In my time I have been a lead teacher for science, a SENDCo, deputy and headteacher.  I am currently beginning a career break and am looking forward to the opportunity this will give me to spend time at The Beacon


Ms Carolyn Hallett, Foundation Governor.

Curriculum: reasoning and logic lead, Outdoors and environment lead, Maths lead 

I was born and raised in the Exmouth area. After teacher training in the West Midlands I lived and taught in the South East, eventually returning to Devon. After 4 years at St Thomas High School I took a change of direction into special education, specifically visual impairment. Twenty one years later I moved into alternative education, working with pupils medically unfit for school.
I have two grown up daughters and having just retired I can now spend more time playing bowls, attending Rotary and Fair Trade, supporting Devon Development Education as a trustee, gardening and, perhaps best of all, spending quality time with my 90 year old mum!



Mrs Margaret Elms, Foundation Governor. Equalities Lead.

I came to Exmouth in October 2003 when the Met Office relocated
my and my husband’s jobs to Exeter. We have since retired. I
had been a Parent Foundation Governor when my children were at
St Meriadoc Infant and Junior VA Schools in Camborne and
agreed to be a Community Governor at Littleham CofE VC School,
Exmouth from September 2005. We have been worshipping at St
Margaret and St Andrew, Littleham since November 2003. I
ceased being a Governor in March 2014 to become a
churchwarden and had enjoyed the contact with the school and
children as well as learning about parts of Devon I would not
otherwise know.

 Mrs Kate Hurley, Parent Governor. 

I feel privileged to have been appointed part of The Beacon's governing body. My son has been a pupil at the school since 2023, and as a parent and educator that is passionate about quality, inclusive education, I am thrilled to be part of a team that supports the school in providing outstanding provision for our children. 

Professionally, I am a former Asst. Headteacher with over twenty years of experience in the primary and secondary sectors in maintained, independent and international schools. I am currently a freelance education consultant, digital learning designer and independent school inspector and I also teach Drama part time at an independent senior school. 

In my spare time I run a youth theatre summer school and volunteer for several local community groups, managing their social media communications. I sing with a choir, play piano and enjoy running along our beautiful coastline as well as offshore rowing with the local rowing club. 

I hope that my skills and experience will make a useful contribution to the governing body. I am very much looking forward to working alongside the dedicated Beacon team. 

Miss Leigh Pavey, Staff Governor


Mr Steve Badcott, Foundation Governor.

Chair of Pay Committee, Inclusions lead, Curriculum: language, literacy and communications lead, Assessment lead, EYFS lead


Revd. Jonathan Reynolds, Foundation Governor (Substitute Ex Officio).


Mrs Lucy Taylor, Clerk to governors