Meet Our Governors

Autumn 2017 Meeting TBD
Spring 2018 Meeting TBD
Summer 2018 Meeting TBD
  • Mrs Miller-Marshall

    Executive Head of School

    Autumn 16' Meeting: Attended
    Spring 17' Meeting: Attended
    Summer 17' Meeting: Attended

  • Mrs Fiona Pearce

    Head of School

    Autumn 16' Meeting: Attended
    Spring 17' Meeting: Attended
    Summer 17' Meeting: Attended

  • Dr Alan Bosley

    Chair of Local Governing Body/Co-Opted Governor

    abosley@ventrus.org.uk

    Local consultant paediatrician for 28 years but now retired. Loved the work and the people. I am of West Country stock, born in Minehead, Somerset just a few weeks before Bevan set up the NHS. Have a great love affair with Exmoor and West Somerset and North Devon. Enjoy the sea, the countryside and my own woodland. Also love old machinery, old cars and tractors. Just a boy at heart really.

    Asked to join LGB in 2010, and now realise what a privilege that was. Proud to have been a governor of such a happy unit and LGB with a range of skills. I have seen the school change from LEA control to become part of an academy trust. I am sure that we had to move this way and the recent election shows that the political direction has not changed. There are pros and cons I guess but the support of the PAT can be evidenced and be a benefit to pupils.

    My own family is now adult and working, my son an equine vet and my daughter an anaesthetist in Hampshire. I am lucky to have seen them do well and now be independent.

    Autumn 16' Meeting: Attended
    Spring 17' Meeting: Attended
    Summer 17' Meeting: Attended

  • Mrs Louise Gordon

    Staff Governor

    I have been a Governor since 2010 and have been fortunate enough to hold a number of roles within the Local Governing Body. I have two children at Orchard Vale, and as a parent I felt that I'd like to give something back to the school, however, with work constraints at the time, my days were busy so I put my name forward to become a Parent Governor. It has always been very important to me as a parent, to know that my children are both happy and enjoying their learning whilst at school and being a Governor has not only given me a fantastic insight as to what happens at OV, but I also feel that I can help with making good decisions to ensure all the children at Orchard Vale have a positive primary education.
    I then became Chair of the LGB in 2013, a role which I enjoyed, and led to me applying for a vacancy within the school at the beginning of 2015. I began as a Teaching Assistant in Reception shortly after this and am now happily working alongside my colleagues in the Staff Governor Role.

    I moved to Devon from Corby, Northamptonshire in 2002 after meeting my husband. I had a career in Retail Management focusing on Personnel, which then led into Pharmaceutical Sales. I then decided to take a break so that I could be with my children in their younger years and in this time I retrained as a Swimming Instructor which I enjoyed, as it fitted in with my family. I really enjoyed working with children which led to more retraining which has led to my current job in the school. I enjoy music, holidays and love Formula One motor racing.

    Autumn 16' Meeting: Attended
    Spring 17' Meeting: Attended
    Summer 17' Meeting: Attended

  • Pastor Kay

    Community Governor/ Safeguarding Governor

    After 10 years in the Royal Air Force and 20 years in the NHS teaching Nurses, my wife and I moved to Barnstaple when I was appointed the Minister of Whiddon Valley Evangelical Church, in 1993. We have 4 grown up children and 14 grandchildren.
    I have served as a governor for 22 years firstly at another Primary School in the area. In 1999 I was asked to lead and Chair a Temporary Governing Body to oversee and support the beginnings of Orchard Vale. Foundations were laid both physical and community and the ethos that continues today was inaugurated.

    It has been a privilege and delight to be involved and watch as the school community was born, grew and developed.

    As the minister of the Church on the estate I have been delighted to observed the high standards set and maintained amongst all who work in the school, the parents and the children. And I have been welcomed not only as a Governor but also as a friend and Pastoral helper to the School community.

    Autumn 16' Meeting: Attended
    Spring 17' Meeting: Attended
    Summer 17' Meeting: Attended

  • Mr Paul Cooper

    Co-Opted Governor/ SEND Govenor/Deputy Chair

    I was invited to become a school governor in 2012 shortly after retiring from the job of Chief Pharmacist at NDDH, a post I had held since 1979.

    I am fortunate to be the governor with a special responsibility for those with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). It is both a joy and a privilege to see how with the necessary extra support children can be helped to achieve their full potential.

    From class visits I am always impressed at how everyone's energies are focused on the children and their education and how well behaved and attentive the children are.

    Autumn 16' Meeting: Attended
    Spring 17' Meeting: Attended
    Summer 17' Meeting: Attended

  • Mr Paul Butler

    Parent Governor/H&S representative

    I've been a governor since 2005 and have served as the Premises, Health & Safety representative since 2006. It has been my privilege to work with the Community Caretakers who share my vision to improve facilities for the pupils and staff. For example we have achieved 97% and 98% in our Health and Safety Audit in 2009 and 2012. We have another audit in November 2015! Raising standards is the goal.
    I left the Grenadier Guards in 1998 after 14 years and have been a Police Officer since. My family and I moved down from Bracknell to Barnstaple in 2003. I have two sons who both attended OV and have gone on to Park and Petroc. I have been fortunate enough to travel the world with the Army and spent 2 years in Oman, encourage out children to travel is very important.

    My wife, Fiona, is currently working at the school as a Curriculum Support Assistant.

    It's always a joy to come into school either to help with Wild Night Out, Breakfast Club or trips. We have a spirit in OV and long may it continue.

    Autumn 16' Meeting: Sabbatical
    Spring 17' Meeting: Attended
    Summer 17' Meeting: Attended

  • Mr Neil Rudd

    Parent Governor/ Website Governor

    I have been a Parent Governor at Orchard Vale since 2010, and joined having never done anything like this before, but wanting to give something and make a difference for the community and this amazing school.

    As a Parent Governor I feel I represent not only my own children, but all the pupils at OV, and with the changes recently in both the organisation structure and governance, I feel it is more critical than ever that the children within the school remain the focus.

    Luckily our children are in very good hands, with a fantastic and enthusiastic staff and support, amazing opportunities for the students, and a most positive learning environment.

    During my time as a Parent Governor, I also represented OV as a Tier 2 Governor at the PAT level, and am currently responsible for monitoring the website, not only from a compliance point of view but also working with OV to enhance online and social media opportunities.

    I currently work at Actavis (just around the corner!) as a Quality Manager, and have a passion for the arts – I’m often been seen at the local theatres in one guise or another – something therefore that makes me very happy and proud when I see the superb theatre and drama that students from OV perform.

    Autumn 16' Meeting: Attended
    Spring 17' Meeting: Attended
    Summer 17' Meeting: Attended

    *Resigned from Parent Governor Roll Summer Term 2017. Last day in role 31st August 2017.

  • Miss Amy Moore

    Clerk

    amoore@ventrus.org.uk

    I was a former pupil her at Orchard Vale back when the school first opened in 1999.

    I left Park school with 11 GCSE’s A - C and went on to achieve a Level 3 qualification in Child Care Learning and Development and an A Level in Photography at Petroc College.

    On leaving college I successfully completed 2 further qualifications, an NVQ Level 2 in Business and Administration and an EDI Level 3 Diploma in IT User Skills. I completed this through the apprenticeship scheme with a small local business where I learnt a variety of administration skills.

    As well as being the Clerk for the Local Governing Body at Orchard Vale, I also work for the Trusts Teaching School.

New Governors for September 2017
  • Dr Tamsin Ross

    Parent Governor/ Website Governor

    I am a mum to two boys at Orchard Vale, Ezra in Nursery and Ernest in Year 3. I am a Clinical Psychologist and have worked for the NHS for 18 years. I have a passion for teaching and learning and throughout my educational and working life I have represented the views of others.

    My boys enjoy the variety of activities on offer at school and particularly the library facilities. I have been very impressed by the creativity that the staff at Orchard Vale employ in their teaching methods and how this inspires the children, shown in the exciting and colourful classroom displays which help us as parents to understand at a glance what the children are working on. Staff demonstrate great care towards the pupils and are welcoming towards parents. The enthusiasm of the staff is reflected in many ways, the most recent and memorable being their full involvement in the Christmas time entertainment and their commitment to ensure that the children are involved in all aspects of the productions.

    Forest School is helping our children to develop an appreciation for the environment and understanding sustainability, which will be so important for their futures.

    I am committed to ensuring that the school continues to support the pupils to reach high standards and to build on this. Well-being is as important as educational attainment and I would encourage this by ensuring the pupils and staff feel part of the school and wider community.

    My professional work shares many parallels with school governance, such as developing procedures to meet standards, engaging with change and providing high-quality services with limited resources or finances, which is particularly relevant given the funding challenges announced recently. These require many skills, including the ability to understand different perspectives and to be flexible in problem solving.

    *Term of office starts 1st September 2017

  • Mrs Samantha Clarke

    Parent Governor

    I live and work in Whiddon Valley, and love the strong feeling of community. The residents, school and local businesses are all striving to get the best out of the area and focussing for a positive future. Our future is the young people who attend Orchard Vale, and since my daughter began school, I have been impressed at every turn by the high standards, commitment and passion from all at the school. I feel that being a school governor would be a perfect opportunity for me to give back to the school and community as well as being a privilege.

    My husband and I have lived in Whiddon Valley for 14 years and have two young children who both attend Orchard Vale, in year 1 and nursery. I work at Actavis, and my husband owns a heavy plant and groundworks company in Bideford.

    At 13 I joined the Army Cadet Force, became an adult volunteer instructor at 18, was commissioned as an officer at 22, and left in 2014 to focus on my family. The Army Cadet Force has a strong focus on developing young people, teaching life skills and building confidence. Through this I earned various outdoor pursuits qualifications such as Sailing, Mountain Biking, Walking and Archery, as well as First Aid, safeguarding and data protection.

    I feel that my interest in the school and community, along with my strong background in a major youth organisation, will make me an effective and beneficial member of the School Governor team.

    *Term of office starts 1st September 2017

  • Mr Chris Milton

    Associate Governor

    I share the school team’s determination to strive for excellence, and yet I feel that it is so important - not only what is being learned, but how our children are experiencing learning and how supported they feel. I would like to become part of that great experience that ensures they receive the best start in their education. I truly believe I have the desire and skill set to invest in our children’s primary school. I care deeply about improving the academic and personal outcomes of all children at Orchard Vale Community School and I am committed to supporting the school in the promotion of the highest standards possible.
    My background and skills are around all aspects of people management, I currently hold the position of General Manager at Air Extreme Ltd. I have supported the creation of this business that predominantly focuses its offerings to children from the age of 2 years and above. I am also a very keen Badminton player and Chairperson for The North Devon Badminton development committee striving to encourage children to take up the sport and most importantly stay active, I recently secured £20,000 funding from Sport England for the development of Badminton in the North Devon area by installing Badminton mats into the Tarka Tennis Centre, this enabled me to create junior badminton coaching that runs weekly with 40 plus junior players. I continue to support the school with fundraising, I and my wife Becky have raised a modest amount of money for the school for different school projects. I feel the skills that I have learned over the years would contribute greatly to the school. I have the desire and time to invest in our children’s future by ensuring they get the best start in life!

    *Term of office starts 1st September 2017

Previous Member of the Local Governing Body in the past 12 months
  • Mrs Jan Baker

    Executive Head Teacher

    Retired from Headship in July 2016.

  • Miss Cowie

    Associate Governor

    Resigned from being an Associate Governor Autumn 2016.