“Let all that you do be done in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:14)

All Governors are unpaid volunteers, elected for four years, and include: parents/carers, staff and non-staff who work within the school, church foundation governors and individuals drawn from the wider community. One Governor is selected by the Local Education Authority.

Currently we have 13 Governors. An effective Governing Body is typically one which draws on experience from a range of backgrounds including education, commerce and the public sector. Six of our present Governors are either current or retired professionals from education. Three are from the public sector, three from the private sector and one is our local team vicar. Parent Governors are elected by the parent body and teaching staff/non-teaching staff Governors are elected by school staff. Governors are primarily responsible for:

  • strategic oversight of the school
  • policy making
  • the budget/finance
  • the appointment of staff

The day to day running of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher.

We meet four times a year as a full Governing Body and operate a portfolio system covering; Curriculum, Personnel, Finance, School Improvement, Vulnerable Groups, Ethos and Buildings & Health and Safety which meet once each term. Minutes for the Full Governing Body meetings are available from the school office.

Our aim as a Governing Body is to seek constantly to improve and enhance the school for the young people of Lympstone and surrounding areas, both now and in the future. We are always keen to hear what parents and others in the community think of our school. All Governors provide a small biography on this website so that you know who we are.

Who We Are


Mrs Nikki Clarke

I have been a teacher for 20 years, 13 of which have been at Lympstone.  I am also the Deputy Head and mathematics subject leader.  Both of my children have enjoyed being pupils at the school and have many fond memories of their experience here.

I am very fortunate to be involved with such a wonderful primary school and hope that as a staff governor I can proved a useful insight for other governors to what the daily challenges are in the classroom, as well as support the drive for improved outcomes for all children.


Alice Hutchings 

I have been a school governor for around 15 years both in London and Exeter (at my children's schools). I was appointed Foundation Governor at this school in 2014.  I live in Exmouth and work part-time for a law firm in Exeter. I am married to James who is Rector of Lympstone, Holy Trinity Exmouth and Littleham.  Alice is our Lead Personnel governor.

Mrs Marleen Johnson

I have been a governor for 25 years. At first I was a parent governor and then continued as a LA governor. I served on several committees and have been Chair of governors for 4 years.  I have enjoyed helping in class with reading and teaching swimming and tennis on a voluntary basis.  I qualified as a biology teacher in the Netherlands and did some supply work in the Exeter area and I am an Adult Basic Education Tutor for literacy and numeracy in Exmouth.  I have always been very interested in improving education and it has been very gratifying to see Lympstone Primary School improve so much over the years.

Dr Tim Jupp (Chair)

I have been a community governor at Lympstone Church of England Primary School since September 2012.
I grew up in St Andrews in Scotland and was educated in local state sector primary and secondary schools. I read Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, and after graduating in 1995 I remained in Cambridge to study for a Masters in Mathematics and a PhD in Earth Sciences. Following 3 years as a researcher for the National Environment Research Council (based latterly in Oxforshire), I moved to Devon in 2007 to become a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at the University of Exeter.
I have known Lympstone all of my life as all four of my grandparents used to live here, and I now live in my grandparents' former house within sight (and sound!) of Lympstone Primary School. My mother, aunt and uncle were themselves pupils at the Lympstone Primary in the 1950s and 1960s. I care passionately about the School's role within the community and hope to contribute to its continued wellbeing in my role as a governor.


Mrs Claire Hilton

Claire has worked in education for over ten years and recently became a curriculum governor here at Lympstone primary school. She is a parent governor committed to developing a robust strategy for providing a high quality curriculum for all learners.

In her role as a teacher at the community college, Claire works closely with pupil premium children to improve pupil progress in literacy.

Claire has lived in the village for 5 years with her husband and 2 sons. She is involved in PTFA events, helps edit the Lympstone Herald and teaches yoga classes in the village hall.

Mrs Belinda Mahoney

Belinda is a Teaching Assistant in the school and also a co-opted governor.

Mr Al Hewett

Having just arrived as a school governor and as one of the senior officers within the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines, I feel it is vital to support the educational needs of every child, particularly service children amid the principled delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant and the offer to support service personnel and their families. I am delighted to assist the school in this role and having spent over 21 years within the Royal Marines (15 years living within the Lympstone community); I wholeheartedly understand most of service life and its challenges are due to mobility or separation and deployment associated with service needs. New assignments often result in the family moving to a new location; for parents, finding suitable childcare or school places can be challenging. For children settling into a new setting, making new friends and continuity of their education can be also be difficult. However, many service children are acknowledged as resilient, adaptable and independent and achieve well in academic outcomes. Having a 10 year old daughter within the school myself, I very much look forward to enriching the lives of our children and as a governor helping to ensure that the very highest standards of education is provided to all.

Mrs Emily Mellor (Headteacher)

Register of Business Interests

List of governors and portfolios

Full governor meeting attendance

Sept 2017 Nov 2017 Mar 2018 July 2018
Belinda Mahoney Present Present
Chris Kingston Absent - approved Absent - approved
Emily Mellor Present Present
Claire Hilton Present Present
Alice Hutchings Absent - approved Present
Jo Callan Present Present
Emily McGrath Present Absent - approved
Marleen Johnson Present Present
Tim Jupp Present Present
Tor Laney-Hubbard Absent - approved Present
Claire Hilton Present Present
Fiona Whilding Present  Present