Lympstone C of E Primary School



“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.

Lympstone C of E Primary School Governors are:

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.

Mr Adam Tapp (Vice Chair)

I have been a co-opted governor since 2017.  I am a parent to a pupil at school and am passionate about the education and care that the school gives to all the children on roll.

From the age of 16 I was a self-employed tennis professional, coaching all around Devon, with successes including coaching a number of children to National Level, I then went onto manage the Leisure arm of Exeter Golf and Country Club for 5 years while maintaining a successful coaching business.

I have a degree in Business Management, Graduating from Exeter University and have a Level 7 Qualification in School Business Management from the National College for Teaching and Leadership. I started in School Business Management at a primary school, similar to Lympstone and I am currently School Business Manager of Mayfield Special School in Torquay, which is a multisite organisation across the Torbay Local Authority.

I have been serving on Governing Bodies or similar committees for about 20 years either in an official capacity or as a Governor, namely serving as Chair of Governors for 2 years for Priory Primary School after leaving as School Business Manager.

My aim is to challenge the school to deliver the highest level of rounded education and care to all its pupils while ensuring Lympstone is a place where people love to work.

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.

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.


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.

Dr John McGrath

John is a new Foundation governor in school and is  a consultant at RDE


Mrs Karen Trice

Karen is a parent Governor and also a secondary school science teaher. She lives with her family in the village.

Mr Dougal Scott

Dougal is a parent Governor and works in telecommunications. He and his family have recently moved to the village. Dougal also sits on the Parent Council

Mrs Emily Mellor (Headteacher)

Emily has been headteacher since 2013 and lives locally with her family

Summary of governor information