The Governors at White Rock Primary School are committed to ensuring that all the children receive the best education possible. We work with the staff by supporting and challenging the Senior Leadership and by monitoring all aspects of school life.
We meet at least twice each term and are closely involved with the strategic planning of finance and curriculum. We monitor the progress of the children and have oversight of the professional performance of the staff.
We welcome comments from the parents and carers and actively seek the opinions of all staff and children.
Chair of Governors
Terms of Office and Contact Details
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Term of Office
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Chair of Governors
Responsible for monitoring Reading and Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar
Responsible for monitoring curriculum, safeguarding and SEN
Responsible for monitoring Maths, Pupil Premium and Finance
|Guy Boosey||Parent Governorfirstname.lastname@example.org||100%|
|Mark Glew||Co-opted Governoremail@example.com||100%|
|Gill Hobson||Partnership Governorfirstname.lastname@example.org||80%|
|Sarah Tomkinson||Headteacher||upon email@example.com||100%|
Pen Portraits of our Governors
Alistair Wylam- Chair of Governors
I have worked in construction as a Civil Engineer for the past 14 years, working throughout the country. More recently my work has become regionally based, allowing me to become involved at White Rock when I was fortunate to be appointed as a Governor in 2013. Since becoming a Governor I have attended specific training to develop my skills and capabilities to become more effective. My drive is to ensure that all children receive the best education, providing each individual with the skills to exceed their foreseen potential. Away from work and school I am a father of two, who loves caravanning and anything to do with water.
Di Brugge- Parent Governor
I have 27 years experience as a police officer and I specialise in Child Protection. I therefore have a detailed knowledge of child safeguarding and I’m passionate about children and their learning.I believe that all children should be given the opportunity to reach their full academic potential.I have become a Governor at White Rock Primary School to help ensure that this opportunity is given to all the children of the school.
Lisa Finn- Co-opted Governor
I am a mother of 2 teenage children. I live in Totnes and as a qualified accountant I work for Torbay Council as a Finance Manager with responsibility for the financial reporting of Children’s and Adults Services (total budget of £100m). I bring with me a wealth of knowledge on school funding mechanisms and have a strong sense of what a robust system of financial management and control looks like. I know and have worked with many Torbay schools and therefore can build upon experience in my finance governor role. I am a keen skier and love to go on road trips when abroad. I have lived and worked in Australia and London but chose to relocate in Devon 13 years ago; an impulsive decision after having my first child, but one of the best I have ever made.
Guy Boosey- Parent Governor
I have worked in IT, management and leadership roles within the NHS since 2003. This has given me lots of transferable skills and knowledge (Governance, safeguarding, policies etc) which I hope I can use to benefit White Rock. It is a privilege to hold a position as a governor at the school which continues to do much for my children Eleanor and Daniel, and for us as a family. I am very proud of White Rock and welcome the opportunity to give something back.
Mark Glew- Co-opted Governor
After a brief career in accountancy I have been in education for the past 20 years. With my main subject specialisms Business and Economics I have worked in a wide range of schools, from grammar to independent and comprehensive to international. With my family I have been able to combine my love of teaching and travel with jobs in Singapore, Shanghai and Malaysia before recently moving into Torbay. I have two boys that started at White Rock in 2014; moving to a new area with a young family is always an uncertain time but the school community has been wonderfully supportive and the boys are extremely happy and love coming to school. With experience in school leadership, a governor position in a previous school and a financial background, I hope I can contribute something back to the school and play a small part in helping all students thrive and achieve their full potent
Gill Hobson- Partnership Governor
I have lived in Paignton for 30 years and always believed in the town and its potential for all who live here. I now run by own recruitment agency here, my husband has also run his own party shop in town for the last 18 years. Being in recruitments helps me realise the importance of education at any age. I was honoured to become a governor at White Rock allowing me to give something back and improve children's futures. My reasons for wanting to become a governor is simple - all people whether young or old, whether parents or not want our future generations to receive the very best education we can give them and for them to realise their potential. At White Rock I believe that all children are given this opportunity. Outside of working and being a governor I enjoy my garden and the occasional holiday or 2!