The majority of governors are Foundation Governors appointed by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Plymouth. Other Governors are appointed by the Local Authority, parents, members of staff or co-opted by the Local Governing Body.

The Local Governing Body meet every half term and follow a set schedule of work throughout the year. Monitoring visits to school take place and governors are supportive to the headteacher and the school staff to enable them to offer the best education for your child.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the Clerk via the school email address to enquire about current vacancies.

If you have an issue you would like to raise with the Governing Body, please make contact via the clerk in the same way.

If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors ( Julie Burnard ) please do so via the school address which is :

Sacred Heart RC Nursery and Primary School, Cecil Road, Paignton, Devon TQ3 2SH or again via the school email address.


Governor Information 2020-21

Full NameGovernor TypeAppointing BodyDate of Current AppointmentEnd of Current TermMeeting Attendance 2019-20Business InterestsOther Governorships
Julie BurnardFoundationDiocese of Plymouth12.12.2011.12.245 of 5 meetings
Sue HayesFoundation Diocese of Plymouth 01.09.1831.08.225 of 5 meetings Tenet Education Services Ltd
Paul GarsideCo-optedLGB19.09.1918.09.235 of 5 meetingsHR Manager - Multi Academy Trust - Bay Education Trust - Since Feb 2017Member of the Trust Board of the Riviera Education Trust Governor at Combe Pafford School
Kate LewisFoundation Diocese of Plymouth18.09.1717.09.212 of 5 meetings
Ian DoggettCo-optedLGB19.09.1901.11.202 of 5 meetings
Louise CoddStaff Staff12.03.2111.03.254 of 5 meetings
Angie RickettsStaffStaff22.01.2120.01.25Not a governor
Nichola DayHead teacherAutomatically appointed01.09.2019ongoing5 of 5 meetings
VacantFoundationDiocese of Plymouth

Governors who have left the LGB in the last 12 months

Full NameGovernor TypeAppointing Body
Emma CullyStaffStaff
Councillor Ian Doggett (Deceased)Co-optedLGB

Welcome Letter

Dear Parents and Friends,

On behalf of all the Governors, welcome to Sacred Heart R.C Nursery and Primary School.

At Sacred Heart governors, staff, parents and children work as a team, building on success, in an atmosphere of care where everyone feels valued. We are proud of the high standards our pupils achieve across the curriculum. As Governors we become involved with a variety of issues including finance, pupil welfare, public relations, building/grounds maintenance and staff appointments. However, without a doubt, we consider that our most important role is to monitor the welfare and education of the pupils. We are justifiably proud of the children in our school.

In addition, this is an opportunity for me to thank all the parents who encourage and support their children so admirably. In a good school, such as ours, parents take a great interest in their child’s learning. During the early years of primary education academic, personal, social and creative skills are nurtured and developed. The strong partnership, which already exists between school and community, underpins the ethos, which is so characteristic of Sacred Heart School.

Governors are appointed to ensure that objectives are met and that planning for the future is both visionary and realistic. We are here to support and encourage the Headteacher and all school staff so that children have access to an enriched education and the opportunities they deserve.

I am available to parents for any matter relating to the school, once you have discussed it with the Head teacher.

Parents and governors have key roles in helping Sacred Heart School to maintain high standards for all our children both now, and for future generations.

With my best wishes,

Julie Burnard Chair of Governors


Julie Burnard

Chair of Governors

I have been a foundation governor of Sacred Heart for a few years now, and I am the lead governor for Statutory Grants (Pupil Premium and Sports Premium).

I am married and have three children who are all past pupils of Sacred Heart. They are now living away from home working and at university, which gives myself and my husband more time to travel and enjoy visiting different countries and cultures.

Being a past pupil myself, I have a great passion for our school.

Sue Hayes

Vice Chair of Governors

I am the Vice Chair of the Governing Body and I have been on the Governing Body for 10 years.
I am married with two sons, both of whom attended Sacred Heart Nursery and Primary School. I am the Procurement Officer at South Devon College and I like running and spending time at my beach hut with my family in my free time.
I am the lead for RE and Catholic life.

Paul Garside

Co-opted Governor

I am currently the HR Manager for the Bay Education Trust having previously worked for Torbay Council providing operational HR support to schools & academies across Torbay and South Devon.
I have been a member of the Governing Body at Sacred Heart Primary School for more than 10 years over 2 separate periods and I am currently the Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding in the school.
I am married with two children and both of my children have attended Sacred Heart RC Primary School.
In my spare time I enjoy sports, gardening and walking the dogs.

Kate Lewis

Foundation Governor

I have been a member of the Governing Body for several years and currently have a grandchild in the school. I am a retired teacher and therefore have a passion for the education of children. I also has responsibility for SEND (special educational needs and disabilities)

Louise Codd

Staff Governor

I have been working at Sacred Heart in the school office since 2003 and have been a governor for over 10 years. My main responsibilities in the office and as a governor, include finance and the health and safety / maintenance of the premises.
It has been a privilege having the opportunity to watch the children develop during their time at Sacred Heart. Some of those children are now returning with their own sons and daughters.
Although our children are now 26 years and 23 years, a great deal of our time is spent being very involved in local cricket, which has been an obsession with our son since he was 8 years old.

Angie Ricketts

Teacher Governor

I am the teacher Governor at Sacred Heart.
I have worked at Sacred Heart R.C. Nursery and Primary School for 17 years in both Key Stage One and Two.
I am married with three children. In my spare time, I enjoy walking, running, cycling and being outdoors with my family.
I am the lead for health and safety.

Nichola Day

Head teacher

As the Head Teacher at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Nursery and Primary School I am automatically a member of the Local Governor Body. I value the support of the Governors and we work together for the benefit of the children and Sacred Heart community.


Parent Governor

Foundation Governor

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