Local Governing Body
Starcross Primary School is part of Ivy Education Trust and the Local Governing Body is within the structure of the Trust Governance. More information about IET Governance can be found here: Ivy Education Trust Governance
Tara has recently relocated back to Devon from Milton Keynes where she was the Deputy Head of a large primary school. Her primary beliefs are that education is for all children and her previous role as SENDCo has really helped her to understand that each child learns and makes progress in their own style and in their own time. Tara believes that primary education should ensure that children are ready for the challenges that secondary education will bring and that it is our role at Starcross Primary School to prepare children in all senses and provide them with the toolkit of skills they will need to fully embrace the next part of their educational journey.
In her free time, Tara loves to read and enjoys running along the sea front.
Martin joined the Starcross Primary governing body in October 2022. He is a science manager at the Met Office and has a background in STEM.
Martin has two children in primary education and decided to enter governance after being inspired by schools' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although new to the role, Martin is very much looking forward to leading the governing body to support Starcross in achieving its strategic objectives.
Annette is a new governor at Starcross Primary School. She joined as a co-opted governor in the Autumn term of 2022.
Annette works part-time for Great Western Railway and has 3 children at the school. She have a BSc degree in Population Sciences and has life experience and skills gained from work, volunteering abroad in public health, travelling and being a parent, that she can bring to the role. Annette became a governor to give to the school and local community, and to ensure that the children and their futures are at the heart of it all.
As a history teacher with a background in secondary education, Sarah is interested in the primary curriculum and teaching and learning. With two children of her own at Starcross Primary, her work as a school governor allows her to offer both challenge and support to the senior team and teaching staff from a parental perspective. It is a role that Sarah value highly as it gives her direct involvement in both strategic planning and day-to-day teaching and learning in the classroom.
Tish is one of the Managers of the Preschool and the staff governor and has been involved with both the Preschool and School for 30 plus years. Tish’s passion for being involved with Starcross Preschool and School is only surpassed by her passion for working with children and placing them at the core of everything. Tish has four children and three grandchildren with one grandchild attending the Primary School. Tish lives in the village and sees the school as playing an important role in the community and has worked with different groups and events to promote this.
Having worked in a Nursery setting for 20 years and managing for eight years, Louise has a wealth of experience and knowledge to support the school and preschool. She is passionate about education and ensuring that all children have the best start to life, supporting the best outcomes for all children. Over the last two years Louise has changed her career and became a Safeguarding Officer for Devon and Somerset fire and rescue. Louise is looking forward to being apart of the Local Governing Body at Starcross Primary School and sharing her skills.
Julia was appointed Local Governance Officer in June 2023. For the last 20 years Julia was the Examinations Officer for a secondary school and previously worked in the Health Service (mental health), Local Government at County and District Council level, and for Dartmoor National Park Authority. Julia is confident that her previous work experiences, many of which entailed following government procedures and protocols, will enable her to provide a good service to the Governing body so that they meet their statutory requirements.