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Ellie Ralls


Director Appointed / TBC at MAT Board Meeting - Autumn Term 2018

My name is Ellie and I have recently become a Parent Governor at Tidcombe. I am married and have two young daughters, one is in Year Two at Tidcombe and the other is a busy toddler, having just started Tidcombe Pre School, both of them keep me occupied!
I am self employed and run my own business which focuses on child development.
My particular areas of knowledge and expertise are within Early Years and Safeguarding practices, and a particular priority for me is ensuring we support the personal development and emotional wellbeing of all the children at our school.


Carrie Morrell


Director Appointed - TBC at MAT Board Meeting - Autumn Term 2018

I currently work at Tiverton High School as the Safeguarding Lead. I feel passionate that all children and young people are entitled to the best education possible (both academic and pastoral).

I have worked in a range of educational settings for the past 10 years alongside families and young people. As a resident in the Tiverton Learning Community, I am passionate about the opportunities for young people and giving them the best start in life.


Father Richard Maudsley


Director Appointed


Mr Simon Green



Simon is headteacher and has been in post since 2010. He has seen the school go from strength to strength in pupils attainment and in pupil numbers. Simon is keen that the school delivers a rich, broad and balanced curiculum and develops pupils into enthusiastic learners. He is also really keen to have a school culture that enables every child to take "risks with their learning" so that it is safe to make mistakes and learn from them. He is also keen to develop a school culture where children learn to develop personal qualities that support them in life; qualities like teamwork and self-regulation of behaviour so that they know right and wrong and act upon it, whether or not there is an adult present.

For those of you interested, Simon's qualifications are BSc, PGCE, NPQH and PQSI.

When Simon's not being head he is busy being Dad to four children, going out mountain biking, or cooking.


Mrs Harriet Browning



My name is Harriet Browning and I am the Year 2 class teacher at Tidcombe Primary. I am also currently the subject leader for Computing and E-Safety. I have worked at Tidcombe for 11 years and have had the pleasure of teaching classes in Nursery, Reception and am now in my third year of Year 2. When I’m not at school I enjoy baking, walking my dog, gardening and babysitting my many nieces and nephews! I feel very privileged to work at Tidcombe and, although I only recently joined the Governing Team, I am thoroughly enjoying my new role!


Mrs Ruth Roberts



My children have both completed Tidcombe School and are proud to have been a part of it. I work in education, helping those that have difficulty accessing the curriculum. Being part of Tidcombe Governors is a privilege as the role involves working within a team of people who have children's needs, safety and education at the paramount. In my spare time I run, cook and enjoy being with my family and friends.


Cliff Bailey


Chair of Governors

Cliff taught in a Secondary School for 15 years before becoming a local Church Minister, firstly in the East Midlands and then in North Devon. Now retired, he enjoys playing bass guitar, working on his allotment and being part of Tidcombe Community Church.


Hannah Clarke


Co-Opted Governor

My name is Hannah Clarke and I work as key stage 2 teacher at Whimple Primary School. After working at Tidcombe Primary School a few years ago, it is still great to be part the Governing Body and wider school community in order to provide a well-planned and yet exciting range of educational experiences for all pupils. When I am not busy with all that school life brings, I enjoy reading, travelling to warmer places, attending cultural events and walking in the beautiful Devon countryside.


Mrs Yvonne Land


Clerk to the Governors

Having worked at Tidcombe Primary School for the last 28 years, our Clerk to Governors has a wealth of experience and skill to bring to the board. She has had various roles within the school over the years, including a Mealtime Assistant and Teaching Assistant before stepping into her current position where she has looked after us for the past 20 years! She was also our Non Teaching Staff Governor for 16 years. Outside of school, Mrs Land is an avid rugby fan and enjoys playing crib for a local team as well as swimming and playing racquet ball as often as she can.


Mr Steve Harding


Parent Governor

My name is Steve and I have recently become a parent Governor at Tidcombe. I have 2 children at the school, my son is in year 4 and my daughter has just started in the Reception class.

Becoming a Governor has been something I’ve wanted to do for a while so I jumped at the chance when the opportunity arose in the Spring. I’m looking forward to working with the Governing Board to build upon the great reputation the school has. My areas of interest are leadership and the wellness of staff and pupils.

In my spare time I like to watch as much sport as possible either on TV or at Exeter Chiefs, and still try to play cricket for Heathcoat at Knightshayes.

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