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Governor Profiles

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 Four at Tidcombe and the other is a busy toddler, having just started in Reception, 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.

 

Father Richard Maudsley

 

Director Appointed

 

Mr Simon Green

 

Headteacher

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.

 

Miss Megan Davies

Staff

My name is Megan Davies and I am in my 4th year of teaching at Tidcombe Primary School and have recently joined the Governing Body. Before that, I studied Primary Education with a specialism in Science at University. I chose to become part of the Governors Team, in order to learn more about the wider organisation of the school outside of the classroom. When I’m not working or planning lessons, I often visit my parents in Cornwall, play netball and I really enjoy a good walk in the countryside.

 

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 5 and my daughter is in Year 1.

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.

 

Mrs Esme Willis

My name is Esme and I have a daughter who started in Reception at Tidcombe in 2020. I work as a Purchasing Manager in Tiverton and have done so for the last 13 years and my husband is in the Royal Navy. The military life can be challenging and unpredictable at times, so a stable and positive school environment is important to us as a family. I’m hopeful that I can use both my professional and personal experiences as part of the Governing Board to help Tidcombe be a positive experience for the children, their families and the staff. 

 

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, watching rugby, walking with our dog and planning various house decor/renovation projects.

 

 

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Our focus is to develop learners who have the dispositions of “empathy, aspiration, resilience, confidence and enquiry.”

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