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Meet our staff and Governors


Senior Leadership Team

Mr Richard Arundell (Headteacher)                          

Mrs Caroline Rolls      (Upper KS2 Leader)

Mrs Jane Ramsay (Lower KS2 Leader)                    

Mrs Jo Paylor-Sykes (KS1 Leader)

Year R
Robin Class

Mrs Jo Paylor-Sykes (Teacher)
Mrs Helene Hellgren-Smith (General Teaching Assistant)                                             Mrs Sandra Ashman (General Teaching Assistant)                                                                 Miss Myra Williams (1:1 TA)

Year R                                      Wren Class

Miss Kim Mortimore (Teacher)                    Mrs Frances Lloyd (Teaching Assistant)         Mrs Claire Smerdon (1:1 TA)                                 Mrs Mel Full (1:1 TA) 

Year 1 
Falcon Class

Mr Rob Hedger (Teacher)                               Miss Kirsty Sparks (1:1 Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Tina Wakely (Teaching Assistant)             Mrs Kate Chapple (1:1 TA)
Mrs Alison Gray (1:1 TA)

Year 3/4
Eagle Class 

Mrs Lizzie Edwards (Teacher)
Ms Abbie Harmes (Teaching Assistant)           Mrs Julie Tomkinson (1:1 TA)
Mrs Tanya French (1:1 TA)

Year 2
Owl Class

Mr Craig Irons (Teacher)
Miss Gerrie Harvey (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Alison Gray (1:1 TA)



Year 3/4
Kingfisher Class

Mrs Jane Ramsay (Teacher)
Ms Nathalie Carnat (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Jenny Nash (1:1 TA)                                  Mrs Jeanne Nicholson (1:1 TA)                           Mr Gareth Wolf (1:1 TA)


Year 5
Swift Class

Miss Lowenna Sharpe (Teacher)                Miss Julia Kitson (Teacher)
Mrs Jo Clarke (Teaching Assistant)                     Mrs Clara Turner (1:1 TA)                                Mrs Mel Full (1:1 TA)                                          Mrs Julie Tomkinson (1:1 TA)

Year 6                     Skylark Class

Mrs Caroline Rolls (Teacher)                         Mrs Hannah Charley (Teacher)                       Mr Phil Carrodus (Higher Level TA)                   Mrs Roz Woodhead (1:1 TA)                         Mrs Lizzie Pether (1:1 TA)                               Mrs Lucy Fidler (1:1 TA)                                   Mrs Clara Turner (1:1 TA)

Additional Adults


Mrs Rebecca Oakshott (SENDCo)             Mrs Belinda Martin (Eco Schools Co-ordinator)                                            


Mrs Beverley Garland (Chair of Governors)
Mrs Sharron Humphries (Vice Chair of Governors)
Mrs Vicki Frost                                                         Mrs Kate Caines                                                      Mr Ian Pitchford


Chair of Governors Beverley Garland shares her thoughts on being a Buckfastleigh School Governor. 

What is our role?

Becoming a governor is big commitment and not one to be taken lightly, but it is a very rewarding role.  Having been elected each governor undergoes formal on going training both at county and academy level, and during their first year is paired with a more experienced governor mentor who will undergo joint visits into school looking at pre decided areas linked into the School Development Plan.
We meet formally every half term to ensure that the School Development Plan is being implemented, to discuss staffing, update policies, feedback on Governor visits and to discuss future plans and developments at both school and Academy level.

Admin Staff

Ms Marianne Malin           

Mrs Fiona Gower

Mrs Sandra Ashman

Caretaking & Cleaning

Mr Julian Head (Caretaker)

Mrs Janet Richards           

Mrs Mel Full

Mrs Alison Gray

Meal Time Assistants

Mrs Charmian Bragg        

Mrs Ann Eales 

Mrs Margaret Chiplin      

Mrs Jenna Cartwright      

Mrs Myra Williams (1:1)   

Mrs Gemima Kay-Savage (1:1)

Mrs Claire Smerdon (1:1)  

Mrs Anita Kindred

Mrs Susannah Inch

Mrs Helene Hellgren-Smith 

Mr Julian Head

Mr Gareth Wolf

Miss Sue Clarke
Mrs Lesley Booker
Mrs Caroline Rolls
Mr Richard Arundell                                           Mrs Sian Walton                                                      Mr Malcolm Cowper






Currently we have a vacancy for a Community Governor and we are very keen to recruit someone with financial expertise to further complement our experienced team of Governors.  If you know of anyone with accountancy or business experience, please do ask them to contact us via the school office.

Beverley Garland (Chair of Governors)