Overall Responsibilities of the Governing Body
This section is currently under review.
The Governing Body of Bideford College is made up of the following governors, who each have a four year term of office:
The governing body has a programme of meetings throughout the school year, and a committee structure that focuses on specific areas of governance.
Contacting your Governing Body
Governors can be contacted by telephoning Bideford College on 01237 477611 or you can write to the following address:
Chair of Governors, Bideford college, Abbotsham Road, BIDEFORD, Devon EX39 3AR
Governing Body – Current Membership
|Governor||Category||Term Start||Term End|
|Dr C Ankers||Principal||01/01/2019||Not applicable|
|Mr D Humphries||Co-opted||01/03/2016||28/02/2020|
|Mrs S Bloomfield||Co-opted||22/03/2016||21/03/2020|
|Mrs G Sanders||Co-opted||22/03/2016||21/03/2020|
|Mrs L Waters||Parent||18/03/2016||17/03/2020|
|Mr O Chope||Parent||21/11/2016||20/11/2020|
|Mrs A Flaxman||Staff||09/03/2016||08/03/2020|
|Mrs R Prior||Co-opted||10/10/2018||09/12/2022|
|Mr S Kesseler||Co-opted||10/10/2018||09/12/2022|
Multi Academy Trust status started 1 March 2016.
- Principal – by virtue of their position
- Staff elected by school staff
- Parent elected by parents
- Co-opted appointed by the governing body
|David Humphries||My career began in 1976 as a mathematics teacher at a very large comprehensive school in London. In 1979 I moved to become Head of Mathematics at a comprehensive school in northeast England and was subsequently promoted to become Deputy Head teacher. In 1990 I became Head Teacher of Southfield School in Workington, West Cumbria and led the school successfully through the first round of Ofsted school inspections.
In 1997 I moved to North Devon as Principal of Ilfracombe College. During the following years standards rose markedly, culminating in a Department for Education Achievement Award in 2003 shortly before I left the College to join Ofsted as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI). After gaining substantial experience as a frontline inspector, I became a member of Ofsted’s senior leadership team and in 2009 moved to a key role in the development of national school inspection policy and practice.
Following my retirement, I undertook a range of voluntary work before joining the Governing Body of Bideford College in 2014. When Bideford joined the Launceston MAT in March 2016 I was appointed Chair of the Local Governing Body and, in that capacity, am a member of the MAT Board. After a rewarding and successful career in education I am glad that I am still able to put something back into the system!
|Sheila Bloomfield||We have lived in Devon since 1973, and in Northam since 1980. Our daughter attended both Northam schools and Bideford College.
I have served as a governor at Bideford College since 1987 when elected as a Parent Governor. I have held various posts, including Chair of Governors and Vice Chair, and have seen many changes such as the construction of the new building and joining the Launceston MAT in March 2016. I am currently Vice Chair and Safeguarding Governor.
I have also been a governor at St. George's School since 1995. This experience allowed me to take on the role of Trustee of the Atlantic Coast Co-operative Trust, including the Federation of Northam Schools since 2015. I was a Councilor from 1995 - 2003 and was Deputy Mayor 2002-2003. I served on the Devon Advisory Committee for JPs from 1999 - 2007.
I was diagnosed with MS in 1978 and later undertook an Open University degree which allowed me to represent disadvantaged students for the South West with the various requirements of support needed.
I value education and understand what it can bring to the lives of children of all ages, helping to widen horizons and see potential achieved. I hope to contribute to the wider community by continuing to support our local schools.
|Louise Waters||I started work as a Careers Service Advisor in 1997, working with students who were out of education, training or employment. In 1998, I started working in Probation, and soon completed my Probation Officer qualification. I am now a Senior Probation Officer in Exeter
Since that time, I have completed psychological therapy training and have had time out of Probation in NHS substance misuse and self-harm services. I like to keep busy and so have also worked in a Family Assessment Centre and also act as an independent visitor to children’s homes.
I have been a school governor in a local primary school since 2008. I have been a governor at Bideford College since 2014.
My main interests include understanding how neglect and trauma impacts on children and how this can sometimes manifest in their behavior through to adulthood. I have a particular interest in safeguarding and inclusion.
|Gilly Sanders||I retired in 2010 and moved to North Devon in 2012 following a career in marketing communications; I worked in media planning and buying for over 35 years in a number of advertising agencies in London and, latterly, as a civil servant at COI, the government communications agency. I have been a school governor for over 20 years and served the primary and secondary schools in West London which were attended by my two children.
As Co-opted Governor of Bideford College, I represent our college on the MAT Finance and Assets Committee. I am also a Deputy Safeguarding Governor and currently Acting Health and Safety Governor. I get great satisfaction from working alongside fellow governors with the aim of supporting staff and pupils to help our young people be the best that they can be. Additionally, I am a governor of Instow Community Primary where my responsibilities include Finance, Pay and Performance and Media Links. I am Vice Chair of the Fremington Community Group Committee and enjoy volunteering at sporting and charity events, both locally and further afield.
|Oliver Chope||After finishing a Master’s degree in Shellfish Biology and Culture in 1990, I took off to travel the world, ending up in Hong Kong where I started my career as an ecological consultant, working on, amongst other projects, the new Hong Kong airport that was being constructed at the time. As the 1997 handover of the territory to China approached, I returned to the UK. After a spell living in London I returned to Bideford to help out in the family business on the High Street, before returning to ecology work in 2011 as a self-employed ecologist. I have recently formed a new company with a colleague carrying out habitat and wildlife surveys throughout south-west.
I currently have two girls at Bideford College, and am pleased to have the opportunity to help in the development of the college as a member of the local governing body.
|Anna Flaxman||I graduated from the University of Southampton in 1988, with a degree in English Literature with French. I had every intention of going into teaching immediately but as was typical in the late 80s and early 90s, found myself tempted into the world of finance; in particular financial software. I worked in Customer Support for a very new age company who specialised in writing software for back office functions. This was strangely fascinating and working for this company allowed me to travel widely for work. At the turn of the century we relocated to North Devon to raise our children, and I started work at Bideford College almost immediately, as a Literacy Interventions TA. The buzz of the classroom reminded me of my early intentions to teach, and Bideford supported me through the Graduate Teacher Programme in 2006. I became a Teacher Governor shortly after. As Governor, I endeavour to represent the voice of my colleagues to Governors, and the voice of the Governors to my colleagues. It is an eye-opening experience to hear about the way a school of this size is run. I am fiercely proud to be part of the College in both capacities.|
|Rebecca Prior||I have 2 children currently studying at Bideford College. I am encouraged that both appear to enjoy every aspect of Bideford College life. I am willing to give my time as a Governor to ensure that all students feel the same way.
My career history covers several different business genres - Health & Fitness, Leisure, Tourism & Entertainment, Education, and now the National Health Service. I have run my own self-employed Fitness, Health and Well-Being business for over 25 years alongside being previously employed in Education and now currently working within the NHS.
In Education as a Project Coordinator I was responsible for winning a bid of £1.7 Million, which provided 50 staff in 10 schools in an Education Action Zone. The project aims were to support Behaviour Policies/Pupil Attendance/Special Educational Needs and Gifted and Talented Pupils.
In my current employment within the NHS I am responsible for managing the audit team and providing detailed analysis on specific Critical Care Medical Audits.
I feel all these experiences, plus prioritising the needs of work and family life will enable me to be a responsible, fair and considerate Governor wishing to make a difference and to aid Bideford College to flourish for all students.
|Simone Kesseler||I went to school in Torrington and took A levels at Petroc before doing my first degree in French and Italian at Birmingham University. I then had a career in international business publishing and media over the next 20 years during which time I completed an MBA at London South Bank Business School and went on to lead a publicly quoted business media company and its 6 subsidiaries.
In 2003 I established my own corporate growth consultancy working with business on growth strategy including mergers and acquisitions and returned to North Devon in 2006 to raise my son who has grown up here and is a student at Bideford College.
In addition to corporate growth work through my consultancy business which involves me in projects both in Devon and around the UK, I run a local buying collective in the interests of developing a sustainable local economy in rural North Devon and am also a Trustee of North Devon Against Domestic Abuse who run the only remaining refuge for women and children in Devon.
I was a Governor at Instow Primary School for 3 years and have a strong belief in the importance of local community and in education to nourish, motivate, challenge and support all of our young people to set them on their journey for life. I believe that Bideford College can be the outstanding school that the youngsters of Bideford deserve.
Other Governors from the previous 12 months
|Governor||Category||Term Start||Term End|
|Mrs N Farmer||Co-opted||22/03/2016||03/07/18|
|Mr P Noonan||Parent||18/03/16||31/08/16|
|Mrs F Butler||Co-opted||07/11/12||29/02/16|
|Mr C Cornford||Co-opted||07/11/12||29/02/16|
|Mr P Kivlin||Co-opted||07/11/12||29/02/16|
|Mrs A Boyle||LA Nominee||24/09/13||29/02/16|
|Mr M Juby||LA Nominee||04/03/15||29/02/16|
|Mr M Winter||LA Nominee||04/03/15||29/02/16|
|Mrs R Colpus-Fricker||Parent||01/02/14||29/02/16|
|Mr D Gale||Parent||22/10/15||29/02/16|
|Mrs C Cole||Parent||05/04/11||04/10/15|
|Mrs K Harley||Parent||01/02/14||29/02/16|
|Mr D Brenton||Co-opted||07/11/12||29/01/15|