Meet the Governors
Our Governing Body
Sarah Downs – Chair (Term of office expires 31/03/19)
I have lived in Bow with my husband Dave for many years but I became involved with governors upon our eldest son starting school in 2011. I then went on to become Chair of Governors. I am passionate about the education of our children and being a primary teacher myself, am able to apply my knowledge of children’s needs to Bow. I have also mostly taught in small schools so can appreciate and understand the challenges and benefits this brings. Since becoming a parent my eyes have been opened in a different way and I can further appreciate the need for partnership between parents and teachers. Our two sons are now at Bow School and I am looking forward to helping support the school to do their best for all the children that come through it’s gates. It is great to be part of such a strong team here at Bow. The governors here at Bow do an amazing job behind the scenes in both supporting and challenging what the school provides. We are very proud of all that Bow C.P does!
Teaching & Learning Committee:
Sarah Downs – Chair & Parent Governor (Term of office expires 31/03/19)
Tina Baskerville - SEND & Safeguarding Responsibilites - Vice Chair & Parent Governor (Term of office expires 01/10/18)
I have been a Parent Governor at Bow School for a number of years now. I have 1 daughter attending the school and although my other two children have progressed onto QECC they are both happy to return to support numerous events within the school. My professional background is one of working full time as a Community Senior Mental Health Nurse within the Mid Devon area. My area of special interest and some of my responsibilities are within helping govern Special Educational Needs and Disabilities along with Inclusion at the school.
Anna Fay - Staff Governor (Term of office expires 24/11/18)
I am the class teacher for Foxcubs class, which is our Reception and Year One class.
Dr Tamsin Kilner - Community Responsibilites - Parent Governor
My daughters started at Bow Primary in September 2016 - when we first came to look at the school, we were struck by how friendly and happy the children were. Juno and Meriel have settled in really well, and we're really enjoying becoming a part of this community. Having been very involved at my girls' previous school, I wanted to be involved as a parent at Bow, and joined the Teaching and Learning Committee in December 2016. My background is in academic development and IT in the higher education context; it's fascinating to see children at the start of their education where previously I've worked with undergraduate or postgraduate students, and I'm really enjoying the contrast.
Tony Neal – Finance Responsibilites - Chair & Co-opted Governor (Term of office expires 23/03/19)
I am a Community Governor on the Resources Committee. I have been a governor since November 2012 and come from a background in business and project management. I also have skills in finance and HR/personnel, and am rapidly learning about premises and health and safety in connection to the school! I co-ordinated the grant application which led to the purchase and installation of our Activity Play Trail. My school related interests are in development planning, pupil premium, and catering/school meals. My wider interests include music, arts and gardening.
Vacancy for Vice Chair
Gary Quick – Health & Safety Responsibilities - (Term of office expires 30/03/19)
I have lived in the village for most of my life and am a former pupil, as were my children who have now moved on to Secondary School. I enjoy helping the School to provide a friendly yet professional structure to aid learning. I believe strongly that Governance is an opportunity to offer my business skills for the benefit of the school. With tightening budgets and constant changes to curriculum we are regularly faced with challenging decisions. I am very pleased to have colleagues from varied backgrounds on the Governing Body who collectively bring the skills necessary to navigate the choppy waters of the education system. I am comfortable challenging the School in a constructive manner if I feel this could improve the educational outcome for the pupils. My particular areas of knowledge are in finance, marketing and business management. I am currently the Governor with specific responsibility for the School Premises.
Anita Jellings - Personnel & Safeguard Responsibilities - Co-opted Governor (Term of office expires 23/03/19)
Following a career teaching agriculture at Seale-Hayne College, then as Dean of Students at Plymouth University, I moved to mid Devon with my husband. I am delighted to be able to use my experience of managing a large group of staff delivering student services to support the personnel functions at Bow Community Primary. My knowledge of the Higher Education student experience also helps me add to the governor contribution to the Bow CP team in providing inspirational and aspirational activities for every pupil, enabling each child to reach their potential.
Susan Vile - P.A to the Governors