Our Chair of Governors is Vivienne Thorn and Nigel Spencer-Small is our Vice Chair.
I qualified as an Orthopaedic Nurse in the 1970’s and left to have my family, a boy and a girl. When my youngest child started school, I stated work in the school kitchen, washing up and worked my way up to cook in charge at a school for 600 boys, where I stayed until my son was in the ‘6th Form’ I have since worked as secretary to an accountant and PA to the MD of a construction company before being ordained as a Church of England Minister in 2009 and have been the Rector of Shaldon Benefice since 2014. My husband has five daughters and between us we have 20 grandchildren and a great grandson! I served in the Governing Body of two primary schools in South Wales before moving to Devon and look forward to serving on the Governing Body of Stokeinteignhead Primary School and in particular on the Teaching and Learning Committee and being lead governor in matters of equality.
I have been working in education for nearly twenty years as a teacher, coordinator and member of middle leadership. I have a degree in History from the University of Liverpool and completed my PGCE teaching qualification at the University of the West of England in Bristol and have taught in schools and colleges in London and Cheltenham.
At EF Academy I hold the position of Enrichment Coordinator where I oversee, with a small team, the schools extracurricular provision including sport, trips, clubs and academic enrichment weeks. I manage a large budget and am responsible for the creation and monitoring of the schools policies as the chair of the Health and Safety committee.
I moved into the village in the summer, 2016, with my wife Claire and daughter Amelie and have been on the board since November 2016 and I am assisting the school its budget management. I am really enjoying the experience of helping this great school.
I am Semi Retired, working part time as a Quantity Surveyor and Construction Claims Consultant. I have been a Parish Councillor and Governor at Stokeinteignhead School for the past ten years. I am experienced in Health, Safety and Premises Management and am the lead governor for this area. I have considerable experience in financial management, having managed the finances on very large construction projects.
I live in Maidencombe and am a retired General Practitioner. In the last three years of my working life, I was the Medical Director for Torbay & Southern Devon NHS Trust, responsible for community services and community hospitals within South Devon. I am a Beekeeper and the Education Co-Ordinator for Newton Abbot Beekeepers. I currently have four hives in my garden and six chickens. I love walking the coastal path with my dog, Oakley and playing golf badly with my husband John. We have two married daughters in Torquay and two grandsons and another daughter with two children in Brisbane, Australia. I was previously a school governor at Torquay Girls Grammar School and Churston Grammar School when my daughters attended these schools
I have been Headteacher at Stokeinteignhead since January 2011. I am really enjoying this role working to provide the best possible learning opportunities for children and building on the community ethos of the school.
Prior to joining Stokeinteignhead I was Deputy Headteacher and Acting Headteacher at a local School in Newton Abbot. Prior to that I taught at schools in Plymouth and Bristol.
Away from school I have two daughters aged 7 and 10 who keep me very busy!
My title is that of Teacher Governor, a post which, first and foremost, allows a teacher's perspective on the running of the School to be heard by the other Governors. Further to this, I am a recent addition to the Finance Committee and enjoy contributing, when called upon, to the work of the Teaching and Learning Committee. On a more personal note, I began teaching some 25 years ago - the past seventeen of which have been spent here at Stokeinteignhead. I have no children of my own, but I do have a dog.
Clerk to the Governors
I have previously clerked for two maintained schools, a federation and a learning community. I have been Clerk at Stokeinteighead Primary since September 2014 and Business Manager from May 2015. As Clerk I carry out a wide variety of responsibilities, however primarily I am on hand to support all the governors.
I work especially closely with the Chair of Governors and Headteacher. I ensure that the administration of the governing body complies with regulations, as well as providing legal and procedural advice. I facilitate the smooth running of the governing body on a day to day basis.
Should you wish to contact any of the governors, or have any queries, Nikki can be contacted via email: