Local Governing Body

  • Mrs Claire Baillie

    Head of School

    Mrs Claire Baillie is Head of School and oversees the day to day running of the school.

  • Mrs Claire Bullock

    Foundation Governor


    Mrs Claire Bullock

    Claire joined the Local Governing Body in November 2013. A full time working mummy of two young boys and wife, she is a Chartered Surveyor qualifying in 2001. With 18 years' experience working in both the charity and public sectors she works nationally and has a wide range of experience of project management, performance management, customer service, events management and leading people.

    Claire grew up in Surrey surrounded by nature and education as her father was the Head of a large state boarding school located on an old country estate. Regularly visiting her Granny and extended family in Devon for holidays she has chosen to remain in Mid Devon since leaving agricultural college in 1998.

    Why are you a governor?

    "I firmly believe every village should have a school where children are nurtured, valued and able to for fill their potential. My involvement in the establishment of the Pre School (First Steps) will ensure the sustainability of our village school and enable us to provide for the widest spectrum of children and their families in Sampford Peverell, and further afield.

    "Being a School Governor is the next best thing to being a teacher!"

    Designation /Appointed By: Foundation Governor, appointed by Diocese of Exeter
    Term of Office: Since Autumn Term 2013 – 4 years
    LGB Responsibilities: Health and Safety
    Other Education Governance Posts: None
    Outside Business Interests: None
    Family relations among school staff: None

  • Mrs Gail Foreshew

    Parent Governor


    Mrs Gail Foreshew

    Gail is a pharmacist working for the local Clinical Commissioning Group. Her role focuses on the safety of medicines and care homes.

    Gail qualified as a pharmacist in 1998 and worked for many years in a large hospital in the midlands. Since moving to Devon 5 years ago, Gail had a change of role and moved into her current work. Her work involving using medicines safely involves working with multiple organisations, both large and small. She is involved in safeguarding investigations where the remit is the medicines use.

    Gail has spent time in Sierra Leone working for the Christian charity Mission Direct. This gave an opportunity for her to use her pharmacy skills but also much wider skills as she worked alongside local people transforming lives including the provision of accommodation, supporting schools and hospitals.

    Gail is a member of the PCC at her church in Tiverton, and is keen to look at new ways of involving children in Church within our community.

    She grew up in North Devon, but having moved away to Nottingham university she spent the next 17 years in Nottingham. She returned to Devon in 2010.

    Why are you a governor?

    "I joined the LGB in the summer of 2014 as I wanted to make a difference to the community in which I lived and support the school to be the best it can be for all of the children. I felt my skills added to those of the governors already involved giving us governors with a wide variety of backgrounds."

    Designation /Appointed By: Parent Governor
    Term of Office: Since Summer Term 2014 – 4 years
    LGB Responsibilities: Special Educational Needs and Disability
    Other Education Governance Posts: None
    Outside Business Interests: Pharmacist – NEW Devon CCG
    Family relations among school staff: None

  • Mrs Vivienne Heeley

    Foundation Governor


    Mrs Vivienne Heeley

    Vivienne Heeley studied for an English degree at Exeter University, followed by a teaching qualification. She went straight in to teaching on qualifying, starting in a boys’ grammar school in Lincolnshire, teaching Years 7 to 13. She then moved with her husband to Devon and taught at St Aubyn’s Preparatory School and joined Blundell’s when the school was bought by Blundell’s. Vivienne has two grown up sons.

    Why are you a governor?

    "I have always had an interest in education, both through my teaching experience and through my own children and now their children."

    Designation /Appointed By: Foundation Governor, appointed by Diocese of Exeter
    Term of Office: Since Autumn Term 2013 – 4 years
    LGB Responsibilities: Safeguarding; Link between School and Church
    Other Education Governance Posts: Governor at Blundell’s School
    Outside Business Interests: Churchwarden; Vice chairman of the Parochial Church Council
    Family relations among school staff: None

  • Mr Matthew Huddleson

    Chair of Governors


    Mr Matt Huddleson

    Matt joined the Local Governing Body, taking on the role as Chair of the LGB, when it was first set up in autumn 2013. He is a partner in the law firm Foot Anstey, where he has responsibility for leading the firm's business client service offering for people related matters.

    Having trained with an international law firm, Matt qualified as a lawyer in 2002. Since then he has gained experience of working with and advising clients including large regional employers, national businesses and multinational corporations. He is recognised as a 'leader in his field' by Chambers UK legal directory; and in addition to his specialist legal expertise also has a broad business understanding. Matt is regularly involved in working with organisations on board level issues, and helping them find solutions to complex challenges.

    Matt grew up in a typical small Devon market town and attended Exeter College for his A levels, before moving away to undertake higher education, training and the early stages of his career. Matt returned to the South West in 2005, and now has a young family living in Mid Devon.

    Why are you a governor?

    "I wanted to help give back to the community, using the skills and experience I have gained over the years, by supporting organisations who enable the development of our next generation - like the school. My eldest had also just started at the school and I was keen to have a close link with her education"

    Designation /Appointed By: Community Governor
    Term of Office: Since Autumn Term 2013 – 4 years
    LGB Responsibilities: Chair of the LGB
    Other Education Governance Posts: None
    Outside Business Interests: Partner – Foot Anstey LLP; Trustee & Director – Young Devon; Director – Praesidium Employment Network Ltd
    Family relations among school staff: None

  • Mr Gascoigne

    Parent Governor

    Why are you a governor?

    "I believe its paramount that our children are educated for the future which means that technology must be promoted alongside the bedrock skills of reading, writing and mathematics. As a parent governor I want to help create a technology enabled learning environment that will benefit the school and more importantly the children. A modern learning environment supported through the use of technology will not only aid our children's learning but also increase communication between school and parent, ensuring that we as parents can become more involved in the learning journey."

    Designation /Appointed By: Parent Governor
    Term of Office: Since Autumn Term 2016 – 4 years
    LGB Responsibilities: Website

    Other Education Governance Posts:
    Outside Business Interests:
    Family relations among school staff:

  • Mr Snow

    Staff Governor


    Designation /Appointed By: Staff Governor, elected by staff
    Term of Office: 4 years
    LGB Responsibilities: Staff Governor
    Other Education Governance Posts:
    Outside Business Interests:
    Family relations among school staff:

  • Mrs Lucy Poole

    Clerk to Governors

    If you need to contact the LGB, please do so via the Clerk to Governors - lpoole@thepat.org.uk