Local Governing Body

  • Miss Helen Hurford


    Miss Hurford is the Headteacher and oversees the day to day running of the school.

  • Mr Matthew Huddleson

    Chair of Governors

    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 a law firm, where he heads up the Employment Team.

    Having trained with an international law firm, Matt qualified as a lawyer in 2002 spent 10 years at a top 100 law firm with responsibility for leading one of its main business divisions.

    During that time 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 - OTB Eveling LLP; Trustee & Director – Young Devon; Director & Shareholder - KHS Digital Life Ltd
    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 Carl 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:

  • Mrs Sophie Cuthbertson

    Parent Governor

    I grew up in Somerset and attended a village school very similar in size and nature to Sampford Peverell C of E Primary School. We relocated to Mid Devon from Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire about 5 years ago to be closer to family.

    Prior to moving to Devon I worked at a large National Law firm in Bristol and qualified as a lawyer in 2009. I was responsible for a large department of both Lawyers and administrative staff. My role was not only to ensure that we met the needs of the client but to also provide training, support and guidance to the team to ensure they were able to meet the requirements of the client. I would also provide training to several large insurers as required.

    During my college years I was involved in a project run by Avon & Somerset Police which gave children from deprived inner-city areas the opportunity to take part in outdoor activities such as abseiling, camping, potholing etc. It was hugely rewarding to see the children’s self- esteem and confidence grow as they spent time in the countryside and I have taken many positive lessons away from my time there.

    I am now based at a medium sized practice in Taunton.

    I have two children at the school, one in Foundation and the other in Year 2.

    I am passionate about giving every child the best opportunity they can have to help them to flourish and to grow into strong confident individuals. I would love to be involved in helping to make a difference and to support the school and the local community. I think the skills I have together with those of the governors already appointed can really help to develop all of the children and help make a great school even better.

  • 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