St. Catherine's Local Governing Body 2017/2018

We are delighted to welcome you to St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School.

We take great pride in our School and its children. The School teachers, staff and governors work hard to make sure that the School is a place for our children to learn, build friendships and be safe.

The Local Governing body is responsible for the strategic management of the school and will make decisions about a wide range of issues.

ALL governors are responsible for the 3 core functions which are:

      - To help set the strategic direction of the school.

      - To hold the Head Teacher to account for the performance of pupils.

      - To ensure financial probity and prudent use of public money.

We support the Senior Leadership Team in the strategic direction of the school and meet  at least once a term. The Governing Body will challenge and support the Leadership Team and all staff to maintain high standards of teaching and learning at all times.

In addition, the Governing Body is involved in planning for the long term future of the school, including buildings and facilities.  Governors have specific roles within the governing body to support specific curriculum areas and have links to each class.


Parent views

Governors would encourage all parents to complete the annual parent questionnaires in order that the school can evaluate its effectiveness better. Governors would encourage parents to visit the website operated by OFSTED that allows parents to upload their views about the school. The website address is:


A full training programme is provided for all governors.

Minutes of the Local Governing Body meetings are made publicly available to view in the school and on the school website, once approved at the next Local Governing Body meeting.


Dates of meetings For the Spring and Summer Terms

Contact:  Chair - Chris Addis

              c/o St Catherines Primary School

              Pymore Road



              DT6 3TR


If you wish to contact the Governors this can be done through the school office or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

| Plymouth CAST Scheme of Delegation and Governor Guidance 

| School Governors Record of Attendence 2015/16

Governing Body Membership

Vacancy – Parent Governor

Frances Guppy - Headteacher

I have been Headteacher of St. Catherine's for the last five years.



Chris Addis -  Chair, Community Governor

Term began July 2016, ends July 2020


Chris Addis has previous experience as a Governor in Hampshire. He joined St Catherine's Governing Body in July 2016 and became Chair in February 2017. In addition to Chair he is the finance lead. He is an experienced business man having managed his own Company for more than 20 years. 


Hugo Busby - Foundation Governor

Term began November 2011, ends November 2019 

I am a Chartered Surveyor and parent of children at St Catherine's.

I am the Link Governor for Year 1.


Canon Richard Meyer - Co-opted Governor


Lydia Blake - Staff Governor

 I am Assistant Headteacher and parent of a child at St. Catherine's.


Judy West - Co-opted Governor

 Term began December 2013, ends December 2017

Judy West has spent her career in Education.  She taught English abroad and spent more than twenty years training teachers and writing teaching material.  She has been a governor for two years and has two grandchildren at St Catherine’s.
She is the Literacy Link Governor and the Governor for Year 3. She became Vice Chair of the Governors in February 2017.


Georgina Coombs - Foundation Governor

Term began November 2015, ends November 2019 

Georgina Coombs was a professional actress for many years and now teaches drama in and around West Dorset. She is passionate about trying to help children of all abilities to communicate better. She has been a Foundation Governor for just over a year and is now the Link Governor for year 4 and the Governor responsible for Religious Education.



Sarah Betts -  Foundation Governor

Term began November 2015, ends November 2019 

I am a full-time Mum with 2 girls and I was a parent at the school between 2010 - 2016. I have worked at St Catherine’s as a Lunchtime Supervisor, a reading assistant, ran a Cookery After School Club and a PTFA member and Treasurer 2013-2016. I have been a Foundation Governor since end of 2015 and currently the Safeguarding Governor and the Governor for Reception. I grew up in South Wales, moved away to study and work, spent 10 years living/working in South East Asia, moved to Dorset 6 years ago and now live in Lyme Regis.


Siobhan Dinsmore - Elected Parent Governor

Term began November 2015, ends November 2019 

I am the link governor for Pupil Premium, SEN and Year 6.


Tan Cox -  Clerk to the Governors

Recently retired from the public sector, Tan served as a corporate risk manager to the MOD and prior to this as Head of Internal Audit at a Devon local authority. Tan is professionally qualified in risk management and internal audit with supplementary qualifications in Prince2 Project Management and ISO9001 Quality Auditing. Post retirement Tan is Clerk to two CAST schools; she was appointed as Clerk to St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Axminster in March 2016 and Clerk to St Catherine’s in October 2016.