Governors

The School Governors of St James carry a responsibility for overseeing school affairs on behalf of the Ted Wragg Trust and the community. The Governors are all volunteers who work with the school and other interested parties to try and help them build an inclusive and exciting learning environment for all children who attend the school.

As a member of the Ted Wragg Trust, St James’ Local Governing Body helps to set the ethos and strategic direction of the school, act as a ‘critical friend,’ engage in self-evaluation work, review data and help plan for the future ensuring high aspirations are maintained.  The Local  Governing Body are responsible to parents, the Ted Wragg Trust, the Department for Education and the wider community, making sure the school provides a good quality education and promotes high standards of educational achievement. Parents are essential in our team and we appreciate those who serve as parent governors.

Governors make an essential, though often unseen, contribution to the life of a school. At St James we keep strong, healthy relationships with all staff and the school’s leaders in particular, effectively ensuring that every student can exceed initial expectations in a safe, purposeful, caring environment.

If you would like to be involved in any way we are always glad to hear from you.  To contact the Governors please email clerktogovernors@stjamesexeter.co.uk

Mr. James Frampton

Chair of Governors

The conduct of St James’ is under the direction of its governing body in accordance with “The Governors Handbook″.

St James governors

James Frampton

James Frampton

Chair of Governors and Finance Lead

James is a solicitor at Michelmores LLP and specialises in trusts, wills and UK tax advising individuals and families on the protection and devolution of assets. James was appointed as a governor in 2015 and has a particular interest in history and music as a history graduate and amateur musician.

Gavin Wilson

Gavin Wilson

Vice Chair, Premises, Health & Safety and Safeguarding lead

After doing a degree in Engineering Geology and working in Ground Investigation for a few years, I moved back to the county I grew up in and worked for an Engineering Consultancy in Exeter for 15 years. During this time, I got married, had four children and took up writing as a hobby, the latter eventually taking my life in a somewhat unexpected direction. I now work from home for an online writing and story platform as a Science Fiction specialist and volunteer co-ordinator managing several hundred people all around the world. When not sat in the corner tapping away at a keyboard I enjoy listening to music, playing guitar, walking and martial arts. 

Rebecca Child

Rebecca Child

Ethos & Communication Lead

I am a parent governor and was educated at St Peter’s school and Exeter College. After university I worked in London as a financial services lawyer, and returned to Exeter after my two children were born to be closer to family and enjoy the quality of life that Devon has to offer. I now work in the social housing sector and my role includes visiting housing associations across the country to assess the quality of their boards and overall governance arrangements. I have an interest in languages teaching, and I believe in the value that extra-curricular activities bring to a child’s education. In my spare time I enjoy walking, choral singing and travelling.

Shahar Lashkor

Shahar Lashkor

Safeguarding deputy

I am an old Helian who studied at St Peters. I studied English Law at University but unfortunately did not complete the course. My interests include the progress of children in education and their well-being. I am a restaurant chef. I came 2nd in a chef competition at the Houses of Parliament. My restaurant has been voted the best Indian restaurant in the South West. I have held 3 directorships for local businesses. I am also an amateur actor and have been involved in a number of Shakespeare performances. I also enjoy reading, walking and work.

Belynda Jenkinson

Belynda Jenkinson

SEN & Children in Care lead

I have lived in this area of Exeter most of my life and I am involved with the local community. I attended St James School myself and now my son attends too.
I am a hard working single parent interested in my local community and I work for Devon County Council within Social Care, Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Safeguarding Teams.
All students are individuals and should be supported to have all their needs met within an Educational setting.

Kristina Webber

Kristina Webber

After moving to Exeter at the start of Secondary School, I attended St James and then Exeter College. I then completed a Degree in Primary Education with a specialism in Art at the University of Plymouth.  I now work as a Primary School Teacher.  I am married and have two children. We live in Beacon Heath and our children are at Willowbrook School. I have a particular interest in English Literature and Art.

Jules Hargreaves

Jules Hargreaves

HR Lead

I am the Lead Governor for Personnel/HR. This means I can ask questions and provide advice regarding staffing structures, performance, engagement, employment rights and general workforce matters; on both a micro and macro scale.

I work full time as an Human Resources Advisor and have 16 years’ experience in HR, with 11 of these being in the Education sector; both FE and HE.

Having moved out of home at the age of 16 and then studied at college while also working part time and living alone, I am well aware of challenges facing some young people in terms of socio-economic background and sustaining attendance in education.

Julia Thornton

Julia Thornton

Staff Governor

 I am the staff Governor on the Governing body. I have been at St James for nine years as an English teacher and am second in department. I joined the school as an NQT as prior to teaching I worked in TV and theatre as a Stage Manager. I have been heavily involved in the extra-curricular programme at school such as school productions, Ten Tors and DofE and organising a European Comenius project. I recently qualified as a DofE expedition assessor. I think this is an incredibly important part of school life as I feel education goes far beyond the classroom.

Kristine Vaaler

Kristine Vaaler

Behaviour and Equality lead

I am a parent of a pupil and also a governor at the Federation of Stoke Hill Schools. My training is in biology and biological anthropology, and I work in the public services as an analyst.

Julie Skinner

Julie Skinner

Standards, Careers & Guidance Lead

Julie Skinner runs her own Consulting business specialising in quality improvement in the Education sector. Julie has over 25 years’ experience in the FE sector. As a former Vice Principal of Exeter College she is passionate about providing the very best experience for learners. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and her two dogs.

Amy Grashoff

Amy Grashoff

Headteacher

Joshua Mammola

Joshua Mammola

I currently work for Sparx, a socially focussed learning technology company aiming to improve life opportunities for over 5 million learners. In my current role I am exposed to a wealth of educational developments from cutting edge research to innovative curriculum content. Having previously worked as a Primary School Teacher for 4 years, I have a strong knowledge of the primary education sector. I held positions as both Leader of Mathematics and Physical Education and still take an active interest into looking at how young people learn and what motivates them. I grew up in Exeter and attended West Exe School so am familiar with some of the current issues facing the local community.

Statutory Governor information and meeting attendance

 

ST JAMES SCHOOL – GOVERNING BODY

 

 

Attendance 2018/19

Name

Type of Governor

Appointing Body

Role

Term End

Committee(s)

Registered interests

(Number Attended out of Possible)

Lindsay Skinner

Staff/Ex-officio

N/A

Headteacher

N/A

All

 

N/A

James Frampton

Co-opted

Governing Body

Chair of Governors

Finance

30/04/2020

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources, Pay & Performance Group

Employed by Michelmores LLP

8 out of 8

Shahar Lashkor

Co-opted

Governing Body

Safeguarding Deputy

30/04/2020

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

None

5 out of 8

Kristine Vaaler

Co-opted

Governing Body

Pupil Groups

10/01/2022.

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Governor at Stoke Hill Primary School

Child at St James School

6 out of 8

Belynda Jenkinson

Co-opted

Governing Body

Children in Care

10/01/2022

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

None

5 out of 8

Jules Hargreaves

Co-opted

Governing Body

Personnel

04/10/2022

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

None

6 out of 8

Julie Skinner

Co-opted

Governing Body

Standards, Careers & Guidance

04/10/2022

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Temporarily working to support TWMAT

6 out of 8

Joshua Mammola

Co-opted

Governing Body

 

09/05/2019

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Employed by SPARX Education/Technology Company

2 out of 3

Kristina Webber

Co-opted

Governing Body

 

09/05/2019

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Employed by Our Lady & St Patrick’s Primary School

Children at Willowbrook Primary School

Member of ISCA Church

2 out of 3

Julia Thornton

Staff Governor

Staff

 

30/04/2020

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Staff Member of St James

7 out of 8

Gavin Wilson

Parent Governor

Parents

Vice Chair of Governors

Premises, Health & Safety, Safeguarding

23/11/2020

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Wife employed by St James School

Children at St James School

7 out of 8

Rebecca Child

Parent Governor

Parents

Ethos & Communication

25/06/2022

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Child at St James School

8 out of 8

Amy Grashoff

Staff/Ex-officio

N/A

Headteacher

Resigned

31/08/2019

All

Governor at Ladysmith School

8 out of 8

Beccy Mitchell

Link Trustee

Governing Body

Trustee

Resigned

11/06/2019

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Trustee of D&C Peelers Charitable Trust

Trustee of TWMAT

3 out of 6

Andy Mulcock

Co-opted

Governing Body

Chair of Governors

Resigned 21/12/2018

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

ISCA Church & Charity

3 out of 3

Ben Prosser

Co-opted

Governing Body

Transition

Resigned 13/11/2018

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Teacher at Exwick Heights Primary School

0 out of 2