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. Andy Mulcock

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

Andy Mulcock

Andy Mulcock

Chair of Governors

Andy Mulcock is our current chair of Governors and oversees the work of the Governing Body. Since moving here in the 1980’s to study Maths at Exeter University he has become increasingly ingrained in the life and welfare of the city. His day-job is now leading a local church and charity known as “Isca” which supports and develops a sense of community across districts of Exeter such as Beacon Heath. He travels to linked projects in Romania and India on occasion and is also involved in training youth workers for the voluntary sector across the SW of England.
He is married, with two grown up children who were educated at local schools and Exeter College.  He is an Exeter City season ticket holder and member of the Supporters Trust.

James Frampton

James Frampton

Vice Chair of Governors & 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.

Beccy Mitchell

Beccy Mitchell

Link Trustee

I moved to Exeter to go to University, and upon completion of a PhD in Applied Maths worked as an Investment Analyst for a Fund Management firm. I now work for the Met Office leading its Emerging Markets and Commercial Data business area. I have experience in providing strategic direction and undertaking business development activities. I became a governor in Sept 2013 and am particularly interested in mathematics, sciences and technology.

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

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.

Gavin Wilson

Gavin Wilson

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. 

Amy Grashoff

Amy Grashoff

Headteacher

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.

Ben Prosser

Transition Lead

I am currently a year 6 teacher at Exwick Heights Primary School and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. I am responsible for PE and the transition from Primary to Secondary School. I am passionate about education and ensuring that every child is able to reach their full potential. Football, music and spending time with my family are what I enjoy doing the most

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.

Kristine Vaaler

Pupil Groups 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.

Governors meeting & attendance register

 

ST JAMES SCHOOL – GOVERNING BODY

 

 

Attendance 2017/18

Name

Type of Governor

Appointing Body

Role

Term End

Committee(s)

Registered interests

(Number Attended out of Possible)

Amy Grashoff

Staff/Ex-officio

N/A

Headteacher

N/A

All

 

8 out of 8

Andy Mulcock

Co-opted

Governing Body

Chair of Governors

30/04/2020

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

ISCA Church & Charity

8 out of 8

Beccy Mitchell

Link Trustee

Governing Body

Trustee

N/A

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

 

5 out of 8

James Frampton

Co-opted

Governing Body

Vice Chair Finance

30/04/2020

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

Employed by Michelmores LLP

6 out of 8

Shahar Lashkor

Co-opted

Governing Body

Safeguarding Deputy

30/04/2020

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Chair of Devon Bengali Association

6 out of 8

Kristine Vaaler

Co-opted

Governing Body

Pupil Groups

10/01/2022.

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Governor at Stoke Hill Primary School

4 out of 5

Belynda Jenkinson

Co-opted

Governing Body

Children in Care

10/01/2022

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

 

3 out of 5

Ben Prosser

Co-opted

Governing Body

Transition

10/01/2022

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Teacher at Exwick Heights Primary School

3 out of 5

Julia Thornton

Staff Governor

Staff

 

30/04/2020

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

 

7 out of 8

Gavin Wilson

Parent Governor

Parents

Premises, Health & Safety, Safeguarding

23/11/2020

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Wife employed by St James School

7 out of 8

Rebecca Child

Parent Governor

Parents

Ethos & Communication

25/06/2022

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

 

1 out of 1

Taha Hassan

Parent Governor

Parents

Safeguarding

Resigned

20/04/2018

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Head of School (voluntary capacity) Exeter Mosque & Cultural Centre

1 out of 5

Sam Hillman

Co-opted

Governing Body

Standards & Safeguarding

Resigned

06/03/2018

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Employed by Exeter College

5 out of 5

Magi Young

Co-opted

Governing Body

Vice Chair of Governor & Pupil Groups

Resigned 26/06/2018

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

Employed by Devon Young People’s Trust

3 out of 8