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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Vice Chair of Governors & Pupil Groups
Magi Young is our current Vice-Chair of Governors. She has been a Parent Governor since 2011 having been a governor for 5 years at St. Sidwell’s Primary School and is now a Co-opted Governor. She is a lawyer and worked for over 20 years running her own business and representing people with disabilities and special educational needs, many of whom had been injured or bereaved as a result of medical negligence. She is a board member of Plough and Share Credit Union. She is committed to improving academic standards and extra-curricular opportunities for all students at St James. She is constantly struck by the professionalism, passion and commitment of the staff of St. James and tries to use her skills and experience to support them in their job of providing the best possible learning environment and pastoral care for all the students.
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.
Ethos & Information Governance
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.
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.
Premises, Health & Safety
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.
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.
Governors meeting & attendance register
|Name||Type of Governor||Appointing Body||Role||Term End||Committee(s)||Registered interests||Attendance 2016/17 (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 9|
|Magi Young||Co-opted||Governing Body||Vice Chair of Governor & Pupil Groups||30/04/2020||Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources, Pay & Performance Group||
Employed by Devon Young Peoples Trust
Board Member of Plough & Share Credit Union
|6 out of 9|
|Beccy Mitchell||Link Trustee||Governing Body||N/A||Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources||7 out of 9|
|Sam Hillman||Co-opted||Governing Body||Standards & Safeguarding||
|Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources||Employed by Exeter College||7 out of 8|
|James Frampton||Co-opted||Governing Body||Finance||30/04/2020||Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources, Pay & Performance Group||Employed by Michelmores LLP||7 out of 9|
|Mike Hickie||Co-opted||Governing Body||Personnel||
|Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources, Pay & Performance Group||Trustee Devon Historic Building Trust||9 out of 9|
|Shahar Lashkor||Co-opted||Governing Body||Ethos & Information Governance||30/04/2020||Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources||Chair of Devon Bengali Association||4 out of 9|
|Kristine Vaaler||Co-opted||Governing Body||10/01/2022.||Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources||Governor at Stoke Hill Primary School||N/A|
|Belynda Jenkinson||Co-opted||Governing Body||10/01/2022||Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources||N/A|
|Ben Prosser||Co-opted||Governing Body||10/01/2022||Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources||Teacher at Exwick Heights Primary School||N/A|
|Julia Thornton||Staff Governor||Staff||30/04/2020||Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources||9 out of 9|
|Gavin Wilson||Parent Governor||Parents||Premises, Health & Safety||23/11/2020||Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources||Wife employed by St James School||6 out of 8|
|Taha Hassan||Parent Governor||Parents||Safeguarding||
|Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources||Head of School (voluntary capacity) Exeter Mosque & Cultural Centre||3 out of 8|
|All||Governor at Atkinson Unit & Devon Virtual School||3 out of 3|
|Alex Walmsley||Co-opted||Governing Body||Finance||Resigned 16/03/2017||Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources, Pay & Performance Group||
Trustee/Director First Federation
Trustee/Director Genesis MAT
Chair of Devon Association of Governors
|6 out of 6|
|Christine Cottle||Co-opted||Governing Body||Safeguarding||Resigned 04/05/2017||Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources||1 out of 7|
|Richard Mold||Co-opted||Governing Body||SEN||
|Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources||Employed by Devon Young Peoples Trust||3 out of 3|
|Julie Skinner||Co-opted||Governing Body||Standards||
|Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources||
Employed by Exeter College
Board Member Exeter Consortium
|1 out of 1|