St James School


St James School Governing Body

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’ 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.   There are 16 of us who work as a team, with nine being appointed by the Ted Wragg Trust. We meet in committees and as a whole group every half term. We are responsible to parents, the Local Authority, 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.

Mr. Andy Mulcock

Chair of Governors

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


 Name  Image  Personal Statement
 Andy Mulcock  

Andy Mulcock

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.
Magi Young  

Magi Young

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.
Becci Mitchell  Beccy Mitchell 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.
Amy Grashoff  

Head Teacher
Shahar Lashkor Shahar 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 Frampton James 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  

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. 
 Julia Thornton  

 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.
Sam Hillman  

Kristine Vaaler    
Belynda Jenkinson    
Ben Prosser    








  Attendance 2016/17
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 Acting 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 23/11/2020 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 30/04/2020 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 23/11/2020 Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources Head of School (voluntary capacity) Exeter Mosque & Cultural Centre 3 out of 8
Tim Rutherford Staff/Ex-officio N/A Headteacher Resigned


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 Resigned


Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources Employed by Devon Young Peoples Trust 3 out of 3
Julie Skinner Co-opted Governing Body Standards Resigned


Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources Employed by Exeter College

Board Member Exeter Consortium

1 out of 1