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Holbeton Primary School

Holbeton Primary School

Holbeton Primary School


Welcome to the Holbeton Primary School Governing Board page.

Our Governing Board is passionate about Holbeton Primary School and ensuring that our school vision, ethos and strategic direction is delivered. We meet monthly and all of the Governing Board members have a lead responsibility to ensure that the school is delivering the very best for our children.

We are always interested to hear from others who are able to strengthen our team further and therefore please do contact us if you have a skill you feel the Governing Board would benefit from.

More details of the Governing Board are included within the next pages, please explore them and contact us if you have any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you to our ‘small but mighty school’.

Shona Godefroy – Chair of Governors

Contact details:

Shona Godefroy – Chair of Governors -
Deborah Fox – Clerk to the Governors - 

Diana Baumer 

Governor Responsibility for Safeguarding/Curriculum/School Improvement

We moved to Holbeton in 1982 and my 3 children grew up in Holbeton and I have always taken an active role in village and community life. I retired in 2008 after a long career in the NHS working as an Intensive Care Nurse, School Nurse, Health Visitor and for the last 20 years in Service Management and as Senior Nurse for Safeguarding Children at Derriford Hospital.

I have also been a Magistrate sitting in Adult and Youth Courts in Plymouth. Over the years I have been actively involved with Holbeton Twinning Society. I am also the Secretary of the Village Hall Committee. I am actively involved in our Parish Church.

I am fully committed in helping to ensure that the school continues to flourish. In my spare time I have a wide range of interests. I love the countryside we live in and enjoy walking, watching wildlife and nature. I love sport and regularly play tennis. I sing in the Community Choir and I enjoy gardening. I also belong to a variety of clubs and societies in my quest for life-long learning!!


Karen Flower

Governor Responsibility for Personnel

My family moved to Holbeton in 1984 and our three children all attended Holbeton Primary School where they were fortunate to receive an exceptional primary education. I have always enjoyed playing an active role in the community, initially with the pre-school (Holbeton Playgroup in the 1980s), then as a member of the School Association and finally as a parent governor for two terms of office. We are keen ‘Twinners’ and have been involved with the Twinning Association since its inception; I am delighted that the school exchange with Bodilis continues to thrive and after 23 years that is some feat!

I am the Bursar at King’s School and Nursery in Plymouth and I hope to be able to bring some of the experience I have gained in that role to the Governing Board of Holbeton School.

Jonathan Garstang

Governor Responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)/Children in Care

I am a General Practitioner living in Holbeton and working in Plymouth.

My family moved into Holbeton from Bristol 4 years ago to allow our three young children to benefit from the unique experience Holbeton School offers. The community have been very welcoming and the school an integral part of our life here. I take an active part in village life, including trying my hand on the accordion in a local band, performing with the Holbeton amateur dramatics, and practicing my franglais on twinning weekends. I love our proximity to the sea, finding myself often on the water, either surfing, snorkelling, paddle boarding or sailing.

I feel very privileged to be a governor in our wonderful local school. In a similar style to my day job, a governor can wear many hats. I am committed to maintaining the outdoor learning ethos and ensuring all the children at Holbeton are supported as individuals.

Shona Godefroy 

Chair of Governors

Governor Responsibility for Finance

I am a qualified accountant and partner at Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants.

My husband and I, and our two sons live outside the parish of Holbeton, however Holbeton School was our first choice when considering which school we wanted both boys to go to. It is a very happy and friendly school, where all pupils know one another and all the teachers know all the pupils. It is a school which provides them with a wonderful nurturing environment in which to learn, whilst taking advantage of the wonderful location around them. Having a forest, beach, orchard, swimming pool and outdoor learning area all available to the children ensures that they have some unique memorable learning experiences throughout their time at the school.

Peter Hearn MBE 

Associate Member

Area of expertise: Premises/Health & Safety 

My early childhood was in SE London before completing my school education in Edinburgh. I spent 33 years in the RAF, first as a navigator on anti-submarine aircraft, Shackletons and Nimrods, before serving HM Sultan of Brunei on Loan Service. I commanded The RAF School of Combat Survival and Rescue at RAF Mount Batten for 5 years before completing my RAF career with the Army Intelligence Corps! I was an instructor for over 20 years. The following 15 years I had the honour and privilege of serving as a Queen’s Messenger, travelling the globe on duty.

I have lived in Holbeton village for 27 years and spend my leisure time walking with my wife Valerie, tending a large garden and an allotment, and fulfilling the role as the village cricket club groundsman. I firmly believe that motivational and inspiring primary education is the major key to realising any child’s full potential.

Anne Mildmay-White 

Governor Responsibility for Marketing/Public Relations

I moved to Holbeton in 1982  to my husband's family home, when I was working as a GP trainee. I returned to work part time as a cardiologist at Derriford Hospital when our third child started at Holbeton primary school and I am now retired .

I have been involved with national and local charities including the British Red Cross, Devon Gardens Trust, Devon Community Foundation, and Dame Hannah Rogers School for severely disabled children. I have been involved with many village organisations, and have used Mothecombe House, gardens and beach as venues for fundraising and promoting community cohesion.

While my children were at Holbeton primary school I taught reading, music and nature study as a volunteer, before  formal Forest School was offered.

I am an enthusiastic advocate of the benefits of outdoor learning, and aim to use the opportunities afforded by the Flete estate to enable children to understand and enjoy the natural world. 

Jack Purkis

Governor Responsibility for Outdoor learning

I own and run the village Post Office and shop with my wife. We have 5 children, three of which are currently attending Holbeton school while the eldest two are at Ivybridge Community College. My family and I moved into the village in 2013. 

Previously I worked as a senior manager for Tesco, holding various roles in large “Extra” stores. I have extensive experience delivering financial and operational targets through large teams and individual lead managers. I started working for Tesco part time in the bakery and worked my way up, building strong team working and leadership skills along the way. 

I value the fact that our village has such a good school and believe it is an integral part of village life and must be sustained.

Jackie Rundle 

Jackie joined the Governing Board as Head of School from September 2016. 

Isabel Riquelme Pino

Governor Responsibility for Community and Parent Links

Further details to follow 

Richard Selwyn

 Vice-Chair of Governors 

Governor Responsibility for Curriculum/School Improvement

I am a Civil Engineer. My current role is Design Manager for Midas Construction, one of the South West’s leading independent construction contractors. I came to Plymouth to study for my degree, then worked in London for a short while before joining a specialist marine contractor in Hampshire. I returned to the area with my wife in 2004 and have been involved in a number of significant civil engineering and construction projects across the South West over the last 12 years. 

My wife’s family moved to Holbeton in 1981 and when looking for somewhere to live this area was top of our list. We live in Yealmpton and when time came for our son to start school we chose Holbeton for the excellent schooling the children receive, supported by a very active engagement with the community. 

My hobbies include sailing, walking and cycling (although I get very little time to indulge these days). I am currently Treasurer of Plymouth Youth Sailing Club, a specialist sailing club with the aim of supporting disadvantaged young people from Plymouth and surrounding areas. 

I hope to support the school to maintain the exceptional levels of learning and development available to the children, which enables them to progress into secondary education with high achievements and some of the best personal and social skills I’ve seen, whilst transitioning in to a sustainable member of Multi-Academy Trust. 

Patrick Power 

Associate Member: Grounds and Maintenance Lead

I am a practising solicitor of some 40 years’ experience, specialising internationally in construction, insurance and environmental matters. I have been a resident of or immediately adjacent to the village of Holbeton for the past 22 years, following my “escape” from the City of London and overseas postings, and I was a regular holiday visitor to the Holbeton and Mothecombe area for some years prior to that. 

I have since my arrival in the area regarded Holbeton as my home village, and I have devoted most of my spare time to several of the social organisations and other social events within the village of Holbeton, and I have served for many years on the committees of the Holbeton Twinning Association, the Holbeton Players, and latterly the Holbeton Film Club. It has long been an ambition of mine to work with the Governor of Holbeton School, and I now have that opportunity having been appointed as an Associate Member of the Governing Board. 

It is my belief that the success of the school is an essential part of the heart of the village of Holbeton, and I would like to do my best to support and promote that concept in any way that I can.

Deborah Fox 

Clerk to Governors

I provide administrative support and advice to the governing board here at Holbeton Primary School. 

I have lived and worked in the South Hams for most of my life and have previously worked as a School Administrator and Clerk to Governors in a number of primary schools in the area. Currently I also work as a Personal Assistant at the University of Plymouth.

I can be contacted via the School Office, this Contact form or direct via email at 

Vacancy For Staff Governor & Co-opted Governor

To be appointed