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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 bi-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 -
Kate Nash – Clerk to the Governors - 

Diana Baumer 

Governor Responsibility for Safeguarding

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 & Pupil Premium

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.

Simon Martin

Governor Responsibility for Pupil Data and Curriculum

I live just outside Holbeton with my wife and 2 daughters.  We moved to Devon from Scotland in 2014 and work as Consultants at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.  A pull factor for us living near Holbeton was the quality of Holbeton Primary School.  This has been the case since our children started at the school in 2016.  An exciting time which has seen the school grow and develop under the new Head’s leadership and as part of the Multiacademy Trust.  This is one of the reasons I am a parent governor to be part of helping the school as it continues to develop and prosper.

Shona Godefroy 

Chair of Governors

Governor Responsibility for Finance

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

My husband and I, and our two sons live outside the parish of Holbeton, however Holbeton Primary 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 and outdoor learning area all available to the children ensures that they have some unique memorable learning experiences throughout their time at the school.

Claire Northmore

Governor Responsibility for School Marketing

I grew up on the family farm in East Devon and moved to my husband’s family farm near to Holbeton in 1999. I am married and have two boys Jack and Freddie who attend Holbeton School.  I enjoy spending time with my family on their beef, sheep and arable farm, spending time on Mothecombe Beach and exploring the beautiful South Hams with them.  Since moving to the area, I became an Estate Agent and have been working for Marchand Petit managing their Newton Ferrers Office selling and valuing properties in the area for the last 15 years.  I have a passion for property and people and pride myself on providing outstanding customer care assisting clients with selling and buying in a professional, caring and knowledgeable way.  In my role as Governor my particular passion is to promote the unique and special childhood that I feel the school gives to my children and others by nurturing each child’s individual needs through experienced high quality teaching and support staff and the schools fantastic outdoor learning opportunities which I believe are key to helping children to thrive both academically and emotionally.

Chris Rickard

Chris joined the Governing Board as Head of School from September 2020. 


Richard Selwyn

 Vice-Chair of Governors 

Governor Responsibility for Health & Safety/Premises

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.  

 Sally Thomas

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

I have recently moved to Holbeton with my husband, having retired as a dance and drama teacher after 20 years working at an independent prep school in Surrey.

After leaving school, I entered the legal profession, working for a firm of London solicitors and a Local Authority. In my spare time I qualified as a dance teacher, working for several years in a voluntary capacity bringing dance to children with physical disabilities. When my daughter was born I changed career and became a teacher of dance and drama.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working collaboratively with so many children, having observed first-hand how dance and drama play such an important part in children's development. Creativity stimulates imagination, and helps build self-worth and confidence.

I am really looking forward to working with Holbeton Primary School, and sharing my experience and expertise.

Stuart Armley-Jones

Staff Governor

I have had a wide variety of experience in schools, ranging from having 3 children in a year group to having 90! Overwhelmingly, I have preferred teaching at Holbeton over all of the other settings for a variety of reasons: the rapport the staff can build with the pupils when they’re with them for longer than a year, the close knit community (both within the school and the village) and the amazing grounds the school and village have to offer.

Kate Nash

Clerk to Governors

I provide administrative support to the governing board here at Holbeton Primary School and I am also the school Administrator.  I can be contacted via the School Office, this Contact form or direct via email at