The majority of governors are Foundation Governors appointed by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Plymouth. Other Governors are appointed by the Local Authority, parents and members of staff.

If you are interested in filling any of the Governing Body vacancies or have an  issue you would like to raise with the Governing Body, please write to the Clerk via the School.

If you would like to contact our Chair of Governors ( Julie Burnard ) please do so via the school address which is :

Sacred Heart RC Nursery and Primary School, Cecil Road, Paignton, Devon TQ3 2SH


Our Governors

Mrs Julie BurnardFoundation GovernorChair of Governors Chair of Learning & Ethos
Mrs Sue HayesFoundation GovernorVice Chair of Governors and Chair of Admissions
Mrs Helen BrownHeadteacher
Mr Paul GarsideFoundation GovernorSafeguarding Governor and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Governor
Mrs Kate LewisFoundation GovernorChair of Finance and Personnel
Mr Ian DoggettCommunity GovernorPremises and Health and Safety, and Learning and Ethos
Mrs Louise CoddStaff GovernorChair of Premises, Health and Safety
Mrs Christine NottClerk to the Governing Body
Mr Graham LeighFoundation Governor
Mrs Jude PinderParent Governor

Welcome Letter

Dear Parents and Friends, On behalf of all the Governors, welcome to Sacred Heart R.C nursery and primary school. At Sacred Heart governors, staff, parents and children work as a team, building on success, in an atmosphere of care where everyone feels valued. We are proud of the high standards our pupils achieve across the curriculum. As Governors we become involved with a variety of issues including finance, pupil welfare, public relations, building/grounds maintenance and staff appointments. However, without a doubt, we consider that our most important role is to monitor the welfare and education of the pupils. We are justifiably proud of the children in our school. In addition, this is an opportunity for me to thank all the parents who encourage and support their children so admirably. In a good school, such as ours, parents take a great interest in their child’s learning. During the early years of primary education academic, personal, social and creative skills are nurtured and developed. The strong partnership, which already exists between school and community, underpins the ethos, which is so characteristic of Sacred Heart School. Governors are appointed to ensure that objectives are met and that planning for the future is both visionary and realistic. We are here to support and encourage the Headteacher and all school personnel so that children have access to an enriched education and the opportunities they deserve. I am available to parents for any matter relating to the school, once you have discussed it with the Head teacher. Parents and governors have key roles in helping Sacred Heart School to maintain high standards for all our children both now, and for future generations. With my best wishes, Julie Burnard Chair of Governors

Julie Burnard

Chair of Governors and Chair of Learning and Ethos

Julie is also on two other committees. Julie is a foundation governor and has three children who are all former pupils of Sacred Heart. End of term 2021.

Sue Hayes

Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of Admissions

Sue is also on finance and personnel committees; Sue is a foundation governor and has two boys, one has moved onto secondary school and her other child is currently at Sacred Heart. Sue works at South Devon College.
End of term - 2018

Paul Garside

Foundation Governor

Paul serves on learning and ethos and finance and personnel committees. Paul Is also our safeguarding officer, both for pupils and adults. He has two children, one has now moved onto senior education and his other child is in the school. Paul works for a local academy trust in Human Resources. End of term- 2019

Kate Lewis

Foundation Governor - Chair of Finance and Personnel

Kate is chair of finance and personnel, and is also on three other committees. She has a grandchild currently in the school. Kate is a recently retired teacher. Kate also has responsibility for SEND ( special educational needs and disabilities) and CLA ( children like ones after) .End of term- Sept 2017

Graham Leigh

Foundation Governor

Graham is a new governor. He has a child in reception. End of term - 2021

Ian Doggett

Community Governor

Ian is also a local councillor and is on two committees; premises and health and safety, learning and ethos. Ian is also a great gardener so offers lots of help in our jubilee garden. End of term - 2018

Louise Codd

Staff Governor - Chair of Premises and Health and Safety

Louise also serves on finance and personnel committee. Louise works in the school office. End of term - 2021

Helen Brown

Head Teacher

Helen is the Head Teacher at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Nursery and Primary School.


There is a potential parent governor currently going through the application  process.