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


Governor Information 2019-20

Full NameGovernor TypeAppointing BodyDate of Current AppointmentEnd of Current TermMeeting Attendance 2018-19Business InterestsOther Governorships
Julie BurnardFoundationDiocese of Plymouth12.12.1611.12.206 of 6 meetings 100%
Sue HayesFoundation Diocese of Plymouth 19.09.1831.08.226 of 6 meetings 100%Tenet Education Services LtdSt Margaret Clitherow
Paul GarsideCo-optedLGB19.09.1918.09.234 of 5 meetings 80%HR Manager - Multi Academy Trust - Bay Education Trust - Since Feb 2017Member of the Trust Board of the Riviera Education Trust Governor at Combe Pafford School
Kate LewisFoundation Diocese of Plymouth18.09.1717.09.215 of 6 meetings 83%
Louise CoddStaff Staff06.01.1705.01.216 of 6 meetings 100%
Emma CullyStaffStaff25.03.1924.03.232 of 2 meeting 100%
Nichola DayHead teacherAutomatically appointed01.09.2019ongoing2 of 2 meetings 100%
VacantFoundationDiocese of Plymouth

Governors who have left the LGB in the last 12 months

Full NameGovernor TypeAppointing BodyDate of current AppointmentEnd of TermMeeting Attendance 2017-18Business InterestsOther Governorships
Jude PinderParentParents---------------
Graham LeighFoundationDiocese of Plymouth
Helen BrownHead teacherAutomatically appointed
Councillor Ian Doggett (Deceased)Co-optedLGB

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

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

I am the Vice Chair of the Governing Body and I have been on the Governing Body for 10 years.
I am married with two sons, both of whom attended Sacred Heart Nursery and Primary School. I am the Procurement Officer at South Devon College and I like running and spending time at my beach hut with my family in my free time.
I am the lead for RE and Catholic life.

Paul Garside

Foundation Governor

I am currently the HR Manager for the Bay Education Trust having previously worked for Torbay Council providing operational HR support to schools & academies across Torbay and South Devon.
I have been a member of the Governing Body at Sacred Heart Primary School for more than 10 years over 2 separate periods and I am currently the Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding in the school.
I am married with two children and both of my children have attended Sacred Heart RC Primary School.
In my spare time I enjoy sports, gardening and walking the dogs.

Kate Lewis

Foundation Governor

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

Louise Codd

Staff Governor

I have been working at Sacred Heart in the school office since 2003 and have been a governor for over 10 years. My main responsibilities in the office and as a governor, include finance and the health and safety / maintenance of the premises.
It has been a privilege having the opportunity to watch the children develop during their time at Sacred Heart. Some of those children are now returning with their own sons and daughters.
Although our children are now 24 years and 21 years, a great deal of our time is spent being very involved in local cricket, which has been an obsession with our son since he was 8 years old.

Nichola Day

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.