The majority of governors are Foundation Governors appointed by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Plymouth. Other Governors are appointed by the Local Authority, parents, members of staff or co-opted by the Local Governing Body.

The Local Governing Body meet every half term and follow a set schedule of work throughout the year. Monitoring visits to school take place and governors are supportive to the headteacher and the school staff to enable them to offer the best education for your child.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the Clerk via the school email address to enquire about current vacancies.

If you have an issue you would like to raise with the Governing Body, please make contact via the clerk in the same way.

If you would like to contact the 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 or again via the school email address.

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 staff 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

I have been a foundation governor of Sacred Heart for a few years now, and I am the lead governor for Statutory Grants (Pupil Premium and Sports Premium).

I am married and have three children who are all past pupils of Sacred Heart. They are now living away from home working and at university, which gives myself and my husband more time to travel and enjoy visiting different countries and cultures.

Being a past pupil myself, I have a great passion for our school.

Sue Hayes

Vice Chair of Governors

I have served on the Governing Body for 10 years and I am the lead the RE and Catholic Life. I am married with two sons who both attended Sacred Heart Nursery and Primary School. I work as a Senior Procurement Consultant for Tenet Education Services Ltd, and I am a member of the Torbay Tri Club so I spend my spare time swimming, cycling and running.

Mr Paul Garside

Co-Opted 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, and gardening.

Kate Lewis

Foundation Governor

I have been a member of the Governing Body for several years and currently have a grandchild in the school. I am a retired teacher and therefore have a passion for the education of children. I also has responsibility for SEND (special educational needs and disabilities)

Staff Governor - Vacancy

Nichola Day

Executive Headteacher

As the Head Teacher at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Nursery and Primary School I am automatically a member of the Local Governor Body. I value the support of the Governors and we work together for the benefit of the children and Sacred Heart community.

Governor Information 2023-24
Full NameGovernor responsibility/position heldGovernor TypeAppointing BodyDate of Current AppointmentEnd of Current TermMeeting Attendance 2022-23Business InterestsOther Governorships
Julie Burnard Chair Foundation Diocese of Plymouth 12.12.20 11.12.24 4 of 5 meetings    
Sue Hayes Vice Chair Foundation Diocese of Plymouth 01.11.22 31.10.26 4 of 5 meetings Tenet Education Services Ltd  
Paul Garside Safeguarding Co-opted LCB 03.08.23 02.08.27 3 of 5 meetings HR Manager - Multi Academy Trust - Bay Education Trust - Since Feb 2017 Member of the Trust Board of the Riviera Education Trust Governor at Combe Pafford School
Kate Lewis SEND Foundation Diocese of Plymouth 10.01.22 09.01.26
4 of 5 
Katie Taylor   Parent Parents 09.07.21 08.07.25 3 of 5 meetings    
Ashley Bevan- Smith Curriculum Staff Staff
21.03.27 2 of 2 meetings    
Nichola Day   Head teacher Automatically appointed 01.09.19 ongoing 5 of 5 meetings 7 of 7 meetings  
Vacant   Foundation Diocese of Plymouth  
Governors who have left the LGB in the last 12 months

Full Name Governor Type Appointing Body
Lee Taylor Parent Parents