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Maria Baston - Co-Chair of Governors

I have been involved in education for most of my working life as a teacher and governor of various schools, in both Primary and Secondary. The areas I have a special interest in are Safeguarding, Data and Performance Management.

David Savage -  Foundation Governor  

Until my recent semi-retirement I was a partner in a firm of architects and surveyors and therefore have a wealth of experience in small business management plus professional building experience in my role as a chartered surveyor and chartered architectural technologist. I have very strong local connections having been born and brought up in the Parish of Morwenstow and indeed was a pupil at St Mark's School (where my father was Chair of governors at the time) and both my children and subsequently my grandchildren attended the school. I am also chairman of the local church's Patronal Festival committee which helps forge links between the school, church and the community.

Natasha Ellerington - Parent Governor

I have three children who have attended St Marks school for the last five years. My employment background includes working with children and young people in care. I have also worked with young people, with Autism, in a respite setting. I am currently involved in pastoral care in a local church in Bude. I look forward to my new role as a parent governor at St Marks.

Hilary Rogers - Foundation Governor

I am the governor whose links with St Mark's stretch back over the longest period. Each week I volunteer in school to read with the Class 3 children. My links with a wide range of community organisations and with our local church mean that I can help connect the school with what is happening in Morwenstow.

Mrs Jill Johns - Foundation Governor

I have worked in education in Cornwall, for over 30 years, and have taught part-time at St Mark’s for much of that time. As a teacher, my particular interests are PE, and learning in the local environment. I still feel privileged to work with the pupils and staff at this welcoming school, and value the enthusiasm and positivity shown by the pupils.   

Mrs Attwood - Staff governor

I moved here with my family in December 2017 to be by the sea and learn to surf! I went to university in Liverpool where I studied Art and Psychology and then trained to be a teacher and have not looked back! I have always worked either KS1 or Early Years and thoroughly enjoy all aspects of teaching this age range. I am looking forward to my new role as staff governor.

Vicki Morrison - Foundation Governor

I have lived in Morwenstow for 45 years, and my children and grandchildren attended St Mark's. I started the first pre-school group in Morwenstow about 35 years ago, and then worked in education for 30 years, specialising in working with children that have learning and behavioural needs. As a governor I have responsibility for EYFS and SEND.


Mrs Dawn Leighfield - Foundation Governor

Prior to my role as teaching assistant I worked as a Customer Services Manager where helping others to achieve their best and working as a team were essential elements. I also have a background in project and marketing management. As Governor I am particularly focused on our policies and the remit of the Teaching and Learning committee.

Matt Payne -  Co-Chair of governors

I am a Director at Trewin Design Architects with a strong design and technical background in the construction industry. Whilst taking a keen interest in Education and the workings of the school, my specific skill set is currently utilised as Chair of the Sites and Safety committee.

Nick Crooks - Parent Governor

Throughout my career I have worked for a broad spectrum of companies in varying roles, across the country. From humble beginnings as a Tennis coach, followed by a 10 year stint with John Lewis as a Staff Trainer to my current position as company Director for Lumen Rooflight Ltd.  All these roles have helped me to gain useful skills and attributes, which I think will assist the school in continuing to flourish.  

St Marks has given both of our sons a fantastic start to their personal and academic lives. The values the school instils in the children run parallel with what we believe as parents are the foundations for creating well rounded, young adults. I feel extremely privileged to have been given the opportunity to sit on the board and I look forward to the challenges the role brings in helping the tireless work of the existing Governors, the staff and the PTA.

Sharon Roberts - Foundation governor

Since retiring from my post at Kilkhampton J and I school, I now volunteer at both Kilkhampton and Morwenstow Primary school where my strengths lie within helping out in Maths.

I had two children of my own go through the school and I am keen to promote the continued good standard of education and success for every child within the school.


Miss Nesham - Headteacher

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Governing Committees












Church School Distinctiveness 



















Matt Payne 






Online safety & ICT curriculum 





Carol Nesham 







Natash Ellerington











Dawn Leighfield 








Rachel Attwood 


November 2022 







Nick Crooks 




*Sports Premium 






Sharon Roberts 








Hilary Rogers 








Vicki Morrison 





*SEN, PP., Pre-school/EYFS/ Mental Health Well Being 






David Savage 







Jill Johns 


Ex - officio 








Safeguarding & Child in Care Lead Governor- M Baston

The Governors

What do governors do?

The governing body is responsible for ensuring good quality education in the school. It is involved in deciding the school's strategy for improvement so that its pupils learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards. The governing body is responsible for ensuring that the curriculum is delivered to, and received by, all pupils and is responsible for managing the school's budget and deciding spending priorities.

We have 12 governors made up of parents, staff and members of the local community. Each governor has a responsibility for key areas of school life. They make regular visits to the school during the year talking to staff and children. They are volunteers who help to manage all aspects of running our school.

These people are our governors

Local Authority appointed governor

Mrs Maria Baston - Co-Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Governor

elected by the LEA

Term of Office ends 14/12/2020

Foundation Governors

Mr Matt Payne - Co-Chair of governors

Mr David Savage 

Mrs Sharon Roberts

Mrs Vicki Morrison

Mrs Hilary Rogers

Mrs Jill Johns

Mrs Dawn Leighfield


Staff Governors

Miss Carol Nesham - Headteacher


Mrs Rachel Attwood - Staff Governor

elected by staff

Term of Office ends 29/03/2020


Parent elected Governors

Mrs Natasha Ellerington

Term of Office ends 30/03/2022


Mr Nick Crooks

Term of Office ends 22/10/2022

Clerk to the Governors

Sue Joyner