Meet Our Governors

Our governors are responsible for monitoring the school performance and setting the strategic direction of the school. We have a governing body of 13 governors. This is made up of: 2 parent governors, 1 staff governor, the headteacher, 6 co-opted governors, 1 Local Authority governor and 2 church (Foundation) governors.

Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Andrea Johnson.

You can find out more about governance in the section entitled, ‘The Role of the Governor.’

All governors can be contacted via the school by email or leave a message with our office staff.

Andrea Johnson

Chair of the Full Governing Body

Local Authority Governor

Term of Office Started: 06.07.18
Term of Office Ends: 05.07.22

I am a former Plymouth City Councillor for Compton (2018-2022).

I was appointed Chair of Governors in the summer 2021, and having thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Compton community during my Councillor term, I decided to stay on and support the school further. 

My background is in marketing, politics, further and higher education leadership, latterly at the University of Plymouth, where I was Head of Student Admissions and Student Recruitment until 2013.

I currently work as a senior caseworker for a member of parliament. 

As the link governor for the pupil premium funding, my role involves reviewing and monitoring spend, use and the impact of this pupil support fund.

Mark Oakshott

Headteacher – Staff Governor

Term of Office Ends: The headteacher is a permanent member of the governors until they leave the school.

I have been teaching since 1996 and prior to Compton was both a headteacher and executive headteacher in South Devon.

I am very proud to lead this wonderful school and hope to build on its wonderful reputation within the community and beyond. I am child centred and am very keen to ensure that all our children have a big say in how their school develops. Compton has a very creative and friendly ethos which is underpinned by very high standards.

Over the years, school governance has changed dramatically and people who give up their time freely have become more and more accountable. I am very fortunate to work alongside a group of strong governors who are passionate about their school and its continued success. I am delighted that this was recognised in our Ofsted inspection in June 2016.

Karl Freeman

Foundation Governor – as a voluntary controlled school there is always a place reserved on the governors for the rector of our linked church.

Pastoral and Curriculum

Term of Office Started: 04.03.13
Term of Office Ends: N/A

I have been Rector at Emmanuel for the past fifteen years during which time I have always been associated with Compton as our VC primary school and latterly as a governor. Before being ordained by the Church of England I was a school teacher for eight years.

Emmanuel church values its strong connection with Compton. We enjoy taking assemblies most weeks, running an after school club and hosting the school for such occasions as annual carol and leavers services in our church building.

We’re always happy to be called upon to help in other ways. We value specific invitations to contribute to or deliver the school curriculum – whether through personal meetings, governorship, the classroom or larger gatherings and occasions.

Juliet Morgan

Co-opted Governor

Pastoral and Curriculum

Safeguarding Governor

Term of Office Started: 31.03.18
Term of Office Ends: 31.03.22

I have been a parent governor (I have two children at Compton) and am now a co-opted governor. I am vice chair and also have responsibility for safeguarding. I am a part-time history teacher at a secondary school in the city and have recently finished studying for a masters degree in psychology. I decided to become a governor because I think Compton’s family ethos and child-centred approach helps make it a very successful school and I was very keen to be a part of a school with such strong values. I really enjoy supporting such a vibrant school community and my visits, whether for class assemblies, listening to children read, helping with clubs or on official governor business, always leave me smiling!

Matt Sheather

Parent Governor

Finance and Premises

Term of Office Started: 26.11.19
Term of Office Ends: 25.11.23

I am a Solicitor and Partner at GA Solicitors and a former Trustee at Devon Air Ambulance.

I became a parent governor in November 2015 as I had two girls at Compton at that time, and with this vested interest, I felt able to offer my own skill set to the school and assist in continuing to enhance all the children’s educational journey.

I have seen the children thrive in a supportive and encouraging environment that enables them to develop and grow as individuals.

With my legal and board management background, I help support the school in the best way that I can to enable it to continue running at such a high standard.

Di Werker

Co-opted Governor

Pastoral and Curriculum

Term of Office Started: 07.07.20
Term of Office Ends: 06.07.24

I have been a governor at Compton since 2006, the first eight years as a parent governor and now as a Community governor with responsibility for Equality.

I have a particular interest in S.E.N.

It is a privilege to be part of a wonderful school which helps children to realise their full potential whatever their ability may be.

Liz Butcher

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office Started: 01.02.22
Term of Office Ends: 31.01.26

I have been a Teaching Assistant at Compton C of E Primary school since 2009 and was elected support staff governor in 2017. I am now a Co-opted governor.

I lived in the local area for many years and my daughter attended Compton and has very fond memories of her time here. The family ethos of Compton plays a big part in Compton school life and values and I feel proud to be a part of the Compton community. I am committed to helping to ensure it continues to thrive.

Jonathan Gregory

Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body

Foundation Governor

Term of Office Started: 1.07.19
Term of Office Ends: 30.06.23

I am recently retired from secondary school teaching after a long career. Originally, I taught at a maintained school in Wiltshire but for the last thirty-two years I was at Plymouth College where I became both Head of Year Eleven and Head of the Economics & Business Studies Department, in addition to coaching several sports teams in years seven and eight. I maintain a more limited role in secondary education as an Examiner for Edexcel at both GCSE and A level.

I worship at Compton’s linked church, Emmanuel, and am delighted to witness the strong relationship between both establishments. Both of my daughters progressed through Compton School and thrived from being taken into its warm, friendly, creative and lively community. I wish to play a part in ensuring that Compton’s ‘High Five’ values continue to define this wonderful school.

Robin Loveridge

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office Started: 26.11.19
Term of Office Ends: 25.11.23

I am police officer in the Devon & Cornwall police force, with nearly 19 years service, I am currently a neighbourhood inspector.

I have strong family values and my 5 year old son is currently in year 1 at Compton.

I have been incredibly impressed with all I have seen at the school, their drive and commitment to the children, creating fun and exciting learning environments.

With this vested interest combined with the skills and knowledge I have gained in my police career, I hope that I can contribute to making the school the best it can be.

Bella Malia

Staff Governor

Term of Office Started: 28.01.22
Term of Office Ends: 27.01.26

I have had the pleasure of being a classroom teacher at Compton for the last 6 years.

I have found it to be a warm and welcoming school so when the opportunity arose for a member of staff to gain a better insight into how the school is run and to make a positive impact on the wider school, I jumped at the chance.

I look forward to continuing my learning journey with the governing body. I hope I can represent the staff and parents well whilst upholding the core values of the school. 

Hannah Preston

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office started: 28.01.22
Term of Office ends: 27.01.26

My son has recently started in Foundation at Compton C of E Primary. We were elated to receive confirmation that he was successful in gaining a place as we really align with the 5 school values.

I am a Civil Servant managing an Infrastructure Portfolio Management Office. This means I manage several programmes of work involved in the maintenance and upgrade of 1000’s of built assets across the estate (this varies from refurbing bathrooms to building new gymnasiums).

In addition to this, I have a Masters in Environmental Science. I am personally interested in sustainability, reducing carbon footprints, and increasing resource efficiency. I am keen to develop the school sustainability agenda and tap into funding that exists for the public sector (including schools) to improve energy efficiency/reduce its carbon footprint.

I see being a Governor as a great opportunity to support the school that I know will provide my children with the best future.

Deborah Black

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office Started: 28.01.22
Term of Office Ends: 27.01.26

Both my boys currently attend Compton Primary School. After our recent experience of home learning during Covid, I have a heightened appreciation for teachers and I wanted to support the school which has provided such a supportive and encouraging learning environment for my children over the past few years. 

I am a Partner and Commercial Property Solicitor at Wolferstans in Plymouth. I was keen to become a governor at Compton having previously served on the governing body at an Exeter primary school. 

I hope my legal experience and property related knowledge and skills will be a useful addition to the governing body and I look forward to contributing to the school’s vision for all of our children to flourish.

Jane Vatcher

Clerk to Governors

I have been working in the school reception since 2013 and am currently the Office Manager.

I did live locally and all three of my children flourished at Compton and they especially enjoyed all the extra curricular activities offered by the staff.

Being Clerk to Governors is an enjoyable role and has given me a clearer understanding of the governing body and the dedication they give to the continuous improvement of the school for the children.

Jean Bell

School Business Manager

Non-voting attendee at all governor meetings.

Non-voting attendees are people that the governors invite to meetings who have specific knowledge and insight that can inform and aid the governors in decision making.

Mrs Bell is invited in her capacity as our School Business Manager and is able to share her knowledge of budget, finance, building and health and safety matters.

Jo Arscott

Deputy Headteacher

Non-voting attendee at all governor meetings.

Non-voting attendees are people that the governors invite to meetings who have specific knowledge and insight that can inform and aid the governors in decision making.