SMCC Governing BodyName   
HeadteacherMr David Lewis
Clerk to Governors Ms Elsbeth BeardI currently read English Literature BA at the University of Exeter and intend to study Global Literatures and Cultures MA thereafter. As a former SMCC pupil, who has worked part-time at the school as an MFL Teaching Assistant, I feel very lucky to be able to work with, and give back to, a school that has given me so many opportunities. I have a varied range in work experience, including time spent as a swimming instructor, and some volunteer work at a local publishing house. After my MA I would like to study a PhD and become a University lecturer. email:
Co Chair Foundation Mr Andy RedpathFormer headteacher and school inspector.
Co Chair FoundationMr Arthur SymonsArthur SymonsI have lived in Devon for most of my life and in South Molton for over 40 years. After graduating in Botany, followed by a Cert Ed, I worked at a state school in Cambridge before teaching science here since 1972, later as Head of Science until retirement. Since 2003 I have been a school governor, a job that is very rewarding. I am a member of the school’s Cooperative Trust. At present, I chair the personnel sub-committee and am a Co Vice Chair. After 45 years, I am still committed to the ongoing development of our school. I value and enjoy meeting staff, students and ex-pupils. I am also involved with several organisations in the town.
Co Vice Chair
Mr Philip GovierPhilip GovierFormer pupil of SMCC, a local farmer and married with 3 sons the youngest having left the college this summer. I joined the governing body in 2009 as a parent governor more recently became a co-opted governor. I have been Chair of the resources committee for a number of years and lead governor for finance.
Mr Bill Bowen
Parent GovernorMr Nigel Carter
Co-OptedMr Marc CorneliusMark CorneliusBefore my retirement I spent over thirty years working for BT’s international division, travelling abroad extensively. I now live in South Molton, where my wife was born and brought up. In addition to being a governor, I am also a South Molton town councillor.
My formal qualifications are a BSc in Maths, a Diploma in Management and an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) and my experience means I'm used to managing large budgets.
In the local community I'm particularly interested in education, planning, and health services and am also concerned with preserving the attractive and historic nature of our town.
My interests, education and experience combine to give me a unique perspective as governor of SMCC.
Parent GovernorMrs Diane DimondDiane DimondDiane is a parent Governor and lives locally with her husband and three children.
Diane is the Principal of Petroc, a large College of Further and Higher Education which serves the communities of Northern and Mid Devon.
Diane qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and has had senior finance roles in private sector engineering and service companies. She is also a qualified Mathematics teacher and has worked in the education sector since 1997 with experience of teaching on a range of programs including industry focused qualifications such as Accounting Technician, HND/C in Business and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Ms Sue Madgwick
Parent GovernorDr Wendy RickardWendy RickardWendy has been Parent Governor (2 children currently at SMCC, 1 at Primary School) since 2015. She sits on the Teaching & Learning Committee and is Safeguarding Lead Governor.
Wendy worked in higher education (Universities) for 25 years, as Senior Lecturer, Research Reader and as Associate Director, Centre for General Practice & Public Health. She has also worked for NHS & Social Services. With a back ground in Psychology, she specialised in working with marginalised people. She gained experience useful to the Governing Body in curriculum design, research, policy innovation and community involvement. Wendy currently does small holding, writing, freelance research and gymnastic coaching.
Co-Opted Miss Julie SnellJulie SnellJulie Snell lives on a busy farm and has two children, one who attended SMCC and the other who is currently a student. Julie takes a great interest in SEN issues in connection with her Governor role. She is a Registered Homeopath and Asyra Health Screening Practitioner covering the North Devon area.
Co-OptedMr Anthony StricklandTony StricklandI've only been a governor for a short time. I have worked in the school for 15 years, 3 as a Teaching Assistant and, for the past 12 years in the PE department. I have been involved with 'Ten Tors' and am presently looking to qualify as an expedition assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. I am also a level 2 rugby coach and enjoy all sport. Prior to working in school I worked for 32 years in Lloyds Bank.
Co-OptedMrs Ellen VernonEllen VernonEllen Vernon grew up in North Devon and attended South Molton School between 1983 and 1988, before completing A Levels and a degree in geography. Ellen worked in the advertising industry for 10 years, developing ad campaigns for household names including Ginsters, Bulmers, and Lloyds TSB. After starting a family Ellen moved into local government, and is currently employed by North Devon Council to lead the council's Economic Development and Regeneration service. To support this role Ellen has just completed an MSc in Urban Planning. Ellen joined the governing body in September 2014, and is Lead Governor for IAG (Information Advice and Guidance regarding careers). Ellen has a daughter at the school, in year 9, and a son at primary school.

Governors Register of interest  and Terms of Office Expiry dates›

Governors Privacy Notice

Scheme of Delegation >

Governors Attendance Register 2017/18


Full Governing Body  (6pm start) Clerk available
Monday November 26th 2018
Monday March 25th 2019
Monday June 17th 2019

Personnel and Finance (to run back to back again; Personnel at 5pm and Finance at 6pm) Clerk available
Monday November 12th 2018
Monday February 11th 2019
Monday 10th June 2019

Teaching, Learning & Achievement (5pm start) Chair to clerk
Wednesday October 10th 2018
Wednesday March 6th 2019
Wednesday May 15th 2019

Curriculum (5pm start) Chair to clerk
Monday October 15th 2018
Monday February 25th 2019
Monday June 3rd 2019

Governors Meetings Minutes

Decisions made at Governing Body Meetings May 2017 onwards ›

Full Gov. Body Minutes 18-09-17 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 20-06-17 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 14-03-17 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 22-11-16 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 19-09-16 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 05-07-16 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 21-03-16 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 24-02-16(MAT) ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 23-11-15 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 21-09-15 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 22-06-15 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 23-03-15 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 24-11-14 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 17-03-14 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 23-06-14 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 22-09-14 ›

Gov. Resources Minutes 13-06-16 ›
Gov. Resources Minutes 27-04-16 ›
Gov. Resources Minutes 22-02-16 ›
Gov. Resources Minutes 19-10-15 ›
Gov. Resources Minutes 18-05-15 ›
Gov. Resources Minutes 23-02-15 ›
Gov. Resources Minutes 13-10-14 ›
Gov. Resources Minutes 10-03-14 ›

Gov.Resources Minutes 02-06-14 ›

Gov T&L&A Minutes 22-02-17
Gov T&L Minutes 07-06-16 ›
Gov. T&L Minutes 22-02-16 ›
Gov. T&L Minutes 19-10-15 ›
Gov. T&L Minutes 18-05-15 ›
Gov. T&L Minutes 23-02-15 ›
Gov. T&L Minutes 13-10-14 ›
Gov. T&L Minutes 10-03-14 ›

Gov. T&L Minutes 02-06-14 ›

Gov. Personnel Minutes 08-02-17 >
Gov. Personnel Minutes 20-10-16 ›

Gov. Curriculum Minutes 20-02-17 >
Gov. Curriculum Minutes 14-11-16 >

Gov. Finance Minutes 08-02-17 >