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Welcome to St. Andrew's Church of England Primary Academy. We moved to our impressive new school in its beautiful location in 2009 but there has been a Church of England school serving the local community here since 1839. These strong Christian roots and links with both church and community help us to grow and thrive.

After three successful years in partnership with Mrs. Ethelston's Cof E Primary School, Uplyme within the Acorn Federation, St. Andrew's converted to Academy status on 1st November 2014 as part of the Acorn Multi-Academy Trust, along with Mrs. Ethelston's, Marshwood C of E Primary and Axminster Community School. Whilst the school operates under the umbrella of the Acorn Multi Academy Trust( MAT) and a Board of Directors the school retains its strong Christian ethos and its own Local Governing Body.

The focus of the governors has always been the well-being of our children. We want them to be the best they can be; happy, safe and healthy within a caring, positive and Christian environment which nurtures and celebrates their talents and provides the highest possible standards of education.

These aims will be enhanced by the continued support and challenge of our Chief Executive Officer of the Trust (CEO), Andrea Rice, and the increased management and teaching expertise across the 6 schools of the Trust. As staff develop and share skills and knowledge together the curriculum and the extra-curricular opportunities for all the children will be extended. We closely adhere to our Equal Opportunities Policy and as a small rural school we are aware that we need to offer the children as many different social, cultural and sporting experiences as we can to prepare them for their lives ahead in the wider world.

We shall continue to monitor the work of the school as critical friends, to question and challenge staff through regular visits and reports and we want to know about behaviour, safety of pupils, expenditure and value for money. We value our strong links with our church, St Andrew's, and will ensure that the core Christian values are at the heart of all that we do. We aim to maintain and improve on Ofsted's judgment of good with outstanding features.

As a Local Governing Body we are committed to working as a team with children, parents, staff, the community and all other stakeholders to ensure the best outcome for pupils and we constantly review the ways in which we do this. This is part of our current development plan for the Local Governing Body and we welcome any feedback.

Although St. Andrew's has its own Local Governing Body we have decided to retain joint Local Governing Body meetings with Mrs. Ethelston’s Primary Academy for the oversight of all statutory responsibilities and school improvement plans for both schools. The expertise that we have gained over the years of federation and our combined skill sets enable us to be better 'critical friends' of the schools for the benefit of the children. An up to date list of governors for St. Andrew's, their profiles and portfolio roles is available below.

All correspondence for the governors must be sent to the Clerk to Governors, Veronica Dower. She can be contacted at St. Andrew's Primary Academy, Chardstock. Axminster.Devon.EX13 7BJ or

Fee Bowie
Chair of Governors,
St. Andrew's Cof E Primary Academy, Chardstock, Axminster, Devon. EX13 7BJ

St. Andrew’s CE Primary Academy – LOCAL GOVERNING BODY


Type of Governor

Appointing Body




Registered interests

Tracey Leganski


As Head of School

Head of School

Ex officio


Debs Kellaway


School Staff

1.1.15 – 31.12.18


Fiona Bowie




14.12.15 – 13.12. 19


Anon Creatives, part time teacher, Mrs Ethelston's

Allison Howsam


Elected by Parents

11.02.16 - 10.02-.20


Zoe Betterton


Elected by Parents

Vice Chair

21.10.16 - 20.10.20


Partner: Cornerstone Design & Build

Allison Howsam


Elected by Parents

11.02.16 - 10.02.20

Premises & Health & Safety

School Improvement & Standards


Governors no longer serving




Sarah Ellis


Trust Board

31.08.17 Stood down.

Judy Chisholm


Diocese of Exeter 11.07.17 Stood down.
Vacancy Foundation/Ex officio PCC

Local Governing Body Meetings
01/09/15 – 31/07/16


Cara Gilmour-White 8 8
Judy Chisholm 8 8
Sarah Ellis 8 8
Debs Kellaway 8 7
Allison Howsam 8 6
Fiona Bowie 8 7
Zoe Betterton 7 6

Governors Media Files


Welcome to our new website

Nativity 2017

15 Dec 2017

Our Reception and KS1 performed their Nativity play Chirstmas Counts this week. They all worked incredibly hard. Congratulations.

Clip and Climb Trip

01 Dec 2017

Willow and Holly Class spent the day at Clip and Climb this week. In their current topic they are looking at mountains. The children thoroughly enjoyed challenging themselves.

Exeter Chiefs Tag Rugby Tournament

05 May 2017

On the last day of term St. Andrews sent 2 teams to the tag rugby tournament that Exeter Chiefs organised. The teams were from year 3 and 4 and have been currently working with them on a Tuesday after...

Lady Chapel in St Andrew’s Church

05 May 2017

"Children throughout the school contributed to the decoration of the Lady Chapel in St Andrew’s Church with prayers on fish shapes to connect our knowledge with our patron Saint as a fisherman. The ch...

Holly Class Pen Pals

05 May 2017

Holly Class were extremely excited when the postman dropped of 29 letters today. Miss Andrews had secretly set up a pen pal from Cambridgeshire for each child in Holly Class. They had a great afternoo...

Shrove Tuesday

04 May 2017

The whole school celebrated Shrove Tuesday yesterday with a pancake race organised by Mrs Melville. All of the house teams worked together to earn lots of house points.

World Book Day

03 May 2017

St. Andrew's celebrated world book day today. The staff and children dressed as characters from their favourite books. The costumes were fantastic. Thank you to all of the children, parents and staff...

Holly Class Gymnastics

02 May 2017

Holly class loved their gymnastics session with Miss Andrews and Go Active on Monday afternoon. They practised their balances in groups of 2 and 3 and then performed them to the class at the end of th...

Stockland Cross Country

01 May 2017

Congratulations to all of the children that took part in Stockland Cross Country last night. Despite the very muddy conditions the children all ran exceptionally well! Thank you to Mrs Parsons for the...