School Community Board

The School Community Board is made up of Representatives, including the Headteacher as follows:

  • Parent Representatives
  • Staff Representatives
  • Headteacher
  • Co-opted Representatives

Representatives do not make decisions on the day to day running of the school, but have clear and defined responsibilities laid down by Tarka Learning Partnership for the strategic direction of the school, including its vision and ethos, raising standards and monitoring the school’s finances.

In carrying out their responsibilities,  Representatives visit the school to talk to staff and pupils and also take part in events and activities whenever possible. Full School Community Board meetings are held twice each half term.

Each Representative brings their own unique skills and experience to the School Community Board and has the opportunity to make a positive impact on children’s lives and education in their local community.

If you would like to find out more about the School Community Board or contact any of the Representatives please contact the Headteacher or email clerk@fremingtonprimary.org

If you would like to contact the chair of SCB please write to Annette Burgess c/o Fremington Primary School, Beechfield Road, Fremington. EX31 3DD

Governing Body Minutes

Our Governors

Annette Burgess Chair of School Community Board

Statutory Information

Co-opted Representative
End of Office: 10th Oct 2025
2021/22 attendance: 100%
No business/pecuniary interests

Committee Membership

Second (Appeals) Committee

Lead Governor Role

We moved to Yelland in 2014 having had close family ties here for a number of years. My son joined Fremington School in Year 4 and thrived in such a well-rounded environment eventually leaving in 2017. I became a School Governor in 2015 as it was important to me to support the school as it grew and changed, helping shape the future of education within our school and ensuring staff, pupils and parents have a voice.

I have run my own communications company, worked with many local and central government departments and believe in a consultative and creative approach to management. I have a background in operations, marketing and change management.

Derek Chaplin Vice Chair

Statutory Information

Co-opted Governor
End of Office: 18th July 2026
2021/22 attendance: 100%
No business/pecuniary interests

Committee Membership

Pay & Performance Committee

Lead Governor Role

Finance

My wife and I moved to Fremington in 2002 and we have a daughter currently attending the school. I am a Certified Accountant and have been working in the accountancy sector since I left school in 1990. I am also the Treasurer of the Fremington & District Community Development Group and feel this is very rewarding. I enjoy spending time with my family, running, photography, DIY and wood carving.

Ben Beveridge Parent Governor

Statutory Information

Parent Governor
End of Office: 24th Feb 2024
2021/22 attendance: 100%
Register of Business Interests: Spouse employed by Devon Norse

Committee Membership

None

Lead Governor Role

Sports Premium

After suffering a life changing injury at work, I'm looking for a new challenge and after helping with swimming lessons for a few weeks I think my time, dedication and drive to overcome and succeed would be put to good use helping the school move forward. I have lived locally all my life and with my daughter attending Fremington, I want to put back and improve what I've found can so easily be taken away!

Kate Fairbrother Headteacher

Statutory Information

Headteacher
End of Office: N/A
2021/22 attendance: N/A
No business/pecuniary interests

Committee Membership

N/A

Lead Governor Role

N/A

Lydia Shelton Community Governor

Statutory Information

Local Authority Governor
End of Office: 30th June 2024
2021/22 attendance: 100%
No business/pecuniary interests

Committee Membership

Performance & Pay Committee
Head’s Appraisal Panel

Lead Governor Role

SEND

I have been a Governor at Fremington School since 1981, so I have seen tremendous changes in the school since 1975, when my elder son started in Reception. I taught at North Devon College (now Petroc) until I retired and that certainly convinced me that there is no substitute for a solid foundation in the first stages of education. Since retirement I have been very much involved with the local branch of Cats Protection and, after education, animal welfare - most particularly cat welfare - has been my main focus. Relaxation? Well, I do love our own cats and enjoy baking and making things - quilts and all sorts of sewing and knitting - and I am a compulsive reader as life without something to read is just impossible!

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Fremington Quay by Cliff Spittle