A Full Governing Board has 10 governors:

  • Headteacher
  • 2 x Parent Governors
  • 1 x Local Authority Governor
  • 1 x Staff Governor
  • 2 x Foundation Governors (inc. 1 x Ex-Officio)
  • 3 x Co-opted Governors

Chair – Joanne Tisdall
Vice Chair – Mike King
Joint Management Committee Chair – Joanne Tisdall
Finance & Personnel and Premises Committee Chair – Mike King

Mrs Rayner, Clerk to the Governors,
c/o Dartington C of E Primary School,
Shinners Bridge


Meet our Governors

Joanne Tisdall

Chair of Governors (LA Governor)

I am passionately committed to a fully inclusive education that gives all children access to a great learning experience in their mainstream local school. I have two sons, who went to KEVICC and have always attended their local community schools. I was a parent governor and vice chair of governors of their primary school for four years. I am also chair of a Community Land trust in Harberton. I worked in the creative industries for more than 20 years as a journalist and television director/producer, producing science programmes. I now work part-time as an investment manager specialising in funding start-up digital, media and creative businesses.

Miss T Cleverly

Executive Headteacher (Ex-officio)

I have been a teacher for over twenty years and I am driven, everyday, by a determination to ensure that all children, no matter which school they attend, has access to a great education. I have extensive experience in school improvement and I have designed and led school improvement projects which involved schools across the South West region in my role as leader of a Teaching School, All Saints TSA. I am also the Director of Education at the Learning Academy Partnership where I have experience of supporting schools on journeys from Requires Improvement and Special Measures. I am privileged to be the Executive Headteacher at Dartington C of E Primary School as part of the Management Partnership agreement with the Learning Academy Partnership.

Mike King

Vice Chair of Governors and SEND Governor (Substitute Ex-Officio Foundation Governor)

I have a background in education, having worked as a primary school Head Teacher for 20 years in Suffolk and in Wells, Somerset. A lifelong interest in sports encouraged me to join Sport England as a Lottery Fund Manager, covering projects throughout the SW region. I then went on to coordinate the Sedgemoor Learning Alliance in Somerset and initiated Somerset Children’s University. I am passionate about the benefits of a creative curriculum with emphasis on extra-curricular activity and outdoor learning, and believe that the benefits of a rich learning environment encourages raised aspirations in children, improved self-esteem and higher levels of educational attainment.

Geoff Breckin

(Co-opted Governor)

I have been a governor of Dartington C of E Primary School since 2015. I am a retired chartered civil engineer with over 40 years experience in the delivery of major projects. I have 2 adult daughters and am married to a retired Key Stage 2 teacher. I regard my experience as managing resources, both materials and people, to achieve results and that this can be applied to situations that occur outside engineering.

Jill Nixon

Safeguarding and PP Governor (Co-opted Governor)

Having worked in education for my entire career I feel I have skills and experience which could be useful to a primary school such as Dartington. I moved to Staverton in July 2018 having moved from the Reading area where I held the position of Head of School (Infants) in a Primary Federation. I have recent experience of Ofsted and SIAMS inspections having worked closely with the Executive Headteacher on both. I am an Early Years specialist with experience ranging from Nursery to Y2. I am passionate about children having a wealth of first hand and outdoor experiences including forest school which I championed in my last school. I volunteer for Dartington Hall Trust, and am the secretary of our local village hall committee .

Natalie Miller

(Parent Governor)

I believe that all children deserve a quality education in an inclusive, supportive environment which both fosters their interests (academic and otherwise) and nurtures their individual needs. I want to contribute to the achievement of high educational and social standards within this school. I have 8 years of experience working as a Data Manager within both Primary and Secondary school settings. I look forward to engaging with the staff and other parents to ensure that our children are encouraged to be good learners and confident happy individuals

Mrs J Stubbles

(Staff Governor)

I am a member of the SENDCo team here at Dartington and bring 15 years’ experience in education. I have worked in a variety of roles, including classroom teacher, LaST (Australian SENDCo equivalent), Relieving Assistant Principal, Senior Leadership Team member, Teaching Mentor, Reading Recovery and ESL teacher. I have learnt to build positive relationships with school communities and believe that the implementation of effective change should be achieved through a collaborative approach. I grew up in Africa and the UK and have recently moved back to the UK with my family after 13 years in Sydney, Australia. My aim is to ensure that the pupils here at Dartington are given the best opportunity to learn and become empowered by their knowledge.

Rev’d Debbie Parsons

Associate Member

I am an Associate Member and an Anglican priest. I am Team Vicar of Totnes serving the parishes of Totnes, Dartington, Berry Pomeroy, Marldon, Ashprington, Cornworthy and Stoke Gabriel. I have lived and worked in Devon since 2007. For twenty years, I taught English at Epsom College, a large co-educational boarding school for 13-18 year olds and was appointed as their first Housemistress introducing co-education at 13+ before being appointed to the Senior Leadership Team as Senior Housemistress. My remit is to uphold the Christian ethos of the school and to promote an environment in which every person can flourish.