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 11 governors. This is made up of: 4 parents governors, 1 staff governor, 1 headteacher governor, 1 local authority governor, 3 co-opted governors governors and 1 church (Foundation) governor.

Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Cath Smith.

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.


Catherine Smith

Chair of the Full Governing Body

Co-opted Governor

Pastoral and Curriculum Committee

Term of Office Started: 11.11.11
Term of Office Ends: 16.07.19

I was elected as a parent governor in 2011, and became a co-opted governor in July 2015 when I took over as Chair of Governors. In addition, I am the Safeguarding lead governor and a link governor for music and science.

I have two children who are flourishing at Compton, which was my motivation to stand for election in 2011.

The role of the Chair of Governors is to work in partnership with the Headteacher whilst holding them to account; to lead the governance team to develop and refine strategy; to ensure that financial and statutory requirements are met; and to ensure that school improvement is the focus of all policies and strategy.

In real life, that means that I chair our termly Full Governors meetings, attend subcommittee meetings, contribute to the termly governors newsletter and visit school frequently. The Head and I meet regularly to discuss ideas and current school issues, which then feed in to agenda setting for subsequent meetings, and policy and strategy development.

Being a Chair is a challenging role, but enjoyable; particularly for the fulfilment that comes from working together with the governors from many different walks of life, with the common goal of maintaining our unique ‘Compton ethos’, whilst constantly striving to improve the education and experience provided for the pupils, staff , parents and wider community of Compton C of E Primary School.

In my spare time I am a consultant radiologist at Derriford, and an enthusiastic violinist.

I am always keen to hear from parents, staff or members of the wider school community. Please contact me via Jean Bell in the school office.


Mark Oakshott

Headteacher – Staff Governor

Member of All Committees

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. Over the last year, I have been training to be an Ofsted inspector.

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.


Lee Edwards–Smith

Parent Governor

Finance and Premises Committee

Term of Office Started: 29.09.15
Term of Office Ends: 28.09.19

I currently sit in the Finances & Premises Committee. As a Design Manager for a large building contractor, who has built various educational facilities locally in the past 10 years, I hope my knowledge and experience can add some value to this governing body over the coming few years. Both my children love coming to school here and as a family we all enjoy the wider Compton School community and the numerous organised events.

Any spare time I can find is spent either out running or walking on a moor somewhere, enjoying a bit of peace and quiet!


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 Committee

Term of Office Started: 04.03.13
Term of Office Ends: 31.03.17

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.


Jon Halton

Co-opted Governor

Finance and Premises Committee

Term of Office Started: 11.11.11
Term of Office Ends: 14.09.19

I have been a governor at Compton for 4 years – first as a parent governor and currently co-opted. I have a son at the school and two older children who have moved on to Secondary Schools.

I work in the Naval Base at Devonport as part of the Estates Team where I am responsible for ensuring the buildings, waterfront and land on site are maintained to agreed standards and are fully utilised. I also have responsibility for disposals of items ranging from furniture to boat hoists and cranes.

I sit on the Finance and Premises committee where decisions on how to spend any money available to the school are taken.

I remain, as always impressed with the school ethos and competitiveness and the huge range of activities available for the children to take part in and will continue to support the school achieve this.


Jacs Houslander

Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body

Chair of the Pastoral and Curriculum Committee

Parent Governor

Term of Office Started: 31.03.14
Term of Office Ends: 31.03.18

I am a parent governor and also one of the Vice chairs. I became a governor because I had three children at the school, and felt I wanted to make a positive contribution to the school and the way it operates. I always knew that Compton C of E School was a good school, but being a governor has helped me to see how hard all of the staff work to keep it that way.

Having worked in local government for much of my working life I also know that within large organisations it is easy to become complacent, particularly when you are at the top of your game. I like being in a position to challenge and support to always think about the next goal.

I love being part of the governing body and I am proud to be part of a school, which is always achieving and moving onwards and upwards.


Juliet Morgan

Parent Governor

Pastoral and Curriculum Committee

Child Protection Governor

Term of Office Started: 31.03.14
Term of Office Ends: 31.03.18

I am a parent governor with two children at Compton. I am a part-time history teacher at a secondary school in the city and am also studying for a masters degree in psychology. I decided to become a parent 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!


Jackie Price

Staff Governor

Pastoral and Curriculum Committee

Term of Office Started: 21.10.05
Term of Office Ends: 20.10.17

I have been a member of staff at Compton Cof E Primary since 2000, and a staff governor since 2006. Since starting here I have taught pupils from Year 2 to Year 6.

Having lived in the local area for over 20 years, and with my own three children having enjoyed their primary education here, I feel very strongly about the importance of our school at the heart of the local community, and am committed to seeing it continue to thrive and deliver quality opportunities for our children.


Matt Sheather

Parent Governor

Finance and Premises Committee

Term of Office Started: 29.09.15
Term of Office Ends: 28.09.19

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

I became a parent governor in November 2015 as I have two girls at Compton, and with this vested interest, I wanted to be able to offer my own skill set to the school and assist in continuing to enhance all the childrens’ educational journey. With my legal and board management background I hope to help support the school to continue running at such a high standard.


James Stevenson

Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body

Co-opted Governor

Chair of Finance and Premises Committee

Term of Office Started: 27.09.06
Term of Office Ends: 25.11.18

I am an ex-pupil of Compton C of E Primary School. My three children attended Compton and had a wonderful experience, as well as setting them up well for their future education they have also learnt many life skills and made enduring friendships. There is a wonderful ethos here, almost like a big family. I first became a parent governor , in 2005, to support the school & help it to progress further. It is so important for children to engage with their learning at this age. This will then help them progress and realise their full potential.

I later became a community governor and now I am a co-opted governor.

I work in the construction industry as a site manger to a specialist contractor.

Although my youngest child left 3 years ago I am still proud to help the school progress whilst keeping that very special part which is Compton.


Di Werker

Associate Governor

Pastoral and Curriculum Committee

Term of Office Started: 01.04.06
Term of Office Ends: 31.03.18

I have been a governor at Compton since 2006, the first 8 years as a parent governor and now as an associate governor. I am part of the Pastoral and Curriculum Committee, with a particular interest in S.E.N. It has been a privilege to be part of a wonderful school which allows children to achieve their full potential whatever their ability may be.


Jean Bell

Clerk to Governors

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.


Giles Phillips

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.

Mr Phillips is invited as he has an extensive and deep knowledge of our school and can share leadership and whole school management issues.