Our Governors

What governors do

Governors have three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of schools, their pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the schools and making sure money is well spent.


Governors are not involved in the day to day management of a school. They are “eyes on, hands off”.

They provide strategic oversight of the processes, policies and practices of the schools to ensure that that they are statutorily compliant and to monitor and evaluate their impact.  

To achieve this governors will:

  • support and challenge leaders

  • have knowledge of the pupil experience

  • have a comprehensive understanding of how the schools work

  • have the benefit of the pupils at the heart of all their decisions

  • strive to engage with parents

  • ensure governors are well trained


Governing Board structure

The Full Governing Board (FGB) meets at least twice a term. It has a Pay and Performance Committee which reports to the FGB.

To support the work of the governing board there are the following lead governor roles:

  • Finance, Premises and H & S

  • Curriculum

  • Inclusion and SEND

  • Pupil Premium

  • Safeguarding


Governor details

Cath Jennings - Chair & Co-opted Governor

Sally Wilson - Vice-chair & LA Governor

Tim Gurney - Headteacher & Ex-officio Governor

Brian Border - Co-opted Governor

Nikki Routledge - Parent Governor

Mark Woolacott - Parent Governor

Tim Williams - Co-opted Governor

Melissa Gunton - Co-opted Governor

Jill Larcombe - Clerk to Governors

Vacancies - Staff Governor & Co-opted Governor x 2

To contact the Governing Board please email chair@exmoorlink.org or clerk@exmoorlink.org

The Chair and Clerk are not based in school but can be contacted through the school offices