Lifton School is a ‘maintained school’ and the Governing Board works closely with the headteacher and senior leadership team.  Governors have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education, encouraging them to ‘Aim high, reach for the stars’.   Our three core strategic functions are:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


A considerable amount of energy, time and commitment is required from the Governors who are not paid for their work and willingly volunteer.  Governors are required to visit the school for meetings and, as well as for informal visits, they have a schedule of formal visits to monitor the School Improvement Plan.  In addition to all of this they take part in job interviews and attend training courses offered by Babcock Education on behalf of Devon County Council.


Governors attend parent forum meetings, open days and other community/parent events held by the School and FOLS (Friends of Lifton School) when parents and members of the community have chance to speak to them.  Parent governors are also often found in the playground at the beginning and end of the school day.  Results of questionnaires and parent engagement sessions are fed back to the GB by the HT and governors during meetings.  The School Council members are sometimes invited to attend and put forward their views at GB meetings.  Anyone wishing to speak with a member of the GB can do so through the school administrator.


Our Governing Board reconstituted in March 2015 in line with statutory legislation and has ten members; headteacher, one member of staff who is elected by staff, three parents who are elected by parents, four co-opted members of the community and one who is appointed by the Local Authority.  We also employ a Clerk to the Governors, as required by law.


Each governor is required to be a member of a committee, Teaching & Learning (T&L) or Resources, as well as being part of the full Governing Board (GB).  The committees have been delegated responsibilities as below, full delegation details are set out in the Terms of Reference (TOR) for each committee.  TOR’s are reviewed annually in September by the GB, or as and when required due to a change in legislation or circumstances.

Governing Board:            Overall responsibility for the performance and management of the school

Resources Committee:    Personnel, pay and performance, finance, premises and health and safety

T&L Committee:             Monitoring and accountability of the progress of pupils and the curriculum

Both committees and the GB generally each meet once a term.  Occasionally, when the need arises, an additional meeting may be called or a working party set up to discuss or review an issue and make recommendations to the GB.  Details of governors, their terms of office and which committee they sit on can be found below.

Chair of Governors:                    Mrs Vicky Glen

Vice Chair of Governors:            Mrs Debbie Martin

Chair of Resources:                    Mrs Debbie Martin

Chair of Teaching & Learning:    Mr Chris James




Name Type of Governor Appointing Board Office Term Committee(s) Registered interests
Melanie Cripps Headteacher Ex officio   05/05/13 – n/a Teaching & Learning


Melloney Slater


Co-opted Governing Board   14/07/2016 – 14/07/2020 Teaching & Learning None
Derek Hignett Parent Elected by parents   17/06/2014 – 16/06/2018 Teaching & Learning None
Debbie Martin


Parent Elected by Parents Vice-Chair of Governing Board

Chair of Resources

12/02/2014 – 11/02/2018 Resources None
Natalie Maynard


Parent Elected by Parents   21/07/2013 – 20/07/2017 Teaching & Learning None
Chris James


Co-opted Governing Board Chair of Teaching & Learning 22/03/2015 – 21/03/2019 Teaching & Learning None
Vicky Glen


Co-opted Governing Board Chair of Governing Board 22/03/2015 – 21/03/2019 Resources Councillor – Lifton Parish Council
Michaela Emmanuel-Jones Co-opted Governing Board   15/07/2015 – 14/07/2019 Resources None
Gillian Taylor Staff Elected by Staff   14/07/2016 – 14/07/2020 Resources None

Previous Governors Who Have Served During The Last 12 Months

Melloney Slater


Staff Elected by staff   06/01/2014 – 13/07/2016 Teaching & Learning None
Gillian Taylor Co-opted Governing Board   07/11/2015 – 13/07/2016 Resources None

Clerk:  Mrs Emma James


Register of Meeting Attendees
September 2015-July2016


Y   = Present
A   = Absent
N/A = Not Applicable

Meeting Name Date of Meeting Melanie Cripps Vicky Glen Sue Richardson Chris James Debbie Martin Michaela Emmanual-Jones Natalie Maynard Derek Hignett Melloney Slater Gill Taylor Absences Sanctioned Emma James (Clerk)
Full Governors 23/09/15 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N/A   Y
Resources 21/10/15 Y Y Y N/A Y Y N/A N/A N/A N/A   Y
Teaching & Learning 04/11/15 Y N/A N/A Y N/A N/A Y A Y N/A   Y
Full Governors (Extraordinary) 06/11/15 Y Y Y Y Y Y A A A N/A   A
Resources (Extraordinary) 09/12/15 Y Y Y N/A Y Y N/A N/A N/A Y   Y
Full Governors 09/12/15 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y A Y Y   Y
Resources 24/02/16 Y Y A N/A Y Y N/A N/A N/A A   Y
Teaching & Learning 24/02/16 Y N/A N/A Y N/A N/A Y A Y N/A   Y
Full Governors (Extraordinary) 07/03/16 Y Y A A A A Y A Y Y   A
Resources 23/03/16 Y Y Y N/A Y A N/A N/A N/A Y   Y
Full Governors 23/03/16 Y Y Y Y Y A Y Y Y Y Y Y
Resources 18/05/16 Y Y Y N/A Y A N/A N/A N/A A Y Y
Teaching & Learning 15/06/16 Y N/A N/A A N/A N/A A Y Y N/A Y Y
Resources (Extraordinary) 13/07/16 Y Y Y N/A Y Y N/A N/A N/A Y Y Y
Full Governors 13/07/16 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y