The governing body are responsible for the strategic direction of the school, for holding the Headteacher to account for educational outcomes and for making sure that money is well spent.

The governing body works in partnership with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team.  Acting as a 'critical friend' the governing body has a role to support and challenge the work of the school.

We have twelve governors - one is the Headteacher; one is a staff governor; three parent governors; one Local Authority governor and seven co-opted governors.  These are individuals who are asked to join the governing body due to the skills and expertise they bring.

We regularly review skills and experience across our governors against the recommendations of the National Governors Association and our own priorities so that, when we have a vacancy, we know what sort of person we need to bring in to the team. We usually find that person from among the parents at Landscore or from the Crediton community.

The full governing body meets monthly.  In line with its strategic role, its focus for these meetings is school improvement.

We have a number of committees that can be called upon when necessary, namely:

  • Pay Review

  • Performance Management

  • Hearing and Appeals Panels

We also develop 'start and finish' task groups throughout the year as required.

Some of our governors are hold a 'lead' role for certain subjects:

  • Safeguarding Governor - Richard Whitehouse

  • Deputy Safeguarding Governor - Hazel Hodge

  • H&S Governor - Hazel Hodge

  • SEN and Pupil Premium Governor - Elizabeth Dunton

  • Equality Governor - Liz Brooks-Hocking

Members of the Governing Body for 2020/21 are:

David Smith (Chair) 
Co-opted Governor – Term of Office Ends: 17th January 2023

I have been a Governor since 2004, when my own children (now adults) were in Key Stage One.  As a co-opted Governor I have been asked by the Governing Body to join them to bring specific expertise.  I have wide ranging experience including environmental regulation, strategy development, business planning, performance management, IT, consultancy and teaching.  I have been Chair of the Governors for a number of years and enjoy my role and the challenges it brings.


Ernest Lloyd 
Co-opted Governor – Term of Office Ends: 17th January 2023

I have been a Governor at Landscore since 2013.  I am married with two grown up sons and three granddaughters and was a Headteacher in Hampshire before retiring and moving to Devon in 2002, where I worked for 8 years as Senior Education Officer.  As a co-opted Governor I have been asked by the Governing Body to join them to bring specific expertise.  I enjoy rugby, reading, theatre, gardening and cycling.  I am the Vice Chair.

Elizabeth Dunton
Parent Governor – Term of Office Ends: 5th December 2021

I have been a Parent Governor since 2014 and have two children attending Landscore.  I am a PGCE qualified Secondary School Teacher of English with Drama, and have been teaching English on a one to one basis to French students for several years.  I am currently an MTA at Landscore.  As a Parent Governor I am a representative of the parent body, and offered to take on the role.  I am committed to helping Landscore provide the best experience of the educational journey for all its pupils.  I strongly believe that the voices of parents, carers, staff and above all, the children should be heard clearly within the school community.  I am the Lead Governor for SEN and Pupil Premium.

Hazel Hodge
Co-opted Governor – Term of Office Ends: 17th January 2023

I have been a Governor since 2011.  My son joined Landscore in 2001, and while my son was at the school I became involved in helping to improve Landscore facilities for the children, as the PTA secretary, as a parent helper for reading, mealtime assistant before becoming a Governor.  I manage Pippins Pre-School and Nursery and run Landscore’s before and after school club “Kidz Star Club”.  I manage a highly motivated, skilful team of Early Years Educators who deliver high quality childcare and playwork. My previous career was with Nat West Bank for 17 years.  I am very supportive of Landscore’s policies and as a governor I contribute to the schools improvement action plans by visiting the school regularly and meeting with the children.  As a co-opted Governor I have been asked by the Governing Body to join them to bring specific expertise.  I am lead Govenrnor for Health and Safety and am also the deputy Safeguarding Governor.

Liz Brooks-Hocking
Co-opted Governor - Term of Office Ends: 20th January 2024

I joined the Governing Body in 2016 and was asked to join for my local knowledge of Crediton and its forward vision, I am also a serving Town Councillor.  I am looking forward to working alongside the School Council in 2019.

Richard Whitehouse
Co-opted Governor - Term of Office Ends: 12th September 2021
I was co-opted onto the Governing Body in 2017 due to my experience and knowledge of working with children and young people.  I am the Safeguarding Governor.
Sarah Saunders
Parent Governor - Term of Office Ends: 5th December 2021

Rachel Morgan
Parent Governor - Term of Office Ends: 5th December 2021
Rev. Matthew Tregenza
Co-opted Governor - Term of  Office Ends: 17th September 2023

Patrick Seller

Staff Governor - Term of Office Ends: 11th September 2022

Debbie Main

Judith Harris
Clerk to the Governing Body
1 vacancies - Local Authority governor
Governor Record - updated 10/09/2020
Attendance at Governor Meetings 2019/20
Dates of Governor Meetings 2020/21

For more information about the Governing Body please contact the Clerk, Judith Harris -