Mr Will Higbee
Chair of Governors
Will Higbee - Chair of Governors
I've been a parent governor at St David's since 2012. I have two children who both attended St David's Primary. My son is now at secondary school and my daughter is in upper key stage 2.
I work at Exeter University, where I am an Associate Professor in French and Film Studies. As a parent, I've always been impressed by the genuine community feel at St David's - it was, in fact, one of the main reasons I became a governor at the school. I want to help preserve the unique environment that a small school such as St David's offers to its pupils, while supporting the excellent work done by the school's talented and committed team of teachers and support staff. If there are any matters relating to the school that you wish to discuss with me as a parent governor, please feel free to approach me in the playground when waiting to collect or drop off your children.
Mr Stephen Bright
Stephen Bright - Parent Governor
I became a school governor in 2018 and am also Treasurer of the school's PTA, a role I have held since my son started school (he is now at secondary school). I am a self-employed Chartered Accountant by profession performing accounting, taxation compliance and advisory services for a portfolio of owner managed business ranging from sole traders to companies with turnovers up to £25 million. Before this I spent several years working for various accounting practices and also two years working as a financial director of a publishing company which was a subsidiary of a major international concern. I became a governor as I wanted to help the school with the financial and management skills and experience I have gained. I am a firm believer that the most valuable thing a child can gain is a good education and sense of values and I would like to contribute to this in some small way. I would also hope that the knowledge and experience I have might support the governing body and contribute to enabling the school to meet its mission and objectives. In particular I aim to apply this overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring that the limited financial resources that the school has at its disposal is well spent and achieves maximum value for money.
Ross Sloman - Governor
I am the staff governor and represent the views and opinions of my colleagues at governors meetings. I am also the Year 5/6 class teacher at St David's.
Rev Nigel Guthrie
Rev. Nigel Guthrie - Foundation Governor
I am Vicar of Saint David’s, Exeter and to look after the two churches of St David’s and St Michael and All Angels within our parish. I also act as a mentor to those considering ordination. It is a great privilege to be associated with St David’s School, a Church of England School with a warm sense of community and a spirit of service to local children and families.
I have previously ministered in Coventry, Derby and, for 15 years in Crediton where I was also, a Governor at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy Trust.
I am married to a teacher and have two sons in the later stages of education. My interests include music, walking and bird-watching.
As a Governor I hope to support St David’s School by bringing encouragement and care to the school community and by helping to strengthen and deepen the Christian ethos which lies behind the work of our school.
Amy Down - Foundation Governor
I took up a role as Foundation Governor in September 2017 having been a resident of the parish and worshipper at St Michael’s Church for a number of years prior to that. I serve on various committees within the church and also sing in the choir, although my full-time job is with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. I have experience working and teaching in primary schools in Warwickshire where I grew up, and Oxford where I was a student, which is also where I first took an interest in the church. I was confirmed at St Michael’s in November 2016 and enjoy building links between school and church, supporting and encouraging the Christian ethos of the school and visiting regularly to meet with you