Mill Water School is a member of the SENtient Trust, a cooperative trust comprising of a group of special schools in Devon. The Governing Body provides strategic leadership and creates robust accountability, oversight and assurance for the educational and financial performance of the school. It has three core functions:
If you would like to know more about the Governing Body, or become involved in its work, please contact the Clerk to the Governors.
Paul Charlton - Chair of Governors
Paul spent his business career working in a variety of senior roles for a UK based International Insurance Company, including a spell setting up a new business in Singapore. Having worked away from Devon and recently retired he is keen to spend some time lending his wide range of skills and business experience in supporting local causes. Living in Sidmouth and having been introduced to the work of Mill Water school by one of his daughters, he can think of no better cause.
He loves to travel, is interested in the arts and books - he’s a member of a local book group, practices yoga, enjoys walking and golf.
Andrew Gardner – Vice Chair of Governors
Andrew was a Parent Governor from September 2014 until July 2019. He has since been co-opted onto the board and currently serves as a Vice Chair of Governors. Andrew has demonstrated his commitment to improving outcomes for all pupils over his time as a Governor. Having originally studied engineering, he is now involved in business; developing, marketing and selling medical products worldwide.
Andrew has a smallholding that he runs, helped by his son, who was a pupil at the school, breeding sheep and keeping chickens.
Jason was a Parent Governor, with a son in the school, he is now a co-opted Governor. He has over 20 years experience working within Government in a range of roles including project management, product development, user research and marketing. He now leads a team responsible for a portfolio of products sold worldwide to support the safety of international shipping. He is a Chartered Marketer, recognised by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and is keen to use his experience to help the school grow.
Outside work, Jason enjoys kayaking and spending time at the beach with his family.
I am Mum to three children, ranging from a year-old to my ten-year-old son, who attends Mill Water School.
Having worked in education for over thirty years, eventually becoming an Acting Headteacher at a large local school, I'm currently a Maths and English Consultant (for 5 - 18 year-olds) supporting over forty families a week and work alongside over fifteen local schools. I also support students who are currently finding it difficult to access an educational setting.
I am passionate about giving our children the best start in life through a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum, with high expectations of staff as well as pupils. I feel strongly about preparing our children at Mill Water School for adulthood as they move up through the school. I also believe in a close partnership and regular communication with parents.
In my spare time (on those rare occasions that it occurs), I am an obsessive cook.
Maggie Carter - Safeguarding Governor
Maggie is a Local Authority Governor. She worked for Scomis, part of Devon County Council that deals with IT services for schools, but previously worked for Children’s and Young People’s services in Plymouth. She has many years of experience working with and for young people. She started her career as a special needs teacher.
Maggie enjoys Pilates – exercising lying down! She also likes cooking and eating with friends.
Sarah is our Headteacher and also sits on the Governing Body. She is committed to continuing our school improvement and to seeing the school provide the best possible outcomes for pupils.
Away from school Sarah enjoys spending time with her family. She is an experienced musician, who loves to watch a show and has been known to get up on stage herself.
Andrew is a class teacher and middle leader who sits on the Governing Body as a staff governor. Andrew is keen to develop the school further, making it the best it can be and provide the best possible outcomes for pupils.
Away from school Andrew enjoys spending time with his family. Andrew is passionate about sport and will play Football, Racketball and Golf with varying degrees of success.
I have worked for Devon County Council for 7 years dealing mainly with schools in North Devon as a Health and Safety Advisor. For the past two years I was seconded onto the Devon Public Health team where I led on the Covid 19 response in Devon schools. It was always my wish when I retired to use my skills to help schools provide children with an excellent place to learn and thrive in.
I am a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. I have a BSc and a MSc in Health and Safety Management as well as being a qualified teacher in post compulsory education. I have taught in the further and higher education sector.
Throughout my working life I have been a volunteer in various capacities and have been a Trustee for both The Council for Administration and for Bristol Family Mediation Service as well as a staff governor in the Further Education Sector.
My skills are in the areas of premises management, health and safety compliance, teaching, and training. I have an in-depth knowledge of the education sector. I have been a Trustee and Governor in organisations that have gone through mergers and restructuring and played a major role in the due diligence process of these mergers.