Please contact Mrs Brocksom ( for information about joining our school.


The St Nicholas Local Governing Board currently comprises of 9 members - 5 Foundation Governors,  1 Parent Governor, 2 Community or Co-opted Governors and 1 Staff Governor.

The Local Governing Board meets once per term and convenes working groups to look at items such as Standards, Admissions, Curriculum and the Catholic Life of the School.

We are supported as a Local Governing Board by our MAT Central Team at Plymouth CAST who provide advice and support for Governors as well as additional training and updates on legislation, Ofsted and other education areas.

The aim of the Local Governing Board of St Nicholas is to support the Senior Leadership Team in the strategic direction of the school and meet regularly with Teachers and Support Staff to offer support and guidance. Governors interact with Students and Staff to obtain a clear picture of the workings within school and help to ensure the progression of the school in accordance with the Mission Statement. 

Governor's Strategic Vision

To be recognised as the School of Choice for children, parents and staff by:
  • providing outstanding learning for all children
  • celebrating the Catholic ethos of the School
  • providing innovative and diverse learning opportunities
  • enabling staff to help children reach their full potential
The Clerk to the Governors is Mrs Brocksom, who can be contacted by emailing
If you are interested in becoming a governor and wish to find out more about the role and requirements please contact Mrs Brocksom. 
Our Local Governing Board
Mrs Sarah Osbond

Chair of Governors / Co-Opted Governor and Curriculum and Standards Lead

I am a primary school teacher and have spent the last 8 years living in the US where I taught forest school in the Pacific Northwest and spent my spare time hiking in the mountains with my family. I enjoy adventures in nature with muddy boots and hot coffee.

Term of Office began on 08/12/2021. End date for this term of office 07/12/2025

Mrs Frances Dennehy

Plymouth CAST Foundation Governor / Vice Chair of Governors /Safeguarding Governor

I’m a foundation governor and have a son at the school currently in year 2. I’m a named governor for safeguarding and the Catholic life of the school. I am currently studying for a Diploma in Counselling having spent over a decade working in the NHS in the Fertility Clinic in Exeter.

Governor since 06/12/2016.. Current term of office expires 5/12/2024.

Dr Frankie Phillips

Plymouth CAST Foundation Governor / Catholic Life Co-Lead & Inclusion Lead

Dr Frankie Phillips has been a Foundation Governor since Summer 2013 and was vice-chair of Governors between 2016 - 2018. Frankie has four children and two are current pupils at St Nicholas school. Frankie is lead governor for the Catholic Life of the School and is actively involved in the' Drop in , Drop off' group welcoming parents and carers on Friday mornings. Frankie is a self-employed HCPC registered dietitian with expertise in child and public health nutrition and often comments on print and broadcast media stories related to nutrition.

Governor since 22/05/2013. Expiry of 4 year term of office on 21/05/25.

Mr James Cookson

Plymouth CAST Foundation Governor / Catholic Life Co-Lead & Safeguarding Lead

I have been a Foundation Governor since Spring 2019 to support the staff and pupils at St Nicholas Catholic Primary School. I work for the NHS at Kernow CCG and enjoy exploring the Devon countryside.

Governor since 22/03/2019. This term of office ends on 30/06/2027

Mrs Ann Hall

Foundation Governor and Inclusion Lead

I spent the whole of my working life in education, mainly in Catholic primary schools where I held various roles, including that of headteacher. I have also previously served on the governing body of two schools and worked as an education welfare officer. Now retired, I enjoy having more time to spend with my 7 grandchildren and great grandson. One of my grandsons attends our school and another has recently left. I am one of 2 lead governors for Inclusion.

Governor since 22/09/2023. This term of office ends on 22/09/2027.

GJ Melendez-Torres

Foundation Governor

Professor G.J. Melendez-Torres is Professor of Clinical and Social Epidemiology at the University of Exeter, where he also directs the School for Public Health Environments Research at Exeter (SPHERE). A registered nurse by education and vocation, his research and teaching primarily focus on child and adolescent health and on the prevention of domestic violence. He is a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish.

Govermor since 21/09/23. 4 year term of office ends on 21/09/27.

Dr James Pope

Parent Governor and Curriculum and Standards Lead

James is a parent governor beginning in the role in September 2023. James works as a senior climate scientist at the Met Office working with the UK Climate Projections. Away from work, James plays squash and has coached squash for over 20 years to children from age 5 to 18. He also plays a multi-racket sport, Racketlon and helps organise the sport in the UK and as a member of its World Governing Council. He has one child currently in the school and expects a second to start there in the near future.

Governor since 07/09/2023. This term of office ends on 07/09/2027

Mr Seb Mills

Community Governor and H&S & GDPR Lead

I am a Community governor with five of my children attending the school. I lead on Health, Safety, and GDPR. I am a qualified accountant (CIMA) and work as an IT Manager for the University of Exeter. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and working on DIY projects around the house and garden.

Governor since 16/05/2023. This term of office ends on 16/05/2027.

Fr Jonathan Stewart

Ex-Officio Governor

Parish priest of Sacred Heart church in Exeter. Ex-Officio Governor of St Nicholas School from 15/4/24 for a period of 4 years until 15/4/28

Mrs Cathy Blatchford

Executive Headteacher

Ex-officio Foundation Governor. Executive Head of St Nicholas and OLSP in Teignmouth since 01/01/22

Miss Jemma Standen

Acting Head of School

Staff Governor from 30/3/22. From 15/4 /24 Acting Head of School and ex-officio Governor.

Mr Ciaren Clemens

Staff Governor

Rougemont Class Teacher. Staff Governor from 15/4/24.

Mrs Ali Brocksom

Clerk to Governors

Clerk since January 2011

Plymouth CAST Information 
Approved Part 1 Minutes
To obtain a copy of LCB  part 1 minutes please contact Mrs Brocksom, Clerk to Governors by emailing