The Governing Body is made up of 10 Governors, including the Headteacher. All meetings are Full Local Governing Body Meetings and there are no committees except for Pay & Performance and First & Second Hearing Panels. Governors are selected to sit on these committees as required.

Governors do not make decisions on the day to day running of the school but have clear and defined responsibilities laid down by the Government for the strategic direction of the school, including its vision and ethos, raising standards and monitoring the school’s finances. Governors work closely with the Directors and Members of The Tarka Learning Partnership.

As well as attending regular meetings each term, Governors visit the school to talk to staff and pupils. Every month a Governor looks at a specific area of school life and shares their findings at Local Governing Body Meetings.

Each Governor brings their own unique skills and experience to the Governing Body and strive to make a positive impact on children’s lives and education in the local community.

If you would like to find out more about the Governing Body or contact any of the Governors, please email me at or contact the school.

Andrea Turnbull
Clerk to the Governing Body

Our Governors

Sue Lewry Chair of Governors

Statutory Information

Co-opted Governor
Safeguarding Governor
Term of Office 22.07.17-21

I am a Community Governor at the school and have just been elected Chair. I was born and brought up in London but relocated to North Devon in 2009. I have previously served as a Governor for two primary schools and a secondary school, in different London boroughs, and have experience of being Chair of Governors. I am excited for the future of Eden Park Academy, it has been fantastic seeing the progress in the children’s learning since I joined the school as a governor, and I am looking forward to supporting the team enabling our children to achieve their full potential and be lifelong learners.

Sharon Blyth Vice Chair of Governors

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Foundation Governor
Term of Office 07.10.15-19

I am very proud to be a governor here at Eden Park Academy, and have enjoyed being connected to the school for the past 4 years. I believe we work very well as a team and we are always focussed on supporting staff and enabling our amazing children to extend their learning and enjoy school. I am a mother of 4 children - three of whom are at Secondary school and one at Primary - and I have always tried to be involved in their education and support their schools. However, my passion for education extends beyond that as a qualified Secondary school teacher and Lecturer in English at Petroc, as well as Schools and Families worker for Trinity Church. In my spare time I enjoy running, being in the outdoors and reading.

Judy Walters Headteacher

Statutory Information

Term of Office 01.01.18-

I have been Acting Head since January 2018; I was previously Head of Teaching & Learning. I have a great deal of experience in teaching Years 3-6, particularly Year 6. I am passionate about making the curriculum exciting and engaging for all children and to ensure that they leave Eden Park well equipped for a successful future.

Malcolm Lloyd Parent Governor

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Term of Office 25.09.17-21

I moved back to Devon six years ago after being away for 37 years. Both my children attend Eden Park Academy and I am in my second term as parent governor. I spent my working life in engineering both mechanical and electronic. The first 5 years in a medium sized mechanical engineering company followed by 24 years in the Royal Air Force working on ground and satellite radar and communications. The later years were spent working for NATO and as an instructor at number 1 radio school. I then moved into civilian life and worked for Motorola developing and delivering technical courses to our mobile phone customers. I am now retired and support the school in areas relating to Health and Safety audits and ensuring correct procedures are followed in relation to H&S. I also ensure records pertaining to accident and medical intervention are correctly maintained.

Chris Mason Co-opted Governor

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Term of Office 22.03.17-21

We moved to Barnstaple from Bromsgrove in Worcester. I initially worked at Pynes Infant School in Bideford and and I joined Forches Primary in June 2014 as Site Supervisor.I also have experience in site maintenance. My responsibilities are the health and safety and general management of the site. I was co-opted onto the Governing Body and feel that it is an honour and privilege to have been asked.

Andrea Turnbull Clerk to the Governing Body

I joined Forches Cross Primary in September 2013 as the School Business Manager and when the existing Clerk left I took on the role in 2016.I have previously worked at Shirwell Primary School as an Administrator and before that I had worked as an Assistant Manager in Woolworths. As Clerk my responsibilities include organising the work of the Local Governing Body, maintaining accurate records, ensuring policies are up to date and providing Governors with independent legal advice.

Laura Dyer Staff Governor

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Term of Office 26.09.18

In 2014, I began my teaching career in a mixed year 4/5 class at Forches Cross Primary and now have the honour and privilege of representing staff on the Governing Body of Eden Park Academy. I am passionate about ensuring all our children are provided with an engaging, yet challenging curriculum, and leave us ready for their future learning journey and equipped for success in this ever changing world.