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Welcome to our Governors’ section.


We are currently governed by an interim governing body who have taken responsibility for providing strategic direction while the new school is established. In September 2017, this will be replaced by our full governing body. 


We will shortly publish details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


We will also provide a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Interim Governing Body


The Interim Governing Body is responsible for establishing the new school and provides strategic leadership and accountability. Our governors are drawn from the local area and as such, have a strong commitment to establishing the school to serve Newcourt. Between them, the governors offer a wealth of experience and expertise in primary education, school governance and church schools and are committed to establishing the school to serve the community of Newcourt.


The governors are supported by a team of staff from the Diocesan Board of Education which oversees church schools across Devon. 


Our governors are:


Chair: Michelle Perryman


Michelle is Chair of the Interim Governing Body and is also responsible for safeguarding.


She has lived in Devon all her life and currently works for Virgincare as a member of the Public Health Team and also helps her husband who runs his own business by completing his admin and accounts.


Michelle has been a Governor since 1999 in schools in Exeter and East Devon. She is currently a Governor at two other primary schools in Devon. She works closely with Devon County and the diocese to help secure the best education possible for the local children.

As well as her Governor role Michelle enjoys spending her free time with her husband and her two grown up children. She is a keen traveller who loves exploring, but most of all enjoys time in the beautiful local countryside.


Vice Chair: Rev Jonny Elvin

Jonny is the Vice Chair of the governing body and is responsible for the Christian distinctiveness of the school and property.

He has been vicar of Trinity Church since it started in 2003. In 2005 Trinity Church moved to Clyst Heath to serve the people of this parish with the good news of Jesus Christ. The church meets in Clyst Heath primary school. As well as Clyst Heath, King’s Heath and Southam Fields, Trinity’s parish now also includes Newcourt, Greenacres and Seabrook Orchards. He is married to Jane and they have four school age children. 

His main passion in life is to see people come to discover and respond to the love of God in Jesus Christ. He is also keen on sport and music. His main sport at present is cycling, though he will participate in a number of other sports given the chance. He plays guitar, trumpet and sings, though not all at the same time. 


Hannah Cross


Hannah is responsible for monitoring the finances of the new school. She is an experienced governor having spent 6 years on the governing body of another Devon Primary School.


She currently works as Executive Officer at the Diocese of Exeter but has previously worked as both a teacher in a  Further Education College and as an Economist at the Ministry  of Finance in Malawi.


She is married to Rab and has a young daughter.


​Lucy Porter Goff


Lucy has lived in Exeter for over 25 years, is married to Jonathan and they have one son. She has previous experience of being a Parent Governor and Chair of Governors at her son’s school, St Leonards CofE Primary. Lucy and her family are active and long standing members of Trinity Church, Exeter.


Lucy has worked in the private, public and charitable sectors, initially in financial services and then in a local authority. Her area of expertise is learning and development and she currently leads the training team in Guinness Care, a local social care provider.


Having gained a lot of knowledge and experience in her governor role at St Leonards, Lucy is really pleased to have an opportunity to contribute to the development of a new Church of England school in Exeter, especially as it is situated within the parish of Trinity.


Malcolm Elliott

Malcolm is responsible for overseeing the property arrangements for the new school. He is a recently retired, experienced Headteacher with a career in Education covering 44 years. He has taught in schools in London, Kent and Devon. His three headships have all been in successful Devon schools. He was also an OfSTED inspector, a national primary consultant leader and a primary school improvement partner.


Since retiring he has become Chair of the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival. His main interests are travelling, contemporary fiction, the theatre and following rugby.


John Arkell


John is responsible for overseeing communications and working with the local community.


He has lived in the Newcourt area of Exeter for five years.


John is Associate Minister of Trinity Church and Chairman of the Newcourt Community Association, which he and his wife, Kate, helped to launch with fellow residents at the beginning of 2012 in order to support and encourage the development of community life throughout Newcourt.


He leads the Digby and Newcourt Community Choir.


Kate Arkell


Kate is responsible for community relations. She lives in Newcourt and is keen to encourage new residents to get stuck in and help the new community thrive.


Kate has a natural desire to do what she can to make a difference - this took her into nursing, and later to working with her husband John in a UK Christian mission organisation, taking on a variety of roles. She enjoys working in a team and helping others to have a go. As secretary of the Newcourt Community Association, Kate has contact with many residents in the community. She also helps to run the Digby and Newcourt Community Choir. She is a Christian and a member of Trinity Church; has three married children and 15 grandchildren. 


Helen Crossfield


Helen is responsible for governance. She qualified as a primary school teacher and taught in inner London for 8 years. After a break, Helen moved into education support services and into human resources working with schools and education services in London and Devon. Helen worked for Devon County Council supporting schools between 2001 and 2012.


Helen has been a governor at schools in London, St Albans and Devon in special, primary and secondary schools, and currently at an academy. She has also chaired the Interim Executive Board of a school in Devon which had gone into special measures until it became part of a federation of schools.


As well as voluntary roles, Helen works as an associate for Babcock LDP undertaking governance healthchecks and headteacher appraisal training for governors.




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