Governing Committee at Uffculme School

Uffculme School is part of the Uffculme Academy Trust and overall responsibility for the governance of all schools within the trust lies with the Board of Directors. The Trust’s mission is to provide outstanding educational experiences to all the children and young people who are educated within the Trust. More information about the trust can be found at

Local Governing Committees (LGCs) provide oversight and scrutiny for each of the schools within the Trust and are made up of Governors who are recruited locally. Their work resembles that of the governing bodies of maintained schools and is set within the vision, values and policies defined by the Trust. The LGC chair is appointed by the Board of Directors. 

scheme of delegation sets out the different roles played by the Trust and the LGCs and Terms of Reference describe the work of the LGC as well as the Trust’s Board and Committees.

The overall purpose of the LGC is:

a.    To ensure all students within the academy have access to a high quality education provision in line with the shared vision.

b.    To monitor the implementation of the development/improvement plan of individual academies within the Trust, ensuring that it is delivering against agreed strategic and local objectives; moving the academies and the Trust as a whole towards achieving and sustaining a regulatory judgement of outstanding in all areas.

c.    To ensure that the academic and wellbeing needs of students are being met effectively through the design and delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum which, through use of personalised, developmental support, helps to maximise each student’s success and enjoyment.

d.    To ensure all students are safeguarded.

e.    To ensure the Trust’s collective published admission number (PAN) is full.

LGC meetings are open, and if you were interested to see how the LGC works, you would be welcome to attend. If you would like to attend a meeting, or if you want to contact the Governing Committee for any reason, please contact Liz Mitchell (tel: 01884 840458 extension 201 or email: 

The Local Governing Committee is always interested in hearing the views of parents, pupils and staff.

Information on each member of the LGC is given below


  • Alan Blackburn

    Ex-Officio Governor

  • Caroline Wigley

    Community Governor, Chair of the Local Governing Committee, Deputy Portfolio Holder for Safeguarding, Behaviour and Attendance

    Caroline’s background is in biomedical research and higher education. After 12 years as a cancer research scientist, she joined Guys and St Thomas’s medical school in 1985, combining research with teaching. Caroline moved to Devon in 2002 and taught part-time at Exeter Medical School until last year. She edited the microscopic anatomy content of Gray’s Anatomy, editions 39 – 41 and is just beginning work on the 42nd edition. Caroline’s husband is Cornish and she is Devonian so they always planned to move west in their ‘semi-retirement’. They have two married daughters and four young grandchildren. Caroline’s other interests are in wildlife, especially birds, gardening, cooking and crosswords.
  • Matt Pearce

    Staff Governor

    Matt has worked at Uffculme School since 2001. He started as a Junior IT Technician and has been IT Manager since 2006. Uffculme is to him, as it is to many, more of a family than just a job. By joining the governing body he hopes to be able to play even more of a part in keeping the school such a centre of excellence for the future.

  • Leonie Mackenzie

    Parent Governor

  • John Roberts

    Staff Governor

  • Cameron Tonkin

    Parent Governor & Portfolio Holder for SEND

  • Martin Syvret

    Parent Governor

  • Fraser Wallace

    Community Governor with Portfolio for Safeguarding

  • Saffron Lee

    Community Governor