Anyone wishing to contact the Chair or Vice-Chair of the Governors can do so by writing to them at the College or by telephoning the Clerk to Governors on the college telephone number. Messages can also be sent electronically to the Clerk to Governors or the Chair of the Governors.

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 1 September 2014 – 31 August 2017

The Governing Body at Dawlish Community College 

NamePositionCategory of GovernorTerm of office endsBusiness Interests
Mr Jon HarriesChair of GovernorsCo-opted Governor6th January 2019None Declared
Mrs Kath WhalingJoint Vice ChairFoundation Governor30th August 2020None Declared
Mr Kevin McGrathJoint Vice ChairCo-opted Governor July 2019Consultant for Education Training and Project Management- links with Babcock LDP, Exeter
Wife is Governor of Cockwood Primary School
Mr Graham CareyLocal Authority Governor2nd February 2020None Declared
Mr Simon CopperParent Governor 13th September 2020
Ms Lorraine ChambersStaff Governor 13th September 2020None Declared
Mr David ViolettParent Governor13th September 2020
None Declared
Mr Kevin WardCo-opted Governor 6th January 2019
None Declared
Mr Jamie WhalingFoundation Governor 19th July 2020None Declared
Mr Fred WoodheadCo-opted Governor6th January 2019 None Declared
Mrs Nancy DrakeClerk to GovernorsNot applicable
None Declared

Chair of Governors and Principal are ex-officio members of all Committees.

The role of the Governing Body is to support the strategic development of the College by working with the Head Of School and other members of the Senior Leadership Team, acting as a ʻcritical friendʼ.

The Governing Body has three main functions, aimed at promoting the highest standards of education:
• Holding the Principal to account for the educational performance of all students

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

• Overseeing the financial performance of the College

Why become a Governor?

If you have an interest and passion in the ongoing development of Dawlish Community College to provide the best possible education in its broadest sense to the young people in this area, offering your time as a Governor will allow you to contribute directly to that end.

What is involved in becoming a Governor?

The college Governing Body currently comprises 20 Governors representing various groups such as parents, staff, the Local Authority and the Co-operative Trust and each has a term of office of four years. Induction and ongoing training is provided, some of which is mandatory, e.g. child protection.

Governors are expected to attend full Governing Body meetings, which are approximately one per term, and you will be asked to sit on one or two committees which monitor three specific areas:

• Student Outcomes (teaching and learning)

• Resources (premises, personnel and finance)

• Stakeholders (students and the part they and the college play in the wider community)

Governors will make occasional visits to College to witness day-to-day activities in order to understand the progress made and issues encountered by the Leadership Team.

Governors are invited to all College functions (for example concerts, sports events, drama productions, open evenings, prize givings and many more) and are expected to attend at least two per year.

Governors may choose to link with a particular subject area to better understand its workings.

If you are interested in joining the friendly (and hard working!) Governing Body at College, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body, Mrs N Drake by email – who can arrange an informal meeting with Governors to discuss matters further and let you know if there are any current vacancies.


Online resources

Governors log-in page