Local Governing Body

Local Governing Body

Our Governing Body works hard to support the school and all the staff in creating a safe, secure and stimulating environment in which the best possible education can be provided.

They work strategically to raise standards and to monitor and evaluate both progress and results and are accountable for ensuring the budget is spent to this end.

S LiveseyProspects Academy Trust Governor and Chair of Governors: Sara Livesey

Sara is a doctor working at torbay hospital and she has worked in medical management and medical education.  She also has experience of project management.  Sara worked as a volunteer in the events services team at the London Olympics in 2012.

Committees: Curriculum, Strategy and Policy, Support and Challenge..

Attachments: PE and Sport and Mathematics.

Academy Priority area:  Achievement.

Interests:  education, travel, live sport, wildlife photography season ticket holder at Torquay United FC.

Simon TongeProspects Academy Trust Governor and Vice Chair of Governors: Dr Simon Tonge

Simon Tonge has been the Executive Director of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust since 2000 and has been on the Governing Body since 2001.  He is a zoologist with prior experience at London Zoo and Jersey Zoo, and has developed wide business skills in finance, HR, and management to complement his zoological knowledge.

Committees: Finance, Sites and Buildings, Personnel, Support and Challenge.

Academy Priority area:  Leadership and Management.

Interests: birdwatching, walking, travel and photography.

A BubbearProspects Academy Trust Governor: Angela Bubbear 

Angela has two grown up children and three grandchildren. She worked in the private sector, mainly for the John Lewis Partnership, and then taught in Further Education as Head of School delivering NVQ and BTEC Qualifications. She holds a Cert. Ed. and a Diploma in Management. She believes that everyone should be supported to reach his/her full potential.

Committees: Angela is Chair of the Safeguarding Committee and a member of the following committees: Support and Challenge, Finance, Curriculum, Strategy and Policy, Personnel, Pay Appeals, Pupil Discipline, Complaints.

Attachments: Humanities, Learning Support.

Academy Priority area:  Teaching and Learning.

Governor Representative for:  Safeguarding Children, E-Safety,  SEN, Development Plan Monitoring, Principal’s Review and Teaching & Learning.

Interests: dancing, travelling, art and gardening.


Tracey Litt Prospects Academy Trust Governor: Tracey Litt 

Tracey is married with three children, two of whom attended  Paignton Community and Sports Academy before going on to University.  She began her governorship as a Parent Governor before becoming a Prospects Academy Trust Governor.  Tracey worked as a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS for over 10 years and has a particular interest in science.

Committees: Tracey is the Chair of the Personnel Committee and a member of the following committees: Curriculum, Strategy and Policy, Support and Challenge, Pay Appeals and Appeals.

Attachments: 6th Form and Science.

Academy Priority area:  Teaching and Learning.

Interests: reading, travel, baking and dressmaking.


Prospects Academy Trust Governor: Pippa Bennett

Pippa has been married to Rob for 19 years and has two children Anna and Jack. She has served in education for 22 years and has a particular interest in children with Special Educational Needs.  Pippa has worked at Oldway Primary School in Paignton and is now running a Nursery in Chelston, Torquay.

Committees: Pippa is a member of the Curriculum, Strategy and Policy and Finance Committees.

Attachments: Mathematics, Numeracy and Financial Studies.

Academy Priority area:  Teaching and Learning.

Interests: walking, reading, sport and drama.


N ByeProspects Academy Trust Governor: Nick Bye

Nick served as Torbay’s first directly elected Mayor from 2005 to 2011; chaired the Torbay Strategic Partnership and now works part time in the family Estate Agency business based in Brixham.

Committees: Nick is a member of the following committees: Curriculum, Strategy and Policy, Support and Challenge, Safeguarding.

Attachments: Creative and Expressive Arts, English (Literacy).

Academy Priority area:  Leadership and Management.

Interests: Amateur Dramatics, reading, walking, swimming, living in Torbay and foreign travel.


D Hutton HandsParent Governor: Deborah Hutton-Hands 

Deborah is a mum with two daughters, both of whom have studied at the Academy.  Deborah regularly volunteers in the Academy and, although not able to work at present, worked in the community for twelve years.

Committees: Debbie is a member of the following committees: Safeguarding, Personnel, Finance, Staff Pay and Pupil Discipline.

Attachments: English, Media, Literacy and MFL.

Academy Priority area:  Behaviour and Safety.

Governor Representative for:  PSHE/SMSC and the TIC TAC Management Group.

Interests:  socialising, travelling and reading.


Florence, Jo (Mrs) - GovernorParent Governor: Jo Florence

Jo is married and a mum of three and many years ago was a pupil of the Academy herself.
Jo works as a Safeguarding Lead for a Devon Local Authority, also is a workplace Coach and Counsellor.

Committees: Joanne is a member of the following committees: Personnel, Safeguarding, Staff Pay.

 Attachments: Learning Support.

Academy Priority area:  Behaviour and Safety.

Governor Representative for:  Careers.


Staff Governor: Carolyn Hunt

Carolyn is a mother of four and spent 16 years moving around Europe and the UK with her husband who was in the Army. The family settled in Devon in 1998. Carolyn has worked at Paignton Community & Sports Academy as a Librarian since 2003.

Committees: Sites, Buildings and Environment and Pupil Discipline.

Attachments: Physical Education and Sport.

Academy Priority area:  Achievement.

Interests: Walking her dog, supporting her sons at cricket, rugby and surfing, reading, cookery and entertaining.


Mrs Laura HayStaff Governor: Laura Hay

Laura has been the Academy’s Careers Coordinator since 2007 and is a member of our 6th Form Team.   She holds a BSc in Social Psychology and a Level 7 IAG Certificate.  Laura believes in ‘inspiring tomorrow’s workforce through the children of today’.

Committees:  Curriculum, Strategy and Policy and Sites and Buildings.

Attachments: ICT, Business Studies and Technology.

Academy Priority area:  Teaching and Learning.

Interests:  sewing, modern and vintage Cars and baking.


Details of Governor Appointments

Name Nomination Term of Office Expiry Date
BENNETT, Pippa PAT Governor 21.09.2015
BUBBEAR, Angela PAT Governor 11.01.2015
BYE, Nick PAT Governor 15.05.2017
ENGLISH, Jane Staff Governor (Principal) 00.00.0000
FLORENCE, Joanne Parent Governor 18.06.2017
HAY, Laura Staff Governor 04.01.2015
HUNT, Carolyn Staff Governor 05.01.2015
HUTTON-HANDS, Deborah Parent Governor 05.01.2015
LITT, Tracey PAT Governor 01.02.2015
LIVESEY, Sara PAT Governor 15.05.2017
TONGE, Simon PAT Governor 15.05.2017