Governance, Policies and Key Documents

Success for all


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Here you will find key policies that our governing board has adopted, along with our financial accounts and performance data.  These are all now available to download. If you require access to any additional information, please contact the College via the contact us page. Requests can also be made under the Freedom of Information Act.

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How is the College governing body structured?

The governing body is made up of up to thirteen Governors. As an academy, our governors are also both charity trustees and company directors. The governors seek to constantly improve and enhance the College for the young people of Honiton and its surrounding area, both now and in the future. The governing body has three core functions:


To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction


To hold the Principal to account for the educational performance of the College and its students and the performance management of staff


To oversee the financial performance of the College and making sure its money is well spent

Governance and committee meetings

Responsibility for the day to day management of the College rests with the Principal and the Executive Leadership Team. The full Governing Body meets once every half-term.  We have two main committees who also meet once every half-term. The committees manage a large proportion of our work, as set out in their Terms of Reference, which are reviewed on an annual basis by the Governing Body.  All committees report back to the Full Governing Body. The main committees are Quality of Education and Resources.

We also have a Performance and Pay Committee who meet once per term and report  back to the Full Governing Body, and a number of other committees which only meet if the need arises: (First (Hearings) Committee, Second (Appeals) Committee, Admissions Committee and Complaints Committee) as well as our Principal’s Appraisal Panel (who meet twice per year).

Our Governance Professional is Mrs S Matthews and Company Secretary is Mrs J Hay.  Should you wish to contact our Governing Body, please email Mrs Matthews at

Our Governance structure is made up as follows:


Six parent governors (elected by and from parents of registered students at the College or, where the need arises, appointed by the Governing Body)


Six appointed governors (individuals from our local community appointed by the Members of the Academy Trust)


Who is answerable to the governors and the members


Up to four staff ambassadors


Three post 16 representatives


We have up to seven Members. The Members of the Academy Trust have, essentially, a very “hands off” role. They meet three times a year (including the AGM) and their primary role is to oversee the governance of the College

Honiton Community College governor profiles

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I have been working as an ICT and Computing teacher since 2010 and started working at Honiton Community College in 2014. I have experienced many changes and challenges in education. The biggest being in 2020 with the effects of COVID 19. I see much reward in working with young people to equip them with the skills needed for their futures. Every day is different and there is never a chance to get bored.

I was born in Devon and have always strived to stay here. My drive to become a teacher, however, led me to pastures a bit further afield in2010-14. This included Castle Cary and Bath.

I became a staff governor on the Teaching and Learning Committee in 2018, now known as the Quality of Education Committee. In October 2020 my role changed from staff governor to staff ambassador. I am looking forward to working with everyone over the next few years.  I am sure we will see many more changes and challenges to help the college achieve ‘success for all’.

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I joined the Prison Service over 35 years ago at Winson Green Prison in Birmingham. I moved with my family to Devon in 1990 to take up a management post at HMP Exeter. I then qualified as an accountant and progressed to become the Head of Finance at Exeter Prison in 1995. Since that time I have been both the Head of Finance at HMP Exeter and HMP Channings Wood in Newton Abbot. I was later transferred back to HMP Exeter and promoted to Head of Corporate Services responsible for Finance, Performance, Health & Safety, Works Services/Maintenance, Staff Deployment and Procurement.

In 2013 I became the Finance Business Partner for all three Devon jails including HMP Dartmoor, Exeter and Channings Wood. During my time with the Prison Service I have also had management responsibility for Works Maintenance, Health, Safety and Fire Prevention, Training, Staff Resources, Finance, Audit and Performance. Additionally, I spent two years as the Head of Personal & Training at HMP Exeter. I retired in February 2016.

During the fourteen years I lived in Exeter I served on the board of a registered charity helping to raise funds for the community. My two children attended St Nicholas RC First School in Exeter and then progressed to St Peter's School before going onto Sixth Form College. I moved to Honiton in 2005 and have been an appointed governor since March 2014. I sit on the board for the Resources Committee and am the Link Governor for Finance.

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I worked in the Banking Industry for several years before achieving a Bachelor of Education (Hons) degree which qualified me as a Junior School teacher. Soon after, I married and had my son. I joined the staff of Honiton Community College over 15 years ago as a Learning Support Assistant and later trained to become a Maths HLTA, at which point I became a member of the Mathematics Department. Six years ago, I embarked on a part-time course at Plymouth University which enabled me to qualify as a teacher of Mathematics in Secondary Education.

I believe that my experiences both within and outside of education have given me skills and knowledge that enable me to make a valuable contribution to the future development of the college. I am an enthusiastic person and care very much about our college and its students. I relish the opportunity to make a positive difference to the college and its community.

In October 2021 my role changed from staff governor to staff ambassador.

I joined the Governing body as a Member Appointed Governor in October 2019. I strongly believe in the power of education to unlock opportunities and I was lucky enough to be taught by some exceptional teachers who sparked a passion for learning and a curiosity that continues to drive me to ask more questions! I believe in education as an enabler, and feel that education starts in the home and is then developed and nurtured by teachers and school communities who empower young people to never stop asking "but why?" I believe that all young people should be given the opportunities to meet their full educational potential and be proud of what they achieve.

I have been a professional software developer for 20 years. I started off working on games for the Playstation2 and have since worked for companies such as Volkswagen, Deluxe Media, Pfizer, and Just Eat among many others. I now run my own software consultancy from East Devon coaching clients on effective software delivery practices, product strategy, market disruption, and evidence driven methodologies.

Originally from Cornwall I moved to England at a young age and have spent most of my life in Torbay or East-Devon, settling near Honiton after working in London after graduation.

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I joined as Parent Governor in April 2019. I have two children, one who has now left Honiton Community College and the other who is still at the College. I also attended Honiton Community College many years ago.

During my years of employment, I worked in Governor Services at Devon County Council which gave me an insight into School Governing Bodies and Governors’ Training. At present I work at Littletown Primary Academy and have done so for the past 14 years, this has given me a vast knowledge of educational policies and procedures.

I have lived in Honiton, on and off, all my life and therefore have a sound knowledge of the Honiton Community. I am hoping that by being on the Governing Body at Honiton Community College I will gain more insight into how the College is run and assist in doing so, with the ultimate goal of helping young people in their educational journey through the College. I am the Chair of the Performance and Pay Committee, a member of the Quality of Education Committee and Link Governor for Attendance and Exclusions.

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I taught in Kenya for three and a half years before returning to the UK in 1990. I spent the next nine years teaching Chemistry, Maths and other subjects as Head of Careers and PSHE at a Comprehensive School in Reading. I enjoyed sports, played hockey, and I also did voluntary work. I moved to Cheltenham in 1999 when I married Ian and taught for the next nineteen years at a school in Gloucester. I organised the staff Triathlon team and continued to enjoy cycling with our 3 children in tow on our tandem or triplet bike, covering many miles.

In 2018 we decided as a family to move to Devon and the youngest started HCC in year 10. I have been very happy in my teaching career and fortunate to teach so many amazing and inspiring students over the years. I have loved my job and continue to do supply teaching. I also attend Spanish lessons, classes at Honiton LED and am learning to play the piano.

I joined HCC as a Parent Governor in December 2019; I am vice-chair of both the Quality of Education and Pay and Performance Committees, am the Link Governor for English and Modern Foreign Languages. I am excited for the future and look forward to becoming more involved with HCC.

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I joined Honiton Community College in September 2009. I love my job and I believe there is no more rewarding a career than one in education. I have been a governor for over 18 years; previously as a governor, Vice-Chair and then Chair of Governors of a local primary school, the Chair of the Governing Body of the South West Devon Alternative provision and of course, currently, a member of the HCC Governing Body and recently appointed a member for Kingsteignton Primary School.

I have always lived, studied and worked in Devon – after all, it is a wonderful part of the world! My wife, Susan, and I (married 27 years) have two children: Georgia & Jack who we are extremely proud of and love very much. Both achieved first class honours degrees and are still learning.

After work and family commitments I have little time for pastimes but my favourites include: playing racket ball, mountain biking, reading, watching movies, following my local football team (Kingsteignton Athletic) - as well as Liverpool F.C. and travelling.

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On leaving University with a degree in Law I joined industry and eventually became Managing Director of a Utility Company. My family and I moved to Devon in 1999 and although I continued to work as a consultant, I also became the Chair of the Devon and Cornwall Probation Board for six years. Also, in my time in Devon I restored an historic house and farm.

I joined the Governing Body in May 2016 as a Member Appointed Governor. I became Chair of Governors in October 2019. I am currently on the Resources and Performance and Pay Committees. I am also Link Governor for a number of departments and involved in a number of working parties..

Governance, policy and minutes downloads for Honiton Community College

Below you will find various downloads relating to Honiton Community College’s policies. Clicking the hyperlink will trigger a download in your browser which you may then open and view locally on your device.

Honiton Community College Exclusion Policy

No one likes to see their child excluded from school and we go to great lengths to prevent this from happening. Honiton Community College follows the Department for Education Guidance ‘Exclusion from Maintained Schools, Academies and Pupil Referral Units in England – A guide for those with legal responsibilities in relation to exclusion’.

Further information regarding exclusions can also be found in the College’s Behaviour Policy which can be accessed via this page.


Regulatory information

As we are a public body, we are required to publish relevant documents detailing how we achieve our stated aims. These documents can be found below, bu if you require any additional information then please do not hesitate to contact us via our contact page.

Governors/staff ambassadors at Honiton Community College

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GovernorTypeLength of TermStart of TermEnd of TermCommitteesLink Governor
Martyn BrakeParent4 Years17.11.202116.11.2025ResourcesNone
Anna BromleyParent4 Years17.11.202116.11.2025Quality of EducationNone
Matt BurrellMember Appointed4 Years29.09.202128.09.2025ResourcesHealth and Safety
Richard Cregan (Vice-Chair)Parent4 Years30.11.202029.11.2024Quality of EducationSafeguarding, Children in Care and SEND, PE
Amy DytorStaff Ambassador (Teaching)4 Years03.10.201802.10.2022Quality of EducationNone
Margaret EvansMember Appointed4 Years26.03.201825.03.2022ResourcesFinance
Philippa GurneyStaff Ambassador (Teaching)4 Years14.01.201913.01.2023Quality of EducationNone
Christopher MeekMember Appointed4 Years06.11.201905.11.2023Quality of EducationICT, Post-16 and Careers
Kathy NeveMember Appointed4 Years17.11.202116.11.2025Quality of EducationNone
Jenny RawlinsParent4 Years08.05.201907.05.2023Quality of Education (Vice Chair)Attendance and Exclusions
Anthony Smith (Chair/Member)Member Appointed4 Years18.05.202017.05.2024ResourcesMaths, Humanities, CreATE, Science, COVID-19 Matters and Deputy for Safeguarding, Children in Care and SEND
Glenn SmithPrincipalWhilst Principal01.09.2009Whilst PrincipalQuality of Education, ResourcesNone
Deborah StuartParent4 years09.12.201908.12.2023Quality of EducationEnglish, MFL and Absence Management

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NameGovernorStat Date as MemberEnd Date as Member
Sarah Banks No09.03.2020None
Lynda Price No25.02.2019 None
Anthony Smith Yes28.11.2016 None
Cindy Vining No19.04.2021 None

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NameStatusAppointing BodyMemberStart/End DateRegistered Interests
Alastair Anderson Appointed Governor Appointed by Members No09.12.2019 to 18.12.2020Related to Member of Staff at HCC, Parent of Child at HCC
Duncan Sheridan-ShawAppointed Governor Appointed by Members No09.09.2020 to 23.05.2021 Honiton Community Complex – Beehive – Charity Director, TRIP Community Transport – Trustee, Dementia Friendly Honiton – Trustee
Kate SmithCo-opted Governor Appointed by Governing Body No12.07.2017 to 11.07.2021 Caponier Development Limited, Clipper Quay Management, Trews Weir Mill Freehold Management Ltd, Trews Weir Property Management Ltd, CKS Partnership
Claire NuttallParent Governor Appointed by Governing Body No14.01.2019 to 14.07.2021 Littletown Primary Academy, Parent of Children at HCC
Jackie RockParent Governor Elected by Parents No17.07.2019 to 02.08.2021 Parent of Child at HCC
Mark GibbsAppointed Governor Appointed by Members No13.03.2017 to 04.08.2021None

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NameStatusAppointing BodyMemberStart/End DateRegistered Interests
Richmal Shorter Staff Ambassador (Staff Governor until 22.10.2020 Elected by Staff No20.11.2017 to 18.12.2020 None

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NameAppointing BodyStart/End DateRegistered Interests
Gill Donne-Davis Members 23.03.2016 to 18.02.2021 None
Glenn Smith Members 07.06.2011 to 22.02.2021 Well Close Management Company, Honiton Learning Community, Kingsteington AFC, Kingsteington Primary School (Member)

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NameType of GovernorAppointing BodyOfficeCurrent TermCommitee (s)Registered Interests
Sarah BanksMember (Not a Governor)Members09.03.2020 - no end dateMembersTresovie Limited, Project food C10
Martyn BrakeParentElected by Parents17.11.2021 – 16.11.2025ResourcesExeter University (since 2013)
Anna BromleyParentElected by Parents17.11.2021 – 16.11.2025Quality of EducationParent of Children at HCC
Matt BurrellMember AppointedMembers29.09.2021 - 28.09.2025ResourcesExmouth Community College Academy Trust (Staff), Mayfield School (Chair of Governors), Institute of School Business Leadership (Director)
Selena BurroughsN/AN/AAssistant Principal/Director of Post-16N/AQuality of Education (ELT)Parent of Child at HCC
Richard CreganParentElected by ParentsVice-Chair of Governors30.11.2020 - 29.11.2024TBCParent of Children at HCC
Amy DytorStaff Ambassador (Teaching)Elected by Staff03.10.2018 - 02.10.2022Quality of EducationNone
Margaret EvansMember AppointedMembersVice-Chair of Resources Committee26.03.2018 - 25.03.2022ResourcesNone
Philippa GurneyStaff Ambassador (Teaching)Elected by Staff14.01.2019 - 13.01.2023Quality of EducationNone
Faith HarrellN/AN/AAssistant Principal/SENDCoN/AQuality of Education (ELT)None
Jessie HayN/AN/ADirector of Finance and Resources/Company SecretaryN/AResources (ELT)None
Marie-Claire JefferiesN/AN/AVice Principal PastoralN/AQuality of Education (ELT)None
Sarah MatthewsN/AN/AGovernance ProfessionalN/AResources/Quality of Education (Governance Professional)Parent of Children at HCC
Christopher MeekMember AppointedMembersChair of Quality of Education Committee06.11.2019 - 05.01.2023Quality of EducationHumanists UK (2021), Sense Meaking Ltd, uPredict Ltd, Member of the Labour Party, Parent of Child at HCC, related to member of staff
Kathryn NeveMember Appointed17.11.2021 – 16.11.2025Quality of EducationCompany Director of Compliance Drive Limited (a Health and Safety and First Aid Training Consultancy) since October 2020/1064
Lynda PriceMember (Not a Governor)Members25.02.2019 - no end dateMembersDefunct Directorship of Devon and Cornwall Partnership
Jenny RawlinsParentElected by ParentsChair of Performance and Pay Committee08.05.2019 - 07.05.2023Quality of EducationEmployee of Littletown Primary Academy (Including Clerk to Governors), Parent of Child at HCC
Robert RobsonN/AN/AVice Principal PastoralN/AQuality of Education (ELT)None
Anthony SmithAppointedMembersChair of Governors, Chair of Resources Committee18.05.2020 - 17.05.2024ResourcesTRIP, AR & VC Smith (Property)
Glenn SmithPrincipalex Officio01.09.2009 to presentResources/Quality of EducationWell Close Management Company, Honiton Learning Community, Kingsteington AFC, Kingsteington Primary School (Member), Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance (Strategic Board Member)
Deborah StuartParentElected by ParentsVice-Chair of Quality of Education and Performance and Pay Committees09.12.2019 - 08.12.2023Quality of EducationOccasional Supply Teaching (The King’s School)
Cindy ViningMember (Not a Governor)Members19.04.2021 – no end dateMembersComplete Meats Ltd, Complete Bake

Honiton Community College performance data

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Performance Indicator2019 Entry2020 Entry2021 Entry
Progress 8 score -0.480.150.22
Attainment 8 score 44.3848.5348.59
% of students achieving a strong pass (grade 5 or above) in English and mathematics 48%47%47%
% of students achieving a standard pass (grade 4 or above) in English and mathematics64%72%68%
% of students achieving the EBacc 8.65%11%9.09%

***2021: Again the GCSE examinations were cancelled. The grades are Teacher Assessed Grades. Unlike 2020 these grades had to be supported by evidence. The evidence could come from assessments or classwork or homework. The grades were moderated by the subject teams, the senior team and the awarding bodies. We moderated 30% of the entry. The awarding bodies did not change any of our grades.

**2020 – The examinations were cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic and teachers were instructed to provide accurate assessments based on mock exams, work since the exams and general engagement in their education – these are known as Centre Assessment Grades (CAG). These grades were thoroughly analysed.

At the grade award process the exam boards applied the DfE algorithm and if a student would have gained a higher grade then they were awarded this grade.

* 2019 – this was a small cohort of 103 of which 3 students did not attend or take the examinations due to complex medical needs. In addition, another student was included in the results through the DfE roll back progress where students who have not had results included in any school are rolled back to the school they last attended. This student did not sit any GCSEs.

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Performance IndicatorAcademic StudentsApplied General Students
Number of Entries5823
Average Point Score per Entry32.8432.61
Average Point Score Expressed as a GradeC+D-
Retention(% of Students Completing Main Study Programme, if Available)10.95
Performance IndicatorLevel 2 English (Those Without a Grade 4+ at KS4)
Number of Entries5
Number Achieved Grade 4+4
Number Achieved Grade 5+1

2021 Entry : Again the A Level and BTEC examinations were cancelled. The grades are Teacher Assessed Grades. Unlike 2020 these grades had to be supported by evidence. The evidence could come from assessments or classwork or homework. The grades were moderated by the subject teams, the senior team and the awarding bodies. We moderated 30% of the entry. The awarding bodies did not change any of our grades.


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