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The school is part of the First Federation Trust, a multi-academy trust. Its governing body is the Board of Directors of the First Federation Trust.

More information about the governance of the school can be found on the First Federation website, using the links below

Members of the First Federation Trust
For information about the members’ role, who they are and their register of business and pecuniary interests.

Governing Board
For information about the directors’ role, the composition of the board, the role of committees and advisory boards & groups, and the scheme of delegation.

Governance hub advisory boards
For information about the composition of the governance hub advisory boards and who the members of the advisory boards are.

Parent representatives
For information about the role of parent representatives and who they are.

Key information
For formal documents about the First Federation Trust: memorandum and articles of association, funding agreements, annual reports and financial statements

For minutes of governance meetings.

Register of business and pecuniary interests
Directors are asked to fill in a register of business interests form when they are appointed, which is then updated annually. Directors are invited to declare any relevant interest at the start of each meeting so any conflict of interest can be managed appropriately.
Directors and senior staff are asked to fill in a ‘related parties’ form to declare any connection with any business who has provided services for the Trust annually as part of the audit process to support the annual report / financial statements.
A summary of the directors’ relevant business interests is in the link. The full register can be viewed at the First Federation office.

Our Directors:

 The First Federation Trust has adopted new articles on 1st June 2017. As a result, new directors and members appointments need to be made.
The website is being updated to reflect this change.

  • Mr Paul Jones Chief Executive Officer – Member of the Strategic & Audit Committee
  • Alex Walmsley – EDEN Foundation Director – Chair of Directors and of the Strategic & Audit Committee – Lead director for Finance
  • Ian Thomas – Co-opted Director – Vice-Chair of Directors and the Strategic & Audit Committee – Safeguarding Director and Lead Director for Business
  • Nick Maguire – Foundation Director – SEN Director
  • Mrs Andrea Gosling -EDEN Foundation Director – Member of the Strategic & Audit Committee
  • Mrs Ann Denner- Co-opted Director (SDBE Foundation Director Candidate) – Member of the Strategic & Audit committee
  • Rev Paul Wimsett – Foundation Director
  • Ms Caroline Bromfield- Co-opted Director candidate
  • Vacancy – Parent Directors (two vacancies)


Mr Paul Jones OBE

Paul has taught across the Primary age range having worked in a wide variety of schools (a caravan on a gypsy site, rural, town and city schools). He has been the Headteacher of two schools and is now CEO of nine. He has successfully lead schools through over ten Ofsted inspections and several HMI monitoring visits. Each time the Ofsted judgements across all areas have been Good, Excellent or Outstanding. He has taken three schools out of Ofsted categories, two within a year. Paul is an expert in federation and leading multi school organisations. He is a keynote speaker on the Primary Executive Headteacher programme and has worked with over 200 schools across the country on system leadership, federation, new governance and MATs. He has also worked with LA’s, School cluster (Learning Communities, Pyramids etc.) on transforming the system. The First federation has been used in numerous case studies by NCSL/NCLT, DfE, Leadership and Business magazines and Universities. He was awarded and OBE in 2010 for his services to Education Nationally and Locally. He is currently seconded on a part time basis to the office of the Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West. 

Ian Thomas

Ian has a wide range of expertise within the business sector. He is a member of his firm’s Executive Team and has responsibility for the management, recruitment and development of the Reserving Team. He also is also responsible for designing and implementing the calculations for Technical Provisions and Reserve Risk for Solvency II requirements and Long-Term-Pricing quarterly reviews. These key analyses were presented to the Directors to inform pricing and business planning decision.
Previously he has had responsibility for Actuarial strategy – reserving and pricing. He had an integral role in supporting the finance function, developing the knowledge of the insurance accounting team and development of checks and controls for the claims items in the P&L and on the balance sheet. He brings a wealth of experience within the corporate business world.

Mrs Ann Denner


I have been involved with schools in Sidmouth as a governor for the past 10 years, at All Saints, Sidmouth College and now Sidmouth Primary. I consider it to be a privilege to be allowed to support our children’s education through the role of governance. It can be challenging, especially with the pace of change over the last few years; however I enjoy working with my colleagues on the Governing Body to ensure the highest standards for our children.
I live in Sidmouth with my husband and 2 children ages 15 and 6. We enjoy being out and about in Devon, when the childrens’ activities allow! I worked and lived in the Midlands for 15 years as a credit insurance broker. At present I work for a local learning community of 10 schools as a business administrator for their collaborative projects, and I help my husband with our kitchen fitting business.

Mrs Andrea Gosling

DBE Foundation Director

Andrea first became a parent governor when her son was at All Saints Infants School (now Sidmouth Primary School Vicarage Road site) and appreciated seeing the workings of the school from both sides. She was on the governing body when three schools amalgamated to form Sidmouth Primary School, and then federated first with Musbury and then Hawkchurch Primary Schools. With an Honours Degree in Biology, Food Science & Nutrition and a postgraduate diploma in Dietetics Andrea spent her early working life as a Registered Dietitian in the NHS specialising in Paediatrics. Joining the family business in 1998 Andrea is now Managing Partner and has a Foundation Degree in Tourism Park Management. Her roles and responsibilities include HR, finance, PR and marketing, and customer relations. Her varied day job means that she can appreciate the role of a Foundation Director.

Nick Maguire

Nick is retired but spent the whole of his working career in the computer industry. He started in systems development and service provision, progressing on to project management. He has worked on a variety of assignments for large organisations in UK and Europe. He presented state of the art lectures on his specialist areas of knowledge during the 1970’s and 80’s in London, Paris, Rome and Amsterdam. He has accumulated a wide range of skills including finance, marketing, sales, staff motivation and management. For the last ten years of his working life, he established his own successful IT consultancy business including work with Friends Provident, BT, SW Water and SWEB. He has been a governor for many years, becoming the Chair for the First Federation in December 2010, until he stepped down from the role in September 2015.

Corolyn Bromfield

Carolyn has recently retired from the position of Principal Lecturer in Inclusive Education Studies and Director of the MA Education Programmes at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Previously worked on the MEd programme at the University of Plymouth. Her professional commitments involved writing, supporting and tutoring classroom management and behaviour modules on the Postgraduate Professional Development Programme for teachers/educators in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and other partnership Local Authorities and schools. This also included consultancy work such as whole school in-service, contributing to school development plans on behaviour issues and working with individual teachers. Involved in NQT training in several counties with a particular remit for behaviour management and supervision of the NQT Professional Portfolios. Carolyn also contributed to the undergraduate programme and delivered modules on classroom organisation, SEN and PSHE for the BA ITE degree course, Joint Honours and PGCE Programmes. She was regional co-ordinator for the Behaviour4Learning Initial teacher Training Professional Resource Network. Carolyn was a successful bid writer enabling the Education Faculty at UWE to facilitate SENCO training programmes and initiate a new Masters Programme: The Masters for Teaching and Learning (MTL).
Carolyn has lectured nationally on the subject of behaviour management and regularly contributed at NASEN Special Needs conferences in London and the rest of the UK. Also lectured internationally with annually visits to Denmark (Jelling Teacher Training College) and the University of Lapland to deliver lectures to the undergraduate students. Books published in the area of PSHE and the use of Circle-time in Primary Schools. Published research includes issues linked with inclusive education, the impact of ICT on teaching and learning, and target setting. Doctoral research entitled: Behaviour for Learning: An analysis of trainee teachers’ concerns

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