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We believe in Governance that strengthens communities to make the world a better place.

The Board of Governors main core responsibility is to:

  • Hold executive leaders to account for educational performance

Delegated authority is given to the committees, through the scheme of delegation and Local Governing Boards for each school.

At School Level, the Trustees are responsible for the general control, administration and management of the Trust in accordance with the provisions set out in the memorandum and articles of association. The Board of Trustees is the accountable body for the performance of all schools within the Trust.

Queen Elizabeth’s School Meeting Minutes

If you require the meeting minutes from our governors’ meetings, please request them from the Governance Officer using this email governance@tedwraggtrust.co.uk

View the: Scheme of delegation.

If you have any queries about the governing board at Queen Elizabeth’s School, or you would like to get involved, please contact the Governance Team: governance@tedwraggtrust.co.uk

Details of the Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust and their Trustees can be viewed on the TWT website: www.tedwraggtrust.co.uk/governance

This includes the Trust annual report, annual audited accounts, memorandum of association, articles of association, names of trustees and members and the trust funding agreement.

Paula Smith – Ex-officio – Acting Headteacher 
Queen Elizabeth's School Paula Smith is the Headteacher of Queen Elizabeth's School. Paula was the Head of Sixth Form at QE for eight years and has held various posts including Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning and Deputy Headteacher for Quality of Education.
Julio Andrade – Co-opted Governor 
Julio Andrade Julio Andrade is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Exeter and recently joined the governing body of Queens Elizabeth's School. He has two children and one of them attends another Ted Wragg Multi-Academy school in Exeter.

As an academic, he is interested in researching and teaching mathematics and other related areas, with a focus on the inquiry-based (deductive) approach to teaching mathematics and other subjects.

His interests are in reading, mathematics, theology, and philosophy and how creativity can be used as a tool in teaching the school science curriculum.

Keith Baker –  Chair of Governors - Co-opted Governor – Health & Safety Link Governor 
Keith Baker

I was educated at Ashburton Comprehensive School (now South Dartmoor) following which I entered into an apprenticeship and trained as a precision engineer. Currently I am a Watch Manager with Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service having served for 36 years and am based on a watch at one of our Wholetime fire stations in Exeter.

I am a former chair of governors and have been a governor at Queen Elizabeth's School for 16 years.

I am the link governor for Health & Safety and am able to provide support and advice to our premises team when called upon, drawing on my 30 years of experience in Health & safety, Risk assessment and Fire Risk Assessment. I am passionate about providing the best support I can to the headteacher and staff. Three of our children attended QE and so I know the school well from both sides. Outside of school and my job, I am a member of the school's training team for the Ten Tors event on Dartmoor, am a DofE Expedition assessor, and a keen marathon runner, all of which keep me busy.

Mark Baptist – Staff Governor
Mr Baptist I am a Staff Governor on the Governing Body. I’m originally from Gateshead and moved to Exeter to take Archaeology at Exeter University in 2000. I have been at QE for 16 years and have taught an array of subjects including Maths, Economics, Citizenship, Geography, History and RE. I am currently teaching Business Studies and Personal Development. I have been a Head of Year since March 2021, I am a member of QE’s Staff Council and I am the NEU Rep. Outside of school, I enjoy the great outdoors and take our springer spaniel Bruno for long walks around Devon. I am very proud to be a Staff Governor and to act as liaise between the staff and governing bodies.
Dan Boxall-Simpson – Parent Governor – Careers Link Governor
Dan Boxall-Simpson I am a Parent Governor with having three out of our four Foster Children at QE school over the past few years. I’ve a varied career, spanning Retail, Sales, Mortgage Brokering, Commercial Banking, to more recently for the past 15 or so years; the MD and founder of a Group of South West based businesses. I am also an Independent Therapeutic Fostering Panel Member for three Fostering Agencies/Authorities. I have various Voluntary Role experiences, being a Trustee and Director of a South Devon children's play-park and outdoor lido for the past nine years, along with being a previous Town Councillor, along with other community-based roles and organisations. You could say that I like to keep busy!

I am passionate about advocating for young people and their education, with keen interests in children with SEN, children in care, and their further education and career opportunities. I am therefore the Careers Link Governor. It is hugely important that children who may be considered ‘disadvantaged’ are offered equal opportunities and that they are adequately supported to benefit from main stream education and long-term career opportunities.

Caroline Gale – Parent Governor – SEND Link Governor
Caroline Gale Caroline is a parent governor and the SEND Governing Lead. Originally from Bristol, she has lived in Crediton for 19 years and is a Library Manager at the University of Exeter. She has two children and is involved in various local organisations including Crediton Foodbank. Her role at the university involves overseeing skills teaching programmes; ensuring resources are used appropriately to support education and research; building sustained and effective relationships across the institution and managing and supporting a team. She has a particular interest in literacy and reading as well as the importance of extra-curricular activities to all children’s development.
Dawn Mayo – Co-opted Governor – Attendance Link Governor 
  I am a co-opted governor. I was educated at an Exeter secondary school and Exeter College. After graduating from University, where I studied Law, I trained as an accountant, and currently run my own practice near Crediton. I have been involved in school Governance for ten years in both Primary and Secondary settings. I am the link governor for attendance at Queen Elizabeth’s School.

My daughter attends QE as is in Year 10. I am committed to using my expertise to raise standards to improve the educational environment and opportunity for all in our community.

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