Heather Gibbard - PTFA Chair

I am Heather Gibbard, my children Lizzie and Harry are in fox and squirrel class and we often walk to school over the hill from Kilmington. I am a forest school leader and together with running forest school bug sessions at Shute primary school, I am setting up a community forest school at home in our woods.
In my spare time I like gardening, and looking after our animals, walking and kayaking and as a family we love wildlife, art, muddy walks, geocaching and having adventures.
I am really happy to be Chair of our lovely school’s PTFA and proud of our approach here at Shute; this is a team effort and our PTFA is a round table group where everyone and their ideas are welcome.

Diane Lear - vice chair

I have a daughter who attends Shute primary. I am dedicated to working with a close team to enrich the experience of children's time spent at school. This includes supporting the schools ethos, by helping provide experiences and equipment which cannot always be funded by the school.
I am a nurse and hobbies tend to revolve family, friends and various pets.

Flora Cruft – Communications & Membership Manager

I’m a mother to non-identical twin girls who attend Shute Primary. I’m also a psychotherapist and a poet.
In my spare time I enjoy baking, singing, and having loud kitchen discos with my daughters.

Holly Billington - Joint Treasurer

Hi my name is Holly and I am mum to Alex and Isla at Shute primary school.
I’m passionate about children’s mental health and work for the NHS, managing and leading the Children & Adolescents Mental Health Service (CAMHS) across Devon.
In my spare time I love to be with my family, enjoying lots of trips to the beach and the woods and I’m a big lover of travelling and yummy food.
I put myself forward to be one of the treasurers as I wanted to proactively support the children at Shute by helping to manage the accounts and fundraise for all the lovely resources and equipment that help children to thrive.

What is the PTFA?

The Parents, Teachers and Friends Association, sharing together to make a positive contribution to the school community.

WHY does the PTFA exist?

  • To enrich the children’s experience as pupils of Shute Primary
  • To support the school by engaging with pupils’ families, their teachers and friends
  • To provide extra funding by staging various events during the year.


We realise that you are busy! And we are grateful for those who have signed up to help. But could you be involved by volunteering in different ways OR making donations of different items OR supporting school events OR coming up with new ideas.


PTFA Meetings