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Meet the Governors

Welcome to St Mary's Priory Schools Governing Body

Welcome to the Governance page of Plympton St. Mary Infant school and Old Priory Junior Academy Governing Body.  Both schools are part of St. Christopher’s Multi Academy Trust; “A strong family of outstanding schools, serving their community and contributing fully to the provision of education, collaborating with other partners to achieve common goals.”

 

The Multi Academy Trust is accountable in Law for all decisions about its academies however, the Local Governing Bodies have been delegated responsibilities by the Trust which along with working with the senior leadership team ensures that day to day decisions regarding the school's are made locally by those who know the school best. The Local Governing Board also supports staff to ensure that the School continues to move forward in line with its School Improvement Plan.

 

The Local Governing Board is made up of dedicated volunteers all of whom have different skills and experience and have a common commitment to education, the school children, staff, parents/carers and the local community.

 

Governors have specific areas of responsibility:

 

Chair of Governors:            Robert Harris

Vice-Chair of Governors:   tbc

Safeguarding Lead:            Sarah Shelton

Clerk to the LGB                 Sam Brown   email:  old.clerk@stcmat.org

If you wish to contact the Governing Body, or you are interested in becoming a governor, please email the clerk.

Composition of Governors for 2022/23

N.B: please use the sliding bar to see governor attendance figures at 2021/22 meetings

 

Current Governors 

Name 

Type of Governor 

Appointing Body 

Role 

Term Start/End 

Committee(s)  

Registered Interests 

Attendance 2021/22 

Robert Harris 

Parish Priest Ex-officio 

Trust 

Chair of Governors 

n/a 

LGB, P&P, Admissions 

 

Trustee at: Plympton St Mary PCL; Plympton St Maurice PCL; Exeter Diocesan Board of Education; Exeter Diocesan Network; Maudlyn Lands Trust 

5 of 6 

Emma Kingwell 

Staff 

Staff 

 

31/08/22 

LGB 

None

4 of 6 

Mike Lewis 

Foundation 

Trust 

 

31/03/22 

LGB, P&P, Admissions 

 

2 of 3 

Ray Nair 

Foundation 

Trust 

 

01/09/22 

LGB, P&P, Admissions 

Retail Manager Furniture Industry 

n/a 

Suzie Ottewell 

Ex-officio 

Trust 

Headteacher 

n/a 

LGB, Admissions 

 

6 of 6 

Sarah Shelton 

Parent 

Parents/carers 

 

21/09/22 

LGB, P&P, Admissions 

Friends of St Marys School & Old Priory Juinor PTFA member. Livewell employee - might offer services to families pupils at these schools 

n/a 

Victoria Whittingham 

Parent 

Parents/carers 

 

21/09/22 

LGB, P&P, Admissions 

Employed teacher.  Owner/proprietor DMW Plumbing

n/a 

Emma Young 

Foundation 

Trust 

 

16/12/19 

LGB, P&P, Admissions 

 

Head of School Plaistow Hill Infant & Nursery School & Ex-officio governor

2 of 6 

VACANCY 

Foundation 

Trust 

 

 

 

 

 

VACANCY 

Foundation 

Trust 

 

 

 

 

 

VACANCY 

Foundation 

Trust 

 

 

 

 

 

VACANCY 

Co-opted 

LGB 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Burt 

Associate 

LGB 

Deputy Headteacher 

 

 

 

5 of 6 

 

Governors that have ceased governing in the last 12 months 

 

 

 

Start date 

End date 

Reason 

 

 

Jane Weatherston 

 

 

03/12/20 

02/12/21 

Resignation 

 

1 of 1 

Karen Aspinall 

Parent 

Trust 

22/05/18 

21/05/22 

End of term 

 

6 of 6 

Matthew Kent-Clare 

Parent 

Trust 

01/01/19 

09/12/21 

Resignation 

 

2 of 2 

Sarah Woolven-Allen 

 

 

07/10/19 

31/07/22 

Resignation 

 

5 of 6 

 

My name is Sarah Shelton and I currently have one child who attends St Marys Priory Schools. I have been part of the school community for 7 years and you are likely to have met me as part of the PTA. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and going for walks. As governor, I am looking forward to supporting the continued improvement and journey of the schools and ensuring that our children have the best learning experiences possible during their time here.

My name is Emma Young and I currently have two daughters that attend St Marys Priory Schools. As the headteacher of a local school, I am passionate about education and ensuring children have access to excellent teaching and learning opportunities. I am also an advocate for a holistic approach to learning, so children are nurtured by experiences such as trips, forest school and positive relationships. In my spare time, I enjoy dog walks and swimming with my family. I take my role as governor seriously to ensure that OUR children have the best possible education whilst at St Marys Priory Schools.    

Hi, my name is Ray Nair and I currently have a daughter and son who attend St Mary's and Old Priory. I'm originally from London and have worked in retail for over 20 years in various management capacities. As governor I feel it's hugely important that both schools are operating to a high standard and giving those attending every opportunity to flourish and grow into confident and capable individuals.

Victoria Whittingham: I am a parent of two lovely children, one is in year 4 and the other is in EYFS. I have been teaching for 17 years in various Primary schools across Surrey and Devon and previously been a staff Governor. I’m hoping to support both schools within their journey to being the best they can be.   

Articles of Association and Scheme of Delegation

School Motto

Love In All We Do

Mission Statement

Collaboration, Individuality, Resilience, Ambition, Respect, Honesty

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