Co-Chair of Governors
I have been a local-authority appointed governor at Pilgrim Primary School since 2009 and Chair since the end of 2015. Before that I was Chair of Governors at the Cathedral School of St Mary in Stonehouse.
As a senior school teacher and head of department, I teach Computing, ICT and science.
As Technical Director I also jointly run a small software company (Taskman Innovations) that produces software to help organisations manage service provision.
With a background in the Royal Navy, my career highlights include exchange appointments in Australia and the Netherlands, action in the Falklands war and command of the Destroyer HMS GLASGOW.
Since 2003 I have been the Devon Operations Manager of Tomorrow's People, a charitable trust helping unemployed people secure work.
I have been married for 41 years with three children, one of whom is teaching in a local Secondary School, and three grandchildren, two of whom are at Primary School.
I have a keen interest in helping to ensure that young people have the best start in life.
My name is Debbie Rogers and I'm 40 years old. I have a 6 year old son who goes to Pilgrim Primary.
I work part time at Radio Plymouth and have been in sales/ advertising for over 20 years.
I decided to become a governor so i can help and have an input. I'm good at organising and getting things done. I absolutely love the school and want to help it grow.
I am a practicing family solicitor, specialising in Legal Aid work and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Plymouth, supervising the Family Law Clinic.
I was born in Nottingham but love, live, work and studied in Plymouth for over 15 years. I love the South West.
I am acutely aware of the needs of the local community and thoroughly enjoy supporting the people of Plymouth through my role as Governor of the school, as well as a Trustee of Citizens Advice Plymouth.
In my spare time I enjoy writing and partaking in pub quizzes and reading about philosophy and economics.
I have taught at Pilgrim since 2011, in both Key Stage 1 and 2. In 2013 I also became the Literacy Leader so my role now includes overseeing the teaching and learning of all aspects of Literacy across the school. I am also a member of the Senior Management Team so I have the opportunity to feedback and discuss whole schools matters and be involved in decision making.
I enjoy being on the Governing Body as I feel it gives me more insight and opportunity to be involved in the development of the school. I take my role of representing the views and interests of the staff body very seriously and hopefully they feel I am a good representative!
My name is Julie Morris and I have just been appointed as a Governor at Pilgrim Primary. I have recently taken early retirement from being an educator in the Life Education Centre, facilitating drug prevention education across the city, Harold the giraffe and I worked together for 17 years. Prior to this I was a teacher in both Fareham and Plymouth.
I was born in Plymouth and have spent most of my life in this wonderful city. I am married, with 2 sons and have recently become a grandma which is such a joy. I continue to volunteer as the Children’s work coordinator at Plymouth Central Hall which is the church I have been part of for over 30 years.
As a governor I bring my skills and enthusiasm for education which I believe can play such a significant role in the direction a child’s life takes. Pilgrim Primary School offers the children so many opportunities right across the curriculum and as part of the Standards, Teaching and Learning and Curriculum committee I hope I will be able to contribute to this.
Co-Chair of Governors
My name is Geoff Vaughan and I have recently been appointed as a Co-opted Governor at Pilgrim Primary School.
I was a teacher for 39 years and retired in August 2014. I have been a Headteacher for 29 of those years encompassing 3 Headships and a role as an Adviser for Cornwall Education Authority.
Although I am now retired, I still maintain a very keen interest in education and I am looking forward to supporting Pilgrim Primary School in its continued development and success.
This is an exciting and very challenging time in education and being a governor involves a lot of responsibility. I will do my very best for everyone concerned and look forward to meeting you.
I work for Devon and Cornwall Police as an Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Advisor.
I previously worked as an Equalities Delivery Service Project Officer for NHS South West and the NHS South of England and has over 20 years experience working in the community and voluntary sector supporting regeneration activity and challenging inequalities. I represented the community and voluntary sector on the 14-19 Strategic Partnership with a specific focus on raising aspiration and supporting students from disadvantaged communities.
I have experience of delivering extended services activity within schools and learning outside the classroom opportunities for primary school aged children. In addition I am the creator of the Widening Horizons project delivered to children in Year 5 across primary schools in Stonehouse.
My name is Stefanie Green and I am 32 years old. I have a 9 year old daughter who goes to Pilgrim Primary and I actually work there myself as an MTA and a cleaner.
I also read with the foundation stage classes on a Monday and Tuesday. I love seeing my daughter everyday at school and she is always so happy to see me.
I decided to become a parent governor because I thought it would be good to have an input and to also be someone in the playground that parents can come to if need be. I love the atmosphere of the school and how friendly the staff are and how easy they are to talk to if you have any problems.
My name is Sara Orchard and I have recently joined the governing body of Pilgrim Primary School.
I have been a governor for over 10 years in different schools across the city and I am also Vice-Chair of Plymouth Association of Governors.
I was a Civil Servant for over 25 years before leaving and taking up employment as a school administrator in a primary school in the city.
I look forward to working with the other governors and the wider school community so that we can do the best for the pupils of Pilgrim Primary School now and in the future.
I joined Pilgrim Primary in 2016 as an NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) teaching Year 5. I have since moved onto teaching Year 6, as well as coordinating the Enterprise and D&T curriculum throughout the school.
By becoming a Governor I hope to be a voice for all staff and generally be involved in the wider running of the school.