Who Are Our Governors?

Dr Andrew Miller

Co-Chair of Governors - Appointed by the Trust

Term: 01.04.17 - 31.03.21
Responsibility: SEND and Single Central Register, Safeguarding, Child Protection and Looked After Children
Attendance 2018-19: 5/5
Registered Interests: Taskman Innovations (Online Web service)

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.

Mrs Lisa Meek

Headteacher

Term: 01.04.17 onwards
Responsibility : n/a
Attendance 2018-19: 5/5
Registered Interests: None

I have been Headteacher here at Pilgrim now for over 3 years. I have been teaching for 23 years in Plymouth (including 8 years as a Deputy and Governor in my previous school). I am very proud of the achievements of all the pupils and staff in school and thankful to work with such dedicated Governors.

Mr David Sayer

Vice Chair - Appointed by the Trust

Term: 01.04.17 - 31.03.21
Responsibility: Maths
Attendance 2018-19: 5/5
Registered Interests: None

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.

Mrs Victoria Whitehouse

Parent Governor - Elected by parents

Term: 15.01.19 - 31.03.21
Responsibility: English
Attendance 2018-19: 2/3
Registered Interests: None

I am 34 years old, I have a 7 year old son who attends Pilgrim and I am also mum to a 3 year old, who will attend Pilgrim in 2020. I work at the Co-op Warehouse in Plympton where I head up the Finance department and have been working there for the last 12 years.

I put myself forward to join the schools team of governors to gain insight into the inner workings and to have an input into the future of the school. I believe Pilgrim is a great school where children can thrive and being a part of that is an honour.

Mrs Sarah Blakebrough

Parent Governor - Elected by parents

Term : 21.05.19 - 20.05.23
Responsibility: Tbc
Attendance 2018-19 : 0/0
Registered Interests : Tbc

I have worked in IT at the University of Plymouth for 12 years, and am an advocate for STEM, especially encouraging children to enjoy the subjects from a young age. I am also passionate about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and was elected as joint Equalities Coordinator for my local Unison branch.

As an ex-pupil of Pilgrim, it has been a joy to watch the school thrive over the years, and I am proud to be able to work with the governors to encourage further growth.

Mrs Rose Harman

Co-opted Governor - Appointed by Local Governing Body

Term : 21.05.19 - 20.05.23
Responsibility: Tbc
Attendance 2018-19 : 0/0
Registered Interests : Tbc

Mr Geoff Vaughan

Co-Chair of Governors - Appointed by the Trust

Term: 01.04.17 - 31.03.21
Responsibility: Statutory Grants, Safeguarding, Child Protection and Looked After Children
Attendance 2018-19: 5/5
Registered Interests: None

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.

Ms Julie Morris

Trust Governor - Appointed by the Trust

Term: 27.03.19 - 26.03.22
Responsibility: Early Years
Attendance 2018-19: 5/5
Registered Interests: None

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.

Mr Andrew Scott

Staff Governor - Elected by staff

Term: 01.01.18 - 31.12.21
Responsibility: n/a
Attendance 2018-19: 3/5
Registered Interests: None

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.

Ms Samantha Redmond

Staff Governor - Elected by staff

Term: 20.03.19 - 19.03.23
Responsibility: n/a
Attendance 2018-19: 2/2
Registered Interests: None

I am a teacher, who has been working at Pilgrim Primary for over a year. I am currently in Year 5 but have worked in various year groups throughout my career. I came into teaching quite late, as my children were growing up, and I feel very lucky to have found such a great school to work in. Now my daughters are at University, I really wanted to gain as much experience as possible and give my commitment to the school. I have life experience to offer the role along with a parent and teacher perspective.

Previous Governors of the past 12 months
 
Miss S. Orchard      12.07.18
Mr L Fisher            07.09.18
Miss S Green         11.10.18
Miss J Dale            15.01.19
Ms R Brooke          15.01.19
Mrs D Rogers         14.03.19

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