Who Are Our Governors?

Dr Andrew Miller

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.

Mr David Sayer

Vice Chair

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 Debbie Rogers

Parent Governor

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.

Mrs Victoria Whitehouse

Parent Governor

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.

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

Ms Samantha Redmond

Staff Governor

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.

Mr Geoff Vaughan

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.

Mr Andrew Scott

Staff Governor

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 Julie Morris

Trust Governor

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.