Home Page

Woodford Primary School

Our Governors


Debbie Louise Johns - Chair of Governors.

Co-opted governor (Appointed by Board of Governors)

Term:  01/06/16-01/06/20. Responsibilities: Maths, Safeguarding

Attendance:  2017-2018: 6/6

Register of Interests: None

"I moved to Plympton in 1997, and both of my grown-up daughters attended Woodford Infants and Junior schools, as did my husband. My working life has been spent in accountancy and finance, both  in industry and practice, and I currently work as Payroll Manager for a local firm of accountants."

Philippa Harvey - Headteacher

Term: Since 11/04/2016. Member of governing body by virtue of position in school.

Attendance: 2017-2018 6/6

Registered Interests: None

I am Plymouth born and bred: my first school was Salisbury Road Infants School but, after moving six times within the UK in my primary school years, I returned to Plymouth to complete my secondary education at Public Secondary School for Girls. I didn’t go straight into teaching but worked in Milton Keynes for the Trustee Savings Bank before training to teach. Of my 32 years as a teacher, the first five years I taught in Lower Schools in Northampton and then once again returned to Plymouth ! I have been the Deputy and then Headteacher of Woodford Primary School for more than 20 of those years. This, and my family’s roots in Plymouth are something I am very proud of.

Robert Michael Frankow - Vice Chair.

Co-opted governor (formally a parent governor)

Term: 01/06/16 - 01/06/20. Responsibilities:  ICT/E-Safety,Health and Safety

Attendance: 2017-2018 5/6

Registered Interests: Partner is a staff member at school.

"My background is in IT and I currently work as a Technical Consultant, specialising in customer communications channels, for a Finance Software provider.  Previously I worked for Brittany Ferries for 14 years as a Senior Support Analyst."

Karen Meadows

Co-opted governor (formally a parent governor)

Term: 01/06/16- 01/06/20. Responsibilities: Literacy, EYFS (Early Years)

Attendance2017-2018: 5/6

Registered Interests: Husband runs a graphic design company which, has on occasion, provided services

                          to the school.

"I am a parent with a child in Key Stage 2. I live and work in the local community and have a keen interest in the ever changing education system. I’m secretary of the PTFA and enjoy helping out and  raising funds for the school to provide enhanced learning resources for all year groups"

Helen Ann Jones

Parent governor (Elected by parent body)

Term: 01/06/16 - 10/06/20. Responsibilities: SEN, Maths

Attendance: 2017-2018: 5/6

Registered Interests: None

"I have two daughters in Key Stage 2 at the school. I work full time in accounts for a local company, and have a keen interest in education. "

Louisa Walker

Parent governor (Elected by parent body)

Term: 01/06/16- 01/06/20. Responsibilities: Literacy, EYFS (Early Years).

Attendance: 2017-2018: 5/6

Registered Interests: None

"I have lived in Woodford since 2003. I love bringing my children up in this community, as we feel safe & my boys are active in the scouts at Woodford too! I joined the PTFA in 2004 when my twin boys started Woodford school and my youngest son is in year 2. I have worked in a Bank for 27 years & I am now a civil servant. My husband is a trawlerman & my eldest boys are now in year 11 at Hele's School"


Hilary Willcocks

Staff Governor (elected by Support Staff )

Term: 01/06/16 - 01/06/20. Responsibilities: Health & Safety

Attendance: 2017-2018: 5/6

Registered Interests: None

" I have worked at Woodford School first as an M.T.A. and then as a T.A. working with children with Special Educational Needs, since my own children started at the school, some 16-17 years ago."

Caroline Snell

Co-Opted governor (Appointed by Board of Governors)

Term: 14/09/16 - 14/09/20. Responsibilities: SEN , Safeguarding

Attendance: 2017-2018: 6/6

Registered Interests: N/A

"I have lived in Plympton for over thirty years, my three children attended Woodford Schools for their Primary education and I taught at Woodford from 1985 - 1990 after which I ran a provision for  children on the autism spectrum at Goosewell Primary. I have taught in five Plymouth schools over the years and worked as an advisory teacher specialising in autism for thirteen years. Currently I support young people who have suffered bereavement, I am a volunteer for the charity Jeremiah’s Journey."

Amy Chivers

Associate Member (Deputy Headteacher)

Term: 03/09/2018 - Present.    Responsibilities: N/A

Attendance: 2018-2019 : 1

Registered Interests: N/A

"I have always lived in Plymouth and having graduated in 2002, spent two years gaining various experience through supply teaching before securing a maternity cover at Woodford in 2004.

I was very fortunate to be able to stay on at Woodford and thoroughly enjoy being part of a fantastic team. I have a 3 sons, who are primary aged, and love nothing more than spending time with them and our family dog."

Previous Governors from the last 12 months

Emma Bryal (Associated Member) End of Term July 2018

Dave Clemow (Co-opted) resigned September 2017