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Our Governors


Debbie Louise Johns - Chair of Governors.

Co-opted governor (Appointed by Board of Governors)

Term:  01/06/20-31/05/24. Responsibilities: Maths, Safeguarding, Wellbeing, Young Carers, Pupil Premium

Attendance:  2018-2019: 5/5 , 2019-2020 3/3

Register of Interests: None

Born, bred and educated in Plymstock I moved to Plympton in 1997. Both of my grown-up daughters attended Woodford Primary School although then it was a separate Infants and Junior school, as did my husband. My whole working life has been spent in accountancy and finance, both in industry and practice. I am currently employed as a Payroll Manager in a Plympton firm of accountants."

Philippa Harvey - Headteacher

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

Attendance: 2018-2019 5/5. 2019-2020 3/3

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

Term: 01/06/20 - 31/05/24. Responsibilities:  ICT/E-Safety, Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Pupil Premium

Attendance: 2018-2019 4/5 , 2019-2020 3/3

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."

Hilary Willcocks

Staff Governor (elected by Support Staff )

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

Attendance: 2018-2019: 4/5, 2019-2020 3/3

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 , Arts

Attendance: 2017-2018: 5/5, 2019-2020: 2/3 

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."

Vanessa Cload Co-opted Governor

Term: 17/09/19 - 16/09/23

Attendance: 2019-2020 : 2/3    Responsibilities: Early Years, SEND

Registered Interests:  Awaiting info

" I have been a teacher for 20 years and am passionate about helping all children to achieve their very best whilst enjoying their childhood and time spent at school. Prior to teaching, I was a Registered Nurse for 15 years working in acute medicine and neuro rehabilitation. I am married to Ian we have three children: our two sons are both passionate sportsmen and work for England Rugby promoting rugby in the community and our daughter is a pupil at Ivybridge CC. In my spare time I love to spend time with my family; I really enjoy exploring new places; I relax by knitting and quilting and I always feel incredibly happy when walking by the coast.  I am delighted to become a Governor of your school and very much hope that I make some valuable contributions to your community by supporting Woodford Primary in whatever way I can."

Kris Gregory Parent Governor

Term: 17/09/19 - 16/09/23

Attendance: 2019-2020 : 3/3    Responsibilities: Early Years, E-Safety

Registered Interests:  Brother is a teacher at the school.

"I am a parent with two children currently in years 1 and 2 of the school, I also attended Woodford myself 21 years ago as did all of my family including my mum. I currently work in the lettings sector as a Head of Administration with a local company but in the past have worked as a sports coach specialising in KS1 children"

Amy Chivers

Associate Member (Deputy Headteacher)

Term: 17/09/19 - 16/09/23    Responsibilities: N/A

Attendance: 2019-2020 : 2/3

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

Karen Meadows (Co-opted Governor) Resigned/End of Term June 2020

Helen Jones (Parent Governor) Resigned/End of Term June 2020




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