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Woodford Primary School

Woodford Primary School

Governors

Welcome to Woodford Primary School's Local Governor's page

Here you will find all the information about the Local Advisory Board of Governors and what we do.   We report directly to the Trustees of the Westcountry Schools Trust. Our main purpose is to support and challenge the school through our involvement. We act as a 'critical friend' to the school, providing challenge as appropriate, to ensure that our school achieves its maximum potential, and every child has an opportunity to achieve theirs.

The Local Advisory Board of Governors works in close partnership with senior management and staff. Although each member brings their own insight and expertise to the challenges of school governance ,we are all committed to, and love working with, Woodford Primary School.

Our local board of governors consists of:

  • Headteacher
  • 2 x local Staff Governor
  • 2 x local Co-opted Governors
  • 1 x local Parent Governors
  • 1 x Associate Member

A normal term for a local governor is 4 years with Chair and Vice-Chair being elected annually at the beginning of each academic year.

The Acting Chair of the Local Advisory Board is Mr Robert Frankow, and he can be contacted via the school office or by email at: rob.frankow@wps.plymouth.sch.uk

The Local Advisory Board holds 6 full governor meetings a year where each governor can contribute to all areas of governance.

Get to know your Governors

Robert Michael Frankow - Acting Chair of Governors.

Co-opted governors (Appointed by Board of Governors)

Term: 01/06/20 - 31/05/24. Responsibilities:  ICT/E-Safety, Safeguarding, Pupil Premium
Attendance: 2019-2020 5/5, 2020-2021 4/5
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."

 

Katie Patrick - Headteacher

Headteacher

Term: Since 01/09/2020. Member of governing body by virtue of position in school.
Attendance: 2020-2021 5/5
Registered Interests: TBC

 

Caroline Snell

Co-Opted governor (Appointed by Board of Governors)

Term:14/09/16 - 14/09/20 01/06/ - 31/05/24. Responsibilities:  SEN , Arts, Wellbeing, Looked After Children and Young Carer.
Attendance: 2019-2020 5/5, 2020-2021 5/5
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."

Kris Gregory 

Parent Governor

Term: 17/09/19 - 16/09/23
Attendance: 2019-2020 : 5/5, 2020-2021 4/5  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"

 

Jude Ives 

Staff Governor

Term: 29/09/20 - 28/09/24
Attendance: 2020-2021 : 4/4   Responsibilities: TBC
Registered Interests: TBC

 

Hilary Wilcocks 

Staff Governor

Term: 29/09/20 - 28/09/24
Attendance: 2020-2021 : 3/3   Responsibilities: TBC
Registered Interests: TBC

"I have many roles within the school, one of them being a Teaching Assistant, which enables me to have a good understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all the staff and how the school is run. I have been working in this wonderful school for 20 years starting as a mealtime assistant since my now-grown children came here."

 

Amy Chivers

Associate Member (Deputy Headteacher)

Term: 17/09/19 - 16/09/23    Responsibilities: N/A
Attendance: 2019-2020 : 2/3 2020-2021 4/5
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."

 

Andrew Mossford

Parent Governor

Term: 17.11.20 - 16.11.24  Responsibilities : TBC
Attendance: 2020-21: 3/3 
Responsibilities: Health & Safety and Maths
Registered Interests: TBC

"Born and Bred in Plymouth, I currently have 2 children attending WPS. I have worked in the leisure and tourism industry for 20 years and as such am a qualified instructor in a number of sports. Currently working as Manager for a watersports, activities and education centre I have an active understanding of health and safety and a keen interest in education and well being."

 

 

Previous Governors from the last 12 months

Debbie Johns (Co-opted Governor) Resigned May 2021

Vanessa Cload (Co-opted Governor) Resigned October 2020

Phil Harvey (Headteacher) Retired Aug 2020