Academy Governors

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The Clerk for the Governing Body
All Saints Church of England Academy, Plymouth
Pennycross
Plymouth
PL5 3NE

As School Governors, we want to make a positive contribution to children's education. Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. School Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. They appoint the head teacher and deputy head teacher and hold the main responsibility for finance in schools. Governors work with the Headteacher to make decisions and balance resources. Each individual Governor is a part of the Governing Board. They do not act independently of the rest of the Governing Body, as decisions are the joint responsibility of the Governing Board. Governors set the aims and objectives for the school. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards the achievement of its aims and objectives. The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Body.

Members of All Saints Academy Plymouth

  • John Searson
  • Rev Robert Harris
  • Patricia Morris
  • The Venerable Douglas Dettner
  • Rev Alan Smith

Directors/Trustees of the Governing Body


Jenny Thomas   Diocese of Exeter
Photo of Jenny Thomas Term of Office (Start/Expiry Date) 14th May 2015 / 13th May 2019
Position/Category Ex Headteacher, Bishop Cornish C of E Primary, Governer, Director.
Area of Responsibility Responsible for Leadership and Management, Creative Arts and Sport.
Other Governorships None
Academy Relationships None
Current Attendance 2017/2018 14 out of a possible 14
Relevant Business Interests None
Relevant Personal Interests Education in Diocese of Truro
Statement

I am delighted to be a Foundation Governor at All Saints, having been Headteacher at Bishop Cornish Primary School, Saltash for many years, a member of the Truro Diocesan Board of Education for several years and also a Governor at the University of St Mark and St John.

At present I work in a voluntary capacity for the Diocese of Truro. I also have experience of working with the 44 Church schools in Cornwall and supporting their Head Teachers. I have experience of working with schools in the third world and of being an Inspector of Church schools. I am a lay Canon of Truro Cathedral and an examining Chaplain for the Bishop of Truro.

I hope that my experience in education will be useful to All Saints Academy where I am Chair of Governors.

Every child matters, every child has unique gifts and talents. Every child deserves a happy childhood and a good education. Every child should feel safe and enjoy life to the full, to feel fulfilled and excited about the future, to enjoy sport and to be creative. I believe that as Governors our job is to work towards this goal.


Ms Alison Keyworth Senior Lecturer. Governor, Director. University of St Mark & St John
Photo of Alison Keyworth Term of Office (Start/Expiry Date) 12th May 2016 / 11th May 2020
Position/Category Senior Lecturer, Governor, Director.
Area of Responsibility Vice Chair of Governors, Responsible for Teaching & Learning and English.
Other Governorships None
Academy Relationships None
Current Attendance 2017/2018 13 out of a possible 14
Relevant Business Interests None
Relevant Personal Interests None
Statement

I currently work as a Senior Lecturer of Postgraduate & Professional Development at the University of St Mark & St John where my role involves tutoring and lecturing on the MA Education, PGCE and School Direct Modern Foreign Languages and Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring programmes. My previous career was as a Head of Modern Foreign Languages in a national challenge secondary school. I was invited on to the Governing Body to represent the University and sit on the Academy’s Foundation & Futures Committee.

I have a genuine passion for education and for ensuring that all students, regardless of their age, background and ability, are given the opportunities to realise their potential and are encouraged to have aspirations of being the ‘best’ they can be.

I enjoy working with fellow educators and providing them with training/study opportunities, so that they can grow and develop their knowledge, skills and expertise in order to provide our young people with the very best learning experiences.


Mrs Denise Fitzpatrick Parent Governor, Director Parents
Photo of Denise Fitzpatrick Term of Office (Start/Expiry Date) 8th October 2010 / 7th October 2018
Position/Category Parent Governor, Director.
Area of Responsibility Responsible for special needs and pupil premium.
Other Governorships None
Academy Relationships Children educated at All Saints Academy
Current Attendance 2017/2018 12 out of a possible 14
Relevant Business Interests None
Relevant Personal Interests None
Statement

I am an Administrative Officer for the Civil Service, I have three children and first became a governor when my eldest son started at primary school as I wanted to make sure that they had a good education. That was 21 years ago and only my daughter is still in education. She has just completed her first year at Cardiff University.

One of my sons also went to university and the other has special needs. As such I am highly aware of the range of needs our academy has and am fully committed to supporting our students to succeed.

I am passionate about education and believe that every young person, no matter what their ability, has the right to a balanced education.


Headteacher, All Saints Academy Plymouth. Governor, Director. ASAP
Photo of Term of Office (Start/Expiry Date)
Position/Category Headteacher, All Saints Academy Plymouth. Governor, Director.
Area of Responsibility
Other Governorships
Academy Relationships
Current Attendance 2017/2018
Relevant Business Interests
Relevant Personal Interests
Statement

Clare Baker   Diocese of Exeter
Photo of Clare Baker Term of Office (Start/Expiry Date) 14th May 2015 / 13th May 2019
Position/Category Governor, Director.
Area of Responsibility Responsible for Finance & Budget.
Other Governorships None
Academy Relationships None
Current Attendance 2017/2018 13 out a possible 14
Relevant Business Interests None
Relevant Personal Interests St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth
Statement I have worked in financial services for over 17 years with Barclays Bank in a number of roles. I moved to Plymouth in 1997 and am passionate about the city. My husband and I married in 1998 and have two children, Katie aged 14 and Jamie aged 9. I have been involved with their primary school PTA for many years but always knew that I would want to continue to have an involvement in education more widely in the community. I was delighted to have been asked to join All Saints Academy’s board of governors.

Rebecca Smith   Diocese of Exeter
Photo of Rebecca Smith Term of Office (Start/Expiry Date) 2nd March 2017 / 1st March 2021
Position/Category Governor, Director.
Area of Responsibility Responsible for Safeguarding and RS
Other Governorships None
Academy Relationships None
Current Attendance 2017/2018 11 out a possible 11
Relevant Business Interests None
Relevant Personal Interests None
Statement

I was born in Plymouth and lived here until leaving for University. After living away for a number of years in Southampton, Brussels and London, my passion for Plymouth prompted a move home in July 2015.

I bring the experience of being a Governor in a large primary school in Central London for six years, servings as Chair for four years. Having moved back to Plymouth, I was keen to get involved with another local school and am delighted to be able to serve as a Governor at All Saints Academy.

When I’m not working for two local MPs, I love finding the best local coffee shops, showing Plymouth off to visiting friends, and watching Formula 1. I am also a member and serve as Church Warden at St Matthias Plymouth, a growing church in the city centre.


Reverend David Watson   Diocese of Exeter
Photo of Reverend David Watson Term of Office (Start/Expiry Date) 3rd January 2017 / 2nd January 2021
Position/Category Diocesan Deacon, Our Lady of Glastonbury Parish St Francis St Chad St Aidan Governor, Director.
Area of Responsibility Responsible for Buildings and Welfare.
Other Governorships None
Academy Relationships None
Current Attendance 2017/2018 11 out a possible 14
Relevant Business Interests Plymouth YMCA – Directorship
Relevant Personal Interests Parish Deacon Our Lady of Glastonbury, Justice of the Peace, Independent Person Devon and Somerset Fire
Statement

I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the governing body of All Saints returning to my secondary school

As the Vice Chair of the YMCA board, I look forward to strengthen the relationship between the two neighbours and partners

I hope to bring to the role considerable experience in social care and from a range of public bodies over many years including being the Parish Deacon in the Our Lady of Glastonbury Mission community since ordination in 2012.


Leni McCormick Parent Governor, Director Parents
Photo of Leni McCormick Term of Office (Start/Expiry Date) 1st September 2017 / 31st August 2021
Position/Category Parent Governor, Director.
Area of Responsibility
Other Governorships None
Academy Relationships Student in Year 8
Current Attendance 2017/2018 7 out of a possible 7
Relevant Business Interests None
Relevant Personal Interests None
Statement

I was thoroughly excited when, in 2017, I was invited to be a Governor, and to play what I see as a significant part in the influencing and forming of our childrens' futures. I have three boys, one who has already left the academy and is currently going through the recruitment process of joining the Royal Navy, one in year 8, and one in year 6 awaiting his place at All Saints. I chose this school for its values and policies on faith, inclusion, and dicipline, a choice that has shown itself to be a sound one more than once.

I was born and raised in Oslo, Norway, but moved to the UK in 1999 after meeting the man who is now my husband. I have long been harbouring a not-so-secret passion for the English language, and I'm currently working as a freelance editor and proofreader, working mainly with historical fiction (my absolute favourite genre). I have had many different jobs in my lifetime, including two years of Primary School governance, and I must say that being a Governor has to be one of the best! I am extremely enthusiastic about learning, and wish , as a Governor, to use the skills I have to ensure that all the pupils who attend All Saints feel fulfilled, safe, and also have that sense of respect and inclusiveness based on the same strong Christian values that made me choose this particular school for my own children.


Richard Stevens   Diocese of Exeter
Photo of Richard Stevens Term of Office (Start/Expiry Date) 1st September 2017 / 31st August 2021
Position/Category Governor, Director.
Area of Responsibility Responsible for maths and the Governors' Development Plan.
Other Governorships None
Academy Relationships None
Current Attendance 2017/2018 7 out of a possible 7
Relevant Business Interests None
Relevant Personal Interests None
Statement

My career is in public transport, I was appointed as Managing Director of Plymouth Citybus in May 2012. With a turnover in excess of 27 million pounds, Citybus serves over 17 million passengers a year and is the biggest public transport provider in Plymouth, employing 520 people and running a fleet of 185 buses to all corners of the city. In total I have more than 28 years of working in the bus industry in the South West of the UK. I am passionate about people; I ensure my team live in a responsibility focused culture, where people are treated with unconditional positive regard.

I am also the current chair of the Plymouth & Devon Chamber of Commerce, joint chair of the Plymouth Area Business Council, chair of the Plymouth Growth Board, a director of Destination Plymouth and a Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW) board member; I am committed to working and living with all people in our community, promoting inclusion respect and opportunity for all people in Plymouth, I aim to use my skills and experience to ensure the success of the children at the school, helping the executive team to thrive, I advocate a balanced, unified approach allowing the school to play to its collective strengths, to achieve its aims and objectives.


Mark Smallpage Staff Governor, Director. ASAP
Photo of Mark Smallpage Term of Office (Start/Expiry Date) 1st September 2017 / 31st August 2021
Position/Category Staff Governor, Director.
Area of Responsibility
Other Governorships None
Academy Relationships Member of Staff
Current Attendance 2017/2018 4 out of a possible 7
Relevant Business Interests None
Relevant Personal Interests None
Statement

I grew up and lived in Plymouth for all of my childhood until leaving to attend university in Lancaster. For almost the last decade, I have worked in a variety of schools in London and in my career to date have taught across the age-range spectrum working in primary, middle and secondary schools. I have a particular interest in the 'transition points' in education and my previous job roles to date reflect this.

Last year, the yearning to be back home in Plymouth with my family became too strong and I was very pleased and happy to accept my current post at All Saints Academy Plymouth, joining the school in January 2017.

As a teacher, I am interested and driven in ensuring that we provide the very best life experiences and chances that we can for the young people under our care. To that end, I am proud to serve as the Staff-Governor at All Saints Academy Plymouth helping to support and ensure that the students here receive the best possible outcomes that they can.

I love rugby and as well as playing and watching it I get a lot of satisfaction helping coach youth rugby in the local community. Other interests I have and activities I like to undertake when outside of work include travelling, reading, going to the cinema, playing Chess, Magic: The Gathering and table-top games - including D&D (yes I am quite geeky!) and being outdoors camping with family and friends.



Mr Ryan Hill, a Deputy Headteacher of a Primary School is to be appointed as a Director/Governor from April 2018.

A register of Governors' business and pecuniary interests in All Saints is updated prior to every meeting.

Governance Handbook for Academies, Multi-Academy Trusts and Maintained Schools, published January 2017, can be found using this link: Governance Handbook


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Past Governors

Who have left the Academy's Governing body in the recent past.

Name Position/Category Representing Started Left
Revd Jon Marlow The Revd Jon Marlow, Vicar of St Pancras Church, Governor, Director. Diocese of Exeter October 2014 June 2018
Gary Futcher Headteacher, All Saints Academy Plymouth. Governor, Director. All Saints Academy Plymouth 1st January 2016 April 2018
Ian Luke Dean, Faculty of Education Health & Welfare. Associate Governor, Director, Member. Representing University of St Mark and St John 21st March 2013 20th March 2017
Bob Harrison Chair of Governors Church of England 1st September 2014 18th April 2017
Cllr Sparling Governor, Councillor for Ham Ward Plymouth City Council LA 22nd May 2015 26th May 2016
Phillip Mantell Exeter Diocesan Director of Education, Member. C of E 5th December 2012 5th December 2016
David Bowles Vice Chair of Governors Plymouth City Council 12th May 2016 9th March 2017
The Venerable Ian Chandler Archdeacon of Plymouth, Member. Diocese of Exeter 5th December 2013 9th March 2017

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