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Meet the Governors

Introducing the Governors

The Local Governing Body is made up of a group of people who voluntarily give their time and have an interest in the School and the education provided. They work closely with the Headteacher, (who is also a Governor) and Senior Leadership Team, set the strategic direction for the School and make decisions which ensure that the children get the best possible education. The Governors meet regularly to discuss all matters relating to School. They are kept fully informed, with each member having a specific area of responsibility (each area is listed below for your information). Governors also monitor and evaluate the School’s provision and progress, for example by visiting lessons and looking at SATS results.

 

The Governors holds Full Governing Body meetings 6 times a year. They discuss school business and matters relating to the Connect Academy Trust, feeding back information to the Trust board through the Clerk. The meetings follow a set agenda that each of the five Academy schools follow; ensuring that the Connect Academy Trust is working together. The five schools making up the Academy are Eggbuckland Vale, Leigham, Widey Court, Thornbury and Manadon Vale.

 

You will see the Governors around School regularly, including Parent Evenings, "Welcome to" events, the School Fairs and other events through the year. Please see below to meet the members of Manadon Vale's Governing Body.

Ian Mitchell

Hello, I am Ian Mitchell and I am proud to be the Chair of Governors for Manadon Vale. Both of my daughters have benefited from a superb education at Manadon Vale and I feel privileged to be in a position where I can help the school deliver an outstanding education for all our children.
 
Our school’s vision is for every child ‘to be the best that they can be’. I believe this is really important, but should not be measured in academic terms alone. Our children need to be safe, valued, inspired to learn and most importantly happy. As Governors, we have a responsibility to work with the school leaders to provide the best possible environment to ensure that this happens.
 
I thoroughly enjoy my role as a Governor and take specific responsibility for Numeracy, Safeguarding and Finance within the school. I welcome contact from everybody in our school community; please contact me via the school office and I will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Sarah Tawse

Hi, my name is Sarah Tawse and I am a parent governor and also the Vice-Chair. I joined the governing body in May 2014. My sons James and William are at the school.
 
I decided to become a governor because I wanted to understand and be involved in the experience my children had at school. I'm not an expert in education (my background is in the legal profession) but I am now much more knowledgeable about the education and support that Manadon Vale provides to our children and I get to have a say on some key decisions affecting them.
 
One of my specific responsibilities is overseeing progress data. I therefore attend regular pupil progress meetings with Mrs Ryder, class teachers and TAs. I also get involved with the Headteachers performance management. So governance is a responsible role, but definitely very rewarding.
 
Please feel free to chat to me in the playground.

Nigel Lyons

I am a Partner at Foot Anstey Solicitors and deal with a wide range of regulatory and contentious matters. As a Higher Courts (Criminal Proceedings) Advocate, I am able to appear at any level in our Criminal Courts System. I am also a Court and Police Station Duty Solicitor for Plymouth. I am an Associate Governor.

Nicola Jones

Jayne Bowen

My name is Jayne Bowen and I am proud to be appointed as a Governor I currently work for the local Authority as an Advisory Teacher for children with additional needs. Prior to this job I specialised in Early Years Teaching in Plymouth for 10 years.  I live in Manadon and I am passionate about giving our local children the best start possible to their education. I will be visiting the School as much as I can to give my support and hope to meet lots of Parents to hear your views. 

Sara Orchard

I have been a Governor at Manadon Vale for nearly 6 years; firstly as a Parent Governor and now as a Co-opted Governor.  My involvement with the school goes back quite a while as I am also a former pupil.  It feels as if I have come full circle and I'm now be able to help the school that helped me.  My subject responsibilities are Literacy & Science.

Sarah Neil

I'm a Co-opted Governor who has been associated with the school since 1997.  I was a Parent Governor whilst my children attended Manadon Vale and wanted to continue my role when they left as I firmly believe in the school, the staff and the children.  I am currently the Governor for SEND and a link Governor with Foundation.

Name

Governor Type

Date of appointment/

Re-appointment

Term ends

Appointed by

Register of Interests

Attendance -Apr 2016- Apr 2017

Sarah Ryder

Headteacher

01/09/2014

 

 

Governors

None Declared

8/8

Ian Mitchell

 

Local Authority

17/07/2015

16/7/2019

Governing Board

Director – Plymouth Homes Limited & Plymouth Homes Residential Lettings Limited

Husband to a member of staff

7/8

Carol-Ann Whamond-Cornellius

Parent Governor

02/10/2015

1/10/2019

Elected by Parents

Landlord – Rochester Road Management

7/8

Nicola Jones

Co-opted Governor

27/2/2013

26/2/2021

Governing Board

None Declared

4/8

Vanessa Chidgey

Staff Governor

30/11/2016

29/11/2020

Elected by Staff members

None Declared

7/8

Nigel Lyons

Associate Member

17/9/2015

16/9/2019

Governing Board

Browne Jacobsen LLP, Trustee – Connect Multi Academy Trust, Trustee – Harbour Drug Centre, Director of the Devon and Somerset Law Society, Deputy Vice President of the Devon and Somerset Law Society (DASLS) for 2017-18

1/8

Sarah Neil

Co-opted Governor

17/07/2015

16/7/2019

Governing Board

None Declared

6/8

Sarah Tawse

Parent Governor

25/04/2014

24/4/2018

Elected by Parents

Family Member employee of Chris Kallis Solicitors.

5/8

Jayne Bowen

Co-opted Governor

23/10/2015

22/10/2019

Governing Board

None Declared

5/8

 

Sara Orchard

Staff Governor

17/3/2014

16/3/2018

Elected by Staff members

None Declared

8/8

Andy Shuttleworth

 

Parent Governor

16/10/2015

8/2/2017

Resigned position

Elected by Parents

None Declared

2/5

Jo Gado

Staff Governor

 

23/11/2015

14/7/2016

Resigned position

Elected by Staff Members

None Declared

2/3

Carla Holland

 

Parent Governor

 

17/09/2015

7/6/2016 – Resigned Position

Elected by Parents

Director – Plymouth Bookkeeping Solutions, Finance Controller Westcare Limited (School Supplies)

1/2

 

If you would like to contact any of the Governors of Manadon Vale Primary School please send a letter marked for the attention of the particular Governor via Nick Rich, Clerk to Governors, Manadon Vale Primary School or email admin@mvps.org.uk

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