Governing Body

 Chair of Governor Statement - Welcome from the Chair



I am lucky enough to chair the Local Governing Body (LGB) for Stuart Road.  I have been a Governor since April 2016 and was Chair for a year before we merged the Governing Body with High Street Primary in October 2019.  Over the last year, it became apparent that Stuart Road and High Street were at different stages in their journey and that they needed the right level of leadership and direction to allow them to be successful. Therefore, this summer the decision was made for Mr Frame to return to Stuart Road as full time Headteacher and for Mrs Blake to offer full time support to High Street. This meant that we had to reinstate a stand-alone LGB for Stuart Road, with separate arrangements being put in place for High Street. 


All of the staff were very busy during the summer term, delivering ‘Educare’ for those children that needed it in addition to providing a comprehensive package of home learning prior to the full return in September. However, as with the rest of the country, it is inevitable that many pupils are not as far along their learning journey as we would expect in a normal year and the school is working hard to help them catch up.


The LGB works with the school’s Leadership Team and Reach South Academy Trust, helping to set the vision and strategy; providing support and challenge to ensure that the school continues on its journey towards outstanding. We are committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment where every child loves to learn and explore, with the opportunity to fulfil their potential and be ready to move to secondary education from a sound base in Year 6.


We are a fairly small body at the moment and would welcome two or three volunteers (parents, grandparents or family friends) who have some time and energy to give to make sure that the LGB is able to fulfil its role.  We meet six times per year and Governors are encouraged to visit the school and get to know the staff and pupils (COVID permitting) when practicable.  If you, or anybody you know, is interested, please get in touch with Mr Frame or myself through the school office.

Our Governors
Please read our pen portraits for the Governing Body.
If you would like an appointment with our Chair of Governors, Gary Blake, please contact the school office on 01752 57668 or via email to the clerk to governors Lindsey Johnson, 
  • Mr Gary Blake

    Chair and Co-opted Governor

    Responsibility: Chair and Maths and Finance
    Appointed by the Local Governing Board
    Term: 12.10.20 - 11.10.24
    Attendance 2020-21: 3/3
    Declaration of Interests: None

    I have had a strong connection to Plymouth since 1977, when I began my engineering training at the Royal Naval Engineering College at Manadon. I retired from the RN in 2012 after an interesting and varied career as a Submarine Weapon Engineer and volunteer locally as a case worker with SSAFA - a military charity supporting service personnel, veterans and their families. I have also worked with young people preparing for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme; training for and supervising expeditions on and around the moor. I have been a Governor at Stuart Road since April 2016 and my son and daughter have both worked as Primary Teachers in the local area so have a fair understanding of the issues that affect the education sector. I strongly believe that encouraging children to enjoy learning from an early age is crucial and I am proud to be part of a committed and inspirational team. In addition to my volunteering, I enjoy being a grandad, walking, music, hockey, cricket and golf.

  • Mr Chun-Sun Chan

    Staff Governor

    Responsibility: Staff governor
    Elected by staff
    Term: 11.11.20 - 10.11.24
    Attendance 2020-21:2/2
    Declaration of Interests: None

  • Mrs Britta Nicholls

    Acting Headteacher

    I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself as the acting Head of School.
    I feel privileged to have the opportunity to support the children, families and staff within the Stuart Road
    community. I bring with me over 20 years of teaching experience and more recently experience as the
    Deputy Head teacher of Goosewell Primary Academy. I will be working as acting Headteacher to ensure
    the school continues to deliver high quality education during these unusual times.

  • Mrs Joanna Hannon

    Staff Governor

    Responsibility: Staff
    Elected by staff
    Term: 01.07.17 - 30.06.21
    Attendance 2020-21: 3/3
    Declaration of Interests: None

  • Charlotte Kelly

    Parent Governor

    Responsibility: tbc
    Elected by parents
    Term: 19.03.21 - 18.03.25
    Declaration of Interest: Chair of Friends of Stuart Road Primary Academy and sister is a teacher at a Trust academy.

    I was brought up just down the road in St.Cleer, completing my education in Liskeard and St.Austell before heading for the Bright Lights of London. I spent an amazing 10 years in the Travel trade, traveling the world for free and experiencing different people & cultures. I then spent another 10 years in the Estate Agency business, working my way up in a very male dominated world to a Senior Branch Manager. A year travelling the world (while we could) before getting married at Kitley House, just up the road. A bit of fun managing Bars around Barnet before starting a family and a new adventure in Plymouth. My daughter has been coming to this school since Nursery and loves the Urban Village atmosphere of Stuart Road Primary Academy. I re-instigated the Friends of Stuart Road (PTA) 2 years ago and am hoping as we get out of lockdown that it will take off again with the support of the wonderful parents and volunteers of Stuart Road School. I am also instigating a Palmerston Street Community group with the inaugural event in June of The Big Lunch.

  • Rachel Willingham

    Co-opted governor

    Responsibility: tbc
    Appointed by: Local Governing Board
    Term: 24.03.21 - 23.03.25
    Declaration of Interest: tbc

    I have three children two who have attended Stuart Road. My youngest is in Year 6. My background is in health and I have worked in the private and NHS sector as a Nurse Manager for a number of years. I am passionate in ensuring all children have the opportunity to have an education they deserve wherever they live. I have a special interest in SEND and my son attends Woodlands Special School and has complex needs.
    In our spare time as a family we enjoy walks in the countryside and spend our summers camping. I am approachable and happy to talk to any parents at Stuart Road. I live locally to Stuart Road and I am normally on playground pick up at Stuart Road.

Stuart Road Local Governing Body meeting dates 2020-21

Monday                       12th October 2020

Wednesday                 11th November 2020

Wednesday                 27th January 2021

Wednesday                 24th March 2021

Wednesday                 12th May 2021

Wednesday                 14th July 2021

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Previous Governors  of the last 12 months:
Mrs Rachel Willingham 28.02.21
Mrs Bronwen Lacey      12.10.20
Mr James Griffiths         12.10.20
Mr Daniel Cooley           02.10.20
Miss Chelsea O'Brien    23.07.20