Stoke Damerel's Governing Body includes representatives from 5 different areas of the school community:
Parent Governors: 3 members
Staff Governors: 3 members (including the Headteacher)
Local Authority Governor: 1 member
Foundation/Trust Governor: 2 members - this role is linked to our partnership in the 'Education Through Enterprise' Trust
Co-opted Governors: 6 members - these are members who the Governing Body feel have particular skills that will contribute to effective governance and success of the school. They could include parents, staff or members of the local community
Total membership of the Governing Body is 15.
As a governor my main focus is on continuing to raise the standards within the school whilst maintaining the friendly and supportive environment that the school offers. I am also excited about the development of the curriculum to ensure both academic and social skills continue to flourish.
I have two children, one now in key stage 2 at Stoke Damerel Primary School, and my eldest has now moved to secondary school; after a fun and fully supported education at SDPS.
Over the past seven years as part of the school family I have been involved with many aspects of school life. Now as a parent governor I will be linked to numeracy. I am also involved with enterprise and the craft club in school which is inspiring children to be creative and ‘learn to earn’.
I have been involved in education for sixteen years as a lecturer at City College Plymouth. I have a strong belief in education and each child’s right to be able to feel safe, valued and encouraged to learn; and a desire to make a difference.
I am part of the Governing Body to make sure that all governors know about what is going well in school and what needs improving. The Governing Body is my direct boss and I am accountable to it. I have to ensure the safety and well being of all people in the school and make sure that children receive a high quality education. If the Governing Body decides that something needs improving the governors tell me ... and I make sure that it does improve!
My name is Nicola Whitby and I presently teach in Year 5.
Prior to teaching, I worked in the media industry in Plymouth and London. However a desire to work with children, led me to train as a teacher. I have been at Stoke Damerel for several years and have taught across all the age groups. As well as being a Year 5 teacher, I am responsible for curriculum development across the school.
I am grammar school educated and worked as an accountant for many years before a long period in Sales and Marketing where I became UK Sales Director of a large PLC. In 1999 my wife Judy and I sold up in UK and relocated to Tanzania and became safari guides in Selous Game Reserve, a wilderness area the size of Denmark. Two years in Zanzibar followed and another seven years in Dar es Salaam where I was Director of Finance for the local airline. It was here that we adopted Sarah at the age of eleven months. When she was nearly five we returned to UK and she is now a pupil at SDPS.
My main interest is wildlife and I have visited 91 countries and regions of the world including Antarctica, Galapagos Islands, Borneo, India etc. all in pursuit of wildlife, wilderness and culture.
I have been a Parent Governor at two other schools and have seen my older children through school and university. My granddaughter has just become a qualified teacher. My interest as a governor is to ensure that all children progress to their full ability in particular in English and Maths. I helped children with their reading in two other schools and have just started to do so here. I also am very keen to develop parent input into school work.
I am in my third year at Stoke Damerel Primary as Deputy Head and this will be my third year sat on the Governing Body. I have enjoyed meeting new parents, getting to know the children in the school and working with all the staff. We are in very new and exciting times, with our new building work started and new members of staff.
I am passionate about teaching and enjoy working and talking with the children in our school. My main aim is to support the school with moving forward as we venture towards new assessment systems and new curriculum to ensure our children enjoy rich and enjoyable experiences, for future life.
On a personal note I have 4 children ranging from 4-15 (2 boys and 2 girls) and a husband! I am enjoying sharing my time between school and home - it is busy but exciting! I am also a parent governor at one of our trust schools: Stuart Road Primary.