Local Governing Body

Date of Appointment - 01/10/16
Appointed by - Governors
Term of office - 4 years
Business and Pecuniary Interests - None declared
Trustee of the Inspiring Schools Partnership (ISP) Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)
Attendance 2017/18 - 100%
 

I had 2 career ambitions whilst at school, one was to work in a Bank and the other was to be a Maths Teacher.  I achieved the first spending 24 years within Alliance & Leicester/Santander starting on the counter and working my way up to Bank Manager at 22.  I then took my financial exams and became a fully qualified Financial Adviser which is the role I was made redundant from in 2013.  I now work as a Para-Planner for 3 FAs. The second ambition sadly I feel was lost when my dad died when I was 16, 5 months before I took my GCSEs.  My dad was my driving force, he used to help and encourage me with my schoolwork and although I obtained 8 GCSEs and the 'A' I wanted in maths I lost my way and dropped out of A levels and joined the Bank at 17.

Why did I become a Governor? My dad fully supported me and I strongly believe that it's not just the schools job to educate children.  I want my children to enjoy their school life and gain as much as they can before they go out into the big bad world of work.

Too many children are not supported at home and it's at Primary level where that all important exciting learning journey starts.  I would like to think that the job I do as a Governor in overseeing things at Montpelier will help make their experience the best it can be.

  • Mr Neil John Demuth

    Vice Chair and Co-opted Governor - appointed by LGB

Date of Appointment - 01/10/16
Appointed by LGB
Term of Office - 4 years
Business and Pecuniary Interests - None declared
Attendance 2017/18 - 80%
 
  • Qualified accountant since 2003 (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)
  • Executive Director of Finance for Foot Anstey LLP (large south west law firm)
  • Key role to act as business finance partner to a number of stakeholders in the business as well as managing the finance operational team.
  • Background in delivering and assessing NVQs in Accountancy and Finance,  
  • Keen to support progress of the school utilising the skills acquired in the finance and legal industry.
  • Mrs Janet Ellard

    Co-opted Governor - appointed by LGB

Date of Appointment - 01/10/16
Appointed by LGB
Term of Office - 4 years
Business and Pecuniary Interests - None declared
Attendance 2017/18 - 100%
 
I have been a governor for approximately thirty years.  When I left school I became a Medical Laboratory Technician in Haematology and Blood Bank (where I met Alison Green!). I became involved in politics, supporting the SDP and from there was asked if I would be a governor of Montpelier School. Although there were two schools at the time there was one Governing Body. The responsibilities were very different from those of today. Local Management of Schools hadn’t been brought in so there was no budget or personal issues to deal with. Meetings were few and far between.

Eventually two Governing Bodies were formed. Although I served for one term on the Junior School Governing Body I was mainly involved in the Infants. When the schools amalgamated I served on the Interim Governing Body and eventually that of Montpelier Primary School Governing Body.

During that time I gave up work to have my three girls, all of which had a very happy and successful time at Montpelier. When my youngest started school I decided to retrain and my experiences in school helped me to decide to become a Teaching Assistant. I completed my NVQ and started work at The Cathedral School of St. Mary, first in years three and four. I gained my HLTA status nine years ago and from then have worked in years five and six.

At Montpelier I have seen so many changes. The building has changed and the schools have amalgamated. I have worked with two acting Head Teachers and eight Heads! The responsibilities of the Governing Body have changed beyond recognition. However the one constant, in both my job and my work as a governor, is the children and my commitment to doing all I can to support them and the school.

  • Mrs Alison Jane Green

    Co-opted Governor - appointed by LGB

Date of Appointment - 01/10/16
Appointed by LGB
Term of Office - 4 years
Business and Pecuniary Interests - None declared
Attendance 2017/18 - 100%
 

I always knew I would stay on at school and that I wanted to do something science based. (Had a dreadful biology teacher and wonder how I ever passed my exam!)

All those years ago, the Government ran a scheme whereby people wanting to take early retirement had to be replaced by a school leaver.  I’d been going to the pathology lab weekly doing work experience so it was a case of right time and place.  So, I have been ‘cutting up body parts’ since 1982. I still enjoy my job as you never know quite what will come into the department. My proper job title is a biomedical scientist – histology.

One of my 18th birthday presents, from my best friend, was my tonsils mounted in a surgical jar! I still have them, along with my brother’s spleen in my cupboard at home.

  • Mrs Sam Hunter

    Headteacher

Date of Appointment - 01/09/18
Appointed by - Governors
Term of office -
Business and Pecuniary Interests - None declared
Trustee of the Inspiring Schools Partnership (ISP) Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)
Attendance 2018/19
 
  • Joined Montpelier in September 2018 following a relocation from Hampshire.
  • This is her second headship and she is an NLE (National Leader of Education).
  • She is the chair for the Waterfront Academic Council and also works within the Primary Excellence Teaching School.
  • Mr John Mahoney

    Co-opted Governor - appointed by LGB

Date of Appointment - 01/10/16
Appointed by LGB
Term of Office - 4 years
Business and Pecuniary Interests - None declared
Attendance 2016/17 - 60%
 

I attended Montpelier School, then Devonport High School for Boys before attending Bristol University. I had been a GP for 30 years, but have been retired since 2012.

I became a City Councillor in 2000 and have the honour or holding the position of Lord Mayor 2015/16. I have been a Governor for over 25 years.

 

  • Mr David Cantin

    Staff Governor - appointed by Staff

Date of Appointment - 1/02/18
Appointed by Staff
Term of Office - 4 years
Business and Pecuniary Interests - None declared
Attendance 2018/19 - 100%

Hello. I am the Staff Representative on the LGB. I have been a teacher for 30 years and during this time, I have seen a great deal of change in education. I have been the Headteacher of two successful Cornish Schools and now work as an intervention and support teacher here at Montpelier, mainly in Year 6. I have previously been a Governor in five primary schools.

My wife and I moved to Plymouth from North Cornwall six years ago to be closer to my eldest daughter, her husband and their three young children (all of whom attend Montpelier).

My youngest daughter has followed in her Dad’s footsteps and is a PE teacher in Gloucestershire.

I thoroughly enjoy teaching at Montpelier and love being part of a highly motivated team. I took up the position of Staff Governor approximately one year ago when the school was recruiting a new Headteacher. I was very keen to play my part in ensuring that the right candidate was appointed. I am delighted to say that the appointment was a very successful one!

Outside of school life, I enjoy time with my family and I also enjoy exploring the Devon and Cornwall countryside by bike.

  • Mrs Gemma Scott

    Parent Governor - appointed by Parents

Date of Appointment - 19-12-18
Appointed by parents
Term of Office - 4 years
Business and Pecuniary Interests - None declared
Attendance 2018/19 - 100%
 
I am a newly elected parent Governor to the board and I have lived in the school community for most of my life. When my daughter started in foundation, I was so impressed by the school and it's ethos that I was inspired me to get more involved. I believe that if children learn in an environment where they feel safe, cared for and valued, then they will truly flourish! I am a registered Midwife and Health Visitor and in my current role I am part of the Children's Public Health team within Plymouth City Council. This means I get to work with lots of organisations across the city and ensure that families are able to access the best kind of help, when they need it the most. 
Clerk to Governors - Karen Hill (khill@isp.academy)