Governance at High Street Primary Academy

Chair of Governor Statement

Hello and welcome to High Street Primary Academy


Our aim at High Street Primary Academy is to nurture and encourage all our pupils to fulfil their full potential. We want them to be happy to come to school and for them to enjoy their learning. Our staff and volunteers work hard to give the pupils a wide range of opportunities both inside school and by using the resources of our wider community. 


Since September 2018 the school has partnered with Stuart Road Primary Academy under our Executive Headteacher Mr Frame, and since October of 2019 we have combined what were two separate Governing Bodies into one overarching Board of Governors. We meet six times per year. I am delighted to Chair this group of committed colleagues, some of whom have long experience of Governorship and others who are new but highly talented in areas relevant to the life of our school. We represent parents, staff, REACH South Multi Academy Trust, and other areas of our community. We work with the school leadership team and REACH South MAT to provide support and challenge to the leadership team within the overall framework of the vision and strategic direction of the school. As Governors we are committed to supporting the delivery of high standards of teaching for all pupils so that they develop a love of learning and an understanding of the world around them, finishing in Year 6 well prepared for secondary school. 

Our Governors
Please read our pen portraits for the joint Governing Body of High Street and Stuart Road.
If you would like an appointment with our Chair of Governors, Bronwen Lacey, please contact the school office on 01752 225649 or via email
  • Mr Gary Blake

    Co-opted Governor

    Responsibility: Vice-chair and Maths
    Term: 01.10.19 - 09.10.23
    Attendance 2019-20: 2/2
    Declaration of Interests: None

  • Mr Mitch Frame

    Executive Headteacher

    Responsibility: Whole school
    Term: 10.10.19 -
    Appointed : Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal
    Attendance 2019-20: 2/2
    Declaration of Interests: None

    I have been in teaching for over 24 years, working in a variety of schools in Yorkshire, Cornwall and Devon. I worked for a period as an ICT consultant in Yorkshire. Prior to teaching I was a staff nurse and therefore have a wide range of experience of working and supporting people.

    I have been the Headteacher of Stuart Road Primary since 2005 and took on the role of executive head at High Street in September 2018.

    I have been a serving governor for the past 17 years in a number of schools.
    I am married with one son. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, music, golf and cycling.

  • Mrs Joanna Hannon

    Staff Governor

    Responsibility: Staff
    Term: 10.10.19 -09.10.23
    Appointed : Elected by staff
    Attendance 2019-20: 2/2
    Declaration of Interests: None

  • Mrs Bronwen Lacey

    Chair of Governors

    Responsibility: Chair and Safeguarding (including LAC and Child Protection)
    Attendance 2019-20: 2/2
    Term: 10.10.19 - 09.10.23
    Appointed by Trust Board
    Declaration of interests: Director of S Lacey Associates, Trustee and Board Member of Theatre Royal Plymouth and Trustee of REACH South

    I joined the Governor Board in January 2016. I have worked in Education and Children's Services for nearly 40 years before retiring in 2014. I have a wealth of experience of front-line service delivery and strategic leadership to the Board. I joined the Governor Board because I wanted to continue to contribute to improving the life chances of children, giving them the best possible start. Joining the hard-working team of staff and governors at High Street Primary School seemed the perfect way to do that.

  • Mrs Chelsea O'Brien

    Staff Governor

    Responsibility: Staff
    Attendance: 1/1
    Term: 10.10.19 - 09.10.23
    Elected by Staff
    Declarations of interest : TBC

  • Mr Jamie Thompson

    Co-opted Governor

    Responsibility: Co-chair and Early Years
    Term: 10.10.19 - 09.10.23
    Appointed by Governing Body
    Attendance 2019-20: 0/2
    Declarations of Interest: None

    I have worked in the private sector running a small global software development business and about 5 years ago I transitioned to work in Government. I have two young children at school who are growing and learning at rate of knots and who are enjoying their lives in a safe, caring and supportive environment. Children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates and I can see that with my own children. I set out to be a Governor to be able to lead and support the next generation through their own challenges, to develop and to become their own super star. This is my opportunity to make a difference and give something personal to the community.

    I am heavily focused on leadership and governance programmes in my profession and I plan to use my exposure and experience across Public and Private sectors to ensure the outcomes we set out to achieve are realised.

    We have an exciting journey ahead… I can honestly say that I have joined a team who are absolutely committed to giving their all and who underpin the development and support of the children here at High Street Primary Academy.

    I am very approachable so please say hello if I am at the school. In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, cooking and reading about Technology and gadgets!

  • Mr Ben Vleminckx

    Co-opted Governor

    Responsibility : Statutory Grants Inc Pupil Premium and PE and Sports Premium
    Term: 10.10.19 - 09.10.23
    Elected by Governing Body
    Attendance 2019-20: 1/2
    Declaration of Interests: Chair and founder of Evolve Music

    I have worked in the arts and cultural sector for over six years across a variety of arts organisations based in the South West. As a musician I began working with children and young people as a music leader delivering creative music workshops in schools before falling into arts management and producing community and education arts projects. In 2017 I co-founded a community music charity called Evolve Music which is based in Somerset, where I am now also a trustee.

    I currently work for the Theatre Royal Plymouth in their Engagement and Learning department where I work close with schools across the city. I am dedicated to supporting and improving the lives of children and young people in the city through my work, and I am now looking forward to continuing and building on this in my role as governor at High Street.

    In my spare time I enjoy playing the drums, mountain biking, beach walks and going to festivals.

  • Mrs Rachel Willingham

    Parent Governor

    Responsibility: SEND & Inclusion
    Term: 10.10.19 - 09.10.19
    Appointed : Elected by parents
    Attendance 2019-20: 2/2
    Declaration of Interests: None

High Street  and Stuart Road Local Governing Body meeting dates 2019-20

Thursday      10.10.19                     

Wednesday   20.11.19             

Wednesday   22.01.20            

Wednesday   11.03.20     

Wednesday   13.05.20

Wednesday 15.07.20 

Governor resignations previous 12 months:
 Miss. Leah Nail        13.11.19
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