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
    Appointed by Local Governing Body
    Term: 01.10.19 - 09.10.23
    Attendance 2020-21: 0/0
    Declaration of Interests: None

  • Mr Daniel Cooley

    Co-opted Governor

    Responsibility: tbc
    Appointed by the Governing Body
    Term: 12.03.20 -11.03.24
    Attendance 2020-21: 0/0
    Declaration of Interests: None

    I am delighted to be a Governor for both Stuart Road Primary School & High Street Primary School. I currently work within the Arts & Cultural sector and I strongly believe that it is a right (not a privilege) for every child to have access and opportunity to Arts & Cultural experiences. I have joined the Governor Board as I want to contribute to enhancing the enrichment of personal, educational, creative and social development of every child, offering them the best possible start in their learning journeys

  • Mr Mitch Frame

    Executive Headteacher

    Responsibility: Whole school
    Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal
    Term: 10.10.19 -
    Attendance 2020-21: 0/0
    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.

  • Mr James Griffiths

    Responsibility: Early Years
    Appointed by Governing Body
    Term: 22.01.20 - 21.01.24
    Attendance 2020-21: 0/0
    Declaration of Interest: None

    I applied to become a parent governor because I wanted to do my bit to help improve the school, As a parent to three children in High Street and one in Millford I felt I could be a good voice for those children with additional needs. When I am not on the school run I write, read and play board and card games. I am also in the process of becoming a Beaver Scout Leader.

  • Mrs Joanna Hannon

    Staff Governor

    Responsibility: Staff
    Elected by staff
    Term: 10.10.19 -09.10.23
    Attendance 2020-21: 0/0
    Declaration of Interests: None

  • Mrs Bronwen Lacey

    Chair of Governors

    Responsibility: Chair and Safeguarding (including LAC and Child Protection)
    Appointed by Trust Board
    Term: 10.10.19 - 09.10.23
    Attendance 2020-21: 0/0
    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 Rachel Willingham

    Parent Governor

    Responsibility: SEND & Inclusion
    Elected by parents
    Term: 10.10.19 - 09.10.19
    Attendance 2020-21: 0/0
    Declaration of Interests: None

    I first became a parent governor two years ago. I have three children two who have attended Stuart Road. My youngest is in Year 5. 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 whereever 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 or High Street Primary. I live locally to Stuart Road and I am normally on playground pick up at Stuart Road.

High Street  and 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

Governor resignations previous 12 months:
Mrs Chelsea O'Brien  23.07.20
Mr Ben Vleminckx     04.02.20
Mr Jamie Thompson 19.12.19 
Miss. Leah Nail        13.11.19
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