Drake and Morice Town Primary Academies Local Governing Body

In February 2019 , the local governing bodies of Morice Town and Drake Primary schools  decided to merge into a single governing body. They saw this as a positive move and a way of building on the partnerships being developed between the schools. This will provide an opportunity for the strengths of each governing body to come together for the benefit of all the pupils.


Chair of Governor Statement

Welcome from Drake and Morice Town Governing Body. We work with the schools to ensure that they provide the best for your child, both academically and pastorally. We meet regularly to provide an independent oversight of the school and how it is run. The school is required to report to us on things such as, management and planning as well as results and we act as ‘critical friends’ and a sounding board. We help to set the budget, analyse SAT’s data and provide an independent panel in issues relating to staffing or pupil exclusions.


We are made up of members of the school staff, parents and independent people, who all bring different skills and knowledge to the board. All the governors are volunteers and do not receive any payment for their role.  We all serve for 4 years when we can be re-elected. Although this is a voluntary, part time role all governors strive to show commitment and the passion for the schools that is required in the role.


Chair                                       Janice Carr

Vice–chair                                Andrea Roe

Executive Headteacher              Joe Roberts


Number of governors






Joe Roberts

Reach South Trust


Janice Carr, Hayley Evans and Andrea Roe



Kelly George, Leanne Lawman, Captain Andy Toby and Amanda Williams



Susie Carroll and Pauline Donnellon

Mrs. L. Johnson (Clerk to Governors)

The Chair of the Local Governing Body can be contacted via the schools offices or by

What we do:

Drake and Morice Town governors provide support and advice to the Senior Leadership Teams as well as monitoring the school's achievements and challenging decisions.

We provide:

* Overview and scrutiny of the management of the academies;

* Policy development for the academies where this has been delegated to us from the Trust; scrutiny of policy compliance by the academies where policy is set by the Trustees;

* Championship of the academies and its leaders;

* Engagement with the parents of pupils and the wider community.

We do this by:

* Holding 6 weekly meetings to discuss the schools, their achievements and areas of need, the policies and

* Visiting the schools and observing lessons and the schools in action.

* Talking to the pupils, parents, and staff to find out their views.

* Attending training to extend our skills and knowledge.


Who are your governors?  

  • Janice Carr

    Chair of Governors - Trust Governor

    Term: 11.02.19 – 10.02.23
    Responsibility: Quality of Education, Safeguarding and LAC and SEND
    Attendance: 2021-22: 4/4
    Registered Interests: Trustee of Peter Pan Playgroup

    I joined the Governing body in 2009 when my eldest son was in Foundation and have been Chair for the past 9 years. I am a supply teacher and find this background understanding of education has greatly helped in my role. I have 2 more sons who have either been at Drake or are currently here. I have volunteered in the classroom at Drake which gave me an insight into the teaching side of the school and bring this to the governors meetings. I enjoy my role and am pleased we have added Morice Town to our governing body. This is a new challenge for us but it has been exciting meeting the new staff and joining their journey. I look forward to continuing to work across both schools to achieve success for all our children.

  • Mrs Susie Carroll

    Head of School

    Term: 30.07.21 - 29.07.25 (2nd Term as staff governor)
    Responsibility: Head of School
    Attendance: 2021-22: 4/4
    Registered Interests: None

    In addition to being a teaching deputy head at Drake Primary and now head of school, I have been a governor for 21 years. In my role as head of school across Drake and Morice Town Primary Academies, I enjoy the challenge of supporting colleagues in the delivery of quality teaching and learning, and improving outcomes for our pupils. I continue to enjoy getting in the classroom to support teaching and learning, particularly in Year 6. My strength as a governor is developing the curriculum, analysing school data and articulating this to fellow governors.

  • Pauline Donnellon

    Safeguarding and Welfare Lead

    Term: 11.02.19 – 10.02.23
    Responsibility: n/a
    Attendance: 2021-22: 2/4
    Registered Interests: None

    I have been employed at Morice Town Primary School since 1997. In that time, I have worked across the whole school gaining a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the hopes, desires and the needs of the families of our school. I was previously a Governor for 21 years, having a short break in 2016 until recently. I stepped into the role of Safeguarding Lead in the same year that I stepped down from the role of Governor. I was able to focus clearly on the level of support the children and families needed and I feel privileged to now be working across two amazing schools.
    I am passionate about our schools, not only in my role, but also as a school Governor and member of SLT. I want each and every child to reach their full potential, feel confident, safe and to be happy in their school environment.

  • Hayley Evans

    Trust Governor

    Term: 11.02.19 - 10.02.23
    Responsibility: Quality of Education and Early Years
    Attendance: 2021-22: 3/4
    Registered Interests: Trustee of Peter Pan Playgroup

    I have been volunteering as a governor at Drake since 2011. I originally volunteered as I wanted to be able to be involved in my child’s education and offer something back. I now have 3 children; 1 a previous pupil, 1 in Year 4 and 1 yet to start!

  • Kelly George

    Parent Governor

    Term: 13.05.19 - 14.05.23
    Responsibility: Quality of Education and Personal Development
    Attendance: 2021-22: 0/4
    Registered Interests: None

    I’m in my 40s and have lived in Morice Town for over 5 years now with my husband and our twins. I’ve been connected to the school since the twins joined the nursery at 3. They are now in year 3 and absolutely love the school. I wanted to get involved more because I truly believe that every child should have the education they deserve.

    I would say my passion would be my best asset to bring to the role of governor.

  • Mrs Leanne Lawman

    Parent Governor

    Term: 01.03.22 - 28.02.26
    Responsibility: tbc
    Attendance 2021-22: 1/1
    Registered Interests: None

    I have two sons in Year 1 and two daughters in Years 2 and 5. I wanted to become a governor to be part of my children’s education and to help the school to continue to develop and improve. I wanted to give back to the school who has supported us as a family over the years. I have a unique perspective on special education needs and I have experience working with children and vulnerable adults as a water sports instructor, football coach, as a mentor for European students, a mentor at Brainwaves, in healthcare and taking part in medical research with different universities across the country. I am currently studying at university.

    I hope all the skills and experience I have gained over the years and new skills and knowledge along the way will help contribute towards the school as a whole

  • Joe Roberts

    Executive Headteacher

    Term: 11.02.19 -
    Responsibility: Whole school
    Attendance: 2021-22: 4/4
    Registered Interests: Wife is an employee at Stoke Damerel Primary

    I have been teaching for nearly 30 years in six different Plymouth primary schools. I was appointed headteacher of Drake Primary in 2010 and the executive Headteacher of both Drake and Morice Town in 2018. I consider it a huge privilege to work with the pupils, staff, families and communities of both schools.

  • Andrea Roe

    Vice-Chair - Trust Appointed Governor

    Term: 15.12.21 - 14.12.25 (2nd Term as governor - 1st term as parent governor)
    Responsibility: Quality of Education and Behaviour & Attitudes
    Attendance: 2021-22: (2/2 as parent governor) 2/2
    Registered Interests: Husband is an employee of the Trust

    I took up the role of parent Governor in January 2017 but have had experience with governance groups within the work place. My daughter started with the reception intake this year but had previously been part of the nursery. I saw how much passion and dedication was shown by the staff towards the children. It was this introduction to the school which made me want to help make Morice Town a great school. I firmly believe that the right environment and support can build a life-long passion for learning.

    After finishing my degree at Plymouth, I spent 16 years in the mobile telecommunications industry in a management role as well as in an employee relations role. I am currently employed by a charity as a debt advice coordinator. Whilst my background isn't education it is management planning, and also finance. I am pleased to be able to continue to support the school in a Trust Appointed Governor capacity.

  • Andy Toby

    Parent Governor

    Term: 01.09.21 - 31.08.25
    Responsibility: Quality of Education and Leadership and Management
    Attendance 2021-22: 4/4
    Registered Interests: None

    As well as being a parent to a child that attends Drake Primary Academy, I am also a Salvation Army Officer (Minister) based in the community of Morice Town, to where I was appointed in 2019. I have been an Officer since 2012 and before coming to Plymouth I served in Camborne and Torquay.

    I believe that every child has the right to an education that will help them reach their full potential. We as parents, carers and those in a position of responsibility should be passionate and fully dedicated to ensuring that the very best opportunities are made available to our children.

    My hope is that I am able to integrate into an existing school governor team and make a positive difference and that the lives of the children who we represent will be transformed and enhanced beyond any expectations.

  • Miss Amanda Williams

    Parent Governor

    Term: 23.11.20 - 22.11.24
    Responsibility: Quality of Education and Personal Development
    Attendance: 2021-22: 3/4
    Registered Interests: None

    I have one child attending Drake Primary who started school in September 2020. I have always enjoyed learning and continue to do so, even as an adult. I believe that my love of learning stems from the support and encouragement I received at my primary school over 40 years ago! I aim to do what I can, to ensure that all the children whose education we are privileged to be part of, enjoy their primary school days. Providing a safe and happy environment for children to learn in, is crucial and will encourage them to reach their potential in all areas of their lives. As a parent governor I take my responsibility very seriously.

To find out more about Reach South Academy Trust governance, click on the following link:

Governors of the previous 12 months:

Dene Terry     08.07.21 - 10.06.22 (Trust Appointed Governor)