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                              Andrea Roe

Vice-Chair                       Leanne Lawman

Executive Headteacher     Joe Roberts


Number of governors






Joe Roberts

Reach South Trust


 Hayley Evans and Andrea Roe



Leanne Lawman and Amanda Williams



Captain Andy Toby



Pauline Donnellon and Debbie Nunn

Mrs. L. Johnson (Clerk to Governors)

The Chair of the Local Governing Body can be contacted via the schools offices or via the clerk  email:  

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 3 meetings a year 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?  

  • Pauline Donnellon

    Staff Governor

    Term: 11.02.19 - 09.03.27 (2nd Term)
    Responsibility: Staff Governor
    Attendance: 2023-24: 1/1
    Registered Interests: None

  • Hayley Evans

    Trust Governor

    Term: 11.02.19 - 10.02.27 (2nd Term)
    Responsibility: Quality of Education and Early Years
    Attendance: 2023-24: 1/1
    Registered Interests: Trustee of Peter Pan Playgroup

    I have had the privilege of volunteering as a governor at Drake since 2011, having 3 children attend the school. I was eager to be involved in their education and to be able to give something back to the school and community. My responsibility as the EYFS governor is very important to me, as I believe every child deserves the best start in primary education to support them to go on to excel academically, socially and creatively.

  • Mrs Leanne Lawman

    Vice- Chair and Parent Governor

    Term: 01.03.22 - 28.02.26
    Responsibility: Quality of Education and SEND and Inclusion
    Attendance: 2023-24: 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

  • Debbie Nunn

    Staff Governor

    Term: 10.10.22 - 09.10.26
    Responsibility: Whole Schools
    Attendance: 2023-24: 1/1
    Registered Interests: Spouse is an employee at the school as well as the owner of Devon Celtic Combat.

  • Joe Roberts

    Executive Headteacher

    Term: 11.02.19 -
    Responsibility: Whole school
    Attendance: 2023-24: 1/1
    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

    Chair and Trust Appointed Governor

    Term: 15.12.21 - 14.12.25 (2nd Term as governor - 1st term as parent governor)
    Responsibility: Safeguarding Governor, Quality of Education and Behaviour & Attitudes, Finance, Statutory Grants and Equalities
    Attendance: 2023-24: 1/1
    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.

  • Miss Amanda Williams

    Parent Governor

    Term: 23.11.20 - 22.11.24
    Responsibility: Quality of Education and Personal Development
    Attendance: 2023-24: 1/1
    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:

Kelly George: 13.05.19 - 09.03.23 (Parent Governor)

Janice Carr: 11.02.19 - 31.08.23 (Chair and Trust Appointed Governor)

Capt Andy Toby: 01.09.21 - 26.78.23 (Parent Governor)


2023-24 Drake and Morice Town Local Governing Body Meetings 
Thursday 12 October 2023
Tuesday 27 February 2024
Tuesday 2 July 2024