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As Chair of Governors I welcome you to our governance page.


Our Governing Body supports St George's C of E Primary Academy.  We are part of St Christopher’s Multi Academy Trust, and our delegated authority and responsibilities are clearly defined by the MAT board of directors. Governors are all volunteers with different skills and experience but have a commitment to education and the schools, children, staff, parents, and carers. All governors are part of the local governing body known as the LGB which meets every term and also hold various portfolios as part of either the resources or teaching and learning committees which also meet every term. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in the schools and its key functions are to:


  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)


It is a privilege to be part of this professional team across both schools, and our LGB works with a ‘hands-on’ approach and any discussion with parents and carers is most welcome.

Chair of Governors


Contact email address for governors:

If you are interested in becoming a governor follow this link:


Governors 2022-2023

NameCategory of GovernorTerm of officeBusiness InterestsPecuniary InterestsOther governorships
Kelly EarnshawEx Officio HeadteacherPost related   
Sophie DaykinStaff Governor

1/9/19 - 30/8/23

Janice Honey-Morgan     
Anne NewallCo-Chair Foundation Governor

1/9/19 - 30/8/23

School Improvement Partner  
Mike O'SullivanCo-Chair Foundation Governor



Paul OttewellFoundation Governor



Ruth PeckParent Governor



Leon SIm     
Kayleigh VickeryParent Governor



Siw WysomeClerk01/09/2020   


Governors have specific areas of responsibility:


Chair of Governors:             Anne Newall/Mike O'Sullivan

Vice-Chair of Governors:     Paul Ottewell

Safeguarding Lead:             Anne Newall

Clerk to the LGB                 Siw Wysome   email:

If you wish to contact the Governing Body then please email


Governor attendance 2022-2023

Kelly Earnshaw     100%
Sophie Daykin     100%
Janice Honey MorganN/A      
Anne Newall     100%
Mike O'Sullivan     100%
Paul OttewellA     100%
Ruth Peck     100%
Leon SimN/A      
Kayleigh Vickery     100%
Siw Wysome     100%



Governor attendance of meetings 2021 - 2022


Kelly Earnshaw100%
Peter BarlowAuthorisedAuthorised72%
Sophie Daykin100%
Louis DullingN/AN/AN/AN/A100%
Susan FordxxxN/AN/AN/AN/A0%



Anne NewallAuthorised86%
Mike O'Sullivan100%
Paul OttewellN/AN/A100%
Ruth PeckN/AN/AN/AN/AObserving100%
Kayleigh VickeryN/AN/AN/AN/AObserving100%
Leann TappN/AN/AN/AN/A100%
Siw Wysome100%


Governor Attendance of Meetings - 2020-21

Name23/08/2027/11/2020/01/2117/03/2105/05/21 07/07/21
Kelly Earnshaw 100%
Peter Barlow100%
Sophie DaykinTeaching100%
Louis DullingN/AN/AN/A100%
Susan Fordxxxx50%
Anne Newall100%
Mike O'Sullivan100%
Simon Springett--100%
Leann Tapp100%
Siw Wysome100%


Governor meeting minutes are held outside the school office for public viewing

Previous Governors

Peter Barlow 2019-2022

Louis Dulling 2022-2022

Oli Long 2022-2022

Leann Tapp 2019-2022

Stacey Gallagher 2019

Donna Stoneman 2019

Sarah Ryder 2019-2020

Simon Springett 2019 - 2021






Anne Newall (Foundation Governor) Co-Chair

Anne has been a Governor at St George’s for several years, having previously also been a Governor at St Matthew’s. She is the lead governor for Safeguarding, SEND, and all aspects of  English - phonics, reading and writing.  Anne trained as a teacher in Plymouth, and taught in several Plymouth schools before becoming Deputy Headteacher of Salisbury Road Junior School in 1992 and Headteacher of Glen Park Primary from 1998 until 2012.  Anne trained as an Ofsted inspector in 2006, and was involved in inspections as a team member. After retiring from Headship in 2012, she worked as a lead inspector until 2015. Anne’s motivation for being a Governor at St George’s is to help the staff provide the best educational opportunities possible for the children.
Anne and her husband Jeff have three adult daughters, living in Spain, Plymouth and Cornwall respectively, and two lovely grandchildren, aged 7 and 4. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, cycling and learning Spanish


Mike O’Sullivan (B. Ed. Hons.) (Foundation Governor) Co-Chair

Mike was born and educated in Exeter and trained as a teacher in Worcester. He is married to Zeta and they have 2 children (Emma and Andrew) who live in London and Stockholm respectively and 5 grandchildren ranging from 2 to 13 years. Mike and Zeta attend St Peter’s RC Church in Crownhill.

Mike began his teaching career in Luton moving on to Bridport, then Cardiff. He moved to Plymouth in 1980 where he was Head Teacher of 3 different primary schools in Plymouth (St. Pauls RC, Hyde Park Junior and Widey Court) before retiring in 2005 to work part time with the LEA until 2010.

Mike is in his seventh year as a school governor having spent 4 years as a governor when the school had a joint governing body with St Matthews. Now, solely a governor at St. George’s for the last two and a half years, he has enjoyed getting to know the school, the children and staff better and being part of a team working with a newly appointed Headteacher. While he is the named governor for ‘Teaching and Learning’ with particular responsibility for Mathematics, PE and Modern Foreign Languages Mike is interested in all aspects of school life and the celebration of the achievements and successes of the whole school community.

Mike has always enjoyed travelling and has a lifelong interest and involvement in sport. He played his twilight years of rugby at Plymouth Albion and is still a regular supporter on the terraces. He played league cricket for Roborough and now plays golf at Elfordleigh. Mike also enjoys gardening, walking, reading and going to the theatre.


Siw Wysome (Clerk to the Governors)

Siw is mother to two and grandmother to two lovely children.  I was born in Wales, educated in Hampshire and London, and moved to Plymouth with my husband Richard in 1980.  My background has been in administration throughout my working life, mostly involved in our family business. Having retired I found myself helping at my granddaughter's school, leading me to become Clerk to the LGB, this grew and I now look after four LGB's and their respective heads.  My interests lie, apart from my children and grandchildren, in expanding my needlecraft knowledge, I am a passionate and avid knitter, competent sewist, and love creating new items.  I also love walking with my husband, usually with a camera in hand to catch the beauty that the surrounding area we live in gives us in droves. 


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