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Plympton Academy


The TSAT Governance Model is different to the way a governing body in a non-academy or traditional school undertakes governance.
Essentially, there are two elements to the governance of the TSAT academies – local governance which is delivered via the Academy Advisory Board (AAB) and regional governance, delivered via the Regional
Governing Bodies (RGB).

There is an Academy Advisory Board for each school and each Regional Governing Body is linked to a
Director or Education a covers a cluster of academies; The Board of Directors is the final decision-making body which sits above the Regional Governing Bodies.

Local Governance - Academy Advisory Board (AAB)

The AAB consists of a group of people made up of Parents, Staff and Community members, with a minimum of 6 and maximum of 9 in addition to the Headteacher. A member of each AAB will be invited to sit on the Regional Governing Body.

The TSAT Board has established five key roles for the Academy Advisory Board:

  • To advise/act as a critical friend to the Headteacher

  • To advise the Regional Governing Body about local issues they need to consider that affect the academy

  • Represent the interest of the Academy community in the running of the Academy

  • Represent the Academy in its community

  • Provide support to the Principal in undertaking appropriate day to day procedures that are essential to the life of the Academy

The main purpose of these roles is to enable AABs to be able to express and act on local views and issues – views of parents and the community etc.

The five roles translate specifically into the following tasks that the AAB undertakes:

  • it acts as a key link between the academy, parents and local community

  • it supports the work of the academy in the community

  • it supports the Principal and Academy Leadership Team in the development and implementation of the Academy Development Plan and other relevant plans, ensuring that the TSAT ethos remains at the heart of the academy community

  • it helps on the ground with the implementation of certain academy policies

  • it offers challenging but positive and proactive support to the Principal

  • it regularly reviews the academy's performance in relation to the KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)

AAB Members 

Role Member
Principal Lisa Boorman
Chair Sue Dann
Community member Tina Blagdon
Parent member Steve Wallers
Community member Paul Hutchings
Co-opted member Margaret Turner
Co-opted member David Arthur

Sue Dann (Chair)

I was a lecturer in Further Education for over 20 years in Hospitality and Catering delivering courses in basic foundation GNVQ to young disaffected 14-16 years olds up to Foundation Degree students.

I worked in welfare to work for 8 years at a regional and national level, engaging with employers, developing skills based training courses, managing teams, implementing and managing contracts. I have been a local Plymouth City Councillor for over 11 years, this has included holding cabinet posts, I am currently the Cabinet member for Street Scene and the Environment. I have supported many voluntary projects and development trusts .

I have a range of skills that support the governance of the school including an understanding of the Plymouth Education landscape, managing contracts, team management and building, HR experience, monitoring budgets, I am an ambassador for the school.

Tina Blagdon (Community member)

I have lived in Plymouth all my life and in Plympton for the last 13 years. I have worked in financial services since 1986 and am now the Business Manager for a local firm of independent financial advisors. I am keen to add value to the Academy by using my experience in managing budgets, human resources, project, team and business management.

Being a Governor allows me to contribute to the ambitious goals of the Academy and help it to achieve the success and opportunities all our pupils deserve.

Steve Wallers (Parent member / Vice Chair)

Steve oversees all careers related employer engagement activity at the University of Exeter which includes student work placements (UK & International), employer focused events including careers fairs, a hugely successful mentoring scheme as well managing a suite of sector specific training programmes. With over 8 years experience at both Exeter and prior to that at Plymouth University, Steve is regularly asked to attend national careers events to speak about the work his team deliver and is a member of various sector working groups.

In the 15 years prior to working in Higher Education, Steve had a varied career working in Recruitment Consultancy as well as management roles in both Human Resources and Retail for various national companies. Steve's skills lie in developing mutually beneficial relationships, events management, managing budgets and developing people.

Paul Hutchings (Community member)

I have been a governor at Plympton Academy since the 1994/1995 school year. I have sat on most committees and panels including the Headteacher interview panel that selected the current Headteacher.

I became a Plymouth City Councillor in 2003 but 5 years was enough for me.

I took a break from being a governor for a few years due to work commitments but have now retired from the Gas Industry. I re-joined Plympton Academy Governing Body in 2010.

Retirement is interesting, as well as being a governor, I have become Show Secretary with Plympton Gardeners Association, develop properties with my son and occasionally undertake consultancy work for the gas industry.

Margaret Turner (Co-opted member)

I was an Early Years KS1 teacher for 30years.  I am qualified in SpLD dyslexia. I was also an assistant SENCo.  I served also as a Teacher Governor.

I was also on numerous committees: Toddler Group - Chair, Pre-school - Chair, First School PTA, High school PTA - Chair, Neighbourhood committee - Chair, Junior Football Club - Chair, Plymouth Hartley WI - President (Current).

I am naturally a problem solver.  I consider myself to be approachable, open and friendly.  I am a good listener. I like to ‘get alongside’ people.

I have previously carried out performance management and appraisals for teaching assistants and teaching training students.  I have also been a mentor for students and colleagues.

David Arthur (Co-opted member)David Arthur

I joined Plympton Academy governing body in 2019. I am a Chemistry graduate and after 12 years working as a chemist in the plastics industry, I retrained as a teacher. I taught for almost 30 years in the secondary sector, in the UK and finally in The Netherlands. During that time I had a variety of roles including pastoral, middle management, curriculum, training and governance. I enjoyed my time as a teacher and want to put my experience to use in the community after recently retiring and moving to Plympton. I am taking an active role in the community being also a member of the Plymouth Mental Health Act Governance Group plus other roles in this sector. I want to take an active role in the community as well as pursuing my interests of travel and photography.

I’m interested in getting involved. How do I find out more?

If you would like to know more about the role of parent or co-opted member or the appointment process you can speak to our Clerk of Governors

Or, if you know someone who would be a brilliant board member, please pass our details on, as we are currently looking for people with commitment and enthusiasm to contribute to our academy.


Regional Governance - Regional Governing Body RGB

The South West Regional Governing Body governs Plympton Academy. For information on the role of the RGB and its members please follow the link here.


The Board of Directors

For information on the role of the Board of Directors, members and minutes please follow the link here.