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Introduction from the Chair of Governors, Sue Dann

The new chair of governors at Plympton Academy says it’s a great time for parents to join the governing body.

Sue Dann, who took on the role recently, said: “We need a strong governing body to be able to support the school and we can't do it without parents, we need parents who can bring skills, every day skills, to the group.”

Sue, who moved to Plymouth 20 years ago, has been involved in education and local politics for many years. “I’m passionate about setting up opportunities for young people,” said the former further education tutor and current Labour Councillor for Sutton and Mould Gould in Plymouth.

“I have so many hopes and aspirations for this school,” said Sue, who has two grandchildren. “Plympton Academy has really changed and under Lisa Boorman’s headship it’s a community based school helping children achieve and aspire to be whatever they want to be.

“When I am in school I can see that Plympton Academy looks at each child holistically and helps them grow as much as they can.”

Sue is under no illusion that her new role is going to be challenging. “The whole educational landscape has changed,” she said. “For me to have an opportunity to build on what has gone before is really exciting.” She’s also understands that anyone joining the governing body is investing their time in the school.

“Often people are worried that being a parent governor will take up a lot of their time. I want to let people know that they can invest as much or as little time as they can give,” she said.

The minimum investment is two meetings every half term and a visit to the school. “And there will be lots of support and training sessions,” said Sue.

Sue truly believes it’s an exciting time to be part of the governing body at Plympton Academy. “The school is growing and changing,” she said. “What the staff and students have achieved in the last two years is amazing and to be chair of governors alongside such a good principal is great.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about being a parent governor please email Tracey Overton at

Sue Dann, the new chair of Governors at Plympton Academy.

Meeting dates for 2017-18

All our meetings start at 5pm and are held at Plympton Academy.  Any panel meetings are held as and when required.


  • 12th September 2017
  • 21st November 2017
  • 05th December 2017
  • 23rd January 2018
  • 27th February 2018
  • 17th April 2018
  • 15th May 2018
  • 03rd July 2018
  • 17th July 2018

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 Governor or the appointment process you can speak to our Clerk of Governors, Mrs Tracey Overton, on 01752 338373.

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