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Introduction from the Chair of Governors, Paul Hutchings

The Governing Body and Members of the Academy Trust of Plympton Academy are individuals who have the responsibility for overseeing and monitoring the running and performance of the school and who operate under the terms and conditions laid out in the Articles of Association and Funding Agreement.  Their main responsibilities are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the principal to account for the educational performance of the academy and its students, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

I am proud to chair a group of colleagues as we help to move the academy forward. The Governing Body and Members of the Academy are a broad cross-section of the local community, people from all works of life and at all stages of their own lives. Some are retired; others are young parents of the students at the school. Some work in education, others come from the world of business, the public sector and the voluntary sector. What they all have in common is a desire to commit their time and energy to the students at Plympton Academy. They bring with them a range of skills and talents but above all they bring enthusiasm and a sense of common purpose.

As the governors are ultimately responsible for all aspects of the academy and, although not directly involved in daily management, they do control the strategic direction the academy takes and work very closely with the Principal and Senior Leadership Team to ensure that Plympton Academy remains a good academy, and continues to strive to be outstanding.

Every governor attends Full Governing Body meetings and joins working parties where it is appropriate to do so. Governors also assist in the development and implementation of a range of statutory and non-statutory policies in the school.

The core values of the academy underpin everything we do as governors. We are committed to ensuring that Plympton Academy continues to work to their vision and values and with the help of students, staff and parents we are confident that through sensible challenge, the academy will go from strength to strength.

Meeting dates for 2017-18

All our meeting start at 4pm and are held at Plympton Academy.  Any panel meetings are held as and when required.


  • 12th September 2017
  • 21st November 2017
  • 20th February 2018
  • 22nd May 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.