Plaistow Hill Infant and Nursery School

Plaistow Hill Infant and Primary School

Everyday my daughter is very eager to tell me what she has learnt and is always excited to be going to school

Year 2 Parent

  • "They have an amazing approach to teaching"
  • "My child adores school. The sense of fun and excitement you put into learning and teaching is great!"
  • "It's a welcoming environment where the teachers always make time for me."
  • "The school culture and environment is friendly, approachable and caring."
  • "The school is supportive, dedicated and a happy place to be."
  • "I like the way each child is treated individually."
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Every school has a Governing Body. The Education (No 2) Act, 1986, states that from 16th September 2013 the Governing Body will consist of 2 Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority appointee, 1 Staff Governor, 1 Headteacher, 2 Foundation and 3 Co-Opted Governors.  

Briefly the Governors’ duties are:

  • To see that each school is conducted in accordance with the Education Acts.
  • Finance - as it affects the needs of the school
  • To see that the premises are kept in a good state of repair and to direct how the premises might be used out of school hours.
  • To assist in the appointment of all staff in the school.
  • To exercise general responsibility for the welfare of the school.
  • Governors have always had responsibilities regarding the School’s Curriculum, but with the introduction of the National Curriculum, their duties in this area have been clearly defined.
  • In 2014 we decided that all of our meetings would be full governing body meetings so that all governors are fully involved in all decisions.  
  • Full Governors’ meetings are held nine times a year. 
  • If you wish to contact the Governors for any reason, you may do so direct or through the Clerk to Governors, via the School Office on 365410.


Please click here to read the Governors Annual Report to Parents 2016-17

 Please click here to see the Governors Roles and Responsibilities for 2016-17


Our governors really value the continuous professional development available which helps them fulfil their role within school. Courses attended over the past two years include:

Chairing skills, safeguarding, Prevent Duty, Moving schools from good to outstanding, working with parents, effective governance, RAISE on line, Introduction to pupil premium, SEND, new governor induction, role of the parent governor, safer recruitment,budget monitoring, Headteacher performance management and meeting the ofsted behaviour and safety judgement and chair and clerk update meetings

Full Governing Body Information (September 2017)

Name Position Category Appointing Authority Date of Appointment End Date
Mr Kevin Cockram Vice Chair Foundation Governor and Board Trustee Governing body Trust 17/09/2013 16/09/2017
Mrs Elizabeth Purnell   LA Governing body (from LA nomination)





Mr Anthony Rollinson   Staff Staff body





Mrs Jennifer Sweet   Foundation Governor and Board Trustee Governing body Trust 18/11/2013

17/11/2017 Resigned 9.10.17

Mrs Judith Walling Chair Co-opted Governing body Trust





Mrs Sharon Burnett


Staff and Board Trustee Governing Body Trust 1/05/16  
Mrs Kelley Henn   Parent Parent Body  21/03/16  20/03/2020
 Mr Colin Cooke   Parent Parent Body  09/05/16  8/05/2020 Resigned 9.10.17
Mr Chris French   Co-opted Governing Body trust 15/05/17 14/5/2021
Mrs Beccy Knight Co-opted Governing Body Trust 17/07/17 16/07/2021
Mrs Lesley Taylor Clerk   Headteacher 15/04/2013  


Governing Body Pecuniary Interests (2017-18)

Governor's Name Pecuniary or Business Interests 2016-17
Mr Kevin Cockram Nil
Mrs Sharon Burnett Director at Plaistation CIC
Mrs Elizabeth Purnell Housing Manager and married to Managing Director of a consultancy company
Mr Anthony Rollinson Nil
Mrs Beccy Knight Nil
Mrs Judith Walling Director of Plaistation CIC
Mrs Kelley Henn Nil
Mr Chris French Nil
Mrs Lesley Taylor Nil


 Governing Body Attendance at meetings (September 2017 - present)

Name Full Governors' Meeting
Mr Kevin Cockram 9.10.17,
Mrs Sharon Burnett 18.9.17,  9.10.17
Mrs Elizabeth Purnell 9.10.17
Mr Anthony Rollinson 18.9.17
Mrs Jennifer Sweet Resigned 9.10.17
Mrs Judith Walling 18.9.17,  9.10.17
Mrs Kelley Henn 9.10.17
Mr Colin Cooke Resigned 9.10.17
Mr Chris French 18.9.17
Mrs Beccy Knight 18.9.17, 9.10.17
Mrs Lesley Taylor (Clerk) 18.9.17, 9.10.17

 The Assistant Director for Education, learning and families is Judith Harwood, Plymouth Education Directorate, Civic Centre, Plymouth PL1 2AA Tel 01752 307465