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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About our Governors

Mr Kevin Cockram, Chair of Governors


I have worked for the learning disabilities and mental health services since 1979 in Exeter and Plymouth. I was actively involved at Plaistow Hill when my own children attended the school over 30 year ago. I returned to the Governing Body at Plaistow in 2013, before and during the time of my grandchildren who have also attended their time at the school. I am now semi-retired from my managerial position here in Plymouth, continuing to work part time in local mental health services. I have held positions as Governor, Vice Chair and now being newly appointed as Chair to the Governing Body at Plaistow enabling me to continue to support the school using my managerial skills and knowledge, as a continuing active Governing member.


Mrs Sharon Burnett, Executive Headteacher

As Headteacher, Mrs Burnett is a member of the Governing Body.


Mrs Beccy Knight, Co-opted Governor

"After 17 years I retired from working as a School Business Manager in a Plymouth secondary school. I am now working part time with a national company training, supporting and assessing School Business Managers as they study for Level 4, 5 and 6 qualifications in school business management. I enjoy playing an active role in the life of school and strive to give all children who attend Plaistow Hill the opportunity to achieve and aspire to fulfil their full potential. I hope that my experience in the management of finance, HR, premises and health and safety can prove useful as a member of the Governing body."


Mrs Becky Edmonds, Staff Governor

Mrs Edmonds, EYFS Teacher, is also a Staff Governor.


Mr Rob Sowden, Co-opted Governor

"As a dad to two boys who have enjoyed being taught at Plaistow Hill I am proud to now have a role in the school as governor. I have a background of performance management and intelligence analysis, and have performed roles in this area for the NHS and Devon and Cornwall Police. I currently work for Plymouth City Council in a similar role. I look forward to contributing to this wonderful school and to play a part in a bright future for the school and it's pupils." 


Mrs Jane McEwen, Co-Opted Governor


"I am a self employed Potter, working from my home studio in the South Hams . My grandson is currently in year 1 at Plaistow Hill. I have been so impressed with the school that I really felt that I would love to be a part of the Governing Body. My main interests are walking the South West Coast Path and growing our own food on our allotment. I feel really strongly that teaching our children where their food comes from, and how to live more sustainably is key to their future. So whether I am at work or at play, I'm always very muddy!"


Mr Simon Briars, Parent Governor

Hello there!

I’m Simon and I’ve recently stepped forwards into the role of Parent Governor at Plaistow Hill Primary. I currently have two children that attend the school & with another child on the way, will be continuing to use the services of the school for the foreseeable future!

Outside of my role as a Governor, I’m a Station Officer for Liskeard, Torpoint and Saltash ambulance stations & an Operational Commander for South Western Ambulance Service, having recently been an Ambulance Officer at the G7 Event in Cornwall & being part of leading and coordinating the Cornwall Sector’s response the COVID-19 Pandemic, so If you see me in Uniform dropping off my girls after a nightshift, please don’t hesitate to say hello!

My vision is to work on behalf of parents with the other Governors, Mrs Burnett, her teaching team, The wider school support staff & administrative teams to ensure Plaistow Hill thrives, provides high quality education, and continues to be a safe, supportive, and fun place for our tiny & small humans to be.  

If you do have any ideas, questions, or thoughts from a parental perspective, please do not hesitate to contact me ether in person at school or via email if more appropriate!  

Stay safe and all the best!