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Welcome to Leigham Primary School and Nursery ...Creating curious, confident learners

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Mr Marc McCoy



I have been a Parent Governor since 2013, currently in the role of Chair of the Governing Body.  I got involved after my children started at Leigham Primary as I was looking to put something back into the school.  As Governors it is our duty to ensure that the school is doing all it can to improve the education of our children, that we provide a safe and secure environment and ensure that when they move on to their next school they are well prepared. Away from the school I am Senior Software Engineer for HM Land Registry, so bring my skills of analytical thinking, technical team management and IT Governance to my school role.  Outside of work I am interested in many outdoors activities whilst camping with my family and Formula 1. Leigham Primary is a great school due to the passion, hard work and commitment of every member of staff.  Past Chairs and Management teams have ensured strong leadership and robust governance.  Its now our responsibility to ensure this continues in the right direction within the Connect Academy Trust, so that Leigham Primary is recognised as the outstanding school it is.

Mr Derek Walker

Vice Chair


My children came through the school in the 1980s, I was really pleased with the school at the time and subsequently became a governor at Leigham Primary in 1991.  I currently serve as vice chair of the governing body.  I came from an industrial background working in industry for 34 years.  This experience has been useful in the voluntary work that I do around the school.  You will often see me around the school with tools in hand, ensuring the children have the safest and most motivational environment that we can provide.  The school recognised my contributions by naming a room after me and in 2017 I was presented an award from the Lord Mayor for “Making a Difference” in Plymouth.  My philosophy is that a bright and inspirational building will encourage the children’s learning.   My main responsibilities are around Numeracy, Music and Physical Education.  I am very proud of being associated with Leigham Primary School and proud of the work everyone puts in to deliver our core values of creating curious confident learners.


Mrs Nicky Rickard


I have been a Parent Governor for just over a year. Due to personal circumstances I went from working Full to Part time. When our daughter started at Leigham Primary School I volunteered to listen to children read, this lead to a wider interest in the school and I applied for the role of Governor.  I wanted to help support the school in providing the best possible educational experience not only for my daughter but for all of the other children. As Governors it is our responsibility to ensure that the school is doing all it can to improve the education of its children and to enable them to be Curious, Confident learners.  This in turn will help to prepare them for Secondary School. For 18 years I have worked for Natwest Bank where I have undertaken many different roles. I am currently an Associate Personal Banker. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and at weekends nothing is more important to me than spending time with family and friends.

Mrs Esther Best



I am excited to be a part of Leigham Primary School’s Governing Body as a Parent Governor.  My son attends the school, having settled in really well to the foundation stage.  My daughter is really excited to start once she is old enough! I am a serving Headteacher of an academy school within a Multi Academy Trust and I have had experience of working in both Cornwall and Plymouth throughout my career.  I am passionate about inclusion, improving the outcomes for all children and supporting schools in being the best they can be.  I join the team with governance experience having been a governor for over ten years at other schools. In my spare time, I really enjoy spending time with my family and hockey playing for Devonport Services Hockey Club. Being a Parent Governor is a real privilege and I look forward to being part of and contributing towards the school’s future successes. 

Mrs Beth Roberts

I am a local Mum of two, who attended Tor Bridge, formally Estover Community College. I started my career within banking, but soon realised that there was more to life than sales targets. My partner and I have spent time working and travelling all over the world. After having our first child we settled back to our home roots here in Plymouth. I became heavily involved in community work 14 years ago, both as a volunteer and as a career. I am a qualified Project Manager, with over a decade of working on a wide range of Community development projects, including; the Millfield Trust, Dementia UK and Natural England. I have created ADHD community support hubs, as well as working with inner city schools to increase the outdoor learning and sporting opportunities for children and their families.

I have assisted in the development of the local National Trust’s school history programme and also acted as the Child Welfare Officer for the Royal Marine Cadet Core. On a personal level, I was also a carer for my father who had Cancer, and my grandmother who had dementia. Both experiences had a profound effect on my outlook on life. A passionate advocate of outdoor learning, I can often be found exploring Plymbridge Woods with my adventurous young boys. I take particular interest in the opportunities of our SEN children and want to ensure that each and every child, has the opportunity to excel in whatever path they choose.

Mrs Suzanne Perkin


Staff Governor, member of School Leadership team, Year 6 teacher and SENDCO


Mrs C Dowsett


Staff Governor, Safeguarding Lead and member of School Leadership Team

Mr Andrew Swainson