Mrs Caroline Chapman
Hello, I am Caroline and I am excited to have been elected as the Chair of Governors at Leigham. Leigham truly is a 'hidden gem'! The staff and children are all very welcoming and I love the friendly family atmosphere that has been created at the school.
I am currently employed as a Community and Family Worker and believe strongly in the importance of community links, whether that is in our immediate locality, in the wider city of Plymouth or across our trust. I am passionate about education and have been a governor of a primary school and secondary school since 2019. My background is in education and I worked as a primary school teacher for 12 years in Plymouth and I bring this knowledge to the role.
Mr Derek Walker
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 Kim Ledgerwood-Evans
I am a mum to two boys and have a baby due in Spring 2023. I attended Leigham Primary school myself so was very proud when my eldest son started there in 2021. My husband and I looked at a number of primary schools in the area but nothing could come close to the ethos and atmosphere at Leigham, plus the wonderful teachers and grounds available for the children. After leaving Leigham, I attended Plymouth High School for girls and went on to become a qualified accountant and chartered tax adviser. After spending ten years working within accountancy, I decided upon a change and joined the civil service, currently working for the Environment Agency as a Finance Business Partner. When my son started at Leigham, I was keen to become involved as a governor when the opportunity came up, in order to give something back to the school and local community.
Mr Clive Marsh
I am a Father of two children, one of whom is at Leigham. My wife and I did extensive research looking for what we hoped would be the best primary school for our daughter to join, and we were advised to consider Leigham which I am so glad we did. Our daughter has flourished and excelled in the few years she has been here. I am originally from London and moved to Plymouth in the 1980’s when I posted here as a Royal Marine Commando. For the last 25 years I have worked in banking and I currently work for a High street bank as a technical consultant. My son is severely autistic and attends a special needs school in the area. The two aspects I hold an affinity for are the support for service children, and also ensuring that the children that need a little extra help to achieve their full potential are given every opportunity. I was particularly impressed with the response of the school during Covid, and how they came together as a team to ensure as many children could access school as possible. This is one of the many reasons I now want to give back to the school and offer my support and services.
Mrs Stacey Ferris
Hello, I’m Stacey, I currently work as the Operations Manager at YMCA Plymouth. YMCA is a community organisation which specialises in Education, Health & Wellbeing, and Youth & Families.
My professional journey at YMCA fuels my passion for quality education and the transformative power of community engagement. With over 13 years of diverse experience spanning Education, SEN, Safeguarding, Site Management, Health and Safety, and Finance, I've acquired a range of insights into effective leadership, strategic planning, and the vitality of collaboration.
My educational background includes a degree in Sports Development and Teaching, complemented by ongoing studies toward a Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice.
I am also a proud mum to my beautiful daughter who attends Leigham Primary School. She is thriving due to the dedicated staff team at Leigham.
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
Governor Meeting Attendance
Connect Academy Trust Scheme of Delegation