Mount Tamar

Mount Tamar Governors



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Message from the Chair of Governors

“On behalf of the Board of Governors, I welcome this opportunity to briefly introduce you to the work the Board of Governors undertakes to ensure that your child (ren) will receive a sound education, and that their welfare will be our paramount consideration. The Governing Body has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts. Governors discharge the above responsibilities, together with many others, through a Board of Governors meeting regularly.  Mount Tamar School draws a unique strength from its success in fostering a close knit family atmosphere where pupils, parents, staff and governors work together to ensure that all our pupils have the opportunity to develop to their full potential.The Board of Governors is proud of the achievements of the school and in the solid foundations it provides in preparing all our pupils for the remainder of their formative education. The school provides a calm and safe learning environment which meets the individual needs of pupils, whatever their abilities and difficulties, preparing them for post 16 education and training


I have been Head teacher at Mount Tamar School since November 2012 ppreviously I was Head teacher in the independent special needs sector working with the Priory Group. I have a wide range of teaching and leadership experience in mainstream and special education across the country having taught and lead many subjects such as IT, DT, PE, Outdoor Education, Science and Maths. I feel strongly that learning should be real and hands on. We all understand better when we experience for ourselves. My ambition is that all pupils at Mount Tamar are personally supported whatever their needs to ensure future success and happiness. My qualifications are; BSc Engineering Honours degree, PGCE, National Postgraduate Qualification for Head teachers, Postgraduate Cert in Special Education.

Brett Storry Head Teacher



“I have been a community governor at Mount Tamar School since 2015. Before this, I was employed for many years by Plymouth City Council, where I gained considerable knowledge of the working of Local Government. My responsibilities included strategic planning, financial and HR management and Health and Safety. For 27 years I served as a Justice of the Peace in Plymouth, where I sat for many years in the Family Court dealing with child welfare issues.

Frank Lowry COG




As Principal of Marine Academy Plymouth, an all through 0-19 campus, Nick Ward has experience of working with the local community and an understanding of the challenges facing our young people. In addition, Nick is also a trained Ofsted Inspector and is able to bring his experience of the inspection process to the settings in which he is associated. Nick is currently Vice Chair of the Plymouth Learning Trust and Chair of the Marine Academic Council, which regularly meets with other local Head teachers to share expertise and collaborate in relation to local and national agendas. As a Dad to three boys, Nick appreciates the concerns families have in relation to education, as well as the importance of this vital time in a young person’s life. He always aims to promote a fully inclusive and positive learning environment in which all young people are given the opportunity to shine and exceed their potential.

Nick Ward Co-Opted Governor



I have been a I teacher at Mount Tamar since 2009. Prior to that I was an English teacher at a mainstream Secondary school, it was there that my interest in Special needs developed as I realised that these children required a curriculum that addressed their needs. I believe that the students at Mount Tamar should all have the opportunity to develop their skills equipping them for adulthood and the world of work. My role as Director of Inclusion and Governor enables me in helping our students reach their goals.

Kim Wentworth Staff Governor



Having originally trained as a primary teacher, I converted to law, qualifying as a solicitor in 2002. I specialise in employment issues and am a solicitor and partner at Nash & Co LLP in Plymouth. With a long history of working with special needs in various roles, I first encountered Mount Tamar through my charity work with Lady Taverners and accepted an invitation to become a governor in 2013. As a single mother of three, I passionately believe that all children should be given the opportunity and support required to achieve their potential - academically and personally - and am proud to be involved with Mount Tamar’s aims to help all our pupils to be the best they can be.

Karen Bussell: Co Opted Governor



I am also  Vice Chair of Governors at High View Primary school . I have been a governor for some 14 years first at Highfield and then at High View. I am a National Lead Governor for 4 years and as such have been asked to assist a number of schools which is how I became associated with Mount Tamar. In addition I am a member of the Strategic Board of Plymouth Teaching Schools Alliance, a member of Plymouth Association of Governors and I represent Governors at Schools Forum. I am passionate that all children and young people should have an excellent education and be able to achieve their goals to the best of their ability and above all enjoy school. Prior to retirement I was Head of Faculty Administration at Plymouth University for Plymouth Business School I retired January 2000

Pat Gould MBE :Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair 



‘My name is Felicity Cornelius-Mercer and I was honoured to join the Mount Tamar board of governors in October 2016. My husband is the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View, Johnny Mercer. Together we believe that strong communities are a collective responsibility and we take this responsibility very seriously. My principle role, as well as managing the constituency office, is to ensure that Johnny’s office is doing everything it can, to not only help individuals living in the constituency but also build relationships and assist the communities at large. We have visited Mount Tamar School many times and are always impressed with the staff and students level of commitment and engagement. I am committed to helping in any way I can to make every child’s education and learning journey fun and fulfilling. It is a pleasure to be part of the 



I have been a teacher at Mount Tamar for eleven years, during which time I been a part of many important and radical changes to the school. I am responsible for delivering and coordinating Science here, following several years of experience in mainstream schools, and have brought my passion for the subject to our students, alongside my personal interests in animal keeping and music. I believe that education is not just about the academic subjects, but also about enabling each child to develop a whole wealth of personal skills and talents alongside the development of their cultural, moral and emotional strength.

Louise Duffy  





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