Tim Smith - Chair
I became a community governor at Knowle in early 2019. My Champion subjects include English/Literacy and more recently, following my appointment as Chair in September, Safeguarding. I am a lawyer and worked in the Court Service for 40 years until I retired in 2018. I was pleased then to have time to take on some voluntary work in the area and jumped at the chance to become a governor at Knowle. My son and daughter are in their 20s now, so it was a while since I had been into any school buildings, but one visit was enough to be impressed by the super facilities, to see and feel the infectious enthusiasm of all the staff and to experience the excited buzz of children clearly enjoying everything that the school has to offer. It's a pleasure to be connected with such a vibrant and positive place and a great privilege to chair the governors at this important and challenging time.
I am delighted to be an associate governor at Knowle Primary School. As an education advisor I am passionate about giving all children the best start in their education and I enjoy working with the staff at school to see how this is being delivered. My children are now grown up but having a good education has allowed them to be successful in their own fields. Your children deserve this best start too.
Linda Ludlow – Vice Chair
I joined the Knowle team in the summer of 2019. My Champion subjects include Pupil Premium and EYFS. I’ve just retired from the Royal Navy after 22 years as an Aviation & Maritime Forecaster (or weather forecaster!) and am focussing on being a Mummy whilst volunteering at Knowle and a committee member on my children’s school PTFA. I have 2 children Abigail (8) and Marcus (4) and love event management and raising money for our schools. This summer I was elected as Vice Chair and look forward to embracing what is required to prepare for OFSTED. I’m sporty and love getting involved with encouraging the children on the field with Athletics and Cross Country. I’m hoping to bring my leadership, team skills and motivation to support Knowle’s staff and students and look forward to attending school events.
I have been a co-opted Governor since the spring of 2019 after “discovering” that Knowle Primary was just down the road from where I lived and in need of more Governors! I am a qualified primary school teacher myself and was thoroughly impressed with the passion, drive and care of the staff and pupils at Knowle. I currently work as an SEN teacher for children with complex learning needs in Plymouth and I have a background in mental health support, challenging behaviour and education. I have a personal passion in supporting children into outdoor learning as well as developing good communication and independence skills for the future. I currently am a paired champion of both Pupil Premium and SEN and I hope to be able to share my knowledge and skills with the staff and pupils of Knowle Primary school.
Father David Bailey
I have been Parish Priest at St Francis Church Honicknowle since February 2008 and for most of
the time I have also been a governor at Knowle Primary School. I regard my role as a governor as
an essential part of my ministry as a priest; it gives me many opportunities to support and serve the
local community. One of the Church’s priorities is to “serve the people of Devon with joy” and
being a governor enables me to do this personally and also to encourage and enable the local church
community to do so.
My particular interests are religious education (naturally!), literacy, history, the health, safety and
well being of children, families and staff, social justice and community development.
I worked as a priest in South Africa for 20 years before coming to Plymouth, where I was involved
in a number of schools and for a time chaired a committee responsible for school safety in situations
of violence and a place of safety for orphaned, abandoned and abused children. I hope that my
experiences there have been of help in my work as a governor at Knowle.
I became part of the governing team at Knowle Primary February last year as a parent governor. My champion subjects are EYFS and Maths. Knowle Primary has made huge improvements since my daughter joined four years ago. The work that Mr Lancaster and all of his team have put in to providing each child with the best opportunities they can through education is inspiring. It was being able to see these changes first hand which lead me to want to get involved and show them my support.
I have been a Knowle mum for 5 years. My daughter joined in year 4 while I was pregnant with my twins. I could never see them going to a different school when starting in September 2020 as I love the ‘Knowle way’. I love the enthusiasm of the staff and the love of learning from the students. But I understand we are not perfect and that is why I wanted to be a Governor. How can you expect perfection and not be willing to help? I want to make a difference. I want to help and be the link between the parents and the school, to give an honest point of view, good or bad, striving for the perfect school we know Knowle can be.
I recently joined the Governing body team at Knowle Primary. My daughter joined Stepping Stones in January 2020. I was blown away with how much community spirit I have witnessed and wanted to become part of that. I am extremely looking forward to getting stuck in and learning everything that goes on behind the scenes at the school. I think now more than ever, our children need a voice and I want to help in whichever way I can. I am very grateful for this opportunity so please bear with me whilst I learn on the job!
I'm a father of three and two of my children are currently in Knowle. I also attended the school in the dim, distant past of the late 80's/early 90's! I have been a governor at the school before and have worked extensively in the public sector in Plymouth. I have a passion for History and Politics, as well as education in general and I am very much looking forward to working with the school.