Meet the Governors

Mr James Gentile

Head Teacher

Maria Manning

Chair Full Governing Body

Category: Reach South Appointed Governor
Term: 01/01/2017 – 01/01/2021

Register of Interests:
  • Children in the school
  • Governor of Mayflower Academy and Plymouth UTC
  • Trustee of Stepping Stones Plymouth, UTC Plymouth, Talent and Enterprise Trust 
I am extremely proud of being part of the Governing Body at Goosewell. As an experienced School Governor I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in December 2014 and was elected Chair of the Governing Body in September 2015. I am a Chartered Accountant; therefore I can offer my professional knowledge, advice and guidance to the school, together with the experiences I have gained from working with other schools throughout my career. I believe these skills from both life and the workplace can add real value. I have two children currently enjoying their education at Goosewell. I am keen to help the school to help all children and play a strategic role as part of the school’s Governing Body.

2014/2015 - Full Governors 4/4, Resources 4/4, TLC n/a
2015/2016 - 7/9
2016/2017 - Full Governors 7/7 and Learning & Progress 4/5
2017/2018 - LGB 4/4, Learning & Progress 5/5 and Resources 2/2
2018/2019 - 5/6

Mrs Angela Jenkins

Co-Opted Governor

Term: 19/09/2017 - 19/09/2021

Responsibilities: Early Years, Learning & Progress Committee

Register of Interests:
  • Children in the school
  • Director of Teaching School 
  • Senior Leader of a Devon Multi Academy Trust
I am extremely proud to have recently become a Co-Opted Governor at Goosewell Academy. I have three children, two of whom are currently at Goosewell, with my third having left last year to move onto Secondary School. I qualified as a Primary Teacher in 1998 and have specialised in Early Years Education for the past 14 years; I am currently a member of the Senior Leadership Team of a Primary Multi Academy Trust, where I am responsible for School Improvement and the professional development of teachers. My passion is for education; I believe that every child should be inspired to learn by an exciting, innovative and challenging curriculum whilst receiving the very best experience that each and every one of them deserves.

I am looking forward to working with the amazingly dedicated staff and children of Goosewell Academy.

2017/2018 - LGB 4/4, Learning & Progress 3/4 and Resources n/a
2018/2019 - 6/6 

Mrs Wendy Nicholas

Parent Governor

Term: 22/11/2017 - 22/11/2021

Responsibilities: Resources Committee

Register of Interest: Child in school

I have two Daughters, one at Goosewell Academy with the other to join in September 2018 and I recently became a Parent Governor in October 2017.

Like all parents I want the very best for my children and for all of the children at Goosewell.

I want the children to be happy, confident and hardworking and to achieve their full potential in an increasingly competitive world. Goosewell Academy is a fantastic School with a great ethos and I am proud to have the opportunity to be a part of it.

2017/2018 - LGB 3/3, Learning & Progress n/a and Resources 2/2
2018/2019 - 3/6

Mrs Julie Mills

SENCO and Teaching Governor

Term: 21/11/2019 - 21/11/2023
Role in School: SENCO
Register of Interests: Staff Member

Mrs Jo Penk

Parent Support Advisor and Non-Teaching Governor

Term: 21/11/2019 - 21/11/2023
Role in School: Parent Support Advisor
Responsibilities: Pastoral
Register of Interests: Staff Member
Associate Members of the Governing Body
Associate Members play an important supporting role to the Governing Body but have no voting rights.