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Stoke Damerel Community College


The Local Governing Board for Stoke Damerel College has been replaced by a joint Governing Board for the Plymouth Secondary Schools of the Greenshaw Learning Trust.

For further information on the Greenshaw Learning Trust - click here

Jan Cole 


Trust Governor
Link Role:
Overview of HR and PMR matters

C/O Stoke Damerel Community College
Somerset Place

Term of Office : 1/1/21 - 31/12/24
Date of appointment : 1/1/21
Appointed by : Board of Trustees
DBS Current

About Jan:


  • Spent 23 years with BT managing the communication solutions for SMEs to large Corporate Businesses.
  • Former Communications Trade Instructor in Royal Auxiliary Air Force and Training Manager for new sales staff within BT
  • Four years' education experience within Further Education sector.
  • Project Manager of Plymouth & Cornwall for eight years, an online learning community, providing alternative education by referral for 14-16 year olds unable to access mainstream education
  • CIPD Associate since 2015
  • Exam Invigilator within Secondary School and Pearson Vue
  • School Governor within Plymouth since 2004, experience includes Primary and Secondary governance.
  • Specific interest in SEN, Inclusion and Safeguarding, former Chair of Pay & Personnel

Anita Frier 


Term of Office : 1/9/17 –
Date of appointment :  1/1/21
DBS Current

Ex-officio - Appointed by the Board of Trustees

About Anita:

  • Secondary teacher since 1992, Senior leader at two schools since 2003
  • Joined the staff of Stoke Damerel Community College in 2004
  • Became vice principal before being appointed executive principal in September 2017
  • NPQH and Masters in Education
  • Vice Chair PLT Inclusion
  • Speaker at conference on Impact of Parental Mental Health
  • Experienced leadership in Assessment, Quality Assurance and Evaluation
  • Passionate about health outcomes and emotional mental health well-being
  • PLP (Plymouth Learning Partnership) Board Director

Sandra Trathen 

Vice Chair

Trust Governor
Link Role:
Standards and Behaviour and Attendance
Overview of educational standards and behaviour and attendance

Term of Office : 1/1/21 - 31/12/24
Date of appointment : 1/1/21
Appointed by : Board of Trustees
DBS Current

About Sandra:

  • Interest in mental-health, life challenges and the impact on outcomes for young people.
  • Committed to the role of governor in supporting the school progress, being ambitious in outcomes for young people and focus on a positive ethos
  • Director of school-centred teacher training – The Learning Institute South West (retired 2018)
  • Teacher – Advanced Skills (English) - retired
  • Specialist Leader of Education – retired
  • Rock Choir member

Fiona Osmaston 

Trust Governor

Link Role: Standards
Overview of Educational Standards

Term of Office : 23/11/22 - TBC
Date of appointment : 23/11/22
Appointed by : Governing Body

Colin Searls 

Trust Governor

Link Role: Safeguarding
Overview of Safeguarding and child protection

Term of Office:  1/1/21 - 31/12/24
Date of appointment : 1/1/21
Appointed by : Board of Trustees
DBS Current

About Colin:

  • Main Skills/experience: Knowledge of Higher Education sector, Art and Design, Education and Teaching/Learning and Assessment.
  • Former Chair of Governors at Stoke Damerel Community College
  • Secondary Governor for more than 10 years
  • Retired University lecturer and former Associate Dean at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities University of Plymouth
  • Part time consultant for Dartington Hall Trust

Sam Beacham 

Trust Governor

Link Role: 

Term of Office: 23/11/22 - TBC
Date of appointment : 23/11/22
Appointed by : Board of Trustees

Dr Josie Forte

Trust Governor

Link Role: 

Term of Office: 23/11/22 - TBC
Date of appointment : 23/11/22
Appointed by : Board of Trustees

Jade Ward 

Community Governor

Term of Office : 4 years
Date of appointment : 6th March 2024
Appointed by : Governing Body

About Jade:

  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed Hons) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from Plymouth Marjon University 
  • Extensive experiencing teaching in the UK and Europe, specialising in supporting children and families with English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • Early Years Lead practitioner
  • PTA member at Stoke Damerel Primary School (2018-2023)
  • Founding member and current director for The Village Hub in Stoke Village, Plymouth
  • Extensive experience working within the Voluntary, Community and Social Entrepreneurial sector (VCSE) within Plymouth, focusing on supporting children, young people and adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • Experienced Yoga and movement practitioner with a passion for teaching on the water and outside in green spaces
  • Currently completing doctorate at Coventry University
  • Currently completing Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) module at Coventry University
  • Recently completed Community Researcher training with Belonging in Plymouth as part of the nation-wide 'Healthier Communities Together' project
  • Interested in promoting holistic models of health that consider and address our psychological, psychological and social health and wellbeing
  • Passionate about promoting strengths-based approaches to improving population health including creative and innovative approaches to health research
  • Passionate about promoting city-wide initiatives that forge stronger relationships and networks across the city
  • Part of the Digital Inclusion Network and the Mental Health Alliance Network in Plymouth

Lindsay Cooper-Smith 

Parent Governor

Term of Office : 23/11/22 - TBC
Date of appointment : 23/11/22

About Lindsey:

  • Primary School Teacher
  • Qualified SENCo
  • Trust Inclusion and Safeguarding Lead
  • Currently working at Discovery MAT providing nurture and outreach support for primary aged children at risk of exclusion.
  • Mum of three boys all currently attending schools in the GLT.

Amy Morton 

Parent Governor

Term of Office : 4 years
Date of appointment : 1st May 2024
Appointed by : Parent ballot
DBS: in process

About Amy :

  • I have experience in managing an alternative provision, alongside experience in managing an in school isolation room for a secondary school in Plymouth. 
  • I have a  BA Honours degree in Working with Children and Young People and I am Level 3 safe guarding trained. I have a level 3 qualification in SEN and Trauma informed training.  
  • Currently I am a pastoral staff member for a secondary school, including involvement within a SEN provision. I help deliver the bullying intervention within the school.  
  • I have an interest in the link between challenging behaviour and educational attainment and how this impacts young individuals. 
  • I am a mother to four boys ageing from 3-15 whom attend three different schools. 
  • I am an avid hockey and chess mum. 

Sarah Miller 

Staff Governor

Term of Office : 6/11/23 - 5-11/227
Date of appointment : 6/11/23
Appointed by : Staff election
DBS Current


About Sarah:

  • HR Manager
  • Joined governing body in 2023

I-tasha Honeyghan 

Staff Governor

Term of Office : 3/5/23 - 2/5/27
Date of appointment : 3/5/23
Appointed by : Staff election
DBS Current


About I-tasha:

  • Year 11 Assistant Learning Manager
  • Joined governing body in 2023

To contact the governors please email Clerk to Governors: 

Department for Education: Governance