Governor & Leadership Information

Marlborough Primary Academy - Senior Leadership Team
  • Miss Summers


  • Mr Dore

    Deputy Head Teacher & KS2 Lead

  • Mrs Perez

    Early Years & KS1 Lead

  • Mrs Hackworthy

    SEND Lead

Marlborough Primary Academy Local Governing Board


Welcome from the Chair

Welcome, as Chair of Governors I have great pleasure in telling you a little about Marlborough Primary.  Marlborough is situated in the heart of the Devonport community with strong links to the UTC and other Secondary schools in the area.  This enables the school to support your son or daughter to make decisions about their future school and career paths.  The curriculum focuses on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) as well as other critical subjects to support our children's development and learning. 

What we do:

Marlborough governors provide support and advice to the Senior Leadership Teams as well as monitoring the school's achievements and challenging decisions.

We provide:

* Overview and scrutiny of the management of the academy:

*Policy development for the academy where this has been delegated to us from the Trust; scrutiny of policy compliance by the academy where policy is set by the Trustees;

* Championship of the academy and its leaders;

* Engagement with the parents of pupils and the wider community.


We do this by:

* Holding 6 meetings per year to discuss the school, their achievements and areas of need, the policies and

* Visiting the school and observing lessons and the school in action.

* Talking to the pupils, parents, and staff to find out their views.

* Attending training to extend our skills and knowledge.


Marlborough Primary Academy  Local Governing Board 2021/22

Andy Dore

Staff Governor

05.10.20 - 04.10.24

Pecuniary Interest - None

Lara Sinclair

Co-Chair of Governors - Co-opted

Re-elected as Chair July 18 / (2nd term) 01.09.17 - 31.12.24 

Pecuniary Interest - None 

Michael Shaw

Co-opted Governor

(2nd term) 01.09.17 - 31.12.24 

 Pecuniary Interest - None 

David Skinner

Co-Chair of Governors - Co-opted

(2nd term) 30.09.21  28.09.25

Spouse is an employee at Marlborough Primary

Rachel Summers



Pecuniary Interest - None


 Mrs. L. Johnson (Clerk to Governors)

The Chair of the Local Governing Body can be contacted by email

or via the schools offices on 01752 567681. 

  • Mr Andy Dore

    Staff Governor

    Term: 05.10.20 - 04.10.24
    Responsibility : n/a
    Attendance 2021-22: 1/1
    Registered Interests: None

  • Michael Shaw

    Co-Opted Governor

    Term: (2nd term) 01.01.21 - 31.12.24
    Responsibility: Key Stage 1
    Attendance 2021-22: 0/1
    Registered Interests: Trustee of Devonport Baptist Church

    Michael is the Minister of Devonport Baptist Church, and a chaplain at the University of Plymouth. He is passionate that all children should get a holistic education, meeting their academic, physical, mental and spiritual needs. He enjoys Cricket and Rugby and spending time with his family in their campervan

  • David Skinner

    Co-Chair and Co-opted Governor

    Term (2nd term): 30.09.21 - 29.09.25
    Responsibility: Early Years, Statutory Grants, Estates and Finance
    Attendance 2021-22: 1/1
    Registered Interests: Spouse is an employee at Marlborough Primary.

    My name is David Skinner and you may see me around the school fairly often as I am involved in supporting the fantastic parent group for as many events as I can. I have worked locally as an Engineering Manager for the last 15 years, have a military background and have been involved in school governance for many years, as a primary school Parent Governor for my children (the youngest now is 25) and I was asked not long ago to be a Governor at Marlborough Primary Academy, co-opted from industry. My primary role at the moment is helping with Health and Safety aspects of the school and to support the senior leadership team wherever I can. I'm an enthusiastic supporter of the school in how they develop, teach and support families and children throughout their school career. I am married to Denise, the Parent Support Advisor, and have 4 children and a teenage grandson who all still keep me very busy.

  • Lara Sinclair

    Co-Chair & Co-opted Governor

    Term: (2nd term) 01.09.17 - 31.12.24
    Responsibility: Safeguarding, SEND & Inclusion, LAC, Key Stage 2 and Equality Link Governor
    Attendance 2021-22: 1/1
    Registered Interests: None

    My name is Lara Sinclair, I have been part of the Governing Body at Marlborough Primary for over 10 years. I joined the governing body as a community governor in 2010. My current job working at Stoke Damerel Community College for the last 11 years as Vocational Qualifications Manager, for Sixth Form, hopefully ensures that I am well qualified to support Marlborough in its continuing journey. My governor responsibilities are Chair of Governors Safeguarding, SEN as well as working with teaching staff in KS2 with an overview across transition into KS3. I am proud to be part of the team at Marlborough and this extremely rewarding role, I never fail to feel excited when visiting the school, seeing the pupils actively engaged in their learning and making progress.
    I am married with one son, and am also a Cub Scout Leader. If you would like to contact me, please call the school office on 01752 567681 or email me at – I look forward to working with you.

Governors of the previous 12 months:
David Skinner             31.08.21
Sabrina Phillips           31.08.21
Catherine Dixon         31.12.20
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  • Rachel Summers

    Head Teacher

    Term: 01.09.17 onwards
    Responsibility: Headteacher
    Attendance 2021-22: 1/1
    Registered Interests: None

    I qualified as a primary teacher back in 1995, and have been a class teacher in several schools across Plymouth. In my 26 year teaching career, I have taught all primary age groups, from Reception to Year 6. In 1999, I became a Lead Maths teacher for the local education authority and coached other teachers across Plymouth. In 2001, I was seconded to Plymouth Education Action Zone, and was their Maths teacher, supporting teachers and teaching assistants in the PEAZ schools.

    I joined Marlborough Primary in April 2006, as the Deputy Headteacher, and Year 6 class teacher. In 2014, I became the Headteacher. I feel very privileged to be in this position, wanting the very best for all the children at Marlborough, their families and the community in which we serve.

    I have 3 children of my own, 2 in Year 8 and 1 in Year 10 at secondary so have a busy life in and out of school.