Our Governors

Claire is a teacher of science at ACE. She loves working at ACE and wanted to joining the ACE governing body to represent all the staff in all the different areas. Claire has been a teacher at ACE for 3 years and a teacher of 11 years. Before teaching she was a mental health nurse. Claire enjoys learning about science and space and has a garden with lots interesting insects and plants. Term of office: 3 Years Governance Roles in other Schools: None Business/Financial interests: None

Lee started his education career as an outdoor activity instructor for Plymouth City Council in 1995. He quickly realised that teaching children was a real passion, particularly less advantaged kids, so he retrained as a primary teacher. He believes that all children have hidden potential, and that our job as teachers is to help them let that potential out Lee completed a National Professional Qualification for Headship, after which he took on the leadership of two PRUs (pupil Referral Units), one of which was the first in the country to be given an Outstanding judgement in every area of an OfSTED inspection.</br></br>

Lee Joined Courtlands in 2009, where he feels privileged to work with an amazing team of dedicated professionals. Lee is now expecting Courtlands to achieve an outstanding judgement from OfSTED, and is looking forward to the future and supporting the Trust to grow sustainably, with the focus firmly on the children.

Nicola Bridge is a Cluster Representative

Matt Bindon was previously Deputy Head teacher at Dartmouth Academy, which is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. He has worked in education for more than 13 years after initially training as a PE teacher. ACE Schools Plymouth will be the fifth school that Matt is working in, and his first as Head teacher. Originally from Somerset, Matt comes from a long line of educational professionals. He is married to a fellow teacher, and has two boys aged 10 and seven.

Having studied for a degree in English Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, Stef has spent her career to date in communications, ranging from TV production through to print media. She now works for three small businesses in Plymouth and has an array of job titles!

Her main role is Digital Director of, an online course designed to help aspiring speakers to become professionals. Why speakers? That’s where Stef’s other jobs come in – she is Operations Manager for two speakers; one a Professional Adventurer, the other an expert in Diversity & Inclusion. In 2015, Stef organised the logistics for an all-female expedition across the Arctic Circle.

Stef’s main skills lie in communications, marketing and logistics. Stef wanted to join the LGB at ACE to widen her understanding & contribution towards her local community here in Plymouth. She is eager to ensure that all children have access to high quality education that will set them up for a fulfilling adulthood.

Term of office: 3 Years
Governance Roles in other Schools: Head of Sixth Form at Plymouth College
Business/Financial interests: None

Dene Terry is a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and manages Behaviour Support at Courtlands Special School

Tom Whiteside is a Cluster Representative


Rachel is a teacher at Knowle Primary School and is passionate about ensuring that our SEND pupils are supported and reach their potential. She is married to Callum and has two small boys who keep her busy!

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