St Peter's RC Primary School Board of Governors
Mrs Rachael Green
Chair of Governors
Rachael was born in Wales, but educated in Devon at St Mary's RC Primary, Buckfast, Notre Dame and St Boniface before gaining a BA (Hons) Geography at University of Plymouth. After gaining PGCE at University College of St Mark and John she began teaching at Devonport High School for Boys, where she is now Head of Geography. During her time at DHSB she has gained an MEd in Professional Development and also serves on the Board of Trustees as a Staff Governor. Married to Mark, they have three children, the first has recently started at St Peter's and she is keen to be involved at the heart of St Peter's. Her link with the school is lengthy as her brother attended the school and her mother worked as TA for many years.
Mrs Debra Balfour
Debra was born in England, but as a young baby moved to Donegal in Ireland. She was raised there until she was 13, then moved to Plymouth with her family. Debra attended Notre Dame before gaining a BA in Theology with QTS at Roehampton University in London. In 1998, Debra returned to Plymouth and began her teaching career at St. Peter's where she is currently employed as a Class Teacher and Assistant Headteacher. As well as her St. Peter's family, Debra has a family of her own. Married to Dax, they have two children, Heidi and Lola. Both girls have attended St. Peter's, Lola is currently in Year 6. Outside school, Debra enjoys family time and in the summer months spending time at her caravan in Cornwall.
Mrs Gemma Dunn
Gemma was born in Plymouth, and has lived locally all her life. After studying Geography at the University of Plymouth, Gemma spent the next 15 years working for nature conservation charities, managing habitats for nature and engaging with the public to raise awareness of conservation issues. From 2015-2018 Gemma managed a schools outreach project for the RSPB which gave local primary school children the chance to learn about the wildlife found around their school grounds and how to look after it, which was one of her most rewarding professional experiences. Looking for a new challenge, Gemma now works for a small charity in Plymouth that provides support to Asylum Seekers, coordinating essentials such as food provision, clothing donations and projects to reduce social isolation. Gemma has two daughters at St Peter’s RC and values the strong family and community spirt of the school.
Mrs Clare Gill
Born in Lancashire, educated at Bishop Henshaw School and qualifying as a teacher in London, Clare moved to Plymouth with her husband 35 years ago. Her husband was born in Plymouth and attended St Boniface’s College both as a pupil and then as a teacher for nearly 30 years. This family tradition continued as Clare’s son also attended St Boniface’s. Among her teaching positions Clare has taught Food Technology and Health and Social Care in 4 different Plymouth schools and was Assistant Principal at All Saints Academy until 2017. She is currently semi-retired, teaching part time in a local Plymouth school.
Mrs Sarah Plunkett
Sarah was born in Plymouth and has remained there ever since. She is the proud owner of Louis (born in 2011) and her highlight of each week is watching him play football and rugby. After achieving a BEd Primary Honours Degree in Physical Education, Sarah became a primary school teacher. She has been in the profession for nineteen years and during that time has taken on many different roles.
Having grown up in a large family, Sarah values and appreciates the community feel of St Peter’s RC and the importance of being actively involved within it. Sarah’s a junior netball coach for Plymouth Pilgrims Netball Club who competes at a local and regional level. In 2007, she was awarded Southwest Community Volunteer of the Year and was also a finalist for Primary School Teacher of the Year. Sarah is passionate about her roles and is determined to make a difference to the lives of all children.
Mrs Louise Patterson
Clerk to Governors