Who’s who? Pen portraits.

Chair of Governors: Robert Atwill

Many of you will already know me quite well from my time as a teacher at Meavy and I’m sure that even more of you have seen me around at both schools. For those of you who thought to themselves ‘who on earth is he?’ upon seeing me, I hope that this allows you to get to know me a little better.

I was born in Plymouth and have lived there all of my life. Growing up, I knew very early on that I wanted to teach and, having attended Devonport High School for Boys, I graduated as a teacher from the University of Plymouth in 2003. I spent two years on supply in Plymouth before being appointed as teacher at Meavy in September 2005.

I spent eight very happy years at Meavy and had the opportunity to work with some brilliant children and an enthusiastic and highly-skilled staff. Federation with Lady Modifords  brought with it further exciting opportunities to work with an even wider group of people who felt the same passion for teaching as I did.

Last summer I made the very difficult decision to leave the teaching profession but was adamant that I wanted to remain a part of the Federation – to ensure that the children of the Federation continue to be given the best education possible. When a governor’s position opened up in the Autumn term, therefore, I jumped at the chance and was appointed as a foundation governor in October. Having been a staff governor previously, I was in the somewhat odd position of being a new, experienced governor!

Outside my work for the federation, I am currently in the latter stages of training to become a driving instructor. In my leisure time I can normally be found standing (or sitting) on the terraces of one of our local sporting teams on a Saturday afternoon. I have been a season-ticket holder at Plymouth Argyle for many years and have experienced the whole spectrum of emotions in supporting my local team, from the joy of two promotions in three years  to the angst of two successive relegations and the threat of relegation from the league. On Argyle away days, I often switch sports and try to watch Plymouth Albion at Brickfields.

As a federation, we have many exciting times ahead, the new ICT  equipment is beginning to arrive and be installed – this will make a huge difference to the children of both schools and I would like to thank once again the members of FOLM and the Meavy PTA for their incredible support in this project. Without them – and all of your kind purchases/donations – we would not have been able to afford any of it. We hope also that we will soon be in a position to launch new websites, giving you all more information on the day-to-day activities taking place in the schools as well as keeping you informed of our work as a governing body.

I hope very much that my experience as a teacher can bring further skills the governing body of the West Dartmoor Federation. We are all working very hard as governors to ensure that your children continue to receive the best education possible. Please remember that I am usually available for a  chat on a Friday afternoon at home time at Meavy and if you see me at Lady Modiford’s at any time, please feel free to come over and say hello – it’s always great to meet and get the views of as many of you as possible!

Robert.