Plymouth School of Creative Arts is a single academy trust, which is sponsored by Plymouth College of Art. Below are details regarding our Trust and Trustees.
Governors are responsible, with the school’s Strategic Leadership Team, for setting the direction and development of the school. They hold dearly the vision of what the school can be. The following documents provide further information on the structure and responsibilities of the governing body.
We are updating our Register of Pecuniary Interests for 2018/19, which will be published shortly.
Andrew Brewerton – Chair of Governors / School Improvement Overview
Andrew Brewerton (Trust Director and Chair of Governors) is Principal of Plymouth College of Art, Chair of Plymouth Arts Centre, and Honorary Professor of Fine Art at Shanghai University. An English graduate of Cambridge University, he was made an Honorary Master of Education at the University of St. Mark & St. John Plymouth in 2013. Andrew has held various public appointments: e.g. as Chair of the South West Regional Council and national board member of Arts Council England, and as Vice-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group on Higher Education (PMI2). A poet and author of more than fifty book, journal and catalogue publications on contemporary visual art, his critical writing has been translated into Chinese, Danish, French, German, Italian, Malay and Spanish.
Dave Strudwick – Governor / Headteacher
It’s an immense privilege to lead such an amazing team and work in such an inspiring community. I have a love of learning, music, sport and architecture. It’s amazing what we are making together each day and I am certainly looking forward to the next part of the journey.
I have lead schools previously, written a book about behaviour and been involved in many interesting projects including the Blackawton Bees which resulted in the world’s youngest published scientists. However, the making of Plymouth School of Creative Arts is head and shoulders above the rest. This is a project that will become increasingly recognised internationally.
Jeff Stratton – Governor / Staff Welfare and Performance
Jeff Stratton has been an educationalist for over 50 years. From his initial work as a youth worker in 1958 he joined the teaching profession. Since then he has worked in primary and secondary schools, was a headteacher and a senior education officer, but always primarily an artist. His passion is teaching children and young people and in 2012 he won the Pearson Teacher of the Year Award for Lifetime Achievement. He is currently working with Phases Two, Three and Four with a particular focus on developing quality Project Based Learning.
Jeff holds the Staff Welfare and Performance portfolio and is Artist in Residence.
Dr. Stephen Felmingham – Governor / College/School Continuum
Stephen Felmingham is an artist and educator. He has lectured extensively in drawing, painting, print and contemporary art practice on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the UK, including University College Falmouth, Norwich University College of the Arts and Leeds College of Art. He is now in post at Plymouth College of Art as Senior Lecturer (Academic Partnerships) and also teaches in the Graduate School. He studied at Middlesex University and the University of the Arts London (Wimbledon) where he completed an MA in Drawing in 1999 and later his doctorate at the University of Leeds in 2014. He speaks and publishes regularly both on drawing and art and design pedagogy and his research interests are drawing, creative learning and socially-engaged art practices. He is a passionate advocate for the Continuum project and its agenda for social justice. His work is represented in collections nationally and internationally and he has exhibited widely in the UK and in Europe.
Benjamin Dunks – Governor / Student Welfare and Individual Need
Originally from Australia, Ben studied Biology and Chemistry at the University of Queensland, before decided to become a professional Dancer and training at Queensland University of Technology and at the Australian Ballet School. On leaving ballet school I worked with numerous Australian Dance Companies, touring Australia and Europe several times. Ben moved to the UK in 1999 and worked with a number of leading dance companies and choreographers, in the process getting to perform in amazing theatres, remote village halls and French Citadels. Ben became more focused and interested in education and the arts at this time and subsequently became Artistic Director of Attik Dance in 2011, an ACE NPO company with a focus on education and community. Ben is deeply passionate about dance, movement and how the arts and creative thinking can inspire and support us to experience extraordinary lives.
Rachid Rkaina – Governor / Curriculum
This was followed by a spell as an independent Educational Consultant setting up an IT programme in schools in France, Germany and the UK to design and make artifacts collaboratively and at the same time enhancing the teaching of languages. I worked for two of the national examinations boards prior to joining Lord Sainsbury’s Trust as the Director of the Technology Enhancement Programme (TEP).
This was followed by the post of Director of the Science Enhancement Programme (SEP) based first at Warwick University and then at King’s College London. The work involved the production of innovative teaching materials and enhance existing Initial Teaching Training courses (ITT) in close collaboration with Cambridge University, Birmingham School of Education, King’s College, Southampton University, London Institute, York University and the Teacher Training Agency (TTA).
In addition I was involved in several programmes with the Wisemann Institute in Israel, Dusseldorf University and the Centre International d’ Etudes Pedagogiques at Sevres (CIEP), the Institute of Physics , the Royal Society of Chemistry and Nuffield among others.
Alastair Mullen – Governor / Business and Enterprise / Chair of Audit Committee
Darren Fisher – Governor / Finance and Parents
From my first contact, with PSCA, I instinctively knew 3 things:-
– This was the school for my children,
– I wanted to be actively involved with the school,
– I truly wish I’d had the chance to go to this school with these teachers.
Professionally, I work in the Satellite Navigation industry, building business links across Asia and the Middle East. I was brought up in the area, but have lived in France, the Netherlands and the South East as well as travelling extensively across Asia. I am not from an Art background, but I strongly believe that a creative, enquiring mind has been key to my career in business.
I am hope to represent parents on the Governor panel to both support the remarkable staff at PSCA as well as being a strong advocate for their views on how the school develops as PSCA grows beyond its current early days into a creative hub that our children will be proud to say “I went to that school!”
Hannah Sloggett – Governor / Community
I live in Stonehouse, both my children go to the school and my husband runs a local business on Union Street. I have been Chair of Stonehouse Action a local community group focused on Union Street for many years, creating the Union Street Party and Union Corner a community space and garden.
My professional experience is in planning, regeneration and communities. Most recently as Neighbourhood Planning Manager at Plymouth City Council where I led on developing the long term planning for the city and supporting communities through complex planning decisions in their local area. Before this I worked in audience development and learning at Plymouth City Museum, the Ragged School Museum in Tower Hamlets and the National Science Museum, London.
I am now Director at Nudge Community Builders, a community benefit society that owns, creates and runs activity in disused or unusual urban spaces to lead to lasting positive change and community led regeneration.
Rich Connah – Governor / Parents
I have been watching PSCA since its inception and from the outset had little doubt that it was far and away the best place for our own son. Having had first hand experience of the school’s ethos, I have no hesitation in singing its praises to others! I now look forward to continuing this support, more practically, as a parent governor.