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Longcause Community Special School

Longcause Community Special School

Learning for Life

Governors' Information


 Governor Profiles

Fred Jenkins: Chair of Governors. Co-Opted Governor

I have recently retired after working for many years in the field of career advice and guidance across Plymouth and West Devon within a wide range of mainstream and special schools, including most recently Longcause. I remain passionate about helping young people gain the utmost out of their education and are prepared for adult life including future employment. Over a number of decades I have gained a good knowledge of the further education/training sector within Plymouth and the wider South West, alongside an understanding of the local employment sector through regular conversations with employers. I hope to bring some of this knowledge to my role as Chair of Governors.


Alan Charlick: Vice Chair of Governors

I have been a governor now for over 5 years and have served as a Parent Governor for all of that time. My son is currently in year 11 and is in his final year at Longcause. I have carried out numerous and varied roles during my time as a governor here at Longcause and I am currently the key monitoring governor for area of the Schools Improvement Plan which focusses on the physical development of the all the pupils here at Longcause. I am delighted to be delegated this particular role as I am a firm believer that the physical wellbeing of individuals is very important.


Anne Hutchinson: Head Teacher

I have been Headteacher at Longcause school since January 2010. I have worked for many years as a teacher for children with Autism. I am passionate about increasing understanding of Autism and in working with families for the best outcomes for their child and family. I have two adult children of my own.  I’m a friendly person and like meeting people so please feel free to come and chat to me.


Trudi Skinner: Deputy Head Teacher and Co-opted Governor

I have been a Deputy Head at Longcause since September 2021. I have a passion for teaching and learning and want to drive ambition for all. 


Christianne Pollock: Co-Opted Governor

I am the parent of an adult son who has autism and severe learning disabilities. I am currently training to be a speech and language therapist at Marjon and also sit on NHS Care and Treatment Review panels. These aim to transform services for people with autism and/or learning disabilities and I am passionate about seeing people properly supported to live a full life. Previously I worked in research and was particularly interested in studying how autistic children with limited speech interacted with those around them. I am really looking forward to working with Longcause and getting to know the school.


Erin Jarvis: Co-opted Governor

Erin qualified as a speech and language therapist with a 1st class honours degree from the university of St Mark and St John in 2015. Prior to undertaking her first role as a community paediatric therapist in the NHS, Erin worked as a speech and language therapy assistant from 2009 and maintained this role throughout her training. Since qualifying, in addition to grass roots work in the NHS, Erin has worked within several more specialised roles including as a speech and language therapist at an independent school for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEMH), traumatic adverse childhood experiences and/or neurodevelopmental disabilities including Autistic Spectrum Condition, Down Syndrome, Moderate Learning Disabilities, Selective Mutism and Brain Injury. Erin has worked within multi-disciplinary teams to assess and diagnose communication difficulties in children with complex histories since qualifying as a speech and language therapist and prefers to work in this way as it enables holistic assessment and support to be provided for the children under her care. Erin regularly undertakes professional development activities spanning the 3 domains of speech, language and social communication as well as children’s wellbeing. For instance, she has completed training in compassion focused therapy, adolescent neuro-development, child attachment/trauma and the role of speech and language therapists in supporting children with SEMH. Working as part of the multi-disciplinary team for Blossoming Minds is a welcome opportunity for Erin to continue to support children in a holistic and compassionate way so that they can be supported to make sense of their history, their unique strengths and difficulties and work therapeutically with families to ensure the child can thrive.


Natasha Mitchell: Parent Governor

I'm Natasha, a parent to two children at Longcause, both currently thriving in lower school. I'm looking forward to being more involved within the school environment and doing what I can to support the school and the children as best I can.


Barney West: Parent Governor

My son joined the school late 2020 in one of the earlier classes. I have a huge interest in how the school develops and maintains the high standards it is known for. I know how integral a school is to young people's development with relationships and life skills and look forward to working with the governors board to ensure we provide the best available resources for our children. I have been a Royal Marine for over 15 years and have worked in both an operational and training environment. I am used to understanding compliance and policy, but I also understand the significance of school support for parents and students alike.


Ian Fleming: Staff Governor

I joined Longcause in mid 2019 and have previously worked in education settings for many years (Lecturer, Curriculum Manager and now Site manager) and feel I can bring this experience and a day-by-day overall operational view of the school to the Governing Body to help make Longcause the best it can be.



Chair of Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to Board of Governors, Emma Moehle, can be contacted on 01752 336881, or via email at  Alternatively you can address a letter to Emma Moehle at the school address.

Board of Governors Structure

Governors' Responsibilities and Committee 2022-23

Governors Terms of Reference

Useful Documents