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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.

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.

Leanne Thirlby: Co-opted Governor

I have been the Deputy Head at Longcause since October 2011.  Prior to this I taught in mainstream primary schools across the city and also in Prague.  My experience lies in the curriculum and its development as well as analysis of pupil progress information so that we can celebrate the achievements our pupils are making. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know our pupils as individuals, learning about their needs and thinking creatively about how we can best help them to learn and succeed as they move through Longcause and onto other things.  

Wayne Graham, Chair of Governors, Parent Governor.  I have worked in early years and primary schools for most of my work life.  My roles have been supporting early years professionals with SEN children.  More recently I have been visiting and supporting childcare providers, registering new services, preparing for OFSTED inspections and auditing the providers environment and safeguarding and welfare policies and procedures.  I am keen to be involved in all areas of Longcause and the great work everyone does, from the adults to the children.
Tim George,Vice Chair, Co-Opted Governor.  I am a qualified Mental Health Social Worker who has worked with individuals with learning disabilities/autistic spectrum conditions and other associated diagnosis for 30 years.  I was influenced to enter this work because of my older sister who has a learning disability and autism.  I have been a Director of Support'ed with 2 other colleagues for the last 6 years.  I work across the City with young people who are either finding it difficult in school and/or have disengaged from school.  I have always enjoyed working with Longcause due to their established values and ethos toward the pupils and staff.
Dennis Bruce, Co-Opted Governor.  I currently work very closely with the work experience placements from Longcause School as part of my role as the Coach Station Team Leader for National Express.  I find this part of my job extremely rewarding, and our close relationship with the school has had a great impact on the students who attend, and the National Express staff.  We have a fantastic partnership which has strengthened year on year.  For me it's brilliant to see the students excel when at the station and build on their self confidence.  As the youngest Governor, I feel I would bring a fresh approach and ideas to the school.  I very much look forward to working with the school and making a difference as the monitoring governor for the Quality of Education (curriculum).

Fred Jenkins, 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 Governor.

Nickie O'Sullivan, Co-Opted Governor.  I have recently retired after working many years at Longause School, and before this I worked for the Priory at Kilworthy House supporting SEN children.  I help individuals with learning disabilities/autism spectrum conditions and other associated diagnosis.  I have spent the last 20 years devoted to helping and giving these children a better quality of life.  My role has been to work alongside professionals with SEN children.  One of my job roles was taking the students on work experience, and over the years I have seen many students gain in self-esteem and become confident enough to take these skills with them with they leave Longcuase.

Register of Interest - Board of Governors




Term of office

Start Date

Term of office

End Date

Business Interest Related Parties

No. of Full Gov


attended 2019/20


Alan Robert Charlick


(Vice Chair)

28.03.19 24.03.19 None None


Leanne Thirlby Co-Opted 01.09.14 01.09.18 None None


Anne Thorne Headteacher 01.01.10

For duration

of role

Son works on casual 

basis at the school



Donna Maclean Staff 22.10.20 21.10.24 None None


Wayne Graham



19.11.19 18.11.23     1  
Claire Mules Parent 19.11.19 18.11.23     1  
Nicky O'Sullivan Co-Opted 22.11.20 21.11.24        
Tim George Co-Opted 29.01.20 28.01.24     1  
Dennis Bruce Co-Opted 29.01.20 28.01.24     1  
Fed Jenkins Co-Opted 22.10.20 21.11.24        
Previous Governors:              
Tim Lloyd LA 07.11.17 06.10.20        
Donna McDonald Co-Opted   22.10.20        
Sarah Chapman Co-Opted   22.10.20        
Mike Helliwell Co-Opted 29.02.20 01.06.20        
Zoe Preston Staff 22.09.16 22.10.20        





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

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