Meet Our Governors

Our Governing Board is made up of a range of local professionals and parents. They work as a team to ensure the best for our school.  
Rachel Clift

Head Teacher

Rachel is the head teacher at Pondhu. She joined the school in January 2022 and is excited about the improvement journey that the school is on. Rachel has many years of experience in school leadership and has taught children across the primary age range in a variety of schools in and around Plymouth. She is passionate about giving every child the opportunity to achieve.

Sarah Parekh

Deputy Headteacher

Emma Jolliff

Staff Governor

Emma is one of the staff governors at Pondhu Primary School. She has been a teacher at Pondhu since 2012 and currently teaches Year 5 although has taught several year groups across the school. Emma is the maths lead and a Primary Maths Specialist teacher. She also coaches the netball team. At the weekend, she enjoys watching her two boys playing golf and football and tries to go running when she gets the chance to.

Kelly Vigor

Staff Governor

Clare Kendle

Parent Governor

Clare is really pleased to have been the Chair of Governors at Pondhu School for the past two years. Clare has one child at Pondhu and has spent the last 10 years working in the field of governance as a clerk, governance officer and company secretary. She has experience in Federations, Maintained schools, Multi Academy Trusts and is currently working for the Diocese of Truro as their Governance Lead working with the 44 Church Schools based in Cornwall. Prior to that she specialised in outdoor learning as a rural studies teacher and led walking expeditions for young people all over the country, this is an area she is passionate about and has seen the benefits of this exposure to the outside with many children and young people, seeing them challenged and thrive. In her spare time she is Chair of Governors for a Trust in the East of the County and is involved with East Cornwall Search and Rescue.
The Chair of Governors can be contacted via school on 01726 74550 or email

Christine Wilday

Co-opted Governor

Christine is an experienced leader with thirty years in Education. She has worked in six schools in three different counties. As a headteacher she was successful in improving three large urban primary schools and, following a successful Ofsted, the local authority seconded her to lead a failing school to begin its journey towards improvement.
Having worked with the University of Plymouth, on a voluntary basis, helping to write and develop its Teacher Training programmes, she took up the post of Senior Lecturer in Education as leader of the Language and Literacy team.
After moving to Cornwall she has supervised trainee teachers working on school experience which gave her the opportunity of visiting a wide variety of schools in the county.
Throughout her years in Education she has held the firm belief that ‘Every Child Matters’ and has done her utmost to achieve the best for all.
In her spare time she is a volunteer for the Cinnamon Trust in Hayle.

Deborah Ward

Community Governor

Daphne Johns

Co-opted Governor

Simon Disney-Pollard

Co-opted Governor

Simon is Head Teacher at Carclaze Community Primary School and is proud to be a member of the CELT team. He has many years of experience of leadership in primary schools and is passionate about closing the gap. He believes being a reader is the key to success in school and beyond so has an ethos of reading for pleasure at the centre of the curriculum. He also brings the experience of being Designated Safeguarding Lead.