Meet The Governors

The Governing body is a group of volunteers who work together to;

  • ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. 

  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff. 

  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.


In a nutshell the Governors ensure the school is progressing and moving forward in the best interests of the children it serves. 

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Mr Graham Cole

Role: Chair of Governors

I am married with 3 children (all boys) and 6 grandchildren and we have lived in the Midlands for 25 years. Until my retirement my background was in international business management covering 12 countries for a Swiss building products company. 

I am passionate about the outstanding progress the academy has made and our aim is to maintain that standard and continue to improve the educational environment for the children.

Mrs Joanna Connelly

Head Teacher

In the last 13 years I have taught in 3 different schools, and taught across both KS1 and KS2.

I started at Silkmore in September 2015 as Deputy Head and Year 6 teacher.


I am now a very proud Head Teacher, committed to ensuring the school continues to move forward and create the best start in life for the children and families in the community. 

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Mr Keith Rogers

Resident in Stafford since 1988 I am married to Helen. We have five wonderful daughters and eight lovely grandchildren.

Prior to retirement I worked for Nationwide Building Society for 26 years and then Practice Director of Oakengates Medical Practice Telford for 17 years.


In February 2017 I was invited to become a local governor of the school and mostly recently became the Safeguarding Link Governor in September 2020.

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Mrs Roxanne Redford

Hello,  I'm Roxanne I am married with three beautiful children,  In the last 9 years I have been a nursery nurse,  working within different settings.  I'm currently no longer working due to my children's specialist needs.
Being apart of Silkmore is rewarding to me, many generations of my family have attended Silkmore, starting with my great grandad working as a caretaker in 1948-1974 , my parents attending then myself and my siblings and now my children. 


My current position within Silkmore is joint secretary of the school PTFA.  I am both passionate and enthusiastic about being involved in the school and seeing new future changes happen.  

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Mr Ian Jones

I have lived in Stafford since 1984. I have two children and two grandchildren .

I joined the Governing Board in April 2020 having previously been a governor at my children’s school for 7 years and since retirement at another Stafford primary school for 4 years.

Before retirement I worked for Government for over 30 years working on schemes to improve the environment. I had responsibility for delivering multi team projects ensuring they kept to budget and time.

I am very much looking forward to making a contribution to the continued successful running of Silkmore ensuring the school resources are used most effectively.

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Mr Mike Collins

I have lived in Stafford since 1972.  Married to Fay I have 3 children, 4 stepchildren and numerous grandchildren.  My background is engineering and management and after nearly 40 years In the electricity supply industry, I took early retirement.  Still too young to retire I busied myself presenting lectures on both health and safety and systems management.


My interest in education stems from the number of years I was involved in recruiting apprentices and the training of young people. It follows that when approached, I jumped at the chance to become a governor of Silkmore Academy and to offer help and advice as appropriate.  


Mrs Sarah McEnhill

Hello, I'm Sarah, currently a Learning Support Assistant in Year 5. I have worked as a Special Education Needs Assistant and have just qualified in Special Education Needs Level 4. I have been at Silkmore since September 2018 and have been a teaching assistant for the past 8 years. Previous to that I was a nursery nurse. 


I am married and have a 14 year old daughter, 4 step-children and 3 grandchildren.  I have lived in Stafford all of my life. I am committed to supporting the staff team at Silkmore and am also a staff member of the PTFA and I work at Silkworms after school provision. I am looking forward to bringing a new perspective to the Board of Governors and contributing in taking the school toward further success.   

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Miss Laura Dimmock

Hi, I’m Laura and I joined Silkmore back in 2015 as a Newly Qualified Teacher.  Now I’m part of the Senior Leadership Team as KS1, Data and Maths Lead alongside Class Teacher of Year 2.  

During my time at Silkmore, I have been proud to be a part of the journey from special measure to outstanding. I am committed in my role in helping the school maintain the outstanding judgement and providing the best possible learning opportunities for the children.