Meet The Managers
Hello. My name is Linda Chapman and I have been a Manager at the Hospital School for the last 6 years. I am a Local Authority (LA) Manager which means that my name was put forward to the Management Committee by the LA. I am a former teacher and Educational Adviser and although I am now retired, I am still passionately interested in schools and young people, particularly those youngsters who need extra help and support to succeed and thrive. I love coming in to the hospital school regularly to see how the pupils are responding to all the exciting activities and lessons that the staff have planned. If you see me in school, please come and say ‘Hello’. I have two grown up daughters and now that my work and parenting duties have eased, I love travelling with my husband in our little campervan, knitting, reading, arts and crafts and making quirky things from odds and ends. I am currently Chair of the Management Committee and sit on the Policy sub-committee and the Pay and Performance sub-committee.
I've been a manager with DSSHS for a couple of years now and am enjoying working with the school. My background is in education and I've been a teacher (including Deputy Head in a secondary school), Local Authority Officer for Special Educational Needs and for a few years I was also an Ofsted Inspector. After retiring from Devon County Council in 2013 I joined the Department for Education where I am currently a Special Educational Needs and Disability Adviser. The rest of the time I enjoy meeting up with family who are far flung across the country and I make felt, spin, knit and generally enjoy any art involving textiles. I keep
a few chickens for their eggs and 3 angora goats which provide a constant supply of mohair for spinning. It's great to be able to share some of my craft-based interests with the children from time to time.
I have spent most of my childhood in Germany as part of an Army family. Having studied at Plymouth Polytechnic I married and joined the police in 1987. Now having served some thirty years I am a qualified teacher and have specialised in safeguarding issues and worked as a Youth Affairs Officer. I am also an ambassador for CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Programme run by the National Crime Agency.
Hello. my name is Samantha Parker and I was co-opted onto the management committee in July 2019 through the 'Inspiring Governance' programme. In my day job I am a English teacher and Head of Core Academic Languages and a Pastoral Lead for KS3 pupils, which means I sit on the Senior Management Team at my school. I am really looking forward to coming into DHSSS to see the wonderful activities and lessons taking place for the children.
In my home life, I love to travel, write, read and take long beach walks with our puppy Charlie who is incredibly cheeky and loves chewing socks!