Stithians C.P.School Governing Body

What do the governors do?

'Schools are run by a governing body working with the headteacher and senior management team to ensure pupils get a good education.'


Letter from the Chair of Governors:

Dear parents and carers and prospective parents and carers,

We warmly welcome you to Stithians Community Primary School. 

“This is a good school” Ofsted 2013

Our school is a happy and caring community that strives to make all its children and adults able to learn and develop to their full potential. Our school motto says: ‘Learning to live - Living to learn’.  We believe that the education we provide will help all the children to become confident, happy and successful people.  We believe everything we do in school contributes to that aim and that we can help the children to appreciate how to make the best of every aspect of themselves. We extend this ambition to all the members of the school community and try to ensure that staff benefit from this aim too. We hope that we also include the families and wider community in this ambition and are always striving to improve what the School can offer to everyone.

We are very proud of the achievements of Stithians School and we recognise the importance of celebrating everyone’s successes in many ways.  The children are set challenging targets and we have had very good results over many years.  However we are always try to improve our standards and believe that staff have established very effective means of ensuring that every child is given the opportunities to thrive.

“The broad curriculum provides an extremely varied and challenging range of learning experiences which meet the needs of all the pupils. “Ofsted 2013

We are very proud of the commitment and dedication of all the staff.  They are extremely hard working and enjoy training and developing as professionals.  They love the children and love the job. 

“Relationships between staff and pupils are very good and underpin all that the school does.” Ofsted 2013

There are many people, as well as all the school staff, who work hard to support the school and make it a success. We are very grateful for the help of our families and friends, the governors, FOSS, (Friends of Stithians School), volunteers and the wider community, and grateful too for the expertise of visiting professionals.

We hope your child will thoroughly enjoy their time at Stithians School and you, your association with the School.

Yours sincerely

Alison Brown

Chair of Stithians Community Primary School Governing Body





Full Governors Meeting Minutes March 2014.pdf

Full Governors Meeting Minutes November 2013.pdf

Full Governors Meeting Minutes 26 Sept 2013

Full Governors Meeting minutes 27 June 2013

Full Governors Meeting Minutes 22/11/12

Full Governors Meeting Minutes 27/09/12

Governors Meeting Dates 2014-2015.pdf

Full Governors Meeting Minutes 03/07/14.pdf

Full Governors Meeting Minutes 02/10/14.pd

Who are we?


Governor Category Roles and Responsibilities
Catherine Cullen Local authority  Literacy
Alison Brown Community

Chair of governing body and reponsible for induction and link for training.


Nick Illsley Headteacher Chair of Health and Safety and Premises Committee
Ann Barnard Community Chair of Finance and Personnel Committee
Robin Watson Community Early Years and Assessment Governor
Ros Bastian Local Authority  Finance & Personnel, Pay Comittee, Health & Safety, Assessment & Tracking, Pupil Premium
Kevin Holcombe


Vice Chair

Health &Safety and  Chair Finance and Personnel

Chair of Pay Committee

Areas of responsibility:  SEN and Numeracy

Karen Watkins Parent
Vacancy Local authority
Roger Downing Parent Curriculum, Finance & Personnel
Clive Richards Parent Health &Safety
Sarah Hemming Parent Finance & Personnel
Amanda Foster Teaching Staff Assessment
Jo Strick Non teaching staff Health &Safety

Pencil Sketch Portraits.

Alison Brown (Chair)

I have been chair of governors at Stithians school for a year. I have served on the governing body for over 6 years starting as a parent governor and am currently a community governor. I am also the safeguarding governor as well as whistle blowing governor. I have two children; both attended Stithians school and are now at   Helston community College. It was while my eldest child was at the primary school that I joined the governing body. I work as a dental Hygienist in Penryn and Truro and as a Dental Student supervisor at Peninsula Medical and  Dental University. I am very proud of Stithians school, children and staff and fully support all their aspirations.

Cath Cullen

I have been a governor of Stithians School for 8 years.   I was a primary school teacher in London and ,for a very short time, in Cornwall. I have also helped run Stithians Pre-School both as a committee member and then as an employed play leader. I also worked in the Camborne Surestart scheme and in Camborne Library as Bookstart Plus coordinator. Although I moved to Redruth last year I  enjoy keeping my connection with Stithians as a school governor and as secretary to the The Stithians Centre Management Committee. All three of my children went to Stithians School before moving on to Redruth School and Truro College. Their Grandpa also went to school at Stithians  in the 1920s. I feel very privileged to be able to remain involved in the life of this lovely school.

Nick Illsley (Headteacher)

I have been a teacher since 1986 after a four year teacher training degree at Warwick University. I began my teaching career in Farnham, Surrey where I taught in a Middle School (5 -12 Year olds). I moved to Derby where I taught at Mickleover Primary School and could watch my football team , Derby County quite frequently. I then moved back to Cornwall having been appointed as Deputy Head-teacher at Troon Primary School. My first headship was at Mabe Primary School where I stayed for 8 years. I was appointed as Head-teacher of Stithians School, taking up my appointment in January 2011. This is a wonderful school because of the commitment of the pupils, staff and parents who all contribute to making the atmosphere feel warm and welcoming.

Ann Barnard

I have been a Governor for 12 years. I am presently the Chair of Finance & Personnel Committee. Both of my daughters went to Stithians school. Before having a family I worked for a bank in London specialising in corporate finance but now work for our family business doing accounts and book keeping. '

Jo Strick (Non Teaching Staff)

I am in my third year as a governor and Iam part of the Health and Safety Committee.  I work as a Teaching Assistant in our Reception Class.  I am married with two adult children who have both attended Stithians School.  I enjoy walking and being outside, reading, cooking and eating!

Amanda Foster (Teaching Staff)

I am in my 3rd year as the Teaching Staff Governor at Stithians School and I am also the Reception Class Teacher.  My other roles include being the  Early Years Co-ordinator, Key Stage One Co-ordinator, newly appointed Literacy Co-ordinator (January 2013)and a member of the senior management team.  I started my teaching career at Stithians School in 1998 as a newly qualified teacher and have continued to teach the Reception Class throughout this time.  I am dedicated to teaching this age group and to ensuring that all children have the best possible start to their school life.   I have a 20 year old son who is currently at University who spent his primary years at Stithians School and thoroughly enjoyed the friendly, family atmosphere and the community spirit.

Clive Richards

Hello my name is Clive Richards and I currently have twin girls in Kynance year 5. I work part time and have lived in the village for the past 20 years. I became a parent governor in March 2009. I'm on the health and safety committee and also link governor to Sennen class year 2. I have found this very rewarding and a great insight to the day to day running of the school, putting pupils, staff and all parents needs as a priority. I am very proud to be associated with such a friendly and well run school and hope in some small way try to keep it going forward for the benefit of all. I would always encourage all to get involved and enjoy this time with the children.   g.

Kevin Holcombe (Vice Chair)

I have been a parent governor since 2011 serving on the Finance and Personnel and Health and Safety Committees.  I am a self employed landscape gardener and have lived in the village for 27 years.  I have two boys at the school in Years 2 and 4.  I am on the governing body to help the school ensure all pupils reach their potential in a friendly and safe environment to do so.

Robin Watson

I have been a governor for over 5 years. I live in Penryn with my wife and 2 children. We visited a dozen schools in our locality and chose Stithians for the primary education of our son, who is now thriving at Penryn College in Year 9. Our daughter is in Porthmeor (Year 4). The qualities that motivated us to choose Stithians School for our children are still present; A happy friendly atmosphere, welcoming and open, and a drive to get the best out of every individual child. As a governor, it is these ideals I value and wish to promote. I am the liaison governor for Gunwalloe and am responsible for representing Early Years.   I am a Self Employed Boatbuilder, and have been rebuilding, restoring and refitting boats for over 20 years. I am a very keen runner and a member of Falmouth Road Runners, last year I ran about 15 races, including two marathons. I am also involved with starting a new kids running club in Falmouth. I enjoy most sports and think it's important to encourage children to participate in sports and most important have fun taking part.


Roger Downing

I am a local farmer and became a parent governor in 2010 and currently sit on the Curriculum Committee as well as Finance and Personnel. My extended role, as a link governor to Year 3 enables me to see the children’s transition from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2.  I presently have 3 children attending the school, in Years 2, 3 & 5. Having lived in the village all my life, and being a former pupil myself, I have seen many progresses and developments over the years and I am proud to be part of a school that is proactive in meeting the needs of the children.  I am interested and take part in a variety of sporting activities, along with being the football manager of a local football team; this enables me to encourage health, fitness and wellbeing in the younger generation.


Sarah Hemming

I have recently joined as a Parent Governor (March 2014) at Stithians School to support and be part of their friendly, thriving and nurturing environment.  My daughter thoroughly enjoys the varied and inspiring aspects of her school day, now a “KS2-er”.  I am passionate about the performing arts and its ability to build confidence, inspire and create smiles.  I am a member of a local musical theatre group and choir and have been helping with the KS1 singing club at Stithians school for over a year now – we have a lot of fun.  I have a degree and career in business management and have also trained and worked as a complementary therapist specialising in reflexology.  I love assisting in the classes and find working with the children very rewarding.


Ros Bastian

I live on a small holding on the edge of Stithians Village and enjoy the events and activities which Stithians Village has on offer. My particular hobbies and interests mostly involve being outdoors either gardening, walking or playing sport but if the weather keeps me indoors DIY, knitting, crafts and reading keeps me occupied. Always having a love of sport I left school in London to train to become a PE teacher, started my teaching career in Cheshire in 1974 but have spent the last 36 years teaching at Penryn College. Here I have been able to progress my professional skills in education though the management of the Penryn Sports Partnership and latterly as an  Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for the Community. Having had a career of 40 years in education I will be retiring at the end of this year but will continue my interest in education and am delighted to be a Governor at Stithians school.

Karen Watkins

I am a mother of two boys in the school, one in Kynance and on in Porthmeor.  I work as a doctor in the Royal Cornwall Hospital and have been in Cornwall for 7 years.  I have worked in the NHS for 22 years and feel that my role gives me a good basis to the involved with the school as a school governor.



There are three vacancies at the governing body of the school for the categories of parent (x2) and Local Authority Governor.



To get in contact with the Chair or another governor, please contact Mr Illsley or the clerk to the governors, Julie, at school, and they will put you in touch.



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