CHAIR OF GOVERNORS
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.
Chair of Stithians Community Primary School Governing Body
Dates of Meetings
GOVERNORS' MEETINGS' MINUTES:
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
Who are we?
||Roles and Responsibilities
||Chair of governing body and reponsible for induction and link for training. SAFEGUARDING AND WHISTLEBLOWING CONTACT GOVERNOR
||Chair of Health and Safety and Premises Committee
||Chair of Finance and Personnel Committee
||Chair of Curriculum Committee, Early Years and Assessment Governor
||H&S and Finance and Personnel
|Mrs Liz Clarke
|Mrs A Tremayne
||Vice Chair & Curriculum
|Mrs Julie Heywood
||Local authority (and parent)
||Finance and personnel committee
|Mr Roger Downing
||H & S
||F & P
||Non teaching staff
|Mr Graham Bond
Pencil Sketch Portraits.
Alison Brown (Chair)
I am vice chair of governors at Stithians school. I have served on the governing body for over 4 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. I am very proud of Stithians school, children and staff and fully support all their aspirations.
Vicki Tremayne (Vice Chair)
I am the Vice Chair and SEN Governor (joint with Scott Watters). I am a Teaching Assistant in a neighbouring village school in KS1, for a Year 1 class. I am committed in helping to deliver a fun and stimulating curriculum and environment in which children can grow and learn. I am quite new to the SEN Governor role and look forward to embracing this role in it's entirety. I live locally with my husband and we have 2 children that attend Stithians School, one in Year 6 and the other in Year 3. Both my children enjoy school life this is demonstrated by the way they talk about their school day.
I have been a governor, community then local authority, of Stithians School for 8 years and Chair since 2006. 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. I continue my interest in primary and pre-school education as a governor, as a volunteer in the school library, and as a volunteer helper one afternoon a week in Stithians Pre School. All three of my children went to Stithians School before moving on to Redruth School and Truro College. Their Grandpa also went to school here 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.
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. '
I have been a governor for twelve months and 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!
I am a Local Authority Governor and have been part of the governing body for two years. I have responsibility for Science and sit on the Finance and Personnel committee. I have a child who is currently in year 6. During my son’s time at school I have been part of the Friends of Stithians School (FOSS) and have enjoyed being involved in the many events designed to raise funds for actitives and resources for the children. I have spent my career supporting Information technology systems for the forces, this role has given me many amazing opportunities including travelling the world and spending time at sea on an aircraft carrier. My interests include Cornish Pilot Gig rowing and I am an active member of Devoran gig club.
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.
My name is Clive Richards and I have twin girls in Godrevy Class (Year 3). I became a governor in March 2010 as I wanted to get involved in the school as much as I could and help maintain a high standard of education. I also wanted to help to make school a fun, happy and safe place for all the children. I am currently on the Health and Safety Committee and also link governor to Sennen Class (Year 2). I find it very rewarding.
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.
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.
I am in my third year as a Parent Governor and certainly have found my time being part of the Governing body rewarding and educational. I now have returned to my long standing career as a Paramedic/Emergency Care Practitioner after a few years break from this whilst working as a Professional Musical Director. I have a son in year 5 and a daughter in year 2 who both thoroughly enjoy attending Stithians School and they have made many friends whilst being here.
I'm delighted to have just become a parent governor, having one daughter, Bryony at the school and one son, Rory destined to join in the near future. I have had many years experience working in education. I worked for environmental charities in Suffolk for many years where I helped people of all ages to learn more about the natural world. This included pond dipping, minibeast hunts, school and college groups and family wildlife holidays. I was also a governor at a local school. Since coming to Cornwall, I have trained as a teacher and until very recently worked as a Geography lecturer at Truro College. I am now focusing on renovating our house and being more involved with Stithians School and Pre-school.
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.
I am a Community Governor who was appointed in August 2013, my responsibilities are Chairman of the Finance and Personnel Committee, link governor with responsibility for the induction of governors, identifying overall training needs of governors, and also assisting with the pupil assessment and tracking process.
I retired from working at Cornwall Council in 2009, my jobs over a period of 25 years were in the area of resource management. My last job was Head of Resources with overall responsibility for finance, IT and property matters. I previously worked in Education, as Head of Education Finance, acting as the Finance Director for the department and was also Manager of the Local Management of Schools team, providing financial services to around 300 schools in the county.
I have lived in the village for over 2 years and am a football coach at Wendron FC, helping the club with their youth sides, I have coached youth football for around 15 years and enjoy training and developing young footballers, having worked with children from age 8 to 16.
There are three vacancies at the governing body of the school for the category of parent governor. You are invited to nominate any parent or guardian of a child, on the register of the school for election. Nomination forms are available from the school office.
Please note that you cannot seek nomination if you are an elected member of the County Council or if you are contracted to work at the school for 500 hours or more between 1st August and 31st July.
Completed nomination forms should be returned to the Clerk at the School by 12 noon on 27 January 2014.
HOW TO CONTACT US:
To get in contact with the Chair or another governor, please contact Mr Illsley or the clerk to the governors, Julie Binghamjbingham@stithians.cornwall.sch.uk, at school, and they will put you in touch.
Help and advice about becoming a governor in Cornwall is available at: