Stithians C.P. School Governing Body


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'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 2017

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

Chair of Stithians Community Primary School Governing Body







Governor Roles (pdf)

Who are we?

Governor Category Roles and Responsibilities
Catherine Cullen Co-opted
Chair of Governors

Chair of Governing Body
Literacy, Finance and Personnel and Chair of Pay Committee


Ros Bastian Co-opted Vice Chair of governing body
 Finance & Personnel, Pay Committee, Health & Safety, Assessment & Tracking, Pupil Premium
Nick Illsley Headteacher
Chair of Health and Safety and Premises Committee
James Newman    
Kate French Parent  
Sharon Hamilton Co-opted  
Kevin Holcombe Co-opted

Health & Safety
Areas of responsibility:  SEN and Numeracy

Vice Chair of governing body

Alice West    

Bill Marshall



Amanda Foster


Teaching Staff Assessment

Suzie Smith-Laing




Governor - Pecuniary Interest



Pencil Sketch Portraits

Cath Cullen  (Chair)

I have been a governor of Stithians School for 12 years.   I was a primary school teacher in London and, for a very short time, in Cornwall. When my children were small I 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 a Bookstart Plus coordinator. Although I moved to Redruth 5 years ago 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.

Ros Bastian (Vice Chair)

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.

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 had two boys at the school.  One is at school in Year 5  and one has moved on to secondary school in Year 8.  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.

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.

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.

Sharon Hamilton

I have been a Governor since September 2017 and currently have 3 children at the school. I’ve been the Chair of the Stithians Pre-School Committee, am part of FOSS (Friends of Stithians School) and have worked for Cornwall Council since 2013. I grew up and went to school in Truro, moving to Cardiff and then London and then back to Cornwall, finally moving to Stithians in 2009.  I’m a Chartered Accountant and also a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

I am passionate about children being educated in a school that nurtures and develops all children to fulfil their potential and which promotes the importance of being kind, respectful and caring to others.

Bill Marshall

I live with my wife and three young children in a lovely cottage on the edge of Stithians village. Originally trained as a Physics teacher, I have over 27 years of experience in education; the last 18 as a senior leader in secondary schools including five years as Assistant and then Deputy Headteacher of Camborne Science and Community College and ten years as the Headteacher of Humphry Davy Secondary School in Penzance including a year as Executive Head at another secondary school. I passionately believe in inclusive, high quality comprehensive education and as a member of Cornwall Schools' Forum for over 8 years, I have actively promoted policies and practice to support the education of all the young people in our county. Children thrive in an environment where they feel safe to explore and learn and have a true sense of belonging. I believe a key part of my role as a governor is to support the Headteacher and staff so they can focus on providing that positive and nurturing environment for all our children to succeed and I look forward to working together to deliver that aim.

Kate French

I have been a governor since January 2018 and currently have two children at the school.  For the last two years, I have been teaching a mixed Year 1 and 2 classat Mylor Bridge school and have been a fully qualified teacher for over 14 years.  I grew up in Cornwall, moved away to teach in Dorset for 5 years and came back in 2009.  I became a governor because I wanted to be part of a fantastic school where children are nurtured and developed both academically and socially.

Suzie Smith-Laing

James Newman

Alice West

I am a local parent with two children at the school. I became a Governor in November 2018. Previously my career was as a Chartered Marketer working across a variety of industries and in the public sector. I am also Chair of the Friends of Stithians School. I will be working to ensure that all the children at the school are encouraged and enabled to fulfil their potential. 


There are no vacancies at the governing body of the school for the categories of:

  *  Parent Governor

  *  Co-opted Governor.



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



Help and advice about becoming a governor in Cornwall is available at: