Stithians Community Primary School

Stithians Community Primary School

Inspiration - Understanding - Value - Responsibility

Stithians CP School, Church Road, Stithians, Truro, Cornwall, TR3 7DH

01209 860547

Meet The Governors

Cath Cullen

Chair of Governors

I have been a governor of Stithians School for 17 years, and was previously a primary school teacher in London and Cornwall as well as pre-school committee member and then as an employed play leader. All three of my children went to Stithians School, as did their granddad in the 1920s. I feel very privileged to be able to remain involved in the life of this lovely school.

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Alice West

Vice Chair

I am a local parent with two children and 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 will be working to ensure that all the children at the school are encouraged and enabled to fulfil their potential.


Ros Bastian

Vice Chair

I live on a small holding on the edge of Stithians. Always having a love of sport, I left school in London to train to become a PE teacher, and have spent the last 36 years teaching at Penryn College, progressing to assistant headteacher with responsibility for the community. Having recently retired, I continue my interest in education and am delighted to be a governor at Stithians School.

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Ellie MacQuarrie


I began my journey in education working as a TA in 2002. I then studied Education with Psychology at Cardiff University, followed by a PGCE. I qualified as a teacher in 2005. I believe in the strength of outdoor learning, play and creativity. When not at school, I can be found in the sea, renovating my house or walking along the coast!


William Marshall


I live with my wife and three young children on the edge of Stithians. I have over 27 years' experience in education; and have spent the last ten years as the headteacher of Humphry Davy School in Penzance. 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.

Sharon Hamilton


I have been a governor since September 2017 and currently have one child at the school. I’ve been the Chair of the Stithians Pre-School Committee, and have worked for Cornwall Council since 2013. I am passionate about children being educated in a school that nurtures and develops all children to fulfill their potential and which promotes the importance of being kind, respectful and caring to others.

James Newman

LA Governor

I have been a governor at Stithians School since November 2018, and qualified as a teacher in 2005.  I am currently working as a supply teacher across a range of primary schools in Cornwall. I became a governor in order to help support Stithians School to continue to successfully educate our children and to allow them to develop as kind and caring individuals to the best of their abilities

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Rich Smith

Teacher Governor

Having begun my career in education as a teaching assistant with a desire to teach, I gained a degree in journalism from the University of Exeter's Falmouth campus in 2007. At present, I am also the school's DT and computing coordinator and coach both the football team and rugby teams. I am very happy at Stithians, and am proud to be a member of such an excellent and hardworking team.


Frances Griffiths

Clerk to the Governing Body


Janet Taylor


I have worked in education for 34 years. I have taught throughout the primary age range, most recently as a head teacher in Hackney. I have been a governor at a number of schools and have a strong interest in SEND. I am delighted to be able to use my skills and experience to support the community and the school. In my free time, I like to swim in the sea and walk my dog, exploring the wonderful coast and countryside around me.

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Becky Poulding

Parent Governor

I joined the governing board at Stithians School in 2023.  As a parent of three, the school and community have become a big part of our lives.  I work as a pediatric physiotherapist which often closely links into the education system especially for children with SENDS. It is a pleasure and privilege to support the school to help our children achieve the school ethos and reach their full potential and aspirations.


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