Governors

Dear Parents and Carers

Our wonderful school gets better and better and every term we can see it leaping forward to our goal of becoming an outstanding school.

Pennoweth Governing Body

Here is a list of the current Governing Body. Scroll down to find out more about each individual.

Please watch this space for our Governor blog, coming shortly!

Jim Seth - Chair of Governors

I am a retired deputy-head teacher turned story-teller, Bishop’s Chaplain to Headteachers and Chaplain to Truro Diocese Readers (Licensed Lay Ministers) and in a constant state of wondering how I ever found time to work before I ‘retired!’

I am still passionate about primary school education especially in making the curriculum rich and exciting for pupils and schools, a place where teachers can enjoy teaching. My grandson is at Pennoweth, his brother is hoping to come in a few years time and his cousins are regularly at the school for Street Dance so I have a personal commitment to make Pennoweth school the best it can be.

I began teaching top-juniors in 1973 in North London and came to Cornwall to teach mostly in Stithians school in 1978 where I even had spells as head teacher. I ran the local Teacher’s Centre and even spent a term as acting deputy head at Pennoweth (Cardrew) in the 1980s! Ex pupils say they still remember my assemblies. I keep my hand in doing music in the nursery once a week and performing story telling & music sessions through the school in the summer term- so let me apologise to parents now for the half stories you will receive and the annoying bits of songs sung repeatedly!

Sarah King - Vice Chair, Foundation Governor

Hi I’m Sarah,

In 2014 I returned home to Cornwall, after developing my career within my second home of the North West. I was appointed as a governor in March 2015, which I was thrilled about.

I have had a career within the Education sector for 12 years, working within recruitment and staffing solutions. I have recently set up my own business within Cornwall. In my career I have supported many educational institutions from Nurseries to Colleges and I have worked closely with LA’s and collaborations of schools developing staff and ensuring high quality teaching and learning. Through my experience I have developed a basic knowledge and understanding of. schools’ financial budgets, issues schools are facing and have provided solutions to schools to support them in their challenging tasks.

In my spare time I enjoy gig rowing and I am part of the Flushing & Mylor Pilot Gig Club, there’s not a better way to relax then getting on the water. I am also a member of a local choir in Falmouth, Local Vocalz, which I really enjoy as it is a very relaxed atmosphere and we enjoy singing funky songs as well as traditional. I am a proud aunty of two nephews. I live in the small village of Mylor Bridge, where I have had a long connection, as a small girl attending their primary school. I have a good understanding of the local areas. Furthermore I enjoy travelling and visiting historic areas such as Egypt, etc. Previous to my return home I worked with a collaboration of schools in Skelmersdale, Lancashire which is a very socially & economically challenging area, I thoroughly enjoyed my work with those schools and the community.

The reason I became a governor is that I have a genuine passion for education and believe it is important to inspire and motivate our future generations to achieve. With my experience, expertise and skills, I feel that I could support Pennoweth with this.

As a governor I am enjoying getting to know the staff, co governors, parents and children. I feel positive that Pennoweth has a strong governing body and team in place to progress and achieve its vision at the same time instilling it’s very important values. I am the Vice Chair, Chair of the Finance Committee, member of the Premises Committee and member of the Pupil Premium Committee. As an additional interest I attend the RGLT meetings. I am looking forward to supporting the school’s drive forward and becoming part of the whole community, ensuring those values are always at the forefront of our outcomes, inspiring our children to achieve and develop into the best they can. This will be achieved through thorough team work, good quality teaching and learning, building relationships with our parents, and understanding our children, to ensure we put the resources and tools in place to give them a good start on their learning paths.

Rob Adams - Headteacher

I have been Head Teacher at Pennoweth School since January 2012 and prior to that I was Head Teacher at Probus CP School for nearly 14 years. My ambition was to get Probus to be regarded as one of the best schools in Cornwall and when the school was judged to be outstanding by Ofsted in 2011, although there were still many challenges to overcome, I felt that I personally needed a new challenge and I was lucky enough to come to Pennoweth. I felt ‘at home’ at Pennoweth almost from the start and I have been amazed by the children, and the staff have been extremely patient with me and have been open to change. Parents too, have been keen to work with the changes we have made in our aim to be regarded as an outstanding school.

I love sport and in my younger days played for Hong Kong, playing in internationals against Japan, Korea, Sri Lanka and New Zealand under 21’s. I’m too old to play now but I try to keep fit by running and cycling and living out my dreams watching sports, live and on the TV!

I am involved in supporting a charity (based in Cornwall) that is linked with an orphanage in Mombasa in Kenya and I enjoy helping to arrange for new projects to start there such as the Three Bears Project (that provides daily porridge for school and street children), The Ladies of Likoni (who make the school uniform) and a chicken project that enables the orphanage to be more financially sustainable.

Jo Andrew - Co-opted Governor

If I have to describe myself I’d say I’m a busy working mummy and wife – but let’s be honest, aren’t mums always busy! I’m married to Chris, a Director of our family’s building business, and we live in Redruth with our two sons. The eldest is a pupil at Pennoweth, and in a few years the youngest will, we hope, follow in his brothers footsteps. I love nothing more than spending days off with my family exploring Cornwall.

My working life has been mostly spent in retail within management, running my own stores within companies and holding areas to cover area managers whenever the opportunity arose – I relocated to London to manage a flagship store for a year, but missed Cornwall far too much! More recently I’ve begun studying bookkeeping and have started working with my Husband in the family business. I hope to go on and become a qualified accountant eventually, once the boys are both in full time education.

I became a Governor as I believe that every child should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in a high quality and continuously improving environment. I also think it’s important for the school to play its full part in the wider local community.

Julie Andrew - Staff Governor

I am a wife, a mum and a nana. However, Pennoweth parents will know me best as a HLTA working in the Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1, a position I have held since Pennoweth school opened. Prior to that I was a Specialist Teaching Assistant at Gweal-an-Top Infant & Nursery School for 11 years.

I was born in Plymouth and brought up in Camborne but have lived in Redruth for more than 30 years now with my husband who runs his own local construction company. Both my daughter and my son attended Gweal-an-Top Infants and then Cardrew Juniors (which merged to become Pennoweth) and now two of my grandsons attend Pennoweth. My daughter went on to become a Personal Banking Advisor and my son has joined my husband’s company as a qualified carpenter & mason.

I began my working life as a secretary to the then local MP before I moved on to working in a bank as a secretary/cashier. I took a break from paid work in 1981 for seven years to have and raise my two children to school age before I commenced my career in education. I began in 1988 as a parent helper at Gweal-an-Top Infants before becoming a Teaching Assistant there. I became a Specialist Teaching Assistant (STA) in 1997 and then in 2005 I gained a Foundation Degree and my HLTA status. I continued with my studies and gained a BA (Hons) Degree in Education & Training (2:1) in 2006. These further studies and subsequent qualifications have given me a deeper knowledge and a greater understanding of how children learn enabling me to enhance the Governing body of Pennoweth, a school that I have long been associated with and continue to be passionate about.

My areas of responsibilities are: Safeguarding, the Foundation Stage & sitting on the Premises Committee.
My interests outside of school life include spending quality time with my two grandsons, reading, photography (especially wildlife & landscape), rugby (watching not playing!), caravanning around the British Isles especially the Highlands of Scotland and knitting (well I am a nana!)

Karen Brokenshire- Co-opted Governor

I am the newest recruit to the Pennoweth Governing Body and am enjoying my role immensely. Having been born in Redruth, and after a few years over the border in Devon, I returned to Cornwall to pursue my teaching career. Firstly, as a teacher at St Mewan, Lanner, Trewirgie and St Meriadoc Junior School, then as Deputy Headteacher of Treloweth Primary School. I was appointed as Headteacher at Treloweth School and served in that role for over twenty years, managing the amalgamation and bringing together the Treloweth and Barncoose school communities.

My family have always lived in Redruth. My husband works locally as a Quality Manager and has enjoyed many years playing and coaching rugby for Redruth and at County level. We have two grown up children who have both entered the teaching profession. My son and daughter-in-law, teach in Camborne and my daughter in Bristol. We have one granddaughter who is an absolute delight, I am lucky to have a ‘Granny Day’ each week which I love and this leads me to have very real interest in education in the Early Years.

After working in the education sector for thirty- five years I am now semi-retired and work part time as an Educational Consultant. I enjoy my new role and have supported the professional development of both individuals and schools as an accredited School Improvement Partner, Consultant Headteacher (NCSL), Primary Leadership Partner, Edison Aspire coach, NPQH tutor and assessor. I have also worked previously with outside agencies as the Chairperson of the local Children’s Centre Advisory Board. I am fully committed to working collaboratively and building sustainability from within an organisation.

I accepted the invitation to become a governor because I would like to give something back to the community. I believe that I understand our local community and, as a governor, will do everything I can to create the very best life chances for all the pupils at Pennoweth School.

Rob Cooper - Parent Governor

My name is Robert Cooper although I answer to Rob or Bob. I moved to Cornwall from Hertfordshire in June 2012 having retired from the police force after thirty years service in March 2012 and now reside in Redruth at Roseland Gardens.

I am married to Sarah and have celebrated more than thirty years of marriage. We have six children ranging from primary age to the late twenties, three of which moved with us, Jack, who attends Pool Academy, Caitlin who attends at Redruth Community College and Grace who attends Pennoweth. Whilst in the police force I carried out many differing roles and spent nineteen years as a detective and for the last seven I was a skills trainer specialising in interview techniques and dealing with vulnerable children and adults. I am currently a learning mentor at Truro College supporting approximatley 600 students in the Sports, Public Services, Construction and Motor Vehicle departments. I enjoy the role and especially the interaction with the students and the satisfaction that, just perhaps, you have made a difference in their journey through college.

I have a keen interest in sport – especially rugby and following the realisation that I was never going to make the England team I took up coaching youth teams from Under 7 to Under 17 and spent 12 plus years coaching and referring at Stevenage Rugby Club. I have also spent 25 plus years involved in scouting in Hertfordshire, my last role being Assistant County Commisioner – overseeing the provision of scouting in the 6-14 year age groups. I am currently having a break from that but once a scout always a scout!!!! At home I enjoy reading, with the amount of books I own and need to store a re-occuring battleground between me and Sarah. I have the books and she has handbags and shoes!!

Having moved to this beautiful part of the world, where we have holidayed many times, we are rediscovering our love of walking and the outdoors. We are aided in this by the latest additions to our family Toby and Blue – two West Highland White Terriers – (one promise to the kids fulfilled – several still outstanding).

I hope to make a difference to Pennoweth by proactively supporting the staff, parents and children in their ambitious programme to make the school central to the community and outstanding in all aspects. I have further volunteered to become the literacy governor and hope to be able to support this vital aspect of schooling, to ensure all children achieve the most they can with their reading and writing as well as all other learning tasks.

Enid Ghent - Foundation Governor

I have been a Governor at Pennoweth since its beginnings. I was part of the Governing Body that steered the amalgamation of Cardrew and Gweal-an-Top schools eleven years ago.

I started my teaching career in London many moons ago, progressing from class teacher to Deputy Head and Acting Headteacher for two years.

My husband and I and our two children moved to Cornwall in 1988 and after a short spell as a supply teacher I came to Cardrew (Pennoweth) for one term and stayed for 12 years.

After I retired I continued to provide supply cover as well as teaching swimming to all KS2 children.For a number of years I organised and ran Family Literacy and Numeracy courses at Pennoweth with Ruth Graham, a Family Learning tutor.

Now I am really retired from Pennoweth I work with Cornwall Learning and Truro College tutoring and assessing Teaching Assistants on vocational qualification courses. I love this new role which takes me into schools right across the County.

I am so lucky to have been able to work at jobs I love for so many years and am still very happy to be continuing my involvement with our wonderful school.

Ian Jones - Co-opted Governor

I am retired, having been in business for many years. I am at present City Councillor and serve as Chairman of Planning on Truro City Council. I am also a trustee for the Truro British Legion Property Trust and a former trustee and treasurer for Redruth 2000. Until early this year I served on the Cornwall Scout Committee having been treasurer for a number of years for both the scouts and British Legion.

I love sport and have been a West Ham supporter since 1964. I played football well into my forties. Over the last few years I have been very lucky to have travelled to many different parts of the world and been able to follow my other passion, motor sport and I Marshal at a number of race tracks and rallies.

I am married with one daughter and one granddaughter who just happens to be the best looking and the most gifted child in world and who can seem to charm grandad into doing the daftest things.

I hope that with my experience of life in business and my passion I can bring a little bit of help to the students of the school. Can I just add I am both delighted and honoured to be involved with Pennoweth School.

Emma Thomas - Parent Governor

I moved to Cornwall with my family at the age of 16. Now, almost three decades later and with a family of my own, I can’t imagine living or bringing up my children anywhere but here.

My first professional appointment was as a Graphic Designer at RNAS Culdrose. After a number of years there, I moved into the commercial sector, working as Creative Director for a growing e-learning development agency based in Truro. This was a really exciting appointment for me – I got to work with some terrifically talented people on cutting edge projects for some very well-known clients, all without having to move away from Cornwall. It was also where I met my husband Joel (also a graphic designer).

Whilst working here, I started getting into project management and found it suited me. When the company was sold, I went on to take up an appointment managing a joint project for Cornwall College and Truro College. I later joined the IT Project Management team at Treliske Hospital, where I worked for a couple of years before deciding to become self-employed.

Now, working mostly as a Project Manager (though I do occasionally still get to do a bit of design), I juggle my time between family life and running a business from home with Joel. It’s hard work and comes with some real challenges but it’s a lifestyle choice and one that gives us the flexibility we need to fit around the needs of our young family. We have a son, who started at Pennoweth in 2014, and two younger daughters who I hope will be joining him in the coming years.

I have a real passion for learning myself; over the years I’ve qualified in several design specialisms, become a Chartered Marketer and am certified as a project manager. I’m a firm believer in instilling a love of learning in our children which will stay with them throughout life, enabling them to thrive and to make the best of every opportunity that presents itself. Pennoweth has such an important role to play in starting our children off on their learning journey and as a Governor, I’m honoured to have the opportunity to be involved in making sure we give them the best possible start in life.

Deborah Reeve –Co-Opted Governor

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