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.
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!
I have lived in Cornwall for over 25 years. On leaving school I trained as a primary school teacher. My background prior to living here was in local government, but I have also had positions within the tourism industry and more recently as a local business owner.
I am the parent of two grown up children and am very active in the local community. I have been a Redruth Town Councillor since 2013 and at this time I am the Deputy Town Mayor. I also chair the Town’s Amenities Committee and the Redruth Christmas Festival; both roles I am passionate about. I hope I have helped to give something back to the community which is my home.
In my spare time; please note the use of humour- I am the secretary of the Redruth-Real del Monte Twinning Association, a member of the Redruth and District Chamber of Commerce, part of the committee that runs Murdoch House and I organise the Redruth Community Christmas Breakfast. I also sing in the Cornwall Symphony Chorus.
I am privileged to be a governor at Pennoweth and work hard to ensure that, alongside all my fellow governors, we support the staff and children to make Pennoweth an outstanding school. I will always take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions if I can, or if I not I will find someone who can! I will fight to protect our schools & public services, and of course our young people, in order to ensure they get the education and opportunities they deserve.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Liz Shepherd – Co-opted Governor
I became a Governor in 2017. I moved to the area from Devon in 2013 to take up the role of Learning Officer at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro where I still work now. I have over 12 years experience running a museum education service. I have worked in a primary school as school secretary and in further education in both administrative and teaching roles. I gained a Psychology degree through the Open University which included a study of Child Development.
I believe very strongly that every child should have equal life chances and the opportunity to be the best they can be. Schools and parents should support each other to provide children with the best possible environment and range of experiences to allow them to grow and develop, excelling in whatever field they choose. I also believe we should encourage our children to contribute to community life and a sustainable environment for the benefit of everyone.
My husband and I have three grown up sons. The youngest lives with his partner here in Redruth. The other two live in Bristol and Bridport.
My family and I have been made to feel very welcome in Redruth and I was keen to give something back so when I was asked to consider becoming a School Governor I was very pleased to agree.
In my spare time I enjoy walking the coast path with my husband and exploring this beautiful and historically interesting county. I am also a member of RAMPS and performed in this year’s pantomime Cinderella at The Regal.
I am looking forward to learning more about Pennoweth School and the children and staff and I hope to be able to make a positive contribution.