Pennoweth Governing Body

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

Chair: Deborah Reeve
Vice Chair: Karen Brokenshire
Jim Seth
Rob Cooper
Sarah Shami
Suzanne Cooper
Peter Howells
Cathryn Andrews (Headteacher)
Associate Member
Chris Callaway (Deputy Head teacher)

Deborah Reeve – Chair, Co-Opted Governor

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.

Karen Brokenshire- Vice Chair - Co-opted Governor

I am enjoying my role as governor of Pennoweth School immensely. Being a governor has provided me with a completely different perspective of school life and raised my awareness of the range of challenges schools can face.
I have been privileged to have taught in a range of local primary schools and know the area well. After working in the education sector for thirty- five years both as a teacher and senior leader, I am now semi-retired and work part time as an Educational Consultant.
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 grown up children who have both entered the teaching profession. My son and daughter-in-law, teach in Camborne and my daughter in Birmingham. We have three grandchildren who are 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.

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.

Jim Seth - Governors

Retired primary school teacher with two grandsons at Pennoweth. My association with the
school goes back to the 1980s when I spent a term as acting deputy head when it was
Cardrew Juniors!  I began teaching in 1973 in North London and came to Cornwall in 1978
to teach mostly in Stithians school where I had spells as head teacher and, for a couple of
years, ran the local Teacher’s Centre.

I keep my hand in as a teacher doing music in the
nursery once a week and doing storytelling & 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 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.

Outside school I am a Reader (licensed Lay Minister in the Church of England) and
chaplain to the other lay ministers in Cornwall. I lead services, take the occasional funeral
and spend a lot of time listening as well as training groups of people in safeguarding.

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 we have celebrated nearly 40 years together. We have six children ranging from 14 to the early thirties, £ moved with us but now all of which now reside in Cornwall. In the police force, I carried out many differing roles spending nineteen years as a detective and the last seven years as a skills trainer specialising in interviewing and dealing with vulnerable children and adults. I am a safeguarding lead within the Cornwall College Group covering the campuses at St Austell, Newquay and Eden Project Learning. 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 refereeing at Stevenage Rugby Club. I have also spent 25 plus years involved in scouting in Hertfordshire, my last role being Assistant County Commissioner – 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!!!!

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. Our dogs, Toby, Sid and Missy, aid us in this.

I hope to make a continued 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.

Mr Peter Howells

Biography to be added soon.

Mrs Sarah Shami

Biography to be added soon

Mrs Suzanne Cooper

Biography to be added soon