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
Enid Ghent
Graham Adamson
Rob Cooper
Vivienne Booth 
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.

Enid Ghent - Co-opted 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.

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.

Mr Graham Adamson

My wife and I have 3 children at Pennoweth. I am a Church of England minister, Curate of Redruth Benefice, a group of Anglican churches comprising St Andrew's, St Euny, Treleigh, Christ Church Lanner and Pencoys.
My background is in youth work, having spent about 20 years working for a number of organisations with young people in a variety of settings, mostly church-based, including in Germany where I lived for 6 years. (It was only ever going to be one year but then my wife and I met...) Over the past 8-9 years I have developed this with training roles, mentoring and equipping youth workers.

I grew up in the Westcountry, over the border in England, but there's a Cornish link too: my mum grew up in Camborne where my grandfather was a well-loved vet in Tuckingmill. I've not long moved to Redruth with my family from Bristol where we lived while I was studying at theological college (vicar school). Before that though, my wife and I were in Camborne for about a decade so it is lovely to be back in this neck of the woods. It's a fantastic part of the world and in my spare time I like to be outdoors somewhere, preferably on one of our beautiful beaches!

Miss Vivienne Booth

I am originally from Nottinghamshire and made the move to Cornwall in 2010 and have never looked back, although I do spend a fair few weekends and holidays travelling back up to see all my family.

I have always had a strong passion for working with early years children, and feel lucky that this is my career. I began in 1998 in Nottinghamshire, where I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work in three different schools gaining valuable skills. When I moved to Cornwall I worked for Sure Start Children’s Centres, this was a wonderful experience working with families sharing my knowledge and skills. In 2015 I became part of the Pennoweth team, supporting the nursery children. They definitely keep me on my toes and love that every day is very different.

When not at work I spend my time in my campervan travelling around Cornwall trying to experience all the wonders it has to offer, no matter the weather.

Mr Peter Howells

Biography to be added soon.