Responsible for Governor Development, Curriculum and a Subject Lead
Dr Tessa Cubitt
Tessa has been a governor for 9 years and Chair for 6 of those years. During this time the school has grown considerably necessitating the building of new classrooms and the expansion of activities.
As a retired University Lecturer with experience of running a University department, she managed the budget and led its expansion. As Director of Staff Development, she had the responsibility for the training of all academic staff in the University which involved running conferences, workshops and support in general. As a lecturer she spent many years teaching and tutoring students. As a result, she has experience in management, administration, finance and training and has a long-held interest in education.
Dr Cubitt is very involved in the local community, participating in hall committees, local book groups and parish social events. Her term of office runs from 01.04.17 to 31.3.21
Committee member on Finance, Standards & Curriculum and Resources
Sally joined St Wenn School in September 2017 as Head of School and following a temporary appointment as Acting Head Teacher, was awarded the substantive position of Head Teacher in September 2018. By this token, she automatically became a member of the School Governing Board. Sally is a very experienced teacher and highly respected and valued as a teaching practitioner.
Chair of Resource Committee (includes Personnel/Premises and P.R)
A member of Finance and Standards & Curriculum Committees
A Subject Lead
Naomi has been a Governor since April 2015 and was re-appointed by the Board on 28.04.19. Her term of office ends 27.04.23. She has 2 children who both attend St Wenn School. She has previously worked in the construction industry as a project manager and has been involved in organising the buildings projects for the school field and the new classroom extension. She is committed to helping the school and regularly volunteers to listen to children read, helps run after school clubs and meets with the school council to help them implement their ideas for the school.
A member of the Standards and Curriculum Committee
Ed was re-elected to the Board in 2016 and his term of office expires on 22.10.20 . All four of his children have either attended or currently attend St Wenn School. Living next door to the school, Ed actively supports activities at the school and within the local community. He is a solicitor at Coodes, St Austell and adds a useful legal perspective to Governors' discussions and Committees, as well as a Parent’s perspective. His interests include sports, science and the environment.
Elizabeth is a strong believer that a happy education with the right opportunities is crucial to allow children to fly and fulfil their potential. As an organised, responsible and motivated person, she has held many different employment and voluntary work positions, which have prepared her to work with St Wenn School, its community and the governing board. She was re- elected to the Governing Board in 2017 with her term of office expiring on 28.01.21. She hopes that her approachable, energetic and positive attitude within the community helps to create cohesion and her ability to support and challenge situations are an asset to the Governing Board of St Wenn School.
Kevin has been a full-time Teacher since graduating with a First-Class Honours Degree in Primary Education in 2012. Following a career in Engineering, he joined St Wenn School after teaching at St Dennis and Lanivet schools. He was re-elected as the Staff Governor in September 2018 and his term of office ends on 22.09.22. Kevin teaches years 3 and 4 and leads the ‘Mile a-day’ activity. Kevin enjoys sports (in particular cricket), theology, swimming and quizzes.
Responsible for Pupil and Sports Premiums and e-Safety
Ross’ career background is in the Military & Law Enforcement sectors. He now runs his own company delivering bespoke training and consultancy services to a range of private sector and government clients. He also manages a local family property lettings business.
His working life has enabled him to gain a great deal of experience in handling difficult and sensitive problems in the strictest of confidence. Ross hopes to contribute to the school in any way that is needed to help St Wenn continue to go from strength to strength. Ross was co-opted by the Board on 01.04.17 with his term ending on 31.3.21. He supports his wife, Emma, on the Friends of St Wenn School and fundraising.
Terrence was co-opted by the Board on 27.10.17 with his term of office due to end on 26.10.21. Having recently moved into the village, and with a young family, Terence hopes that his daughter will attend the school. Terence has a lot of background in building and managing projects from the initial planning stage to identifying budgets etc. His skill and expertise in this field is essential to the Board of Governors.
Dr Smith-Laing is a retired NHS doctor, having worked for 30 years as a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at the Medway Hospital which is the largest hospital in Kent with approximately 5000 employees and an annual budget of over £200m. For his last 5 years, he was the Medical Director of the Trust in addition to his clinical work. This was an executive position on the hospital board with extensive responsibilities for clinical governance, training and education, patient safety and disciplinary matters. As a board member, there was joint responsibility for Trust strategy and setting and meeting activity and financial targets. Gray was the Trust lead for Child Safeguarding and sat on the Medway Safeguarding Board. He joined the Board of Governors on 11.12.18 following his appointment by Cornwall Council. His term ends on 10.12.22.
Richard has lived locally with his wife Katie, since retiring in 2017. He was previously a Prep School Headmaster for nearly 20 years in boarding schools in Kenya and Somerset. He is passionate about childhood and the way schools prepare our children for their futures. Before becoming a Head, he was involved in curriculum management and taught Design & Technology and Science. He supports the school by co-ordinating the pupils’ school council. He is also a trustee for Goodwill, a charity supporting disadvantaged children in India and was particularly involved in the marketing and financial management at Hazlegrove. Appointed to the Board by the Governors in June 2019, Richard's term of office ends on 02.06.23.
Having a son currently at the school, and a daughter approaching school age, I am excited to be a part of the Governing Board from 11.09.19 to 10.09.23 following an election by parents. Before moving back to the area to bring up my family, I worked in pastoral care in a secondary school and found my passion for helping make school an inclusive environment where every child has the opportunity to achieve. I have had CPLO training and a qualification in counselling studies and so have experience handling confidential and sensitive situations. I am currently studying for a degree in Inclusive Education and have a qualification in British Sign Language. As well as being a daily presence in the school playground and volunteering in the school, I am also familiar with a lot of prospective parents as I run the Lollitots playgroup in St Wenn. I hope I am an approachable and friendly member of the school community.
Jo has been Clerk to the Governing Board since May 2016 and lives locally. She has a vast understanding of Governance obtained from working in the Department of Work and Pensions, as well as being a Parish Councillor - where she was deputy Chair- and a School Parent Governor. She fully understands the governance need for transparency, accountability and being the 'critical friend'. She regularly attends Clerk Forums on behalf of the school and is fully responsible for pre and post meeting information to the Governing Board and governance on the school website. She can be contacted via email: