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Ms Alix Farquhar

Elected Governor
Chair of Governors

Sits on Standards & Curriculum, Resources and Finance Committees
Curriculum Lead Governor
Governor Development Lead

Well-being governor



 

Alix and her family moved to St Wenn from Hong Kong in 2022. She was determined to be fully involved in the community and the school, and was passionate about being a governor which led her to be elected as the Chair of Governors in 2023. In her career, she has specialised in leadership development and organisational culture change. Over the last 17 years she has helped leaders and their teams in many different countries and industries to grow to be the best they can be and create happy, healthy, productive working environments. She is passionate about development of people. Working in adult learning has given her an even greater appreciation for teachers and education and the work they do to help children realise their true potential. She has already shared her skillsets in wellbeing, leadership and teamwork as well as facilitating the board.

Alix has two young children, one of which attends St Wenn school. She loves music, dance, culture, as well as learning new pursuits, such as the incredible world of farming! 

Alix initially joined the Board as an Associate member in July 2022 was appointed by the Governing Board as Parent Governor on 05.09.22 and then elected as Chair of Governors on 06.06.2023 and her term of office ends on 04.09.26

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Mrs Grace Smith  

Head Teacher
Designated Safeguarding & Child Protection Lead
Safer Recruitment Trained


 

Grace joined St Wenn School in September 2021 as the new Head Teacher. 

She has been teaching for 16 years across schools in Devon and Cornwall. She believe that all children should have the opportunity to develop academically whilst also having plentiful opportunities to develop socially and emotionally through sport, music and the wider curriculum.

She is an advocate for developing independence and resilience within children whilst also building their confidence. 

 

As Ex-Officio, Grace sits on all Committees.

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Mr Michael Rabone 
 
Co-opted Governor
Vice Chair of Governors
 

Chair of Resources Committee
Governor Mentor


              

Michael was Co-opted by the Board on 16th November 2020 and his term of office will end on 15th November 2024.  Michael's eldest son joined St. Wenn school just a couple of months before his appointment and has been recently joined by a younger sibling who has joined our pre-school. 

 

Michael grew up in Cornwall and has two decades of experience as a Human Resources professional, supporting employee wellbeing and development in both large and family businesses with a keen interest in encouraging improvement. Michael has also worked with a number of local schools and colleges, motivated by the opportunity to inspire young people to fulfil their potential. 

 

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Mrs Sarah Hawkey 

Parent Governor 
Sits on the S and C Committee
Attendance governor

Having two children currently attending the school, Sarah has a keen interest in the school and the local community. Having been the Chair for the Friends of St Wenn School Fundraising committee and helping to raise thousands of pounds for our amazing school, enabling to enrich the school lives of all the pupils, Sarah felt that having now joined the Governing Board she can take her input into the school a step further. 

Sarah has years of experience within the education sector, and currently works as a Lecturer at The Cornwall College Group. Within this, she has gained many skills that will help in the role of Governor including how educational systems work, OFSTED, curriculum development and planning, safeguarding, PREVENT and pastoral support to name a few! 

Sarah truly believes that every child - no matter what their ability or where their interests lie – should have access to the best education possible and individual talents and interests should be nurtured. All children should have a truly safe and inclusive learning journey. With this in mind, Sarah has a particular passion for Safeguarding and pastoral support and identifying any barriers that a child may have to learning. Supporting and giving children the tools to overcome barriers has a big impact on later life. Sarah is looking forward to working with fellow board members, parents, and staff of the school.  Sarah's term of office starts 16.11.2020 and runs until 15.11.2024

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Mrs Sarah Lush-Williams

Staff Governor

Sarah is the Y1/Y2 teacher at St Wenn School. She trained as a teacher at University College of Ripon and York St John, specialising in nursery and lower primary education with English Literature. Sarah returned to Cornwall (having been born and bred in West Cornwall) and began her teaching career at Otterham School. Starting in my role at St Wenn in May 2014, she is delighted to be able to serve as the staff governor. Sarah has 8 children, 2 of whom spent their Key Stage 2 years at St Wenn, so she has been a parent at the school as well as a teacher. In my spare time (!) I enjoy exploring the South West Coast path, gardening and reading.

Sarah was elected by staff to the Board as Staff Governor following the resignation of Kevin Beer.  Her Term of Office starts 05.09.22 - 04.09.26. 

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Mr James Ram

Partnership Governor

Member of the Finance Committee
Environmental Governor

Having grown up nearby in Ruthernbridge and now with two small children attending St Wenn, James is keen to be involved with the school and to support the wider community. 

 

James has been a press and commercial photographer since 2006. This has given him a breadth of experiences across many contrasting areas of society.  James plans to encourage and volunteer for school programs which will help the children to be robust, healthy and independent. He has a particular hope that young people at St Wenn continue to take part in lots of outdoor pursuits and physical activities so that they can make the most of the rural location of the school and pursue wholesome and fulfilling experiences in the years to come.  James was an Associate Governor until 01.02.23 before becoming the Partnership Governor from 02.02.23.  His term ends on 01.02.27

 

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Mrs Jeannie Hodkin

Local Authority Governor 
Sits on Standards & Curriculum Committee
SEND Lead Governor

More Able Governor

Jeannie relocated to this beautiful part of the world eighteen months ago from Hampshire with her husband and son. She has been a class teacher throughout the primary phase for forty years and loved every day of her career and recognised what a privilege and responsibility it has been. Jeannie is particularly interested in Early Years, music and outdoor learning.

 

When visiting St Wenn, Jeannie was immediately struck with the friendly atmosphere and how it has a very similar ethos to her school in Hampshire – also a small village school in the heart of the community.

Having been a governor twice - as a staff member and then as a parent governor in her local secondary school, Jeannie is looking forward to using her teaching experience as part of the governing board to support St Wenn School and become part of its community.

In her spare time she enjoys exploring the many footpaths of Cornwall, singing, playing the piano, and spending time with family.

Jeannie's term of office started on 11.12.22 - 10.12.26 having been an Associate Member from 04.07.22.

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Mrs Katie Fenwick

Co-opted Governor
Safeguarding & Child Protection Lead Governor
RSHE Lead Governor
Safer Recruitment trained

Sits on Standards and Curriculum Committee

Katie has enjoyed being involved with St Wenn since 2018 when she volunteered to help with lunchtime supervision, playground duties, classroom support and listening to children read. Previous to that Katie worked with her husband Richard, running of two boarding prep schools for 20 years. She trained as a nurse and taught PSHE in the schools. Katie is passionate about giving children a good childhood. She has gained much experience over the years of children growing up in her care. She also has a good understanding of the challenges of parenting. Katie lives locally where she and her husband run a smallholding, growing much of their own food and looking after a small flock of Jacob Sheep.

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Mr Ross Savage 

Co-opted Governor
Chair of Finance Committee
Governor Mentor

Whistleblowing Governor
Pupil/Sports Premium Lead Governor
e.Safety Governor

Having children attending the School, Ross was keen to be as involved as possible! For the past few years, he has assisted his wife, Emma, and the team in their efforts to raise money for the Friends of St. Wenn School fundraising group.  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 served 4 years on the Board from 2017 before being reappointed by the Board as Co-opted Governor from 01.04.2021 to 31.03.25.

 

2022/23 Pecuniary Interests 

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Mrs Linda Cackett 

Clerk to Governing Board

Linda joined St Wenn as Clerk in February 2023, replacing Jo Trudgian who had previously been the Clerk since 2015.  Linda 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: clerk@st-wenn.cornwall.sch.uk

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