Local Governance

The Role of the Governing Board and Annual Statement

What is the role of Governors?

The Department for Education indicates that effective governance is based on six key features:
•Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.
•Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.
•People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity.
•Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
•Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.
•Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance.

Department for Education: Governance Handbook January 2017

The Local Governing Board of St Cleer and Blisland Primary Academies reports to the Trustees of Bridge Schools. The board is well-served by a group of enthusiastic Governors. They meet approximately every half term, to support and challenge the school leadership team, with the aim of improving outcomes of all our pupils.

Governors are volunteers who have the pupils' best interests at heart. Please click on the box below to see the Local Governing Board's Annual Statement.

If you would like to find out more about what Governors do, or find out about vacancies, please don't hesitate to contact the Clerk to Governors, Jessamie Thomas via jessamie@english-explorer.co.uk

Meet The Governors

Mr Geoff Coles

Community Governor
Term of office 18-09-17 to 17-09-21

Commander Geoff Coles Royal Navy, BSc MSc PGA CEng CMarEng. Retired after 35 years in the Navy as an Engineer (Gas Turbine Specialist). Two sons and a daughter-in-law serving in the Armed Forces and five grandchildren in junior schools in England, Scotland and Germany.

Mr Steve Murray

Chair of Governors; Community Governor

email: s_m_murray@hotmail.com

Responsibilities: Whistleblowing, Complaints, Literacy (St Cleer).
Term of office: 09-11-16 to 08-11-20.

Originally from County Antrim in Northern Ireland, I have lived in St Cleer with my family since 2012. My daughter started reception class at St Cleer in September. For the past three years I have been working as a Business Analyst in Local Government, but prior to that I held various management and consulting roles in the private sector. In addition to family life, my other interests include travel, cooking and sport. I am delighted to join the Governing Board and I hope I can make a positive contribution to the ongoing success of St Cleer and Blisland Schools.

Mr James Edwards

Community Governor
Term of office: 08-12-16 to 07-12-20.

My name is Jimmy Edwards and I am a secondary school teacher who is Head of Computer Science, ICT and Business Studies. I have worked in education for 10 years and have 2 children who currently attend St Cleer School. I am looking forward to contributing to the current success of St Cleer and Blisland in my role as a Governor. I am very passionate about education and how new innovative technologies can help aid in students learning and progression.

Mrs Helen Green

Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor (Blisland)
Term of office: 29-01-18 to 29-01-22. Responsibilities: SEN, music.

Helen Green BA (hons), PGCE, PGCert, NASENCO, M.A (Ed)
Helen has twin sons who attend Blisland Primary Academy. Having originally trained as a secondary school music teacher, Helen has worked in diverse range of settings, starting out as a peripatetic woodwind teacher, then as a classroom music teacher, followed by special needs teaching, all of which have led up to her current role as SENDCO in a large Cornish primary school. Helen loves reading about new and exciting educational developments and is currently training to be a Trauma Informed Schools practitioner.

Mrs Hayley Stacey

Community Governor
Responsibilities: numeracy (St Cleer), Pupil Premium, Sport Premium, PE.
Term of office: 09-11-16 to 08-11-20

Hello. My Name is Hayley Stacey and I currently have one child at St Cleer school. I am a self employed animal portrait artist and freelance photographer. My creative side has always complemented my love of animals and the outdoors and after an early career in British Eventing and training competition horses I am currently studying to become a riding coach. As well as my horses I have a passion for running. I run and race with the East Cornwall Harriers and I currently help with the school's cross country running club with my husband. I believe that incorporating sport within education will not just improve a child's physical health but have a positive effect on their learning in all areas.

Mrs Claire Ivey

Staff Governor
Responsibility: Early Years
Term of office: 27-07-17 to 26-07-21

I have worked as a TA at St Cleer since 2006 and previously I worked as a TA at Callington Community College for 5 years. St Cleer school is very close to my heart as I have fond memories of when I went to school there in the 1970's. There have also been four generations of my family that have gone to St Cleer school.

Mrs Catherine Stoate

Staff Governor, Headteacher

I have been a teacher for almost 40 years and the headteacher of St Cleer School for 17 years and was executive headteacher of Blisland School for 5 years. I still love every minute! I love being with the children, and it is so rewarding to see them develop and grow into happy, caring young people with successful and fulfilling lives ahead.

Mrs Lauren Johnson

Community Governor
Responsibility: Safeguarding Governor.
Term of office: 04-09-16 to 03-09-20

Lauren is originally from Stoke-on-Trent and has served in the Royal Navy as a Logistics Officer since 2001. She moved to the outskirts of St Cleer with her husband, Kevin, in 2006 and their daughter joined the Reception Class at St Cleer School in September 2016. She is delighted to be able to join the governing board because she is passionate about education as getting it right is so important to the individual child and the community at large.

Dr Mike Thom

Parent Governor (St Cleer)
Term of office 20-10-17 to 19-10-21
Responsibility: Data

I am originally from Australia, but have lived in the UK for many years. I have lived in Cornwall with my family since 2014, and my daughter started reception at St Cleer in 2016. My wife Fliss and I both work in the biological sciences at the University of Plymouth, and share a keen interest in the outdoors and the natural world – one of the many reasons we were keen to move to the south west. I am delighted to have this opportunity to become more involved in the School through my new role as a parent governor.

Mrs Jessamie Thomas

Clerk to Governors

Jessamie has a background in education, having been a teacher and company director in the field of TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). She returned to her Cornish roots in 2002 and her two sons moved up through St Cleer Primary School and really loved it. Jessamie has been clerking since 2011, and was amongst the first Cornish intake to complete the NCTL – Clerks’ Development Programme – in May 2015. Jessamie finds it really rewarding to work with such dedicated people, both staff and Governors.


Our Values...



We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.



We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.



We are the best we can be.



We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.



We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.



We are passionate about learning.

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