The principles of governance are the same in academies as in maintained schools, but the governing body has greater autonomy. Governors have a wide range of responsibilities. They are responsible for strategically planning the Academy’s future direction and can thereby help raise the standards of children’s achievement. Governors are also accountable to parents and their wider community for the performance of the Academy. School governors are the largest volunteer workforce in the country, giving freely and generously of their time to help schools achieve the highest standards. People from all walks of life offer their services as governors.
The Tregolls Governing Body is body is broken down into two groups; the Standards and Finance committee. Both committees meet termly and the minutes of their meetings can be found on the website under ‘Governor minutes’. They come together termly to form the full governing body and collectively they are responsible for the strategic running of the school.
How to become a Governor
Some governors are elected by members of staff or parents, while others are appointed from the wider community. The members of Tregolls School – An Academy are responsible for appointing governors so if you are interested in becoming a governor please contact the school office.
Lara Jeffries (Headteacher – September 2019)
Lara joined the school in September 2019. Previously having opened and led a brand new school in Warwickshire, which quickly gained an excellent reputation in the area. Lara moved back to Cornwall, where she grew up, and is now proud to lead Tregolls forward to become a beacon of outstanding education in Truro.
Judith Smitham (Chair of Governors)
Born and educated in Truro, Judith worked for eight years as the area manager for a group of Spar stores covering west Cornwall before returning to the city. Married with two grown up daughters, Judith has been the owner and sub-postmaster of Trelander Stores for 18 years and is committed to the community. Judith owns a number of businesses in and around Truro and works with local secondary schools offering work experience and apprenticeship opportunities for young people and is passionate about making a difference. She also sits on the board of the Truro Community Land Trust, which was set up to provide affordable housing for young families in Truro.
Nicole Barnett – Staff Elected Governor – April 2017
A former chair of governors at Mullion C.P school and a director of the Southerly Point Cooperative Trust, Nicole was part of the team that took Mullion School from requires improvement to Good. Nicole has been living in Cornwall since 1995 when she moved to join her now husband who is stationed at RNAS Culdrose. She started her career as a data analyst and IT manager. Over the years Nicole has enjoyed working in finance and business administration. In 2012 she decided she wanted a career change and enrolled herself on a degree in Education, she now enjoys working at Tregolls. She devotes her spare time to her three children, volunteering in the community and naval community teaching young people to swim.
James Davidson – Penair-appointed governor September 2015
James is the Headteacher at Penair School. He started his teaching career in 1999 at Humphry Davy School in Penzance and has lived in Cornwall ever since. He worked as Director of Sport and Assistant Headteacher at Mounts Bay Academy and as First Deputy Headteacher at the Roseland Community College before being appointed Headteacher at Penair in 2015. As someone for whom education has made a real difference, he is thrilled to be leading a school which provides such fantastic opportunities to young people in the Truro area. James lives in Perranporth with his wife and young daughter and completely understand why, as parents, we want the very best for our children. Despite his busy day job, he continues to pursue competitive sport, including surfing, triathlon and golf.
Dawn Howarth SAFEGUARDING GOVERNOR – Members Appointed Governor January 2017
Dawn has been a school governor in Cornwall for many years, including serving as a Vice-chair and Chair. She has a degree in English & Related Literature from York University and spent 10 years working in the London publishing industry as an editor and literary agent. After her own happy Cornish childhood she was keen to raise her family in Cornwall and returned in 2001 setting up a literary services business and teaching Creative Writing to adult students. A change of direction took place in 2010 when she trained as a children’s yoga teacher in order to put the wellbeing and good mental and physical health of children at the centre of her work. She has taught yoga and meditation in a number of schools in the county and intends to train next to teach mindfulness in schools. Dawn is a Trustee of the Children’s Clinic for Cornwall and a member of the Friends of Daubuz Moor. She has three children and lives with her husband in Truro.
Dawn is the Governing Board’s Safeguarding Governor.