Meet the Governors

  • Mr Geoff Coles

    Co-opted Governor

    Committee: Finance & Buildings
    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 James Edwards

    Local Authority Governor

    Committee: curriculum.
    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.

  • Mr Finch

    Co-opted Governor

    Term of office 07-07-15 to 06-07-19.

    Originally from Nottingham, I moved down to Cornwall in 2003 with my wife, Lauren. I taught for many years in Liskeard - which I enjoyed a great deal - becoming Head of School at Blisland in September 2015. I live on the North Coast of Cornwall with my wife and two sons. As a family we enjoy surfing, cycling, coastal walks and spending as much time in the outdoors as possible. I believe that education should be child led.

  • Miss Hannah Godfrey

    Co-opted Governor

    Committees: Curriculum, Finance & Buildings.
    Responsibilities: Deputy Governor for SEN and safeguarding.
    Term of office: 04-09-16 to 03-09-20.

    I attended Bodmin College to complete A-levels and was fortunate enough have a placement at Blisland Primary School. I am now in the second year of my Psychology degree at Plymouth University. When I have time off from University and part-time work I enjoy volunteering at Blisland school and hope to eventually train as an Educational Psychologist. I am very excited to be a Governor for both Blisland and St.Cleer and hope to be able to positively contribute to the school environments.

  • Mrs Helen Green

    Co-opted Governor.

    Committees: Chair of Personnel; Curriculum. Term of office: 10-03-16 to 09-03-20. Responsibilities: SEN, music.

    Helen has a daughter and twin sons who attend Blisland CP School. She has been a secondary school teacher for 15 years, starting out as a peripatetic woodwind teacher, then as a classroom music teacher, and now as a Special Needs teacher and Deputy SENCO. Helen loves reading about new and exciting educational developments (a self-confessed geek!) and is currently in the final year of her Master's degree.

  • Mrs Claire Ivey

    Staff Governor

    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 Lauren Johnson

    Co-opted Governor

    Committees: Chair of Curriculum; Pay & Personnel.
    Responsibility: Safeguarding Governor.
    Term of office: 04-09-16 - 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.

  • Mr Steve Murray

    Chair of Governors; Co-opted Governor

    Committees: Finance & Buildings; Head's Performance Management.
    Responsibilities: Complaints, Whistleblowing, Confidential Reporting, 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.

  • Mrs Hayley Stacey

    Co-opted Governor

    Committee: curriculum.
    Responsibilities: Pupil Premium, PE, Sport Premium, numeracy (St Cleer).
    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 Catherine Stoate

    Staff Governor, Executive Headteacher.

    head@blisland.cornwall.sch.uk

    Committees: Curriculum; Finance/Buildings; Personnel/Appeals [advisor] .

    I have been a teacher for almost 40 years and the headteacher of St Cleer School for 17 years and 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 Jennifer Walmsley

    Co-opted Governor.

    Committees: Chair of Finance & Buildings; Personnel. Responsibilities: Health & Safety.
    Term of office: 18-09-15 to 17-09-19.

    My name is Jennifer Walmsley and I wanted to become a Governor to share my skills and experience as I have a son who attends Blisland Primary School. I have been a qualified nurse since 2003 and I have worked in intensive care, district nursing, family planning/sexual health, health visiting until finally specialising in school nursing 6 years ago. My School Nurse role involves addressing public health concerns for school age children and as a result, I am passionate about enhancing children's outcomes and overall well-being.

  • Dr Mike Thom

    Parent Governor (St Cleer)

    Committee: Curriculum
    Responsibility: Data
    Term of office: 18-09-17 to 17-09-21
    More info to follow

  • Mrs Jessamie Thomas

    Clerk to Governors, Training & Development.

    info@clerking.co

    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, currently clerks for several schools in the area 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.