Meet the Governors

  • Mr Paul Broadwater

    Parent Governor (St Cleer).

    Committees: Chair of Curriculum. Responsibilities: data.
    Term of office: 18-09-15 to 17-09-19.

    Hello! My name is Paul Broadwater and I am really happy to be a Parent Governor of St Cleer and Blisland Primary Schools. As a father of two pupils at St Cleer and a big fan of the excellent work being carried out at both schools, I hope to use my thirteen years of experience as a secondary school teacher to help support both staff and pupils in their efforts to succeed.

  • Mrs Jo Clark

    Staff Governor.

    Committees: Curriculum; Finance/Buildings. Responsibilities: Data. Term of office: 11-03-14 to 10-03-18.

    My husband and I have lived in the village of St Cleer for 31 years and both our boys went to St Cleer School. I have been involved with the school for most of that time: as a parent, a governor, a teaching assistant and finally as a teacher. I love teaching, and particularly enjoy watching the children grow in confidence and creativity.

  • 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 and Head of School at Blisland.

    Committees: Curriculum, Finance/Buildings. Responsibilities: PE; Sports Premium. 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. Children are naturally inquisitive and at Blisland we encourage children to ask questions and investigate new and interesting things. This ensures that the children are interested in what they are doing and therefore learning is something they want to do.

  • Miss Hannah Godfrey

    Co-opted Governor

    Committees: Curriculum, Finance & Buildings. 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 Yvette Hayward

    Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor.

    Responsibilities: Confidential Reporting/Whistleblowing, Complaints.
    Committees: Curriculum; Finance & Buildings.
    Term of office: 03-09-16 - 02-09-20.

    It is a joy to be part of St Cleer and Blisland Schools. With a professional background in financial services, I became a school governor in 2010 when my son joined the reception class at St Cleer School. I was part of the team creating the federation with Blisland School, and delighted to go on and join the governing board of the new federation. I believe both our schools provide an amazing environment where children thrive and are dedicated to maintaining this.

  • Mrs Lauren Johnson

    Co-opted Governor

    Committees: 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

    Co-opted Governor

    Committees: Finance & Buildings. Responsibility: 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.

  • Miss Poinen

    Parent Governor (Blisland).

    Committees: Curriculum; Chair of Appeals. Term of office: 05-10-15 to 04-10-19.
    Responsibilities: literacy (Blisland); modern foreign languages.
    Natasha is a parent governor with two children at Blisland School. She has lived in Cornwall with her Partner for the last three years moving down from the Reading area. She took a career break from International Property to become a stay at home mother which has been her hardest job to date! Since graduating Natasha has always kept her hand in with private tuition in languages, mainly Spanish. She has travelled extensively and would include this as a passion, alongside she likes to spend as much time enjoying the outdoors with her family in beautiful Cornwall.

  • Mrs Hayley Stacey

    Co-opted Governor

    Committee: curriculum. Responsibility: 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 Tina Stephens, Vice Chair of Governors

    Co-opted Governor.

    Curriculum Committee; Head's Performance Management Committee.
    Healthy Eating/School Meals. Term of office 05-12-14 to 04-12-18.

    My name is Tina Stephens and I currently have two boys at Blisland School, one in year six and reception. I became a governor so I could have an insight into the way a school operates and to help give children like mine the opportunity to enjoy school and ensure it is a positive life experience.

  • Mrs Catherine Stoate

    Staff Governor, Executive Headteacher.

    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.

  • Mrs Jessamie Thomas

    Clerk to Governors, Training & Development.

    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.