Welcome to the Governors’ section of our website, which aims to introduce you to the governing body at our school. Looe Primary Academy and Polperro Primary Academy have a joint Local Governing Body that oversees the strategic direction for both schools. The LGB also works closely with other Governing Bodies across Bridge Schools Trust to strengthen good practice.
Our parent and community governors have a range of different backgrounds and experience and bring many beneficial perspectives to the life of the school.
The role of the Governing Body:
The Governing Body meet at least once a half term and has a Chair, Vice Chair and various sub committees.
If you would like further information about our governors, the governing body or any aspect of school governance, please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office or directly in person.
Lucy Finnimore - Chair of Governors
Following college, where I gained 3 A levels, I went to University and gained a BSc degree with registered nurse qualification. I decided I then wanted to come back to my roots and start a family of my own here in Cornwall, as it is such a wonderful place for children to grow up.
I became a Governor in 2011 and took on the role of chair in 2012. I became a Governor because I am passionate about children’s education as well as local community. I also formed and run a local drama group aimed at 6 to 18year olds. My current duties as Chair include making sure that meetings run efficiently and legally, as well as making sure each Governor can take part in the meeting.
Between meetings my role is to help prepare the agenda, deal with emergency situations, represent the School in discussions with parents, the Council and others. I also provide support for the Heads of School and help the governing body work as a team.
I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Sports Studies in 1986 and went on to complete a Secondary PGCE in PE and History in 1988. I taught in a large challenging city school in Milton Keynes for 13 years, moving in to Senior Leadership as the Pastoral Lead of a large team, taking a keen interest in behaviour and the social and emotional development of young people to help them to succeed in all areas.
With a key role for transition, I moved in to senior leadership in Bedfordshire in 2001 and took up my first headship of a large middle school in 2007.
During this time, I became very involved in policy and practice and the beginning of Academy Trusts. As a result, I moved to Devon in 2013 as the CEO of a growing multi-academy trust which I grew from 2 to 14 schools. My passion for leadership and direct responsibility for the progress and achievement of children led me back in to headship at Looe Primary Academy in November 2017.
I have a strong belief in values and a broad balanced and rounded education for our pupils; I strive through effective leadership to provide excellent teaching and learning for all pupils while at the same time helping them to be well-rounded citizens for the future. Looe Primary Academy is a wonderful school to lead.
Having graduated with a degree in Politics and French, I completed my Post Graduate Certificate of Education through Exeter University and began my teaching career in 1997 in a large school in St Austell. During my time there I developed a love of literacy and led the subject across the school. My commitment to improving standards in Literacy led to a role as a Literacy Consultant with Cornwall Council where I provided support to schools across the County. I then went on to work across the South West supporting school improvement.
In recognition of my work, I was approached by Nelson Thornes Publishers to write a book which supported teachers in the planning and teaching of the English curriculum and another on developing speaking and listening skills.
After 4 years as a Headteacher in the locality, I became Area Executive Head for Bridge Schools with responsibility for schools in the South of our Multi-Academy Trust. I am committed to ensuring children receive high quality teaching and learning within a safe and welcoming environment and will continue to ensure we put children at the centre of everything we do.
After graduating from the University of East Anglia in PsychoSocial studies, I went on to complete my PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University. I then taught in Sheffield for a few years before moving to an inner London school as Assistant Headteacher, leading on student and staff wellbeing. After a move to Cornwall in 2011, I became Deputy Headteacher at Looe Community Academy until I moved to lead the Community Hospital Education Service in Cornwall. I was recently appointed Executive Principal for Medical provision across Devon and Cornwall, where I work to ensure the most vulnerable young people receive the education they are entitled to.
I am trained SENCo, a Designated Safeguarding Lead and a Thrive practitioner and am passionate about ensuring the needs of all young people are met. I am delighted to be able to use my experience both within mainstream education and alternative provision to help support and challenge the local primary schools. Outside of school I enjoy exploring Cornwall in our rusty VW camper and bright orange beetle!
Prior to moving to Polperro, I lived in Looe and London and I became a Governor in late 2013 as I'm committed to my children's education and wanted to make a small contribution to the life of schools in our locality.
My current duties include Data Governor and I sit on the Curriculum Committee. Professionally I have been Head of Relationship Marketing for Hertz Europe Ltd, Data & Assessment Manager and Attendance Officer for Looe Community Academy and joined Looe Bridge Surgery as Project Support Manager.
My key achievements as a Governor to date have included redeveloping and launching the School website, securing funding for glazing replacement works and helping with marketing for the School Open days. When I can, I enjoy spending time with my children and family, growing vegetables and of course everything outdoor that Cornwall has to offer.
After college I began Teaching in a Primary School in Kent. Several years later I changed professions and moved to the Computer Industry, working in both the private and public sector. I stayed in the profession until my retirement.
The last ten years of work consisted in being the Web Master for Caradon District Council and responsible for the training of staff in all things 'computer' - both in how they work and how to use the many applications they had available.
Education has always been a keen interest and I offered my services as a Governor in the hope that they might be able to use my expertise. I now have the great pleasure of being the IT Governor at the school.
I initially volunteered in schools before moving onto the role of Teaching Assistant nearly 20 years ago. With no two days the same, I love to see the children grow in confidence as they move through the primary years ready for secondary school...although bumping into the same children as adults, reminds me just how long I've been here!
I took on the role of School Governor some 16 years ago because I wanted to be more involved in school life and the community and I have enjoyed acting as Chair for the Buildings Committee as well as taking responsibility for Health & Safety amongst other things. In my spare time I'm studying for a Diploma in Child Phycology, such is my continued fascination with child development, and when I can I enjoy walking, swimming and reading.
The governing body has a crucial role to play in the life of our school and the effectiveness of governors in carrying out their responsibilities is a central part of the overall effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school.
Their key role is to oversee the strategic development of our academy. This involves monitoring and evaluating the school’s effectiveness, and offering support and challenge. As well as providing this through LGB meetings, monitoring is a key aspect to their work.
The following monitoring visits took place in the academic year 2017/18:
Focus of Monitoring Visit
Becky Palfrey & Laura Roberts
Pupil Conferencing on intervention
Book Scrutiny – English
Health and Safety
Review of website
SATS monitoring – administration of test
The following visits have taken place in the academic year 2018/19
Focus of Monitoring Visit
Meeting with key leads – English, Maths, PP, EYFS, Sports Premium
Lucy Finnimore, Sheila Roberts, Anthea Hillman, Dennis Humby
English Lead – Review of 2017/18 and action plan for 2018/19 – challenge on outcomes for English
Sports Premium Challenge
Pupil Premium Challenge
360 online safety review
Pupil Premium challenge
As the strategic leaders of our school, Governors have a vital role to play in ensuring every child gets the best possible education at Looe Primary Academy and are therefore an integral part of the monitoring schedule. Their roles and responsibilities remain strategically aligned to the skills and knowledge of individual members to ensure that the body has the ability to hold the school to account and promote continual school improvement.
The table below details the main actions taken by the Governing Body over the 2017-18 academic year and the resultant impact.
Governing body formed ensuring members had the key skills and knowledge necessary to challenge and support the school in achieving a ‘good’ judgement at the earliest opportunity.
Self evaluation and external School Improvement Partner now grade the school to be ‘good’. This judgement is in line with evidence from monitoring visits and both statutory and school level data.
Robust monitoring of data has supported and challenged the school to address areas of concern such as EYFS (with a focus on boys’ writing) and KS1 % at the expected standard.
EYFS data is now in line with national with a significantly increased percentage of boys achieving GLD.
KS1 data is now in line with national in reading and writing for the first time with maths just below national but a 5% increase on the previous year.
Monitoring of the quality of teaching and learning. Challenge given to subject leaders on their impact on teaching and learning.
Teaching is judged good by SLT and external SIP. Children achieve well at the school. Subject Leaders have been effective in their roles.
Safeguarding Governor (Level 3 plus Train the Trainer qualification) monitors safeguarding to ensure the school is fully compliant and policies and procedures are being followed.
Wider LGB challenges safeguarding through full LGB meetings where actions from S157 are monitored.
S157 spot checks and audit monitoring show policy and procedures are followed and are effective. All staff are trained to the required standard or above.
S157 actions are addressed.
Robust challenge provided on outcomes for disadvantaged pupils across the school.
Disadvantaged pupils perform well across most areas in relation to their non-disadvantaged peers. Governor monitoring ensures disadvantaged children have opportunities to broaden life experiences.
External PP review was successful.
Review of website to ensure it is compliant and accessible to all stakeholders.
Website is compliant. Site being migrated to new platform for September 2018. Content being updated to reflect the needs of pupils, parents, community, staff, governors and external bodies.
PE Governor provides challenge to PE Lead responsible for the Sports Premium Funding. LGB provide challenge through LGB meetings.
Sports Premium is spent effectively and emerging priorities identified /addressed using the Sports Premium action plan.
Key achievements this year:
· Staff have been up-skilled in the teaching of gymnastics and swimming and through teaching alongside with multi skill coaches.
· Improvement in playground spaces to encourage an active lifestyle
· Increase in the number of different sports offered in curriculum time and after school
· Successful alternative sports day delivered
· Subject Leader in PE – PE specialist trained and supporting the leadership of PE both in school and across the Bridge Schools MAT
· Increase in participation in extra-curricular clubs including Disadvantaged pupils
Chair of Governors monitors administration of the SATS
School follows statutory guidance and procedures are robust.
Pupil conferencing conducted by Governors
Pupil voice is heard and action taken to ensure pupil voice influences decision making at all levels.
Governors monitor the quality and robustness of teacher performance management.
Teachers’ performance closely matches their salary and career promotion.
Attendance is monitored through LGB meetings.
Governors continue to robustly challenge absence and ensure policy and procedure are followed.
Next academic year emphasis will be placed on persistent absentees with sub-committee formed to analyse and challenge attendance monthly.
Well being of staff addressed through LGB meetings and on-site support where required.
Staff wellbeing is considered as a priority when making decisions about the school.
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.
All Bridge Schools are now closed. We are operating a reduced service only for children of key workers and vulnerable groups.
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