The school’s mission statement is integral to our daily practice and one which we uphold with uncompromising rigour. Every individual in our community is valued and all success is celebrated.
Our vision for Curnow School is to remain exceptional and to provide wide-ranging opportunities for all, regardless of need. We aim to provide a consistently challenging and stimulating learning environment that not only engages our learners in developing their knowledge, skills and understanding but additionally recognises their interests and aspirations.
We commit to recruit, develop and retain inspiring staff of the highest calibre that, through their continuous drive for improvement and innovation, create an enriching and supportive environment for our learners.
As a Local Governing Body we are tasked with supporting the school in its strategic direction and development and firmly believe that by striving for excellence in all that we do, we can become the best we can be.
Simon Judge - Interim Chair of Governors (Parent Governor)
My name is Simon Judge and I am proud to be the Chair of the Local Governing Body of Curnow School.
My son Gabriel attended Curnow School for 15 years leaving in the 2016 – 2017 academic year. During his time in education, I have seen many changes in relation to our pupils and their School Offer particularly in the position we now find ourselves as a member of the Special Partnership Trust alongside three other special schools in Cornwall. This is truly exciting venture that aims to improve outcomes for all of our learners in our collective schools.
I served in the Royal Navy, from 1974 to 1991, in the Medical Branch specialising as an operating theatre technician. On leaving the Royal Navy I started working for the NHS in permanent and locum clinical positions nationwide. Whilst working at the Royal Cornwall Hospital as the Day Surgery Manager (a clinical management role) I had additional roles relating to a range of responsibilities which included finance and process management. These posts have enabled me to have an extensive understanding of how health related services impact upon the educational provision of our young people.
I have used my time to champion for people with disabilities to ensure they are treated fairly, being proactive in ensuring much needed resources and services which are essential, remain available.
Joy Constable – Vice Chair of Governors (Parent Governor)
I became a Parent Governor in 2011 and Vice Chair in 2012.
I am lucky enough to have two children being educated at Curnow Lower School. Between us, my husband and I attend the school each day and are therefore always up to date with all aspects of school life.
It has been a pleasure to witness the integration which is occurring at the school and the planned opportunities which all the pupils will access through the rich and varied curriculum.
Part of my role requires me to chair the Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare sub-committee alongside the Head Teacher. This work underpins my role as the identified Governor for Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Whistleblowing and Children in Care (CiC).
Gina Briggs - Headteacher
I joined the teaching profession in 1980 and the teaching team at Curnow in 1997. I became the Deputy in 2007 and was thrilled to be appointed as Headteacher in 2013.
I am both supported and challenged by the Local Governing Body in all aspects of school life particularly in regards to evaluating how well our school is doing and the plans we have in place to develop even further.
I remain committed to ensuring the whole school team continues to provide an outstanding education for all learners at Curnow.
Linda Tyler (Community Governor)
My family returned to England in 2001 after living abroad for many years. My son became a Curnow student shortly afterwards, thus beginning a long affiliation with the school.
I initially joined the Curnow School Association and from there I became a Sponsor Governor approximately 10 years ago. I currently have responsibility for Post 16 and off-site education (college provision).
My involvement with the Curnow School Association is on-going.
Wendy Hattam (Community Governor)
I have been a Community Governor at Curnow School for many years and have experienced a lot of changes including the exciting move of our early years and primary aged children to the new build based at the Illogan school site.
I have responsibility for the School Council and I attend their meetings alongside the Headteacher which allows me to hear the views of the students at Curnow School and, more importantly, identify the way the school ensures their voice is always listened to.
I also attend Parents' Forum meetings to ensure their views are always considered.
I have been an active member of the fundraising committee (Curnow School Association) since its formation and find it very rewarding raising money to provide the ‘extras’ for our students.
I am very proud to be supporting the hard working team at Curnow which I witness each time I visit the school.
David Ekinsmyth (Community Governor)
Prior to my early retirement in 2001, I spent more than 30 years as tutor, lecturer and manager in Further Education Colleges.
In my final post as Principal of a Bristol College I became very interested and involved in supporting and developing the very strong special education section of the college. It was always my favourite area of the college.
I was therefore delighted to be asked to join Curnow School Local Governing Body. I am also a Governor at Illogan School and can see that, through our joint mission statement of ‘Two Schools, One Community’ there will be great opportunities to maximize and strengthen the benefits of inclusive working for both schools.
I am currently a Cornwall Councillor and Parish Councillor for Illogan and remain an enthusiastic supporter of a high quality, supportive community based education provision.
Helen Jones (Community Governor)
I have recently retired as a local GP. Having seen the importance of education provided by Curnow school through my work, I would like to support the good work of the staff and pupils and see how these standards can be maintained and improved.
Mark Murray (Staff Governor)
My name is Mark Murray and I have the privilege of being the Site Manager here at Curnow and hold the position of staff Governor.
I am very proud of the work my team and I undertake to ensure there is a healthy and safe learning environment for our pupils.
I joined the school in 2011 after leaving the armed forces after 24 years’ service. My last post was that of 3 Commando Brigade Artificer where I was heavily involved with the strategic and operational planning of Equipment Support matters throughout the Brigade in peace time and during operations.
My military planning and management experience has been invaluable to me since joining the civilian sector. I have adapted many of the skills learnt in the military into my day to day practices ensuring the school’s health & safety, security and premises management meet all stringent compliance measures to safeguard our learners and staff.
I consider my role as a
school staff governor enables me to ensure the school continues to provide an outstanding education for all of our pupils; I have the necessary skills and qualities to assist in the strategic planning of school improvement, challenging outcomes, evaluating the collective impact of our work.