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Curnow School Local Governing Body Information

Curnow School Local Governing Body

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.

Governors' Profiles


Joy Constable – Chair of Governors (Parent Governor)


I became a Parent Governor in 2011, Vice Chair in 2012 and I am now privileged to be Curnow School’s Chair of Governors.


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).  

Caroline Jewell - Headteacher (from 01/09/2018)



I have worked at Curnow School for nearly 15 years and have worked within Special Education for 23 years. After holding the post as Deputy Headteacher for the past 4 years, I am now fortunate enough to be starting my new role as Headteacher.

I feel extremely lucky to have a strong team of Governors who are passionate about Curnow and who all work tirelessly (and of course voluntarily) to support the school's values and hold us accountable for the outcomes for our pupils. I look forward to working alongside them to ensure that Curnow is the best it can be for our pupils, families, staff and community.

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 - Vice-Chair of Governors (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.



Claire Pearne (Staff Governor)

Information to follow


Jaqui Marsden (Staff Governor)


I've worked at Curnow School since 2011, initially as an SEN Teaching Assistant and, more recently, as an HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant).  I enjoy the role of HLTA as I work in many different classes, working alongside some wonderful staff and students. 


I'm a member of the Staff Health and Wellbeing Team and my role includes signposting staff when needed, raising awareness of health issues and arranging wellbeing activities.    


I am interested in all aspects of life at Curnow School and am delighted to have been elected to stand as a staff governor on the Local Governing Body.  I feel my experience as an HLTA gives me a good understanding of the staff and students throughout the school which I hope will be helpful in my governance role.  

Since 2010, the school has received an additional allowance over and above its budget to help address the lower levels of achievement experienced by children who are disadvantaged in some way. This is called the Pupil Premium (PP) and is in addition to main school funding.
As a school, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils. We recognise that everyone who comes into contact with children has a duty to safeguard and promote children's welfare
The Governors are delighted to present to you our Local/School offer; this offer aims to outline how we strive to support all children to enable them to achieve their full potential.
Whistleblowing is the term used when someone who works for an organisation raises a concern about a possible fraud, crime, danger or other serious risk that could threaten colleagues, the public, a vulnerable adult, child, young person or the organisation's own reputation.