Our schools Governing Board consists of people appointed by TPAT, co-opted, and parents elected by parents of children attending the school, teachers and support staff governors elected by other teachers and support staff within school. The appointed and elected members then meet to appoint members from the local community.
Click here for a full list of governors, terms of office and roles.
Click here for meeting attendance register.
Click here for the register of governor interests.
Two governors aim to visit the school in each half term, but other visits are made on an informal basis to lend support to school activities.
Fiona Wotton – Chair
I am a strategic thinker with knowledge of different but connected sectors and can offer knowledge, experience and perspective on a range of management, quality and performance issues. My role as Chair includes developing the governing body as an effective team and working with the Headteacher and staff to create a dynamic and distinctive vision for Pendeen School. I want the work of the governing body to be enjoyable and fulfilling for its members and help to encourage and recruit new members who may not have considered this kind of volunteer role before.
My professional background is in fundraising, specialist communications and project management. I am currently the programme manager for Cornwall 365, an Arts Council and Visit England initiative which links Cornwall’s cultural sector with the tourism industry to jointly promote Cornwall as a cultural destination. My role includes leading a county-wide investigation of cultural social impact which is testing methodologies developed through my PhD in which I employed Complexity Theory to examine the relationship between informal learning and community sustainability.
I served on the Centre of Pendeen Committee between 2008 and 2010 and was Chair of the Children’s Ark 2013 – 14.
My name is Christian Denley and I am currently the Head of School at Cape Cornwall. I have been in education since 1997 and have taught at schools in Bristol, Swindon, Somerset and Cornwall. I moved to Cape Cornwall School to take the position of Deputy Head in 2008 after two years as an Assistant Head in Swindon.
I have been a primary school governor previously, having been Vice Chair of the governing body of Gorse Hill School in Swindon. I live in Trewellard and as both someone who lives locally and having a professional interest through my role at Cape I am committed to working closely with Pendeen School as a Governor.
My background before opening my little business in the village, The Field House, and having my family was as a School Matron and Nanny for many years, so my key interests & experience would perhaps be on a pastoral and emotional wellbeing level, alongside a keen interest in good health, food and nutrition. I am now self-employed and this involves food and hospitality, so I know the value of hard work, having courage, and putting in the effort of doing things properly with courtesy and kindness all go a long way.
My own vision for our school would be one that continues to instil and model high principles thus creating and encouraging strong core values. I know that helping build our children’s emotional reliance will help them become well-adjusted balanced young people and this will enable them to find pathways, and make good choices, to build meaningful lives in an increasingly complex and pressured world. Happy children learn, with a firm but fair approach, keeping honesty and openness between us all.
An education should open their eyes, fire their curiosity and excite their imaginations. It would be my wish for our children to discover true meaning and purpose in their learning, relevant to the exciting, and somewhat challenging at times, world around us. Create a place where we share in the teaching and learning that happens here. Provide an education that is engaging with a mix of focus and fun, is inclusive, and truly focuses on getting those foundation basics nailed down, children knowing, and being comfortable with this: that there is no magic way other than good solid hard work from us all! Anything worth having comes with continuous effort and is not always easy!
My motto…. Do the ordinary things extraordinarily well.
Emma Hobbs – Staff Governor
I started my teaching journey in Essex, studying for 3 years to gain my teaching degree. I proceeded to spend a year abroad teaching in Cologne gaining experience working alongside a team of people supporting children who had English as a second language. I returned to Essex where I spent 3 ½ years teaching in Early years and Year 1. I was part of a large team dedicated to improving the lives of the children in a deprived are of the country. Coming back to Cornwall has been a dream, I was brought up near Newquay and I am enjoying being back in the home country and exploring the area.
I live with my partner and at the moment have no children, which is ok as I have 30 on a daily basis. I have been thoroughly welcomed to Pendeen School and I have enjoyed teaching every day. I would like to become the teacher governor to get more involved with the life and the soul of the school, making and supporting changes that will improve us as a community.
Christina Squires – Staff Governor
I’m Christina Squires, people know me as Chrissie. I joined the governing body in November 2013, as a parent governor, when my family and I moved here from Suffolk and my two children started at the school. Since becoming involved with Pendeen School I have been struck the positive atmosphere for learning and how each child is treated as an individual, celebrating each of their successes.
I have been appointed as a Teaching Assistant at the school and so I have an interest at many levels. To contact me I’m usually in playground at the end of school or feel free to contact me via the school office and I will do my best to help.
My background, I have worked in education since the late 90’s and have been very fortunate to have worked in some very varied learning environments. My work experiences, raising two young children and understanding the responsibilities that lie with being a parent I believe will help in my role as Parent Governor. My employed experiences range from delivering Apprenticeships, to managing observation of teaching and learning for a national training company. My most recent experience was working within the Education Other Than at School sector (EOTAS) where amongst other things I coordinated the provision’s Safeguarding responsibilities. I have also volunteered on a pre-school governing body, holding the treasury position and actively enjoyed helping on a number of occasions at my children’s previous primary school.
I was brought up in Somerset and Cornwall and was educated in Norwich and Birmingham. I trained as a teacher and worked in a variety of Grammar schools and Comprehensive schools in London and Gloucestershire. I was Vice Principal of North Devon College in Barnstable.
In 1992 I was appointed as Principal to establish a new Tertiary College in Truro and remained as Principal until 2010. The college grew to become one of the largest and most successful in the Country. The college is recognised as Outstanding.
I was awarded the OBE for services to Education and have also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate. I live in West Cornwall and am keen to see Pendeen school achieve its potential.