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Annual Governance Statement for the Local Governing Board of

Callington Primary School

About Our School


Callington Primary School is located in the town of Callington, Cornwall just across the county border with Devon.  The school has its own nursery unit and there are approximately 400 children on role in 10 classes, with 17 teaching staff, 40 support staff and 6 admin staff.

The school was graded as ‘good’ by Ofsted when it was last inspected in January 2011.  It has since then become a founder member of The Duchy Academy Trust which was formed in January 2014 and includes Boyton and Lewannick Primary Schools.


Governing Body Constitution


The Governing Board was re-constituted when the Multi Academy Trust was formed  and is now made up of 2 staff governors (including the Headteacher), 2 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor and 7 Co-opted governors.  Mrs Mayne, Chair of Governors; Mr Elliott, Vice Chair of Governors and Mr Shirley the Headteacher are Directors on The Duchy Academy Trust Board.

On our Local Governing Board, 4 of the co-opted governors are parents and the remaining 3 are members of the local community.




Governors’ attendance at meetings this year has been good and we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).

You will be able to see the full list of governors and their attendance at the bottom of this page.


Governing Body Structure


The Local Governing Board meets twice each term, and also has two committees that meet one a term.  Details of committee membership are shown at the end of this summary.

All of our meetings are clerked and minutes are available below or from the school office on request.


Effectiveness And Impact Of The Governing Body


The Local Governing Board has been particularly busy since the formation of The Duchy Academy Trust and monitors the benefits to the pupils’ education. Governors regularly visit the school and provide written reports, highlighting their observations. These are shared with other governors at meetings and it is pleasing to hear the positive comments about the events they have attended.

Minutes of Governing Body meetings are public documents and you access them below or ask at the school office if you would like a copy.


Contact Us


We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents. You can contact the Chair of Governors, Laetitia Mayne, via the school office, please find a link to our contact details below.


    Callington Primary School – List of Governors 2016-17



 Category and

 Term of Office

 Special Responsibilities

 Year group link

Keith Bostel



 School Improvement


 Health & Safety


 Foundation Stage

Helen Dowdall



 Finance & Staffing



 Year 6

Julian Elliott



 Vice Chair of Governors,

 Finance & Staffing

 Pupil Premium & Data


 Year 5


Sian Friend




 School Improvement


Laetitia Mayne



 Chair of Governors 

 School  Improvement



 Foundation Subjects

 Child Protection & Children in Care

 Year 3

Gemma Parker



 School Improvement

 Anti Radicalisation Extremism

 British Values Equality & Diversity

 Year 2

Sue Pendleton




 School Improvement


 PE & Sports Premium

 Year 1

Matthew Shirley, Headteacher


 School Improvement

 Finance & Staffing


Maire Warwick



 Finance & Staffing


 Higher Attainment

 Year 4






 School Improvement

 M Shirley, S Friend, K Bostel, S Pendleton, G Parker,  L Mayne


 Finance & Staffing

 H Dowdall, VACANCY, M Shirley, J Elliott, M Warwick


 Pupil Discipline

 K Bostel, VACANCY, L Mayne

 Performance Management

 L Mayne, H Dowdall

Get to know your Governors!


Keith Bostel

Keith has been a governor since October 2014. He is retired from a career in the electricity generation and transmission industry. He served an engineering apprenticeship with the Central Electricity Generating Board, thereafter held both technical and managerial posts associated with the operation and maintenance of power stations, the transmission system (Grid) and corporate functions, power station operation included nuclear, fossil, co-generation and renewable technologies whose corporate functions involved risk management and compliance regimes. He has been actively involved with sponsored education initiatives with schools and colleges to promote engineering opportunities for school leavers.  His notable achievements include Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Diploma in Management Studies - Public Administration and Nebosh Safety Management Certificate. He is a voluntary consultant to Cornwall Protect – an organisation established to balance the need for renewable energy with the protection of the Cornish landscape. Keith is married, enjoys local history and discovering the South West.


Matthew Shirley

Matthew has been a teacher since 1984. He spent fourteen years working in a variety of schools just off the Old Kent Road in London, before taking up the first of my three headships in Cornwall. Schools he has worked in include infant only and junior only as well as primary, with school numbers ranging from 70 to 400. Since February 2014 he has been the CEO of The Duchy Academy Trust and now works across all three schools. Matthew recently trained as an Ofsted inspector.


Julian Elliott

I am currently a Finance Manager at Babcock LDP, Exeter (the largest integrated education support service provider in the UK). I have spent 18 years as an accountant in public and private organisations, large and small. I have a degree in Accounting and Finance 1992 and am an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since 1996. I have been a governor at Callington Primary School since March 2009.


Laetitia Mayne

I have been a governor at Callington Primary School since September 2010. I currently Team Lead in Training the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce in the East Locality for Duchy College. I am Programme Manager for the Foundation Degree in Children and Young People’s Workforce; Lead Internal Verifier, Assessor and Lecturer. I have spent 16 years in the childcare sector as a Nanny and Nursery Nurse and 8 Years with Duchy College in various roles within the Childcare Department. I have a degree in Further Education Teaching, BA Honours in Early Childhood Studies and qualified teacher status.  As well as being a director of the Duchy Academy Trust, I am also a member of the Neighbourhood Watch in Callington.


Gemma Parker

Gemma has been a governor since November 2014. Her professional background is in nursing, later moving in to work with children and families. I have always enjoyed studying and like to learn new skills.  Gemma has a BA (Hons) in Leisure, Sport and Recreation Studies, a Diploma in Dental Nursing and Dental Health, an Fda in Adult General Nursing and other Post Grad. Diplomas. Gemma lives in Callington with her partner and two children. At the weekends she enjoys spending time with friends and family.  The family love animals so regularly visit the zoo or leisure farms.  Gemma enjoys photography, and feels so lucky to be living in a very photogenic part of the South-West!


Helen Dowdall    

Helen has been a governor since 2012. She is the Town Clerk for Callington Town Council. She was previously a Management Trainee in Lloyds Bank and Chief Accountant at West Devon Borough Council. She has a BA Hons in Accountancy & Finance, FCCA –Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a CILCA – Certificate in Local Council Administration. Helen is a Club Leader for Callington Young Farmers, Treasurer of Lions Club of Callington and a member of Liskeard & Looe Ladies Circle. Helen has lived in Callington virtually all her life, having been brought up on her parents’ dairy farm.  She is married with one son and loves travelling.


Sue Pendleton

Sue has been a governor since September 2013. She is a teaching assistant at Callington Primary School. After several years with the family business, adventures on the sea and clerking for governing bodies across Cornwall she found happiness as a teaching assistant, working initially in secondary school and now at Callington Primary School. Sue divides her spare time between being a mum and working towards her Foundation degree in Teaching and Learning. Sue loves having fun with her two amazing children, enjoying the Cornish lifestyle.


Maire Warwick

Maire has been a governor since 2014. Now retired, she began teaching science in 1967 in Exmouth. After teaching science in North Shields, she went on to become Deputy Head at Torpoint School. In her role as Deputy Head i/c Key Stage 3 she was responsible for Primary Secondary Liaison in the Torpoint area. Maire has an honours degree in Geology from the University of Exeter 1965 and a PGCE, University of Exeter 1967. She is currently Chairman of Callington U3A 2011 – 2014 and a volunteer with Duchy College Riding for the Disabled group. Maire is married with 1 daughter and 2 grandchildren. Her many interests include bell ringing (both church bells and handbells), travel, reading, horses. She is a member of Callington U3A and leader of the Food and Wine Group and Handbell group; member of Science and Technology Group, Cornish art and Literature Group, History group, Italian Group and Baking Group.


Siân Friend

Siân has been a governor since July 2014. She is a Year Six Class Teacher and Leader of Teaching and Learning across the Duchy Academy Trust. After finishing her A-Levels, she wanted to gain experience with working with children so decided to take a Gap Year.  Siân worked as a teaching assistant and learning support assistant, working 1:1 with children. During her 3 year university degree, she had several placements in different schools, from a village setting to an inner city school in central Madrid. After graduating from the University of Gloucestershire in 2010, Siân started her NQT year at Callington Primary School. She has taught in Years’ four and five and since 2012 has taken on different roles on the school's senior management team. Siân has co-ordinated both literacy and numeracy across the school. She is now working across all schools within the MAT as a leader of teaching and learning. During her spare time, she enjoys crafting, hanging at the beach, sampling good food and spending time with her friends and amazing cat Ralph. She adores getting lost in world of theatre and live music and love discovering new places...

The Duchy Academy Trust Scheme of Delegation 2016

Governing Body Pecuniary Interests