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What is a Governor?

The school Governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Most schools work with a group of Governors, together they are called the Governing Body.

School Governors are drawn from different parts of the community and can be parents and staff or from the LA, the community and other groups. This helps ensure the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience, but does not mean governors of a particular category represent that group on the governing body. For example, parent governors do not represent the parents at the school and do not report back to them.


How are Governors chosen?

  • Parent Governors: selected by election (or appointment if insufficient people stand for election) and drawn from parents and carers of children at the school
  • Staff Governors: selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school
  • Community Governors: appointed by the governing body to represent community interests
  • Authority Governors (LA): appointed by the local authority
  • Sponsor Governors: discretionary category appointed by the governing body from individuals who have made significant (financial) contributions to the school
  • Associate members (not Governors): appointed by the governing body to attend committee meetings and/or full governing body meetings due to their particular skills or experience.


What do Governors do?

The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Its responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • setting targets for pupil achievement
  • managing the school’s finances
  • making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • appointing staff
  • reviewing staff performance and pay


How can I become a Governor?

If you think you have what it takes to be a school Governor you can contact Mrs Stoneman, Clerk to the governors through our school office to see if there are any vacancies or look out for application forms that will be sent home when there is an election for Parent Governor.

More information is available at:…/categories-and-roles-of-school-governors



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 14 classes, with 21 teaching staff, 42 support staff and 6 admin staff.

The school was graded as ‘good’ by Ofsted when it was last inspected in February 2017.  It  is also 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, 2 off the co-opted governors are parents and the remaining 5 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 at least once each term, and also has two committees that meet once 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 or contact form below, please find these details below.


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

Julian has been a governor since March 2009. He is currently Group Financial Accountant for Gregory Distribution Ltd and has worked as an accountant for many years in public and private organisations, large and small. He has a degree in Accounting and Finance and has been an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since 1996.


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


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.


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.


Sarah Howe

Sarah has been a governor since September 2011, taking a short break in the middle to finalise her studies. She a member of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants and is currently employed as a Financial Accountant at Westcountry Rivers Trust. Sarah has two children; one who is currently at Callington and one that has progressed through Callington to secondary education. Sarah is a keen runner and enjoys the Cornish countryside. 


David Morris

I have been a governor at Callington Primary School since March 2017. I am also on the schools Finance and staffing committee. I retired in 2008 after working in the Dockyard in Plymouth for 45 years. I served an apprenticeship as an electrical fitter, on completion I joined the Radio section and ended as a Senior Engineer. I have an HNC in Electronics and Communications. I am a Volunteer senior watch keeper at Rame Head National Coast watch and a member of Callington Lions Club.

The Duchy Academy Trust Scheme of Delegation

Governing Body Contact Form

You can contact our chair of Governors - Laetitia Mayne via the form below or the school office - 01579 386160, alternatively you can write to: Chair of Governors, 24 Saltash road, Callington, PL17 7EF