Our Governors


All schools in England have a Governing Body. The Governors are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure all our children get the best possible opportunities to achieve their potential, thrive and be happy. As governors we are proud and privileged to be associated with Mawnan Church of England VA School and its high standards of education. Working together we will continue this tradition and help move the school forward to even greater achievements.

The Governing Body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Head Teacher and staff, the Diocese of Truro and Cornwall Council. Whilst the Head Teacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved in overseeing admissions, staffing, the curriculum, policies, finance and buildings. They ensure the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social opportunities fo each child to develop their God given gifts and let their lights shine.

The Governing Body of Mawnan Church of England VA School consists of seven Foundation Governors appointed by the Diocese of Truro, a Governor appointed by the Local Authority, two Governors elected by the parents, and a Governor elected by the Staff. The Head Teacher and Parish Priest, as one of the Foundation Governors, are ex-officio members of the Governing Body. The Deputy Head is an Associate Governor.

The full Governing Body meets four times a year and appoints sub committees which also meet a minimum of three times a year.

Each year group has a governor associated with it who follows this cohort on its journey through the school. This gives governors an opportunity to get to know the children better and they can give the Governing Body useful feedback.

Governors of Mawnan Church of England VA School and the date their appointed term ends:

Foundation Governors

Mr Martin Barlow 31/08/2021 [email protected]
Vice Chair of Governors

Mrs Caroline Mitchell 31/08/2021 [email protected]

Mr Richard Rae
07/23 [email protected]

Mrs Ruth Rawley 14/03/23 [email protected]

Mrs Marcia Smith 14/09/2024

Mrs Ellie Stacey 07/23
[email protected]

Local Authority Governor

Mrs Helen Trelease 30/03/21 [email protected]

Parent Governors

Dr Matthew Fox 07/12/2024
[email protected]

Mrs Rachel Stevenson 20/01/2024 [email protected]

Staff Governors

Mrs Louise Wylie 31/08/2023 [email protected]

Headteacher: Miss Jilly Pridmore [email protected]

Parish Priest: Rev Johanna Clare
[email protected]

Clerk to the Governors: [email protected]

Governors’ Committees

Finance, Personnel and Premises:

Martin Barlow (Chair)

Rachel Stevenson

Richard Rae
Ruth Rawley
Caroline Mitchell
Jilly Pridmore

Curriculum and Standards

Matthew Fox (Chair)

Martin Barlow

Helen Trelease
Jilly Pridmore
Marcia Smith
Ellie Stacey
Louise Wylie


Martin Barlow
Jilly Pridmore

Ruth Rawley
Rachel Stevenson

Year Group Governors 2020-2021

Reception – Matthew Fox
Year 1 – Richard Rae
Year 2 – Caroline Mitchell
Year 3 – Marcia Smith
Year 4 – Ellie Stacey
Year 5 – Martin Barlow
Year 6 – Rachel Stevenson

I am always very happy to talk to you about any events you want to celebrate or any concerns you may have.
Martin Barlow
Chair of Governors [email protected]

Martin Barlow, Vice Chair of Governors, was born in 1963 at home in the family owned and run hotel in Newquay. He was educated at Truro School and after an economics degree and MBA at Bath School of Management worked for 15 years in the City of London in the software industry. First for Extel, part of the Pearson Group and then the Thomson Corporation. His last job was as Managing Director Europe, Africa and the Middle East for Thomson Financial selling software solutions to the asset management sector. He has travelled widely through business and gave it up in 2000 to come back to Cornwall with 18 month old Hannah to take over the family business, running Budock Vean Hotel, a year round tourism business employing 80 staff and welcoming about 7,000 guests annually.
Martin has had a long standing association with the school over 12 years during which time both his daughters, Hannah and Molly, attended the school. He was the school HRCST sailing coordinator for several years and subsequently became a Governor in 2012. He currently holds the positions of Chair of the Finance Committee and Vice Chair to the Full Board of Governors. He was previously a member of the Parish Council for a number of years and is a trustee of the HRCST.
His interests include anything to do with the water, in particular sailing and is am an active member of the Helford River Gig Club. He also plays cricket for the Trengilly Cricket Club and puts himself through circuit training at least once a week. He walks daily around the Helford River with his dog, Elmo.

Dr Matt Fox moved to Cornwall for the second time, this time to stay, in 2014 with his wife, Hannah and daughter, Rosemary. His son, Robert, was born in Cornwall in 2015. He is currently Assistant Headteacher at Falmouth School and running Falmouth College, which is the post-16 centre. He trained as an astrophysicist at Imperial College in London where he gained his PhD. He continued his research there for 8 years and used telescopes around the world and satellites to look at the very early universe. Matt then retrained as physics teacher and now brings his enthusiasm for science to the classroom. His ambition is to inspire the next generation of curious and questioning minds to become scientists. He has lived and worked in London, North Yorkshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire and taught at various schools. Rosemary is thriving the Mawnan School environment. In any available time Matt is active; surfing, cycling, swimming, running, house destruction and construction, and assistant gardener to his wife.

For Caroline Mitchell Mawnan School has always been extremely important both as a pupil (many years ago!) and more recently seeing her three children Ben, Ed and Zara journey through the school. She was brought up in Mawnan Smith and from Mawnan School, went to Penryn School and onto Truro Sixth form Centre for her A Levels. She spent three years at The University College of Ripon and York St John studying Occupational Therapy. She has been an Occupational Therapist for twenty five years currently working full time as the Team Leader of the Kerrier Community Rehabilitation Teams based at Helston and Camborne /Redruth Community Hospitals. Her husband is a response Police Officer based at Helston and they live at Rame with their three children, Sultan their gorgeous lively Golden Retriever, a mischievous cat, eight chickens and three ducks!
She has had an active role with young people in the village Methodist Church for many years. Currently she is the SEN Governor which she have a great interest in due to her professional work but also having travelled with her son through his school years supporting him as he embraced the challenges of dyslexia. She presumes due to being an OT she is very passionate about meaningful activity particularly in young people. She has great delight in hearing about and supporting the children of the school in the very many activities they become involved in and of course celebrating their successes!

Richard Rae moved to Mawnan in 1992 after a career in music in London.
He moved to London after university in Scotland with the aim of becoming a famous musician (failed!) Fortunately, other avenues opened up and he was appointed a Director of Our Price Records 1980 to 85 and then Retail Development Manager for Virgin Retail until 1992.
Youngest daughter Beth was born in 1990. At this point he realised he needed to spend less time travelling and more time at home. A couple of years looking at options resulted in a major career move to Lloyds Bank in Cornwall from 1992 until retirement in 2013.
All three of Richard’s daughters attended Mawnan School from 1992 and went on to further education in Falmouth.
Continuing the trend his two granddaughters now attend, and to complete the circle, eldest daughter Hannah (Martin) is a 1-1 Teaching Assistant at the school.
Wife Jill is a passionate Christian who is part of Anchor of Hope Church in Falmouth, a member of Mawnan Mothers’ Union and currently involved in the Diocese of Truro’s Accompanied Ministry Development plan ‘Leading Your Church into Growth’ for Mawnan Parish.
Richard has always loved the passion and enthusiasm shown by everyone connected to the school and joined the Board of Governors as a Foundation Governor in Spring 2019.
In his spare time, he enjoys golf, tennis, badminton. travelling and playing drums for Jonah’s Lift as well as the village panto each year. (15 years and counting!) He also perfects his role as “grumpy grandpa” although Keira and Olivia reckon he’s nailed it!

Ruth Rawley moved to Cornwall from Hampshire in September 1993 when her husband’s career brought about the move. Ruth and Nick have two children, Hannah and Luke. Both children were educated at Mawnan School followed by Penryn College. Hannah then attended Truro College and Luke went to Camborne College.
Pre-children Ruth worked in banking in Torbay, Somerset and Hampshire, which she left when she had her first child. Later she became a registered child-minder before joining the school in September 2000 as a T/A with years 5 and 6. In March 2007 she then became the school administrator.
Ruth was treasurer of the PTA from November 1994 until October 1998.
She was then nominated as the Non-teaching Staff Governor in September 2001, moving to Foundation Governor in March 2015.
Penryn College – Ruth became a member of the Parents’ Forum at Penryn College in March 2002, later spending a number of years as Chair. In September 2008 she was appointment as a Parent Governor of the College where she remains as a Governor. Being a Governor of both Mawnan School and Penryn College enriches the links between both establishments.
In her leisure time she plays badminton each week, enjoys walking, travelling and spending time with the family.

Ellie Stacey began teaching primary aged children after completing her degree at Roehampton Institute, following a few years of ‘boring jobs’. She had left school determined to start work rather than university and went to work for British Airways at Heathrow Airport, and later as cabin crew. Originally from London, she taught in London and in Oxfordshire before becoming headteacher at Burford Primary School in 2004. The school was in serious weaknesses as Ellie joined; within a month it was in special measures! However, the school and Ellie thrived. She was then appointed Head of the Junior School at Oxford High School, an independent girls’ school, a very different challenge.
Ellie and her husband Derek, a professor of Physics at Oxford University, have four children between them. They moved to Cornwall from Oxford in 2016. They love the friendliness of Mawnan Smith, having briefly settled in Bude. While there Ellie helped establish Bude Refugee Support Group, one of the first groups in the UK to resettle a Syrian refugee family through community sponsorship, a commitment that she now continues in Falmouth. She has liaised with schools to support how the children settle into school and learn. She loves being part of Mawnan School, where her passion for ensuring the best education, to dream big, to fulfil potential and to transform lives continues and is well satisfied.

Helen Trelease Todd has had the privilege of being a governor at Mawnan since 2010. It is a role she loves and takes immense pride in. Working full time makes it a challenge to go in and see the children as often as she would like but she does take every opportunity she can. Professionally her background is in children’s social work. After working on the ‘front line’ for several years she went into a training and learning and development role. She now splits her time between her local authority role and working independently, primarily delivering safeguarding children training but also taking on some advisory work . Much of her work is with schools across the county. She currently has specific responsibility on the governing body for safeguarding, whistle blowing and is deputy early years governor. She lives very locally and can often be seen on, or around, the Helford River with her husband and their two dogs.

Louise Wylie joined the teaching staff at Mawnan School in 2004 as Class 1 teacher. She thrives on the ideas energy and enthusiasm that the youngest children provide. Over the years this has lead to her becoming an Early Years specialist, a lead teacher for mixed age class teaching in Reception and KS1, and more recently an Early Years moderator. Louise has a very active role throughout the school including teaching music in Class 2 and 3, leading the school choir and as literacy coordinator. She has been a member of the PTA since 2005 and has been involved in many community events representing the school and plenty of fun(d) raising. Louise was elected to the governing body as staff governor in 2012 and sits on the Curriculum and Standards committee.
In her free time she enjoys reading, walking and all sorts of adventures with her family.