Governing Body

  • Mrs Valerie Royston

    Chair of Governors - Local Authority Governor

    Headteacher's Performance Management; Governor Training; Children in Care

    In my working life I spent several years in banking , then into graphic design and printing and finally I headed the team of business advisers for Business Link in the county . I have been a magistrate for 22 years, specialising in family work for the last 6 years. I retired in 2008 and live in Idless with my husband, Ashley. I have four children and two small granddaughters .

    I am an enthusiastic ( if very average ) member of the village Community Choir and I also play bridge at the club in the village . One of my greatest pleasures is watching live theatre.

    I became involved in primary schools through classroom volunteering after retirement . The experience was a joy and offered me much more than I imagined. This experience, over time, led to my interest in becoming a governor.

    I have been a governor at Perran-ar-Worthal since December 2017 and I became Chair in October 2019 .
    I look forward very much to continuing to develop my understanding of the school and the work of its skilled and committed staff as they guide and support their pupils to not only achieve academically but also to develop all round life skills and enjoy a rich and happy school life.

  • Mr Mike McCandless

    Vice-Chair of Governors - Parent Governor

    Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee; Information Technology; PE and Sports Premium

    I have two daughters at Perran-ar-Worthal and one at Penryn College, so it feels like I’m in the middle of the ‘school years’! Putting myself forward to be a parent governor was one way for me to contribute to the continued success of this fantastic school.

    To give a bit of background - I’m originally from Northern Ireland and studied Civil Engineering in Edinburgh. I spent the early part of my career working on large construction projects until a change in 2006 saw me setting up a campervan rental company. This has grown and morphed over the years to become an online supplier of van conversion parts. I have also completed a diploma in Web Design & Digital Art and, more recently, qualified as a therapeutic counsellor.

    We moved to Perranwell Station in 2013 from Devon and love living here. I enjoy spending time exploring the local creeks and coastline - camping, canoeing and fishing when I can. For fitness I run, cycle & do a bit of Yoga.

    As a member of the Finance, Personnel & Premises Committee with responsibility for Sports/PE and IT, I will draw on my own experiences and look forward to lots of new learning along the way.

  • Mr Ben Holt

    Parent Governor

    Curriculum Committee; Science

    My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time at the school and I have been delighted to get more involved as a parent governor. My daughter attends the school and my partner, Louise, is the secretary of the Friends of Perranarworthal School group (FOPS).

    As for my personal background, I was born in Australia, grew up in Sussex and then lived in many different parts of the country, as well as in Denmark and the Turks & Caicos Islands, before settling with the family in Cornwall four years ago. I am a marine biologist and I research patterns of biodiversity around the world. I run a not for profit company called the Rock Pool Project, which merges education and science in order to engage adults and children in marine biology.

    In my spare time I love spending time with my friends and family in the wonderful natural environment that Cornwall has to offer. I love stand-up paddle boarding and I also run quite a lot but I wouldn’t say I love that (keeps me fitter than I would be if I didn’t do it I suppose). I like listening to music and I’m learning to play the guitar. I enjoy watching sport and I support Tottenham Hotspur, which is also, on rare occasions, enjoyable.

    As part of my responsibilities of being a governor, I am a member of the Curriculum Committee and I have specific responsibility for Science. I started my position in the summer term of 2018, so I am still learning the ropes and very much enjoying it.

  • Mrs Julianne Shelton

    Parent Governor

    Curriculum Committee; Humanities
    Myself, husband and daughter moved out of Truro to Perranwell Station around 4 years ago, to specifically reside in the catchment area for the school as we knew how great its reputation was. Our daughter is now a pupil at the school. We absolutely love the village and its community spirit.

    I'm from Cornwall and have lived here for most of my life, except for my University years and the 5 years thereafter when I lived in London. Shortly after relocating to Cornwall 15 years ago I launched my own business, a luxury holiday letting agency in collaboration with my best friend. I'm very committed to providing a supportive role as a parent Governor and feel privileged to have this opportunity to contribute and gain a greater insight into what makes Perran-ar-worthal School so brilliant.

    In my spare time I love enjoying the delights of Cornwall with my family; anything to do with the coast, the countryside and food makes us happy.

    I am a new member of the Curriculum Committee, with specific responsibility for Humanities (History, Geography and RE).

  • Mr Chris Anderson

    Community Governor

    Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee; Premises and Health & Safety

    As a strong believer in the long-term benefit of quality early years and primary education, I was very keen to become involved with and assist the school, and to participate within village life of which the school plays such a major role. I currently have three sons at Perran-ar-Worthal School, so have been directly involved with the school as a parent for several years and will continue to be for several more years to come.

    After an initial career in the military, I retrained as a chartered surveyor, at first working in northern England before moving to Cornwall in 2012 due to my wife’s family connections. Originating from East Anglia and having moved around the UK in the pre-children days, we are very pleased to feel so at home in Perranwell Station and don’t envisage moving anywhere else!

    In my professional capacity I work for a national surveying partnership, predominantly on behalf of property owners within the rural sector, covering a wide range of issues and with specific experience in planning and development. I am fortunate to travel the length and breadth of Cornwall on a regular basis in the day-to-day course of work, experiencing and learning about the history and variety of the county.

    As a member of the Finance, Personnel & Premises Committee with responsibility for Health & Safety and Premises, I hope my experience and knowledge can be applied within the educational environment to help and support the school in its inevitable evolution.

  • Mr John Harvey

    Community Governor

    Curriculum Committee; Literacy; Safeguarding; Whistleblowing; Safer Recruitment

    I have been a Governor at Perran-ar-Worthal School since 2018. As Assistant Head Teacher at Penryn College, I was really thrilled to be asked to join the Governing body and work closely with one of Penryn College’s feeder Primary Schools. I saw this as an opportunity to both share some of his expertise in Education, but importantly, also learn more about Primary education from a high performing school; this he has found extremely useful in shaping the provision of education of students in Year 7.

    Originally from London, I studied English and Political history in Bath, before training as an English Teacher. I moved to Cornwall in 1996 and live in Falmouth. I am married with three daughters, the eldest two are at Penryn College with him so there is no ‘escaping’ dad anywhere!

    Outside of work, I enjoy Sport and am a passionate supporter of Bath Rugby club. I occasionally manage to ‘drag myself’ out for a run or cycle, but most of my energy is spent taxiing my daughters to various sporting or musical fixtures and clubs!

    I am a member of the Curriculum Committee where I has responsibility for English and Safeguarding. I am also a member of the staff Pay and Performance Committee and the Whistleblowing Governor.

  • Mrs Philippa Laval

    Community Governor

    Chair of Curriculum Committee; Numeracy; Safer Recruitment

    I have a son who is now in Year 11 at Penryn College and daughter who is Year 6 here at school . I was originally elected as Parent governor when my son was in Year 1 , but now am a Community Governor. I am also the chair of the Curriculum committee and Maths Governor.

    I originally moved to Cornwall (Mylor) when I was 6 where my parents farmed. I went on to study Engineering at Bath university and then did a MSc in IT at Herriot Watt in Edinburgh. We moved back from London when my son was due to start reception at Perranarworthal school and have never looked back! I work 4 days a week from home for EY a large accountancy firm as an IT project manager.

    We both love living in such a vibrant village and both enjoy all of the walking, coastal and cultural aspects that Cornwall has to offer. I also feel very honoured to help support such a wonderful school by being a Governor.

  • Mr Philip Madley

    Community Governor

    Chair of Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee; Headteacher's Performance Management

    I spent most of my professional career in The National Health Service, as an accountant, latterly spending over 15 years as a Finance Director. In what I would describe as “semi retirement”, working part time for a few years on the King Harry Ferry.

    I have lived in Perranwell Station for over 25 years and have seen both my sons progress initially through the school on to successful careers and married lives, still in Cornwall.

    I spent some eight years as a governor at Penair School and have had some involvement in other voluntary roles. Spare time has always revolved around sport and I currently spends quite a few hours on the golf course every week!

  • Mrs Susie Matthews

    Community Governor

    Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee; Creative Arts; Pupil Premium

    I have three children currently at Perranarworthal School – Jack, Dan and Anna. When Jack started at the school, I was really keen to get involved with school activities and joined FOPS – I have been the treasurer for FOPS since then and am also a fairly regular volunteer on Fab Fridays and for school trips etc. When the opening for a governor came up, I considered it a way to give a bit more back to the school and also from a selfish point of view, a way to gain an understanding of the intricacies of a small primary school and so I applied. I became an associate governor initially and a fully-fledged governor a short while later.

    My husband is in the Navy and so when it was suggested that I take on the governor role of review of Pupil Premium funding, it seemed very appropriate. My role involves reviewing the way the school uses the funding received for Pupil Premium children and ensuring that it is used appropriately to benefit these individual children.

    I have recently added a second feature to my governor role – creative arts. This is a new area for a governor and will be very interesting as the school is planning to achieve the ArtsMark award within the next two years which will recognise the provision of creative arts in the curriculum at the school. I am a member of the Finance, Personnel and Premises committee.

    Some information about my background:
    I am from South Wales and moved down to the South West many years ago, living on Dartmoor and working at Derriford Hospital for 13years, and since 2010, in Cornwall. We moved to Perran-ar-Worthal just before Jack started school and I don’t think we will ever leave! I work at the Royal Cornwall Hospital as a clinical pharmacist, based in the Emergency Department. I am Akela for the 1st Playing Place cub pack and am involved in Penryn RFC as first aider for the U9s. Life is quite full-on with all of the above but I feel very lucky to be living in such an amazing village and county where there is lots to do to relax.

  • Mr Kevin Hewitt

    Associate Member

    Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee; Headteacher's Performance Management; Behaviour; SEND; School Council

    I am an Associate Governor with special responsibility for SEND. Before retirement, I worked as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in child/adolescent mental health at North Bristol NHS Trust. I was also Clinical Director for community paediatric, health visiting, school nursing, and child/adolescent mental health services for Bristol and South Gloucestershire. I am a keen allotment gardener and am a member of the King Charles Singers chamber choir (Falmouth) and Perran-ar-Worthal Community Choir.

  • Mr Chris Lea

    Community Governor

    My professional experience is within education and I recently retired after thirty years as Headteacher of a local village Primary school. This was a thoroughly enjoyable but demanding commitment to not only the children but also the parents, governors and local community. The skills, knowledge and expertise developed over a ‘lifetime’ in a leadership role are still applicable to school governance after two years over retirement. Education, teaching and learning are never far from my thoughts.
    Presently one of the fun bits of my retirement engages me in coaching and administrating in rugby. This involves KS2, KS3 and KS4 pupils as well as adult rugby. I have worked closely with a range of committees to ensure that Cornish players have the opportunity to play at the best level possible and that includes ‘managing teams’ that have played at Twickenham finals.

  • Mr Ben Teasdale

    Staff Governor