Local Advisory Board (LAB)

How to become a Governor

Parent Governors are elected as each Parent Governors Term of Office finishes. These are staggered so that elections are held in most years. They have a four year term of office.

Community Governors are people with particular expertise and skills (for example in finance, running a business, higher education) who are co-opted onto the Local Area Board with the approval of the Kernow Learning Multi Academy Trust Directors. They have a four year term of office.

Staff Governors are members of staff elected by all staff working in the Academy. They have a four year term of office.

The Headteacher is also a Governor and remains a Governor unless he/she resigns or retires from the post.

The Executive Principal for the Kernow Learning Multi Academy Trust is also a Governor and remains a Governor unless he/she resigns or retires from the post.
To contact the Chair of Governors please contact the school office on 
falmouth@kernowlearning.co.uk or 01326 314070. 
You can see more information about the role in the document below 'Role of a Governor'.

The Local Advisory Board (LAB) for Falmouth Primary Academy ensures that the Academy offers the best possible provision for all the children. They meet twice per term. All the LAB are accountable for data and progress, a list of their responsibilities is contained in the LAB Terms of Reference document above. 
Mr Richard May

Acting Chair - Community LAB Member

I have lived and worked in the Falmouth area for over 35 years. I first became a governor at Falmouth Primary Academy in 2009 and is also a Member of TLAT. I have worked in the voluntary sector for 30 years focusing my work on education outside the classroom. After nearly 20 years working in adventurous outdoor education, I was recruited to manage the newly constructed Dracaena Centre charity – a charity focusing on reengagement of young people and community engagement and participation. I bring a wealth of expertise on how to engage with the community. I have responsibility for Safeguarding and SEND.

Ian Robertson

Community LAB Member

Mr Ian Robertson Governor I am a practising architect and have lived and worked in the centre of Town for the last 16 years. My wife was born in Falmouth – as was my great grandmother. About 14 years ago, I was invited, with a number of others, to read to the infants in the then Beacon School – and later to listen to and help children of all ages with their reading – which I have been doing on a weekly basis ever since. I have been a governor of the School for about 10 years – and it has been a pleasure and a privilege to provide some small assistance and support to the Headteacher and Staff during the remarkable progress made during recent years. I am also a member of the Falmouth Rotary Club. I support Health and Safety around school and also has responsibilities for Mathematics, Art and Design Technology.

Mr Christopher Camps

Community LAB Member

I’ve lived in Truro since the mid 1980’s, after growing up and going to school in St Austell. Now retired, I enjoyed a long career in the telecommunications industry as a Project Manager. The qualifications and experience gained working in a commercial environment have given me a broad set of skills which include effective communication and change management. I strongly believe that education is key especially for the younger age groups where life skills are being developed and personality formed, and that a rounded education allows pupils to flourish both at school and in later life.

Claire Smith

Ex Officio as Headteacher

I support with the induction of new LAB members and I am supporting the SEF process with the LAB.

Mrs Hannah Bennett

Ex Officio as Co-Headteacher

Miss Lily Bolton

Staff LAB Member

Mrs Louise Osborne

Parent Lab Member

Miss Sinead Hanks

Parent LAB Member

I live in Penryn with my husband and two children (the other at Penryn College) and grew up in Fowey and St Austell. For 20 years I worked with charities in London such as the Big Issue and the Prison Reform Trust and on returning to Cornwall in 2011 with the Cornwall Community Foundation and briefly at Fifteen Cornwall.

I also became a community governor at Fowey Primary, chair of the Chamber of Commerce and founding member of Fowey’s new Squires Field Community Centre. We are currently owners of Any Old Lights vintage lighting shop.

In my spare time I’m a member of the Falmouth and Penryn cycling campaign to encourage more cycling in children, especially to and from school. I also love pub quizzes, karaoke and sea swimming.

Falmouth Primary Academy Local Advisory Board (LAB) impact statement
The LAB form part of the leadership team here at Falmouth Primary Academy and below are listed some of the ways in which the LAB have made an impact on the school:

  • School development plan: The LAB monitor the impact of the SDP. This is through monitoring visits to school and the termly reports by the Head teacher.
  • Monitoring visits: These are focused on monitoring the impact of the SDP. Outcomes are recorded and fed back to the LAB as a whole.
  • Data analysis: The LAB receive comprehensive data analysis and are aware of strengths and areas for development across the whole school.
  • Policies : There is timeline in place for reviewing policies and policies are reviewed in line with this
  • SEF: The LAB have completed a comprehensive SEF audit of the LAB and as a result have identified key areas that needed to be addressed. One of the areas was the need to complete a skills audit due to recent changes in the personnel on the LAB. This has now been completed and has key areas to be allocated to LAB members with the most appropriate range of skills. There is also a mentoring programme in place and an induction package for all new members of the LAB. The LAB SEF is reviewed at each LAB meeting to ensure that good progress is being made.
  • Monitoring the budget: The LAB receive reports and ensure that the school provide value for money.
  • LAB member with responsibility for health and safety makes regular visits to school and completes site walks, monitors the risk assessments and reviews the accident register. As a result of these visits amendments have been made to the recording of accidents.
  • LAB awards: As part of the school philosophy for praising children, the LAB award certificates to two children from each class at the end of each term. The children feel very proud that they have been chosen by the LAB