Mr Dan Solly
Chair of Governorsdsolly@gov.celtrust.org
After completing my First Degree in Human Psychology at Loughborough University I moved to London as a postgraduate to study Music, graduating from the London College of Music in 1997 and entering the music profession as a session guitarist throughout most of my 20’s and into my 30’s. During this time, I taught guitar as a peripatetic and private teacher in between session work, finding that I really enjoyed teaching both children and adults, and in 2006 decided to formalise my teaching career through undertaking a PGCE in Further Education and Training through Plymouth University. From there, I was lucky enough to progress, through a number of roles in Further Education, from full time teacher, eventually moving into management as a Programme Area Manager at City College Plymouth, before successfully moving to my current role as Deputy Team Leader of Performing Arts and Head of Music at Truro and Penwith College. During this time I have also enjoyed a range of roles in governance, previously being on a board of Directors at a charity engaging disadvantaged young people in physical movement and dance; currently being on the Board of Directors at the Cornwall Music Service Trust, and thoroughly enjoying my role as chair to the Governing body at Lostwithiel School, where I have seen the fantastic and continuous improvement in the Children’s experience under the current staffing and leadership structure.
Mr Jon Brown
Vice Chair of GovernorsJBrown@gov.celtrust.org
I have been a governor at Lostwithiel School since 2015, and have also seen my three children go through the school over the last ten years. Having run my own local food business for 13 years, I recently changed career to become a professional Clerk to School Governors, working with governing boards across Cornwall. This has given me excellent insight and perspective into how schools work, and my voluntary governance role at Lostwithiel in particular, and has enabled me to support the school to the best of my ability. I know how important Lostwithiel School is to the local community, and vice versa. I am a member of the Lostwithiel – Pleyber Christ twinning society, and also of a local chamber choir, Caroryon Lowen. I am keen to support the school in its constant drive for improvement and the amazing work it does to keep children happy and safe.
Mrs Rebecca Ellis
I have held the position of safeguarding governor at Lostwithiel school for over 4 years. I was originally approached to carry out this position due to having children attend the school and my employment. I work as a detective sergeant in the Public Protection Unit for Devon and Cornwall Police. My primary role is to supervise investigations into child abuse and sexual exploitation. I also carry out an additional role as a child sexual exploitation champion for the force. I have previously held informal meetings in the school for the benefit of parents to give advice re online safety. Furthermore I provided the school with an informative PowerPoint relating to the changing nature of crime and the importance of keeping children safe online. I believe that my knowledge regarding safeguarding is beneficial to the school and to the children and parents and want to ensure I use my skills and knowledge to benefit the safeguarding practice of the school.
Dr Siobhan Gould
For the last 15 years (10 years of which have been in Cornwall and 5 years in Birmingham) I am an Educational Psychologist. Through my work I have been passionately promoting childrens’ social and emotional well-being, as well as implementing evidence based approaches to ensure high standards of academic attainment. My aim is always to give our children the greatest life chances through their education. This is especially pertinent in the current climate which has affected our children in so many ways.
Following training at the University of Cambridge, I am also a qualified teacher (having worked as a primary and SEN Teacher in the UK and abroad), so I fully understand the pressures experienced by teachers today. As an Educational Psychologist I support/supervise/train school staff; develop school policies; assess children; provide psychological therapies; and advise parents. This roles means that I have a clear understanding of the structures, policies and practices of the education system within Cornwall. I am inspired to apply for the opportunity to support Lostwithiel Primary School as a member of the governing body so that I contribute to the successful education of all children in school (including my son in Cherry Class) to give our children the best foundation to their education.
Mrs Kirsty Strudwick
Disadvantaged Pupils Governorkis@tretherras.net
Since making Cornwall my home in 2011, I have had the pleasure of teaching in two secondary schools within the county. My specialist subject is Geography and I have also previously taught Religious Education, Maths and SMSC. I have experience of working on two different Senior Leadership Teams and I am currently the CPD Lead and Head of Geography at Newquay Tretherras. I love teaching about the natural world, global issues and the connection between people and our planet. School Governor is a new role for me this year and I am really looking forward to working with the school to help it to continue to provide such wonderful learning experiences for the young people of Lostwithiel.
Mrs Kate Webber
I have worked at Lostwithiel Primary School for over 21 years as the Reception Class teacher. I am passionate about providing our children with the best possible education and experiences so that each individual develops a love for learning and reaches their true potential.