Mrs Esther Best (Governor)

I am currently the headteacher of Landulph School.  I began my career at one of Plymouth’s largest primary schools at Montpelier Primary School and then moved to Hyde Park Junior School where I began my leadership journey. Before joining Landulph in 2013, I was the deputy headteacher at Mount Wise Primary School in Devonport.  I grew up in Cornwall so it feels very rewarding to have returned ‘home’.

I thoroughly enjoy working at Landulph School and being in an environment where staff and children work exceptionally hard to be the best they can be.  It is certainly a very busy place with lots of opportunities for the children including many provided as a member of SMART.  The children are very happy with all the learning experiences they receive both inside and outside of the classroom.

I am married with two children.  I really enjoy spending time with my family and I have a love of hockey.  I play for Mannamead Ladies Hockey Club in the winter season and Derriford Hospital’s hockey team in the Plymouth Mixed Summer League.  This certainly helps me to keep a healthier work life balance.


Mr Kevin George (Director)

I have always lived in South East Cornwall and went to St Stephens Primary School and then onto Saltash Comprehensive as it was then.

My two children went to Landulph Primary School and they are currently at saltash.net.

I qualified as a Solicitor in November 1991 and have practiced mainly in Cornwall since qualifying. I have been based in Liskeard for the past 14 years. I am a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association and am also on the professional panel of the Tenant Farmers Association. I am a member of the Country Landowners Association and the Cornwall Law Society.

I was previously a trustee on the Board of the Caradon Citizen Advice Bureau and was part of the merger process into one Bureau within Cornwall.

I have been a community governor since 2000 at Landulph Primary School and was involved in the formation of the Multi Academy Trust.  I became a Director in January 2014. I was Chair of the Audit Committee in the MAT until I became Chair of the Local Governing Committee at Landulph Primary School in September 2015.

I am looking forward to the continued expansion of the Trust and the opportunities and benefits it will give to all the children in South East Cornwall.


Mrs Judith John (Governor)

I began my teaching career at a large Middle School with an attached special school, on the outskirts of Portsmouth. I moved to another very large four form entry junior school in a similar area, which provide with many opportunities.

It was exciting to be a part of such forward thinking schools, always striving to try promising new initiatives and then supporting others to join in the successes. I returned to Cornwall, to the village in which I grew up, to be closer to my parents when I had children of my own. Landulph School is a wonderful place to work, with fantastic staff and children.


Mrs Natalie Knight (Governor)

Whilst I worked for both the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and The Barden Corporation I studied for my degree in Professional Applied Studies at Marjon. My working background is HR and since May 2016 I have remotely managed a Language business in London.

I have very much enjoyed working from home and being with my children as they’ve grown up to school age, I very much want to continue to be involved and help to support Landulph as best as I can.

I feel very strongly about supporting and building our communities within this technological age!

 


Dr Kerry Leslie (Governor)

I am a senior public engagement professional specialising in working with academic researchers and the higher education sector and currently run my own consultancy. Prior to that, I spent fifteen years working at Research Councils UK (RCUK) where, for the last ten years, I was RCUK’s Head of Public Engagement with Research.

One of my responsibilities was to provide collective strategic input into schools’ policy to increase the role of contemporary research in the school curriculum, leading and implementing change with key stakeholders including the Department for Education (DfE), National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL), Office of Fair Access (OFFA) and the Science Learning Centres (SLCs).

I am a trustee of the British Science Association who organise major initiatives across the UK, including British Science Week; the annual British Science Festival and programmes for young people in schools and colleges.  My PhD was in Astrophysics was gained at University College London’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

I have one child at Landulph School and two at Saltash and I became a parent governor for Landulph school in July 2015.  I sit on the standards and curriculum committee for both Landulph and Saltash. I was previously a governor at a primary school in Wiltshire from 2010-2015.


Clarissa Newell (Governor)

I am a parent at Landulph School where three of my children go to school, as a parent I feel a sense of belonging to Landulph school and I want to see it continue to thrive into the future. For three years I was Chair of a committee of volunteers at Landulph Under Fives, a community led pre-school. This provided me with experience in managing pre-school staff as well as a committee of volunteer parents.

My background is in Environmental Regulation. This role means I am very familiar with regulations, guidance and ensuring compliance. In my current role at the Environment Agency I have to influence managers on how to roll out new ways of working in order to adapt to ever increasing government funding cuts.

I do this through helping the managers set strategic direction as well as reminding them of our duty to deliver outcomes for the Environment whist still safeguarding staff wellbeing.


Mr Stephen Pearson (Governor)

I have been a parent governor at Landulph Primary School since 2012.  I am married with 3 children, who all attend Landulph School.

I spent the first 20 years of my career in the Earth sciences, as a research scientist, lecturer and geologist.  I returned to South East Cornwall in 2011, and now run my own gardening business.

I believe it is important to be actively involved in the local community, and became a school governor in order to help ensure that children at Landulph, and now SMART, receive the best possible education experience.

 

 


Mrs Sandra Plumb (Governor)

I began my working career with the Ministry of Defence. It was here that I completed a 4 year mechanical engineering apprenticeship and went on to become a qualified design engineer.

After having my children and moving to Cornwall, I changed career path completely and began working at Landulph School as a teaching assistant. I also worked part-time at Landulph Under Fives. In both positions, I supported children with additional needs; acting as SENco and Playleader at Landulph Under Fives.

Since becoming a TA, I have undertaken a range of professional development opportunities to enable me to provide practical support to meet the needs of children and young people but I feel it is my background in engineering and design that has enabled me to believe that all children can succeed regardless of their gender and background.


Mrs Sally Worth (Governor)

The daughter of a local Cornish farmer, I attended Callington Primary and Callington Grammar School where I was honoured to be its last Head Girl. I then studied English & History at Leeds University followed by a PGCE at Exeter before returning as an English & Drama teacher at Callington Comprehensive School.

I later moved into Further Education lecturing at Plymouth CFE until I moved to Kent as a Head of English with my husband and two young daughters. I became a Deputy Head of a 3-18 years Co-Ed Day and Boarding School and, subsequently, Head of the Senior School before my retirement back to Cornwall in 2014.

My husband and I very much enjoy being actively involved in the Landulph Community, he as Chairman of the Parish Council and myself as Secretary of various committees, including the Landulph Festival.

I continue to be passionate about education and as a newly appointed school governor, I hope that the many skills that I have developed throughout my career will contribute to the future development of the school. I look forward to working with a committed board of governors and a professional and dedicated teaching staff ensuring that Landulph provides the quality of education its children so rightly deserve.


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