Local Governance

The role of the Governing Body

Welcome to the Governors’ section of our website which aims to introduce you to the governing body at our school.

Polperro Primary Academy and Looe Primary Academy have a joint Local Governing Body that oversees the strategic direction for both schools. The LGB also works closely with other Governing Bodies across Bridge Multi Academy Trust to strengthen good practice.

The key role of the LGB is to provide a balance of challenge and support to school leaders, understanding the strengths and areas for improvement in the school.

Our responsibilities are to:

1. Deliver the Trust and school strategy and vision, contributing to the creation of the School Development Plan and ensuring this sets priorities to deliver the strategy articulated by the Trust in the Local context

2. Support educational Improvement by ensuring that the plans put in place by Head Teacher and School Improvement specialists are leading to improved outcomes for children. This will include reviewing the impact and effectiveness of the pupil and sports premium spend, as well as reviewing progress against the School Development Plan

3. Monitor how effectively resources are allocated to meet priorities

4. Monitor safeguarding outcomes in the school

5. Review recommendations from the Bridge specialists relating to IT and Health and Safety and highlight any concerns identified with proposed plans

6. Engage with stakeholders – examine, evaluate and feedback to parents and other stakeholders on the overall quality of the children’s experience in the school as well as identify, understand and respond to stakeholder’s views and concerns.

Offering Advice and Guidance

LGB Monitoring at Polperro Primary Academy:

As the strategic leaders of our school, Governors have a vital role to play in ensuring every child gets the best possible education and are therefore an integral part of the monitoring schedule.

Our roles and responsibilities remain strategically aligned to the skills and knowledge of individual members to ensure that the body has the ability to hold the school to account and promote continual school improvement.

The following monitoring visits have taken place over the last year:



Pupil Premium

Sports Premium


Website compliance

Response to Covid-19/catch up

Phonics/early reading



A copy of Local Governing Body minutes are available from the school office. Please inquire if you would like a copy to read.

Meet the Governors

Name: Lucy Finnimore 
Governor Type: Co-Opted Governor

Following college, where I gained 3 A levels, I went to University and gained a BSc degree with registered nurse qualification. I decided I then wanted to come back to my roots and start a family of my own here in Cornwall, as it is such a wonderful place for children to grow up.
I became a Governor in 2011 and took on the role of chair in 2012. I became a Governor because I am passionate about children’s education as well as local community. I also formed and run a local drama group aimed at 6 to 18year olds.

My current duties as Chair include making sure that meetings run efficiently and legally, as well as making sure each Governor can take part in the meeting.

Between meetings my role is to help prepare the agenda, deal with emergency situations, represent the School in discussions with parents, the Council and others. I also provide support for the Heads of School and help the governing body work as a team.

Name: Anthea Hillman
Governor Type: Co-Opted Governor

After graduating in French in 1989, I worked as a translator at the University of London before enjoying a career as General Manager of a Film and TV trade organization, working in London and Brussels. After moving back to Cornwall to bring up my 2 sons, I completed a PGCE at Marjon, teaching in France as part of it. At the same time, I became Chair of Governors of a local school. Since becoming a teacher I have led in many areas including: English, PE, healthy schools and MFL. As Head of School I aim to ensure that every child at Polperro Primary Academy has the opportunity to enjoy their school life and to achieve their maximum potential within a safe and supported, dynamic and whole child-centred environment

Name: Louise Gilbert
Governor Type: Co-Opted Governor

Having graduated with a degree in Politics and French, I completed my Post Graduate Certificate of Education through Exeter University and began my teaching career in 1997 in a large school in St Austell. During my time there I developed a love of literacy and led the subject across the school. My commitment to improving standards in Literacy led to a role as a Literacy Consultant with Cornwall Council where I provided support to schools across the County. I then went on to work across the South West supporting school improvement.

In recognition of my work, I was approached by Nelson Thornes Publishers to write a book which supported teachers in the planning and teaching of the English curriculum and another on developing speaking and listening skills.

After 4 years as a Headteacher in the locality, I became Area Executive Head for Bridge Schools with responsibility for schools in the South of our Multi-Academy Trust. I am committed to ensuring children receive high quality teaching and learning within a safe and welcoming environment and will continue to ensure we put children at the centre of everything we do.

Name: Helen Casson
Governor Type: Co-Opted Governor and safeguarding governor for the Academies

I taught for 11 years prior to moving to Looe in 2011 where I worked in a challenging inner London school as a member of the senior leadership team. I am currently Deputy Headteacher at Looe Community Academy. Some of my responsibilities include: Pastoral Support, SENCO, Designated Chid Protection Officer, SMSC and Pupil Premium Lead. I believe in excellence and equality for all and I particularly enjoy my role as pupil premium champion on the governing body.

Name: Janine Waring
Governor Type: Co-Opted Governor

I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Sports Studies in 1986 and went on to complete a Secondary PGCE in PE and History in 1988. I taught in a large challenging city school in Milton Keynes for 13 years, moving in to Senior Leadership as the Pastoral Lead of a large team, taking a keen interest in behaviour and the social and emotional development of young people to help them to succeed in all areas. With a key role for transition, I moved in to senior leadership in Bedfordshire in 2001 and took up my first headship of a large middle school in 2007. During this time, I became very involved in policy and practice and the beginning of Academy Trusts. As a result, I moved to Devon in 2013 as the CEO of a growing multi-academy trust which I grew from 2 to 14 schools. My passion for leadership and direct responsibility for the progress and achievement of children led me back in to headship at Looe Primary Academy in November 2017. I have a strong belief in values and a broad balanced and rounded education for our pupils; I strive through effective leadership to provide excellent teaching and learning for all pupils while at the same time helping them to be well-rounded citizens for the future. Looe Primary Academy is a wonderful school to lead.

Name: Dennis Humby
Governor Type: Co-Opted Governor

After college I began Teaching in a Primary School in Kent. Several years later I changed professions and moved to the Computer Industry, working in both the private and public sector. I stayed in the profession until my retirement.

The last ten years of work consisted in being the Web Master for Caradon District Council and responsible for the training of staff in all things 'computer' - both in how they work and how to use the many applications they had available.

Education has always been a keen interest and I offered my services as a Governor in the hope that they might be able to use my expertise. I now have the great pleasure of being the IT Governor at the school.

Name: Simon White
Governor Type: Co-Opted Governor


Name: Sheila Roberts
Governor Type: Co-Opted Governor

I initially volunteered in schools before moving onto the role of Teaching Assistant nearly 20 years ago. With no two days the same, I love to see the children grow in confidence as they move through the primary years ready for secondary school...although bumping into the same children as adults, reminds me just how long I've been here!

I took on the role of School Governor some 16 years ago because I wanted to be more involved in school life and the community and I have enjoyed acting as Chair for the Buildings Committee as well as taking responsibility for Health & Safety amongst other things. In my spare time I'm studying for a Diploma in Child Psychology, such is my continued fascination with child development, and, when I can, I enjoy walking, swimming and reading.


View the following documents within your web browser or download to read later

Attendance of meetings 20-21.docx
Attendance of meetings 20-21.docx
Bridge Board Planner For LGBs v1.0.docx
Bridge Board Planner For LGBs v1.0.docx
Bridge Schools Scheme of Delegation for LGBs v1.0.docx
Bridge Schools Scheme of Delegation for LGBs v1.0.docx



Bridge Schools Trust Board and Local Governing Body Code of Conduct Policy.pdf
Bridge Schools Trust Board and Local Governing Body Code of Conduct Policy.pdf


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We are the best we can be.



We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.



We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.



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