Meet our Governors
Mrs Sandra Beardsmore
Chair of Governors and Whistle Blowing Governorchairofgovernors@mevagisseysch.org
As a mother, grandmother and retired teacher, I am very proud to be Chair of Governors. I especially enjoy living in the village and supporting our wonderful school and the community of Mevagissey. As a Governor I am especially interested in Special Needs, raising standards and looking at how we can improve the outcomes for all our children.
Books are such an important part of my life and I’m fortunate to belong to a local book club and since moving to Cornwall I am able to order books on line, picking them up from our monthly community library van. My earliest recollections are being engrossed as a child in the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe being the first of the six books. I just loved being in the fantasy world of the author C. S. Lewis. Although these books were written over sixty years ago, they have been adapted for radio, television, the stage and film and are still read today. I really enjoyed Roald Dahl books when I began teaching, reading them to both my class and my own children, always starting with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I have read every one of his seventeen children’s novels. I also found his ‘Revolting Rhymes’, so amusing, with the surprise endings in place of the traditional ‘happily ever after’ finishes to the six well known fairy tales. My grandchildren love me to read to them, especially Michael Morpurgo books, the first I ever read was ‘War Horse’. I found this an inspirational novel, the experiences of Joey, a horse purchased by the army for service in World War 1 France and the attempts of young Albert his previous owner to bring him safely home was just so moving. I was so pleased to be able to watch both the film and stage musical recently, finding both of them very emotional. At the moment I am re- reading Louis Sachar ‘Holes’ I just love this story of Stanley’s life told in such an exceptionally funny way.
Mrs Annie Butler
Vice Chair and Safeguarding Governor
I moved to Mevagissey in 2014 and, together with my husband, run a small business in the village. Previously I have had a career in primary education spanning 27 years as a teacher, advisory teacher, education consultant and Head Teacher. As a governor I hope I will be able to use my knowledge and understanding of education to support Mevagissey School as it continues to flourish. In my spare time I try to keep active enjoying a range of activities including yoga, swimming, badminton and most of all, I love to walk in this beautiful part of Cornwall – in all weathers!
Mrs Lauren Rees
Miss Ann Trevarton
I'm Ann Trevarton and have two children, Frankie and Louis, at our school. I'm a former pupil of Mevagissey School and have always lived in the village. My background is in working in local communities providing Council services. As a Governor I am particularly interested in enhancing the outside spaces, so our children have great opportunities for having fun and learning.
Mrs Jane Barron
Early Years Governor
I have lived in Mevagissey for over 50 years and am married to a 'Mevagissey man', both of our daughters, my granddaughters and numerous nieces and nephews have been educated at Mevagissey School. I have been associated with the pre-school 'Little Nippers' for more than 14 years and was Chair of the Management Committee on and off for 11 years - so you can see I am very interested in the education and well-being of Mevagissey children.
I became a governor of Mevagissey School 8 years ago and at present I am the Early Years Governor. I have enjoyed being part of the progress of the school and am very proud of the school, the staff and especially the children.
Mr Robert McGuffie
Originally from London Apprentice I successfully made it back to Cornwall (and London Apprentice!) in 2001 - following completion of my degree at Nottingham Trent University and 3 years working in the Lake District. I am a qualified Chartered Surveyor and have worked for both private and public sector companies. In 2012 I set up my own business specialising in commercial property development. My wife and I have two sons who attend Mevagissey School – which we all think is fantastic and certainly the right choice for us. As a Governor I hope to be able to contribute to and support the ongoing success of the school and most importantly its pupils.
Mrs Didge Allen
I have lived and worked in Mevagissey for over 46 years. I am very involved in the community, and bring that involvement into my role as governor.
Mrs Rita Martin
My husband and I moved from St Austell to Mevagissey at the end of 2015. I have been involved mainly in the secondary sector of education for over 30 years, initially as a Secondary English teacher, then Head of Department, followed by an Advanced Skills teacher, a Lecturer specialising in raising academic standards and finally as an Advisor and Educational Consultant. I retired in 2014 and wanted to become involved in the community. My main interests, outside education, are our family, theatre, music, drama, wildlife and a love of travel. I hope by becoming a governor I could be of some use to this vibrant successful primary school.
Dr Jonathan Grey
I grew up in Mevagissey and am a former pupil of our school. I have two daughters Jemima and Connie who attend the school. I work at Truro College where I am the Programme Team Leader for Science - responsible for managing the teaching, learning and pastoral for 500 students and their 40 teachers. I started in education as a teacher of Human Biology and Medical science and have a PhD in Neuropharmacology. By becoming a governor I hope to volunteer my expertise in teaching and education along with my passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education.