Our Local Advisory Board
If you would like to contact our Governors please e mail C/O school at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to The Bishops' C of E Learning Academy, Treninnick Hill, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2SR
Jo Harrison - Chair of Governors - Parent Governor
Sharon Redman: Associate Governor/Finance and Personnel/Business Manager
I have been involved with the school for the last 10 years firstly as a Foundation Governor and then Chair. I resigned in March 2015 as I was appointed the School Business Manager. I have lived in Newquay since 2002 having moved from London, both my children, Hannah and Katie attended The Bishops' and thoroughly enjoyed their experience here. I ensure that the school logisitics and operations run smoothly which covers many aspects and because of my passion for the school I will always have the teachers, governors and more importantly the children at heart.
Jem Thorold (Rev'd Jem) - Church Representative - Ex - officio
I have been in Newquay since September 2016 having lived in Cornwall for 10 years and am delighted to be a Governor of The Bishops' School. I would like to build on the already excellent relationship enjoyed between the school and the church, seeking an opportunity to be seen in school and welcoming children, their families, staff and governors to St Michael's Church, but especially also to share in the prayer life and worship at school.
I am married to Sue with three adult children living 'up country', so far we have amassed 2 grandchildren.
Joe Sharples - Foundation Governor - Vice Chair
I am 67 years of age and have been married to my wife Barbara for 46 years. I have two grown up daughters, one of whom has two children currently attending Bishop’s, with a further child to start next year.
My working life was spent in executive distribution management and in later years, running the European distribution operation for a major American multi-national industrial gas and chemicals company.
Since retiring I spent my time in property development in Cheshire prior to moving to Cornwall in 2009 and building our current house in Talland Bay. During this time, I was a trustee/ secretary of an international children’s charity based in Chichester. I travelled to Romania to help with the development of a number of apartments purchased as part of a project to support children from leaving the orphanages to obtaining work and being able to support themselves.
Once living in Cornwall, I joined the PCC for our local church in Talland and became treasurer, helping to ensure that we can keep the church open for the benefit of the community.
I believe passionately that children require a spiritual and moral compass and that home and school together can help them develop strong characters and values to equip them for the future.
Liz Burnett - Staff Governor
Although I don't live in the town anymore, I grew up and lived in Newquay until 2014 and I still enjoy rowing and playing hockey for my hometown. Over the years, I have represented both Newquay Hockey Club and Newquay Rowing Club at various matches, events and competitions including County tournaments and World Championships. I first worked at The Bishops' in 2012 when I completed my final PGCE placement at the school as a student teacher. Once qualified, I worked as a supply teacher all over the county before ending up at St Merryn School for three years. I was the KS1 teacher (mixed year 1/2 class), Humanities lead, PE Lead and Teacher Governor at St Merryn whilst I studied to complete my Master's degree in Education around my full-time teaching commitments. In 2016, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to come back to where it all started as a class teacher, Maths Lead and member of the Senior Leadership Team. I have only recently become a governor at The Bishops' but am thoroughly enjoying the role already; supporting the wider ethos of the school, drawing on my previous experiences to support our staff and governors in providing our pupils with high quality teaching and learning opportunities in a safe environment where they feel valued and can aspire to achieve their dreams.
Tim King - Foundation Governor
Although a proud Welshman, in 2012 my wife Leanne and I decided to move to Cornwall to raise our two young children, who currently attend Bishops’.
I believe that all of our children can achieve their dreams and should be encouraged to do so. For me, the Bishops school’s nurturing environment, reinforced with its Christian values and passionate teachers, is laying the foundations on which these dreams can be built. Through my role as Foundation Governor, I will support the school to the best of my ability, ensuring that our children and the staff at Bishops continue to flourish.
My working life started in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, notably the Parachute Regiment. Later on, I opted for a career on the Railway, working across the country, eventually accepting promotion to management. My current role is a Business Change Manager at Network Rail.
As a lifelong learner I also attend the University of the West of England, where I am studying part time a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. I also hold qualifications in Leadership & Management, Change and Project Management.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and swimming. I have recently started to learn to Paraglide.
John Madge – Foundation Governor
A retired teacher who spent most of his working life in the Reading area teaching science (mainly chemistry) to A level standard and some Maths to GCSE level.
Brought up in Cornwall near Bude and have always enjoyed being by the sea hence the return to Cornwall to retire but also to live near my daughter and grandchildren who live in St. Columb Road.
I attend St. Columb Minor Church and also take part in Open The Book assemblies at 3 of the Primary schools in Newquay on a regular basis. This includes Bishop's School. I am delighted to have the opportunity to be involved with the school and to make some small contribution to the work of the Governing Body and the well-being of the school and children.
Interests include DIY, history, playing golf, watching sport, surfing(mainly watching now rather than doing it!) and listening to music.
My name is Beata Nowak and I am a mother of two girls age six and nine, attending Bishops' Academy. I come from Poland; however, I have lived in Newquay for the last fifteen years and my children were born here.
I believe it is vital that every child has an opportunity to achieve the best possible education in the place where they feel safe and valued. In my opinion, the quality of primary education is strongly linked with child success in life and I think that my previous experience can benefit the school in recognising the areas that need improvements. Together we can make the changes which will help our children to thrive.
In my professional background, I have developed a broad experience of working with children and their families for the past eight years. I worked at Treviglas College where my role as the Discreet Group Specialist, was to support children with special educational needs, disabilities and those with English as an additional language. After six years there I decided to continue my education and achieved Children and Young Peoples Workforce, Foundation Degree. Currently, I am in my last year of university to become a Bachelor of Social Science and I also support community as a translator for public services such the NHS and Social Services. Three years ago, alongside other dedicated volunteering parents, we have established Polish School in Cornwall, which is a non-profit organisation to give Polish children an opportunity to learn the language as well as discover traditions. Pupils parents can also seek advice about British education system as well as other aspects of life in the UK. As the Head of the School as well as the Safeguarding Officer, I understand the importance of positive relationships between children, parents and the school.
The role of the School Governor is special, I hope I can help to ensure that the school continue to maximise opportunities in all areas of the curriculum and allow our children to have the best start in their educational journey.
Chair of Governors