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The Bishops C of E Learning Academy

The Bishops' C of E Learning Academy


Our Local Advisory Board

If you would like to contact our Governors please e mail C/O school at or write to The Bishops' C of E Learning Academy, Treninnick Hill, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2SR


Jo Harrison - Parent Governor/Chair of Governors

My name is Jo Harrison and I’m really pleased to be a Parent Governor for our school. 
My son is now in Year 5 so is really just starting his journey through school.  I want to ensure that this school experience is an amazing one for him and all of the children.  I believe school should be a place where children feel safe, nurtured and supported to be the best that they can be, not only through what they learn in the classroom but through the friendships they build and the new responsibilities and challenges they take on.
As a Governor, I’d like to work with the school to make sure it continues to offer the best learning and development for our children and to celebrate our achievements.  I’d also like to work with you and the school to recognise where we need to make improvements make changes that will benefit our children. 
I’m a Communications Specialist for Cornwall Council which means that I help to communicate news and information about what the Council is doing, whether its replying to a question from the media, planning an event or writing a newsletter.  I think my experience will help me to support the school to communicate with you in the best way and make sure that you, as parents, have a voice so we have open and honest conversations about what is happening with the school and our children.  I know the school is committed to the safeguarding everyone at the school.  I’m a Safeguarding Advocate for the Council and I support our safeguarding teams to raise awareness about this important issue. Although I am not an expert, I’m really passionate about this and will do my best to make sure that the school is a safe environment for our children as they continue to grow and learn


Sharon Redman: Associate Governor/Finance and Personnel/Business Manager

I have been involved with the school for the last 15 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) - Foundation Governor

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 - Parent Governor

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.


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 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.

Attends St. Columb Minor Church and also takes 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.


Liz Burnett - Y3 Teacher Staff Governor
I grew up and continue to live in Newquay, still 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 thoroughly enjoy my role on the LAB; supporting the wider ethos of the school and drawing on my previous experiences to support our staff and LAB members. Together, we provide our pupils with high quality teaching and learning opportunities in a safe environment where they feel valued and can aspire to achieve their dreams.