Local Governance

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

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

5. 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.

Duloe enjoys a joint governing body with another local Church School, Trenode Primary Academy

LGB Monitoring at Duloe 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 recently:

Focus of Monitoring Visit                                   

Christian Distinctiveness
Pupil Premium
Sports Premium
Website compliance
Catch Up Premium
Phonics and Early Reading 
Pupil Voice
How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision established and promoted enabling all adults to flourish?#

Meet the Governors:

Catherine Stoate - Chair and Safeguarding Governor

It is a privilege to serve as the Chair of the Trenode and Duloe Schools Governing Body. I recently retired as Headteacher of St Cleer Academy after twenty fulfilling years. St Cleer Academy is also part of Bridge Schools, so I was delighted to be able to continue working together with the Trust to ensure the very best education for the children in this area of East Cornwall. I am totally committed to enabling each individual child to achieve their full potential, both academically and as a unique individual. As a committed Christian, I fully support the Christian ethos of the two church schools, and view the wellbeing and spiritual development of every child to be vitally important.

Penny Geach
I have 40 years experience in teaching, and prior to retirement was head of a large junior school.
I am an active member of St Cuby's Church, Duloe, and for the past 10 years have been a Churchwarden.

Armand Toms
My name is Armand Toms I was born in Looe and lived in the town most of my life. During my work life I have been a Soldier, Policeman and a Trawler Owner, Skipper and Crew. Having been a local Councillor for 18 years representing the Looe and surrounding area during this time. I was a Governor at Looe Primary School for 6 years, some time ago I jumped at the chance of becoming a Governor at Trenode and Duloe. It is an honour to give back to the community in such a way and help the next generation to get the best start in life. All small schools have multi year groups and it is good to see that the older children take pride in helping their younger friends. One child explained that she considered the school as her family.

Jenna Reynolds

Dave Hannah - Head of School Duloe Academy
I started my journey in education working as a teaching assistant with SEND children in both primary and secondary schools before graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Educational Psychology and Government Policy. I then worked within a pastoral role in a secondary school as a deputy head of year. Following a year training to be a primary teacher, I worked in a single-form entry school where I qualified as a SENDCo and became assistant head. I then moved to a two-form entry school as deputy head before moving to Duloe. 

Janine Waring - Headteacher at Trenode and Looe Primary Academies
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 201 and I was delighted to extend this leadership to Trenode Primary in 2019. 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.

Louise Gilbert - Area Executive Head Bridge Schools
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.


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

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



Duloe and Trenode Register of Interests 2020-21.pdf
Duloe and Trenode Register of Interests 2020-21.pdf


Our Values...



We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.



We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.



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.



We are passionate about learning.

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