Local Advisory Board (LAB)

Falmouth Primary Academy is proudly part of Kernow Learning. Within the Kernow Learning governance structure, Falmouth Primary Academy has a Local Advisory Board and their work feeds into the on-going work of the Kernow Learning Board of Trustees.  The Local Advisory Board meet half termly.

The 3 Core Functions Of Governance
Governance exists to provide strong strategic leadership to a school, ensuring accountability for its educational and financial performance.

The GOVERNANCE HANDBOOK assigns 3 core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent
How to become a Governor

Parent Governors are elected as each Parent Governors Term of Office finishes. These are staggered so that elections are held in most years. They have a four year term of office.

Community Governors are people with particular expertise and skills (for example in finance, running a business, higher education) who are co-opted onto the Local Area Board with the approval of the Kernow Learning Multi Academy Trust Directors. They have a four year term of office.

Staff Governors are members of staff elected by all staff working in the Academy. They have a four year term of office.

The Headteacher is also a Governor and remains a Governor unless he/she resigns or retires from the post.

The Executive Principal for the Kernow Learning Multi Academy Trust is also a Governor and remains a Governor unless he/she resigns or retires from the post.
To contact the Chair of Governors please contact the school office on 
falmouth@kernowlearning.co.uk or 01326 314070. 
You can see more information about the role in the document below 'Role of a Governor'.

The Local Advisory Board (LAB) for Falmouth Primary Academy ensures that the Academy offers the best possible provision for all the children. They meet twice per term. All the LAB are accountable for data and progress, a list of their responsibilities is contained in the LAB Terms of Reference document above. 
Mrs Jacqueline Scarborough

Chair of LAB

I am a recently retired headteacher with thirty-six years of experience in the education sector. Most of my experience has been in primary education.

Since semi retiring in August 2019, I have worked for the local authority as a consultant, supporting schools with school improvement priorities and monitoring visits. I am currently working as an Acting Headteacher, supporting a school in the process of appointing a new headteacher.

I’m passionate about school-to-school support and became a National Leader of Education in 2013 enabling me to work on school improvement priorities supporting various primary schools over the years which has been a real privilege.

My experience of governance spans from 1996 as staff governor and since 2004 as headteacher at St Mary’s School. In the past I’ve had experience as a governor at two secondary schools and also as one of the directors of the Trust.

I’m currently a Trustee for the Cornwall Music Service Trust.

I’m married to Chris, who has worked at Falmouth Primary in the past. I enjoy drawing, painting, playing and listening to music, reading and walking.

I have responsibility for Safeguarding, SEND and Curriculum.

Mr Richard May

Vice-Chair and Community LAB Member

I have lived and worked in the Falmouth area for over 35 years. I first became a governor at Falmouth Primary Academy in 2009 and is also a Member of TLAT. I have worked in the voluntary sector for 30 years focusing my work on education outside the classroom. After nearly 20 years working in adventurous outdoor education, I was recruited to manage the newly constructed Dracaena Centre charity – a charity focusing on reengagement of young people and community engagement and participation. I bring a wealth of expertise on how to engage with the community.

I have responsibility for Stakeholder Engagement.

Mr Christopher Camps

Community LAB Member

I’ve lived in Truro since the mid 1980’s, after growing up and going to school in St Austell. Now retired, I enjoyed a long career in the telecommunications industry as a Project Manager. The qualifications and experience gained working in a commercial environment have given me a broad set of skills which include effective communication and change management. I strongly believe that education is key especially for the younger age groups where life skills are being developed and personality formed, and that a rounded education allows pupils to flourish both at school and in later life.

I have responsibility for Maths and Pupil Conferencing.

Claire Smith

Ex Officio as Headteacher

I support with the induction of new LAB members and I am supporting the SEF process with the LAB.

Mrs Hannah Bennett

Ex Officio as Co-Headteacher

Miss Lily Bolton

Staff LAB Member

Mrs Louise Osborne

Parent Lab Member

I moved to Falmouth from Bristol in 2018; having previously worked at the University of the West of England within the Complaints department, I have recently started a new role as Senior Student Advisor at Falmouth University. I have one child in the school and another who will be starting reception in September, I am really looking forward to helping to support the school with its continuous improvement and progression.

I have responsibility for English.

Miss Sinead Hanks

Parent LAB Member

I live in Penryn with my husband and two children (the other at Penryn College) and grew up in Fowey and St Austell. For 20 years I worked with charities in London such as the Big Issue and the Prison Reform Trust and on returning to Cornwall in 2011 with the Cornwall Community Foundation and briefly at Fifteen Cornwall.

I have responsibility for Pupil Premium, Behaviour, Attitudes and Personal Development.

I also became a community governor at Fowey Primary, chair of the Chamber of Commerce and founding member of Fowey’s new Squires Field Community Centre. We are currently owners of Any Old Lights vintage lighting shop.

In my spare time I’m a member of the Falmouth and Penryn cycling campaign to encourage more cycling in children, especially to and from school. I also love pub quizzes, karaoke and sea swimming.

Mrs Jayne Kirkham

Community LAB Member

My name is Jayne Kirkham and I am the Cornwall Councillor and a town councillor for Falmouth Penwerris which is the division that this school sits in.
I worked as a teaching assistant at Falmouth School for nearly 7 years and before that I was a solicitor in the fields of employment law and industrial injuries for ten years.
I have lived in Falmouth for 16 years and my son goes to Falmouth School.

I have responsibility for EYFS.

Dates for LAB Meetings 2021 - 2022
6th Oct 2021
17th Nov 2021
2nd Feb 2022
9th March 2022
4th May 2022
22nd June 2022

Falmouth Primary Academy Local Advisory Board (LAB) impact statement
The LAB form part of the leadership team here at Falmouth Primary Academy and below are listed some of the ways in which the LAB have made an impact on the school:

  • School development plan: The LAB monitor the impact of the SDP. This is through monitoring visits to school and the termly reports by the Head teacher.
  • Monitoring visits: These are focused on monitoring the impact of the SDP. Outcomes are recorded and fed back to the LAB as a whole.
  • Data analysis: The LAB receive comprehensive data analysis and are aware of strengths and areas for development across the whole school.
  • Policies : There is timeline in place for reviewing policies and policies are reviewed in line with this
  • SEF: The LAB have completed a comprehensive SEF audit of the LAB and as a result have identified key areas that needed to be addressed. One of the areas was the need to complete a skills audit due to recent changes in the personnel on the LAB. This has now been completed and has key areas to be allocated to LAB members with the most appropriate range of skills. There is also a mentoring programme in place and an induction package for all new members of the LAB. The LAB SEF is reviewed at each LAB meeting to ensure that good progress is being made.
  • Monitoring the budget: The LAB receive reports and ensure that the school provide value for money.
  • LAB member with responsibility for health and safety makes regular visits to school and completes site walks, monitors the risk assessments and reviews the accident register. As a result of these visits amendments have been made to the recording of accidents.
  • LAB awards: As part of the school philosophy for praising children, the LAB award certificates to two children from each class at the end of each term. The children feel very proud that they have been chosen by the LAB