The Saints’ Way MAT is committed to maintaining the unique nature of all of the schools within the Trust and believes this is best achieved by giving a clear mandate to Local Governing Bodies to be the drivers of school improvement. The Trust gives these Local Governing Bodies the freedoms to focus on the challenge and support for the improvements in teaching and learning and the curriculum by ensuring the synergies of belonging to a MAT allow statutory obligations to be dealt with centrally. This, coupled with the defined role of the senior leaders within the schools setting enables the Executive Headteacher and Headteachers to deal exclusively with the day-to-day management of the individual schools; the burden of Finances, Resources and Personnel issues are dealt with by the Principal and the Central Administrative Team. This freedom gives the leader in the school the maximum time and resources to effectively engage with all stakeholders and manage the schools effectively on a day-to-day basis. With a School Improvement Lead working full-time across the schools, this partnership with LGBs, Headteachers and staff strive to provide the best for every child in the Trust.
Our Local Governing Body
The governors at our school are made up of a number of governors representing St Tudy School and also St Mabyn School. We have a 'joint' local governing body.
The governors all have specific roles, with some attending Academy meetings at our Central office in Bodmin.
Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Carole Grigg. She is a Foundation governor and also a Director of The Saints' Way Academy. Mrs Grigg monitors RE and Collective worship.
Mr David Bishop is a Foundation governor.
Ms Kate McLean is a Parent governor. She is our maths governor, monitoring lessons, progress and looking at books. Kate also monitors Early Years.
Canon Sherry Bryan is our clergy representative.
Miss Jennie Franklin (Head of School - St Tudy) and Mrs Alison McDonald (Head of School - St Mabyn) are our two staff governors. Mrs McDonald is also our Safeguarding governor.
Ms Karen Holmes (Headteacher) and Mr Stuart Renshaw (Principal) also attend all governor meetings.
We currently have a vacancy for a Foundation governor.
How to contact a governor
Often the best governor to contact if you have a question, a concern or a complaint, in the first instance is the parent governor as they are usually around at the start or the end of the day in both schools. They can suggest who may be best to talk to – it may be the Head of School (if it is a curriculum query or concern for example) –the chair of governors (if it is a complaint) or the Executive Head (if it is a concern about safeguarding).
The chair of governors can be contacted via each school – letters can always be given to her directly. She also has a dedicated chair of governors email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Governors also attend our termly services and special events and so are always happy to answer questions or to help if it is needed.
If you need to speak to a specific governor, then please always ask the school as contact can always be made.