Julie Martin, Chair of Governors
I have served on the Governing Board for over 20 years, being appointed in the first instance by Torpoint Town Council as a Minor Local Authority Governor and now as a LA (Local Authority) Governor. I have a professional background in Human Resources and Finance giving me suitably transferable skills to assist me with my Governor role. I Chair the board and serve on the three committees; Finance and Personnel, Curriculum and Standards and Premises. I am the governor responsible for Maths and Data and being a local Councillor and active within the community I am also responsible for community links as the Torpoint Liaison Governor. I am very proud to be a part of Torpoint Nursery and Infant School and how it has grown to become the leading edge place of learning that it is today. The school is a happy, vibrant and progressive environment and I am pleased to work with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to ensure that the youngest members of our community get the very best start to their education.
Camilla (Milly) Southworth
Vice Chair of Governors
Elected in December 2009 as a Parent Governor, I am now serving as a Co-opted Governor with Torpoint Nursery and Infant School with subject specific responsibility for P.E. and I.C.T. I am part of a team of Governors who support Data and Pupil Premium across the school and have recently added EYFS and Safeguarding to my areas of responsibility. I am the elected Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and am a member of the Finance, Personnel and Management Committee for. My children are the reason for becoming a Governor in the local community. I felt that with sixteen years’ employment in an educational background, working as an Administration Manager at a Further Education College, this knowledge and experience would benefit the school. Currently employed as the Deputy Town Clerk for Torpoint Town Council, part of this role is to encourage community engagement within the town. Qualified with an Honours Degree in Business Administration, gained whilst working full time, this provides a vast breadth of knowledge and information which can be utilised for the benefit of the school. In January 2017, I successfully achieved a Certificate of Higher Education in Community Governance: Local Council Management awarded by the University of Gloucestershire, and anticipate studying further in this field in the future.
I am very proud to be part of the Governing Body, supporting the Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team, staff and volunteers, who all contribute to the success of Torpoint Nursery and Infant School, an outstanding school.
I served in the Royal Navy in the medical branch for fourteen years being fortunate enough to serve with the Royal Marines, the Fleet Air Arm and on ships in various locations around the world. On leaving, I became a police officer with the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, serving in Plymouth, Caradon , on a specialist support unit working with all the rural towns in the geographical area of the two counties and supporting detectives in very serious crime incidents.
I have lived in Torpoint since 1988 and my two daughters attended Torpoint Nursery and Infant School. I have been a governor ever since my youngest daughter was a pupil in 2009. Whilst attending the school she became a confident, grounded girl and was very aware of her community. She looked forward to all the school activities, both within and visiting local areas. This made me aware of the strengths of the school's planning and involvement within the community of Torpoint. Other than my own education I have had no involvement in education.
I am very proud of this school, it's teaching staff from top to bottom, it's all inclusive policies and curriculum that embraces all the children whilst also supporting their parents. I love that, as governors, everything we do puts the children first (putting the children first is at the heart of all decisions made within the whole school community). I am also proud that the school involves the children so much in their local community. I attend as many committee meetings as possible. I have passed the national minibus test to support the school with educational visits and am currently qualified for paediatric first aid for the next three years.
I am a governor at Torpoint Nursery and Infant School because I enjoy being part of a team who share the same values in education as myself. I am a qualified teacher and have worked in EYFS and KS1 for my whole career. I am passionate about a holistic approach to child development and learning.
I am also a mother to two children who have benefitted from the nurturing they received from our school, and left as confident, independent learners. I believe that the caring environment which we provide here, where each child is valued as an individual and recognised for their strengths, enables them to attain the high results that our children achieve whilst at our school. I am fully involved in the school, teaching and supporting, in all year groups. My current role is as an associate governor .I fully understand how practice in EYFS and KS1 is managed and carried out. My knowledge is gained through visits and my work as well as participating in inset days, meetings and training sessions. I am so lucky to be part of Torpoint Nursery and Infant School on two levels, as a governor and member of staff. I see daily, how the ethos of our school runs through everything that happens, and I am immensely proud to be a member of such a dedicated team
I first became a Parent Governor at TNIS as I have always felt a responsibility to give something back to the community in which we live. Whilst I feel that I have a good understanding of education (having been married to a teacher for 20 years) I also think that I can bring an external point of view on issues and ideas within the school having followed a career outside of education. I have a keen interest in music and bring certain audio/video skills to assist with many of the children's performances and school presentations.
Both my children passed through the school very happily and successfully and I am grateful for the excellent foundations for life and learning that were put in place by the school.
In my current role as a co-opted governor , I continue to take great pleasure in being able to help in any way, a school community such as ours, that puts children at the heart of everything we do.
I am privileged to serve as a staff governor within Torpoint Nursery and Infant School. My specific responsibilities include overseeing Health and Safety, ’The SMILE Curriculum’ exploring ‘Future Schools’ and ‘Governor Development and Reviews’. I currently sit on ‘The Curriculum and Standards in Teaching and Learning’ Committee.
I have been married for 30 years and have 3 older children, my eldest daughter and my son are both teachers and my other son is a lifeguard who studied Sports Development at the University of Marjons.
I have always lived in the community of Torpoint and so I feel very passionate about helping to provide the best schooling possible for the children in my hometown.
I have worked in the field of childcare for the past 36 years, starting first as a nanny when I lived in Canada for 2 years; I then used my NNEB qualification to work as a nursery nurse in a Plymouth Nursery School for nearly 20 years. It was during this time that I gained a BA First Class Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies and then Qualified as an Early Years Teacher through the SCITT Program and 8 years ago I was fortunate to gain employed as a reception teacher in my hometown. My roles in TNIS include being the Nursery Teacher which I feel is very important, as it is the majority of children’s first experience of school and I aim to make this an enjoyable and positive one for each and every child, paving the way for them to develop a happy and confident attitude towards their future education. I am also one of the Assistant Headteacher’s within the school.
I love being part of the TNIS School Community and feel privileged to work in such an amazing school where each and every staff member strives to provide the best possible education for all of our children.
Clerk to Governors - Julia Stoneman
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