Barry Deacon, Chair of Governors
I have a Degree in Education and I am also a qualified teacher. I have qualifications in music (piano) and I also play the organ in the local church. I have management experience including; staff management/control/timetabling; staff appointments; Financial control of a large Secondary school budget (all a while ago now!!); I have completed the following Governor training courses; Safer Recruitment; safeguarding children and a range of school in service training.I am currently the Chair of Governors at Torpoint Nursery and Infant School. I have been the Chair of Governors for many years now and have undertaken this role as I have always been passionate about education, and also because it is an opportunity to give something back to a school/community on a voluntary basis.
I served for fourteen years in the Royal Navy as a Medical Assistant: where I worked on frontline ships, with the Fleet Air Arm (including the RN Air Search and Rescue Squadron). I then served for twenty years as a constable with The Devon and Cornwall Constabulary; I worked in the Torpoint community from 2003. In 2007 I became a Local Authority Governor of the school. I have an Outdoor First Aid qualification, am qualified to drive minibuses to transport the children when required. I am the governor for PHSE and Outdoor learning.
As a Father of 4 young children (all of whom have been privileged to attend TNIS) I’m proud to be a Parent Governor – a role I applied for because I wanted to give something back to a school that has given my family so much. I certainly want to play my part in the School’s continued success story!
When I’m not trying to be Super Dad, I’m a Department Head within a multinational Insurance Company where my teams enjoys great success in the fields of customer relations and quality assurance. I have many transferable skills with a wealth of experience working within a heavily regulated environment and am skilled at not only managing people but also at applying business acumen to operate my department within budgetary constraints. I do this with a clear vision on regulatory conformance, whilst recognising that people must be allowed to express themselves and play to their core strengths if they are to get the best out of themselves for the ultimate goal of the best possible customer outcomes.
Although new to the role of Parent Governor, as an experienced leader and facilitator I can contribute much to the school but certainly see this as a two-way street; I want to continue to grow and learn and this role is a great opportunity to further my own development.
When I'm not working, Governing, parenting or husbanding, I follow my other passions of reading, movies and occasionally, exercise. I'm happy to talk for hours about film and literature as long as you accept that there are no greater films than Star Wars, and Terry Pratchett is the greatest author to have every graced our planet.
I’m passionate about education and ensuring that all children are given the best possible opportunities to learn, develop and grow, regardless of their background or ability. Having grown-up and thrived despite my own special educational needs, I have a unique insight into succeeding in the face of adversity, and know how important the school’s role is in helping children realise their full potential.
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 as an associate governor is to oversee safe guarding within our school and the subject of geography. 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 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. Now in my second term on the governing body, 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.
Julie Martin, Vice Chair of Governors
I joined the Governing Board about 16 years ago as a Community Governor being appointed by Torpoint Town Council as a Minor Local Authority Governor. I have a professional background in Human Resources and Finance and utilise these skills in school by chairing the Finance and Personnel Committee. I also work with the subject leaders for Maths, Geography and History ensuring that optimum enjoyment and attainment are being achieved . Being a local Councillor and active within the Community I am also responsible for community links as the Torpoint Liaison governor. I am proud to have been part of the schools’ progression to become the leading edge place of learning it is today and continue to support its development further ensuring all policies and practices are current and relevant and that all staff continue their professional development. I am very honoured to have held the position of Vice Chair for several years.
I currently have the privilege of managing out two year old nursery which I love! As a governor I am responsible for English, Health and Safety and RE . In addition, I chair the Buildings and Sites committee. In both my roles I feel lucky to be a part of such an amazing school community.
I am a local private physiotherapist who is delighted to join the board of governors at the school. I have a young son who will start the nursery when he turns 2 years old and therefore I have a firm interest in helping support the school in maintaining its high standards and reputation.
I love the passion I see amongst all the teachers and staff for the children in the school. Coming from a caring background where I strive to get my patients to reach their full potential, with an understanding of each individuals certain circumstances in order to achieve this, I can see that I work in a very similar way to the people who currently make this school what it is today. I therefore hope that my passion for care and progression helps the school continue its high achievements and support for the children it serves and also for the wider community which the school supports.
Camilla (Milly) Southworth
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 joined the Governing Body 6 years ago and I am privileged to serve as a teacher governor within Torpoint Nursery and Infant School. My specific responsibilities include overseeing ’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 27 years and have 3 older children, my eldest daughter also works in education and is training as a teacher and my twin sons are about to embark on their university experience in September where one is also going to train as a PE teacher and the other in 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 30 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 the EYFS Coordinator and one of the Assistant Head teacher’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 - Sue Garton
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