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 Local Governing Body 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.

Trenode CofE Primary Academy enjoys a joint Local Governing Body that oversees the strategic direction of Polperro, Pelynt, Polruan, Duloe and Trenode Academies. This arrangement means we can share best practice between schools as well as utilise eachothers' strengths.

LGB Monitoring at Trenode 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:


Data and Standards


Pupil Premium

Sports Premium

Curriculum (including wider curriculum and assessment)

Website compliance

Recovery Premium/School Led Tutoring

Pupil Voice

Collective Worship


Meet the Local Governors. (For Hub Governor details, please see the register of interests below (these are the governors who meet together from a group of schools)).

Lucy Finnimore - Chair of Governors and Governor with responsibility for safeguarding 
Following college, where I gained 3 A levels, I went to University and gained a BSc degree with registered nurse qualification. I decided I then wanted to come back to my roots and start a family of my own here in Cornwall, as it is such a wonderful place for children to grow up. I became a Governor in 2011 and took on the role of chair in 2012. I became a Governor because I am passionate about children’s education as well as local community. I also formed and run a local drama group aimed at 6 to 18year olds. My current duties as Chair include making sure that meetings run efficiently and legally, as well as making sure each Governor can take part in the meeting. I also provide support for the Heads of School and help the governing body work as a team.

Penny Geach 

Ian Johnson

Beth Pike-Head of School at Trenode C of E Primary 


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 Local Governor Hub Attendance Register 2022-23 Small Schools.pdf
Bridge Local Governor Hub Attendance Register 2022-23 Small Schools.pdf
Bridge Schools Governors Code of Conduct Policy.pdf
Bridge Schools Governors Code of Conduct Policy.pdf



Bridge Schools Scheme of Delegation for LGBs v1.0.docx
Bridge Schools Scheme of Delegation for LGBs v1.0.docx
Pelynt Polruan Polperro Duloe and Trenode Register of Interests 2023-24.pdf
Pelynt Polruan Polperro Duloe and Trenode Register of Interests 2023-24.pdf


Our Values...



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



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



We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.



We are passionate about learning.



We are the best we can be.



We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.

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