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 Academy enjoys the benefits of a joint governing body with Duloe Academy

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:



Pupil Premium

Sports Premium


Website compliance

Response to Covid-19/catch up 

Pupil Voice

Collective Worship

Children's work 

Meet the Governors:

Catherine Stoate - Chair and Safeguarding Governor
It is a privilege to serve as the Chair of the Trenode and Duloe Schools Governing Body.

I recently retired as Headteacher of St Cleer Academy after twenty fulfilling years. St Cleer Academy is also part of Bridge Schools, so I was delighted to be able to continue working together with the Trust to ensure the very best education for the children in this area of East Cornwall.

I am totally committed to enabling each individual child to achieve their full potential, both academically and as a unique individual. As a committed Christian, I fully support the Christian ethos of the two church schools, and view the wellbeing and spiritual development of every child to be vitally important.

Penny Geach 

Armand Toms
My name is Armand Toms I was born in Looe and lived in the town most of my life. During my work life I have been a Soldier, Policeman and a Trawler Owner, Skipper and Crew. Having been a local Councillor for 18 years representing the Looe and surrounding area during this time. I was a Governor at Looe Primary School for 6 years, some time ago I jumped at the chance of becoming a Governor at Trenode and Duloe. It is an honour to give back to the community in such a way and help the next generation to get the best start in life. All small schools have multi year groups and it is good to see that the older children take pride in helping their younger friends. One child explained that she considered the school as her family. 

Jenna Reynolds 

Janine Waring - Headteacher at Trenode and Looe Academies

Dave Hannah - Head of School at Duloe Academy

Louise Gilbert - Area Executive Head Bridge Schools
Having graduated with a degree in Politics and French, I completed my Post Graduate Certificate of Education through Exeter University and began my teaching career in 1997 in a large school in St Austell. During my time there I developed a love of literacy and led the subject across the school. My commitment to improving standards in Literacy led to a role as a Literacy Consultant with Cornwall Council where I provided support to schools across the County. I then went on to work across the South West supporting school improvement.
In recognition of my work, I was approached by Nelson Thornes Publishers to write a book which supported teachers in the planning and teaching of the English curriculum and another on developing speaking and listening skills. After 4 years as a Headteacher in the locality, I became Area Executive Head for Bridge Schools with responsibility for schools in the South of our Multi-Academy Trust. I am committed to ensuring children receive high quality teaching and learning within a safe and welcoming environment and will continue to ensure we put children at the centre of everything we do.


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 Schools Scheme of Delegation for LGBs v1.0.docx
Bridge Schools Scheme of Delegation for LGBs v1.0.docx
Bridge Schools Trust Board and Local Governing Body Code of Conduct Policy.pdf
Bridge Schools Trust Board and Local Governing Body Code of Conduct Policy.pdf



Duloe and Trenode Register of Interests 2020-21.docx
Duloe and Trenode Register of Interests 2020-21.docx


Our Values...



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



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



We are the best we can be.



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



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



We are passionate about learning.

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