Meet the LAB Members
My name is James Spiers and I'm very proud to say that I am currently the Chair of Governors and formerly a Parent Governor and Health and Safety Governor at Leedstown School.
I am a family man who moved to Cornwall in 2001 from London. I live in Leedstown and I have two children that both attend Leedstown School.
When the opportunity arose to become a Parent Governor at this school, I grabbed it with both hands. Leedstown is such an amazing school and is run by a fantastic team under their Head Mrs Neale.
Caring, Sharing and Giving is our school values and the children of Leedstown certainly live up to these. I love working with the teachers and the PTA. Between us, we continue to drive improvement and in return exceeding Ofsted targets. I work closely with Mrs Wheeler and the TAs for Pre School, Reception and Year 1. I attend classes to see how the children learn and improve whilst carrying out phonics, literacy and numeracy . I also love the learning through play for Preschool children. It's obvious to see how the children get such fantastic grades. The school has strategies such as in depth reading, writing and numeracy. A seamless learning allowing children that are exceeding to continue to do so by spending time in the higher year, and also effectively supporting children that need more time and support.
A little bit about me, I joined the rail industry in 1998 and have worked in several roles throughout my career. My current role is working with the On Board Services with GWR as an Acting OBS Manager. My role looks after the newly refurbished Night Riviera service.
Within my role, I work with a small team who are working hard to achieve high standards and KPIs set by senior management. The KPIs includes things such as Health and Safety, finances, revenue and labour.
My role can be very diverse, from representing GWR with stakeholders like Cornwall Council, interviewing, testing new products or delivering training and assessing.
At GWR our first priority is safety. We also have 6 pillars of customer service;
Time and effort
We work hard to keep communities prosperous, encourage dignity and respect in the workplace and promote diversity and women in rail.
For fun I also run a FaceBook page that I set up for my childhood school that I attended in Uxbridge. I now have over 500 members from all era’s.
I feel with the skills and values in my career, I have a lot to offer as a parent governor. I look
forward to helping the school go from strength to strength.
Mrs Tamsin Harris
I have been a part of Leedstown School for over 20 years. Both of my grown up children attended the school. I feel very privileged to be a part of the school, I believe that it is a fantastic school. I have been a TA at Leedstown and have a bee keeping business that has grown and keeps me busy. I am thrilled to be able to support the school through a governors role.
Mrs Patricia Pennington
Having lived in Worcestershire for over 25 years and, with our two sons living abroad with their families, my husband and I decided to move back to his childhood home and be amongst his large family. We moved to Leedstown two and a half years ago and this year my son in Japan felt it would be beneficial for our grandson, who had lived in England for first four and a half years of his life, to stay with us to revitalise his English after living in Japan for nearly three years. Neil wondered if Theo could spend some time in Leedstown school during his stay, which is why the school kindly allowed Theo to join the school for the last few weeks of the summer 2019 term. Our first impression of the school was how friendly and happy the staff and children were and, once Theo settled in, we realised that the education the children were receiving was of a high quality. During his stay his spoken English improved immensely.
When I was offered the opportunity of joining the Governors, I was very happy to be able to give something back to the school. It has been a challenging start to my membership but I’m looking forward to my training and involvement.
I have taught for over 25 years in London, Kent and Worcestershire covering most ages with various responsibilities. My interests are singing, handicrafts, dogs and swimming.
Dr Loveday Jenkin
Councillor Loveday Jenkin is the Cornwall Councillor for Crowan, Sithney and Wendron Parishes.
She is an experienced councillor having first been elected to Crowan Parish Council and Kerrier District Council in 1995. She is an experienced school governor and was a pupil at Leedstown Primary School from 1963 to 1969. She is passionate about supporting young people to achieve their aspirations and working with the community to support the school.
Mr Steve Jones
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Mrs Sue Jones
Sue began teaching at the age of 21, working in inner city schools in Birmingham. From there, she went on to teach at a number of schools, large and small, in urban and rural settings. For a time, she lived abroad and taught at schools in Portugal and Tenerife. Sue joined Leedstown in 2003 and while here have taught all age groups, from Reception to Year 6. The experience gained from teaching in such a variety of settings, with children from a wide range of backgrounds, has informed Sue's approach to education and child development. One of Sue's passions is sharing her love of maths with children and developing their critical thinking through this subject.