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Welcome to the School Monitoring Council page!


Celtic Cross Education is committed to maintaining the unique nature of all of the schools within the Trust and believes this is best achieved by giving a clear mandate to the School Monitoring Council to be the drivers of school improvement. The Trust gives the SMC the freedoms to focus on the challenge and support for the improvements in teaching and learning and the curriculum by ensuring the synergies of belonging to a MAT allow statutory obligations to be dealt with centrally. This, coupled with the defined role of the senior leaders within the schools setting enables the Head of Schools to deal exclusively with the day-to-day management of the individual schools; the burden of Finances, Resources and Personnel issues are dealt with by the CEO and the Central Administrative Team. This freedom gives the leader in the school the maximum time and resources to effectively engage with all stakeholders and manage the schools effectively on a day-to-day basis. With a School Improvement Lead working full-time across the schools, this partnership with SMCs, Head of School and staff strive to provide the best for every child in the Trust.


Our School Monitoring Council

The monitoring councillors at our school are made up of a number of monitoring councillors representing St Winnow School and Lerryn School.  We have a 'joint' monitoring councillor body.

The monitoring councillors all have specific roles, with some attending Academy meetings at the Central office in Roche.


 Our Chair of Monitoring Councillors is Mr Dez Monks. He is a Foundation Monitoring Councillor and focuses on the teaching and learning of maths. 


Mr Robert Pearce is a Foundation monitoring councillor and he focuses on the wider curriculum. He also attends a number of Director committee meetings.

Mrs Alison Ginty is a Foundation monitoring councillor. She monitors RE and Collective Worship.

Revd Sheila Bawden is our Safeguarding monitoring councillor.

Mrs Sophie Mansfield parent monitoring councillor she focuses on EYFS and reading.

Mrs Suzi Bayliss parent monitoring councillor she focuses on pupil premium provision.

Miss Jennie Franklin and Mr Mat Blunt are our two Staff SMC.

Mrs Karen Holmes (School improvement lead) and Mr Shaun Perfect also attend all monitoring councillor meetings. 



How to contact a councillor

Often the best councillor to contact if you have a question, a concern or a complaint, in the first instance is the parent councillor as they are usually around at the start or the end of the day in both schools. They can suggest who may be best to talk to – it may be the Head of School (if it is a curriculum query or concern for example) –the chair of governors (if it is a complaint) or the CEO (if it is a concern about safeguarding).

The chair of the SMC can be contacted via each school – letters can always be given to her directly. She also has a dedicated chair of the SMC email address which can be obtained from the school office.

Councillor also attend our termly services and special events and so are always happy to answer questions or to help if it is needed.

If you need to speak to a specific councillor, then please always ask the school as contact can always be made.

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