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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.



School Monitoring Council


There are vacancies for two Councillors on the School Monitoring Council for Lerryn and St Winnow. We would like to invite any parents who have an interest in a school governing role to express such an interest to Miss Franklin by Wednesday 5th May.


If you would like more information about the role in advance of nomination (of yourself or another), Jo Nicolle, current Chair of SMC, would be pleased to have an informal conversation: contact her via the school office.


If there were to be more candidates than vacancies, then prospective SMC members would 'stand'. Please don't be put off by that, there are no special qualifications needed, just a keen interest in the schools and the desire to support them actively!


We look forward to hearing from you.


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.




Mrs Jo Nicolle 

Jo is the Chair of our SMC she focuses on Maths, writing, the wider curriculum and SIAMS. 

I LOVE reading, and escape into a good book whenever I get the chance. Since I was little I've always enjoyed legends and tales of long ago, and stories about King Arthur have stirred my imagination from childhood: T H White's 'The Once and Future King' is especially wonderful, beautifully written, funny and full of adventure - though I defy you not to cry at the end.  My favourite book of all time has to be 'The Lord of the Rings' for its fantastic depth and breadth, page-turning narrative, unforgettable characters. Oh, and I simply love 'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes (beautiful illustrations and such a heart-warming story).

Mr Robert Pearce

Robert is a Foundation monitoring councillor and he focuses on safeguarding and Health and safety. He also attends a number of Director committee meetings.

Mrs Sophie Mansfield

Sophie is a parent monitoring councillor she focuses on EYFS, reading, SEND and Pupil Premium provision. 

My favourite author as a teenager and now is Jane Austen. Her books are beautifully written,  her plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. Austen impacted the world of literature by introducing a new style of writing, using new literary devices to describe her daily life, and continuing to remain current throughout the centuries. 


Mrs Suzi Bayliss

Suzi is a parent monitoring councillor she focuses on pupil premium provision, SEND and PE. 


Mrs Hattie Hawken

Hattie is a parent monitoring councillor she focuses on Staff and Pupil wellbeing and P/RSHE. 

Miss Jennie Franklin & Mr Mat Blunt

Jennie and Mat are our two Staff monitoring Councillors. 

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 one of our parent councillors 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. Jo also has a dedicated chair of the SMC email address which can be obtained from the school office.

Councillors also attend our termly services and special events and so are always happy to answer questions or to help if 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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