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School Governors

Jan Woodhouse

Jan Woodhouse – Executive Headteacher (St Ives School, Cape Cornwall School and Hayle Academy)

Jan is a Governor in her role as Executive Headteacher of the 3 secondary schools within the Truro and Penwith Academy Trust. Her career in education started as a teacher of science in Penbrokeshire in Wales. She returned to Cornwall in 2002, having grown up and been educated in Cornwall throughout her childhood.

Jan worked in other Cornish schools as a teacher of science, Head of Science and school leader before joining St Ives School in 2014 as Headteacher. Deeply committed to education and passionate about small, rural schools, she has been working with Cape Cornwall since 2016 and with Hayle Academy since 2019.

Outside of work, Jan has two children of her own and enjoys getting out in our beautiful Cornish countryside with her energetic springer spaniel.

Cuedda Proudfoot-Taylor – Teacher Governor

Cuedda has been teaching for almost thirty years and is a passionate advocate of the profession and all that teachers do to inspire young people in their learning journeys.  Her experience includes teaching English and English Literature across all three Key Stages, being a Head of English and Head of Creative Arts Faculty and leading and managing whole-school initiatives such as Literacy and Gifted and Talented.

Her role as Teacher Governor means that she is able to act as a conduit for teachers’ views at Governing Body meetings and share whole-school perspectives with her colleagues in their daily work.

Cuedda is now in her seventh year of teaching English and English Literature at St Ives.  She enjoys debating and developing creative writing with her students and looks forward each day to working in one of the best schools in Cornwall.

Jane Cashmore – Chair of Governors

Jane has been a Governor at St Ives School for four years and is delighted to have been elected as Chair of Governors for the coming year.

Jane’s career started as a freelance artist and designer having completed a Degree at Goldsmiths College, followed by an MA at the University of Central England.

Teaching in the secondary sector followed a PGCE course, working in schools in the Black Country, Northern Ireland and at a British Forces School in Germany.  On returning to the UK Jane was appointed to Sutton Coldfield College, progressing to Faculty Director of English, Humanities and the Creative Arts.  Jane completed an MBA and continued to teach Business Studies on HND courses alongside managing an off-site campus.

Jane joined the Senior Management Team at Truro and Penwith College in 2007 as Assistant Principal, Director of Operations.  She has responsibility for the day to day operational functions of the College.  This includes overseeing the upkeep and maintenance of the buildings, timetabling the work of the Premises Teams, Catering Team and Transport Services.  Jane also leads on Health and Safety, sustainability, student discipline, data protection and has line management of the curriculum areas of Art and Design, Media, Performing Arts and Foundation Studies.

Jane loves living in Cornwall, walking and gardening aspiring to one day organising sufficient time to own a dog.

Ken Wilson – Governor and Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee

Ken started his career in Education in the mid-1960s in the West Midlands. He had various roles in schools including two headships. During this time he graduated from the Open University (B.A.) and the University of Aston (MSc).

From schools he moved into working for the local authority in Sandwell where he became Assistant Director of Education/ Head of Schools (Primary, Secondary, SEN.)

After 34 years he moved to St. Ives and has been involved in a number of voluntary community activities, some specifically in education. He was a governor of a nearby secondary school and has been a governor of Truro and Penwith College since 2008.

He is part of a teaching family – his wife was a deputy head of a primary school and his three children now all work in schools in Cornwall in various teaching/managerial roles.
His belief that teachers, schools and colleges play a crucial part in making a positive input in enhancing young people’s life chances is the reason why he continues to be involved in education and specifically at St. Ives.

Apart from this continuing involvement in education his main interest is in cricket at all levels and he is President of St. Ives cricket club.


Sue Sprent – Vice Chair of Governors

Sue’s professional career has been varied.  She qualified initially as an English teacher and worked in a variety of schools, including becoming Head of English.  Sue subsequently worked for Oxfordshire County Council as Training Officer for Youth and Community Services, and later as an Adviser for Community Education.  Sue also trained during this period as a Psychotherapist in London.

Sue moved to Cornwall (Zennor) in 1989 and her two children both attended St Ives School.  In Cornwall Sue worked for Addiction Services in General Practice, eventually becoming manager for Addaction in Cornwall.  Currently she is a supervisor for Cornwall Rape and Sexual Abuse (CRASAC).

Sue’s main interest are arts based – literature, art, music and she has specific experience in and commitment to counselling and pastoral work.  As a governor Sue’s current role is Vice Chair. Sue has been involved in several appointments at the school including Headteacher recruitment.

Simon Stevens – Staff Governor

After attending St Ives School as a child Simon was privileged to be appointed as an LSA initially at St Ives School, before being promoted to Head of Key Stage 3, Head of House and later Head of Year.

Simon is extremely passionate about helping young people and in particular young people from the St Ives community.  Simon is very excited about being a governor and continuing to support young people and be involved in improving St Ives School.

Gill Scott Anderson

Gill Scott Anderson is a community Governor at St Ives School and also the parent of a son in year 9.  She moved to St Ives 11 years ago from Oxford.

She soon became passionate about the local community and became involved in the Ayr field community group taking the lead in fund raising and rebuilding the play area on Ayr field, in St Ives. She is also secretary for the St Ives community Orchard group.

Gill was previously a governor at St Ives infant school for 8 years before joining the governing body at St Ives School. Her motivations are to improve the lives of children in the local community through access to healthy open spaces, recreation and a quality education.

She is a Change Manager at Cornwall Council and is engaged in activities to support the transformation of public services.   With nearly 30 years’ experience in Human Resources and leadership she brings this wealth of knowledge to the governing body.

Rachel Thomas

Rachel was brought up on a farm near Launceston. She graduated from Plymouth University (Seale Hayne) with a degree in Food Management in 1994 and moved to Sennen in 1995. She worked as a QA for 5 years at a local vegetable packhouse and following the birth of her daughter in 2000 she started working with her husband on the farm. She runs the farm with her husband and is responsible for all aspects of office management which includes accounts, payroll and HR.

Rachel has over 12 years of governance experience. She was a parent governor at St Buryan Academy for 7 years being involved in its conversion to academy status and the appointment of a new Headteacher. She then became a parent governor at Cape Cornwall School in 2013. Rachel has been Chair of Finance & Premises and then Chair of Governors at Cape. Following the most recent Ofsted visit she was then appointed to the IEB by the Local Authority. Both her children have successfully completed their secondary education at Cape Cornwall School before moving onto Truro & Penwith College to study A Levels and University.

Rachel is very aware of the importance of Cape Cornwall School in the local community and has worked hard whilst on the IEB to ensure that Cape’s family and inclusive ethos has been maintained during the last challenging year. She feels very privileged to have been asked to continue in this new joint governance role with St Ives School and is looking forward to the new challenges ahead as Vice Chair of the Governors.

In her spare time Rachel enjoys Pilates, Swimming, Cycling and singing with a local choir.

Zoe Baxter

Zoe has over 28 years’ experience in education as teacher, consultant and adviser.  She is passionate about PSHE which is facilitated by trained, confident teachers, enabling our children and young people to better navigate themselves into adulthood; including age appropriate RSE and mental health support and awareness.  Zoe has a keen interest in effective teaching and learning to enable students with additional needs to thrive and achieve.

She is a keen swimmer and volunteers to judge at competitions; she is also a volunteer at the Street Food Project and enjoys reading and baking; but most of all spending time with family and friends.

Rhiannon Rait

Rhiannon has always been interested in education, believing children should receive an active and engaging education as well as being nurtured throughout their development to take on greater challenges. As a regular volunteer at her sons’ playgroup and first primary school, she is convinced that children should be challenged through outdoor as well as indoor learning. This led Rhiannon to complete a Forest School Leadership course and assist with the Land-based Short Course offered by Cape in previous years.

Cape is very much a community school like St Ives School, which staff, pupils and families have a vested interest in. When Cape went into special measures and became an Academy Rhiannon wanted to be involved in helping to support a positive outcome for the school and their children’s future.  Rhiannon has not been a governor before but was previously Secretary and then Joint Chair at her local community playgroup, giving children the best start in placing those all-important foundation building blocks.

Rhiannon has 3 son’s one of whom attends Cape Cornwall School. She enjoys being outside with the family, whatever the weather, making the most of the opportunities to walk, bike, ride or sail on her doorstep in West Penwith.

Hannah Jenkin – Parent Governor St Ives School

Hannah is an associate Chartered Legal Executive.  Hannah’s education is mostly in Law but also studied psychology and sociology at A-level. Hannah has two children, her eldest is in Year 10 and her youngest is in year 3.

Hannah’s husband works as a Teaching Assistant and is envious of the wonderful impact he has on the children he works with and hopes that by taking on a parent governor role she will also be able to ‘give back’ to the community and have a helpful insight to her sons schooling.

Her son has been an active member of the Green power team during his years at St Ives School and helped fundraise for its success and provide the school with crucial funds to enable the team to continue with their fantastic work!

Hannah is a driven individual and will enjoy the opportunity to be a ‘parent voice’ within the governors.