Skip to content ↓


Governors : The Willow

Our supportive governing body, in consultation with the Head Teacher, provide the strategic lead for the school. The full Governing Body meets every term and all governors carry out at least one monitoring visit in school per term. The governors also attend a range of courses and Trust meetings and represent the school when required.

The two main functions of Curnow's Local Governing Body are:

  • Ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction 
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff


For further information on Trust governance information please follow the link - Special Partnership Trust - Trust Governance


Rob Armstrong - Ex-officio   



Wendy Randle - Co-opted Governor (Chair)

I joined the board as their Clerk to Governors in 2015.  After leaving this role it was a pleasure to be asked to return as a governor in 2019.

I work in school and further education governance and hope my skills and experience will support the board and the school on their future journey.  

Helen Jones - Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair) 

I have recently retired as a local GP. Having seen the importance of education provided by Curnow school through my work, I would like to support the good work of the staff and pupils and see how these standards can be maintained and improved.

I am responsible for Safeguarding and monitoring all the interesting and varied work on supporting pupil wellbeing.

Will Pearce - Parent Governor 

I’m Will, I applied for the vacant role of parent governor 12 months ago after seeing the good work the school do with my son who is in year 1 and wanting to help the school continuously improve. 

My role is Health & Safety monitoring, which I have industry related background in and I am looking forward to using my experience to help the school remain a safe environment for pupils and staff.

Lee Gendall - Parent Governor 

I am Lee, I had the honour of being appointed parent governor just over a year ago and have learnt so much already about this amazing school family. I hope in my role I can be of good use to the school. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to see the children and staff working in harmony. The children all seem to absolutely love their days at school, which is a joy to see and have a small involvement in.

I have been made Physical Development Governor this year and will endeavour to fulfil this role to the best of my abilities and look forward to finding out more about the Physical Development offer at Curnow.

Claire Pearne - Staff Governor 

I have been very fortunate to have worked at Curnow School since 2010, most recently in the role of Home/School Liaison.

I joined the governing body in 2018 and, alongside the rest of the governors, will continue to support the school in achieving the best outcomes for all of the pupils.  

In addition to my governing duties I am also the Curriculum Governor for the school.

Wendy Hattam - Co-opted Governor

Marilyn Horobin - Co-opted Governor

I am a retired Chartered Educational Psychologist with M.A. and M.Ed. Degrees. Pre retirement I was Principal Educational Psychologist and Head of the Special Educational Needs Services for Schools in Cardiff City Council.  Following my retirement, I became a Team Inspector for Ofsted in England and Estyn in Wales for both Primary and Special Schools. In parallel I was employed as a Lay Member of the SEN and Care Standards Tribunal Services in operating in England and Wales.

I have a keen interest in Early Years Special Educational provision and have co-written in a professional journal in this field. As a new Governor I am aware of the excellent provision and dedication of staff at the school but I would hope to add a further meaningful dimension, to meet the complex range of needs of pupils at Curnow School.

Lorna Martin - Parent Governor

I have had the pleasure of having my child attend Curnow School since he began primary education and have been so thankful for their incredible support and guidance throughout the last 6 years. I have lots of experience in the battles we have as parents in getting the right support in place for our children

I also work full time in education, having recently started a new job working at Kings College London as their apprenticeship manager, supporting staff with their professional development and working with young people who would like to start their career with us. I also support the careers hub, and Diversity to Thrive (a group of employers supporting employment and work experience opportunities for those with SEND). Before that I spent 17 years working in Further Education as the Head of Apprenticeships so I have a full understanding of post 16 education, supporting SEND learners, and Ofsted! 

Dee Dockery - Staff Governor 

My name is Dee Dockery and I am the newly appointed staff governor for Curnow School. This is my ninth year at Curnow, and I am pleased and privileged to have been accepted as a school representative for our governing body. I am incredibly passionate and delighted to lead on pupil well-being at Curnow and I am proud of the work I have done in this area both in my school and across the SPT.

I am currently midway through completing my master’s degree researching self-regulating strategies specifically designed for pupils with profound and complex SEND. I also oversee Physical Development alongside another colleague, and I am excited by the work we are doing in this area to develop our already great offer across both of our Primary and Secondary sites. I look forward to the responsibility, challenges and reward being a school governor at Curnow is sure to bring.