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As Poltair School is a sponsored academy within the Cornwall Education Learning Trust (CELT) the Local Governing Body is a committee that reports to the board of trustees.

The Governing Body is made up of the following members:

  • Daphne Johns (Chair of the LGB & Safeguarding Governor)
  • Paul Curtis (Vice Chair of LGB & Parent Governor)
  • Amy Daniels (SEND Governor)
  • Dilys Vincent (SEND Governor)
  • John Simeons (CELT Trustee)
  • Gemma Owens (Staff Governor)

The LGB meets six times per year and provides support and challenge to the school. The LGB reports back to the board of Trustees to ensure that all governance matters are addressed at a local level.

If you would like to make contact with the LGB please address correspondence to [email protected]

Further Governance information can be found on the CELT Governance Section – CELT Website.

Important Links

Name Position Type of Governor Area of Responsibility Term of Office Pecuniary Interests Attendance

Mark Everett







Daphne Johns




1st September 2022 – 31st August 2024



Paul Curtis

Vice Chair



15th March 2022 – 14th March 2026



John Simeons



Health & Safety

15th March 2022 – 14th March 2026

Director The Merchants Quarter (Charlestown) Property Management Company Ltd


Dilys Vincent




1st September 2022 – 31st August 2024



Amy Daniels 




15th March 2022 - 14th March 2026



Gemma Owens


Teaching Staff


4th October 2023 – 3rd October 2027




Governor Pen Portraits

Daphne Johns - Chair of Governors

I am privileged to be Chair of Governors of  Poltair School. I am also a Governor at Pondhu school.

I started my teaching career in a large Primary school in Hampshire, before moving to Cornwall with my husband, Philip. We have three daughters, Catherine, who is a teacher, Alison is a food scientist, and Emma, who is a physiologist. All three girls attended Poltair.

My first teaching post in Cornwall was at Carclaze Infants’ school. After seven years, there followed my three headships, at Grampound, St. Austell Infants school (forerunner of Pondhu school), and Trenance Infants school Newquay.

In 1994, I joined Cornwall’s Education Advisory Service. With responsibility for the schools in north Cornwall. I enjoyed visiting schools and observing the quality of education in our schools. Most of all I enjoyed talking to the children. I do have some tales to tell!

As well as my ‘day job’, I was also an Ofted inspector, reporting on fourteen schools across the South West. My preference is to work with schools over a sustained period to achieve the required improvements.

Finally, after several moves ‘onwards and upwards,’ I was appointed Cornwall’s Chief Inspector of schools, a post I held until my retirement.

It is my firm belief that all our children deserve the best education possible and, working with everyone at Poltair school that is what I would hope we would achieve.

In my spare time I like travelling, cooking, family history and reading. When I am not engaged in any of those pursuits, I contribute to the activities of St Austell Soroptimists. And last but not least I am Church Warden at St Paul’s Church Charlestown.

Paul Curtis - Vice Chair of Governors

I have been a governor at Poltair School since late 2021 after my daughter joined the school in September of that year. Previously I was a governor at her primary school in Wiltshire. 

Having relocated, I wanted to ensure that I contributed to the local community and although I don’t have a background in education, my experience across multiple senior management roles in a variety of industries lends itself well to holding school leaders to account and providing an appropriate level of challenge to ensure fantastic outcomes for the children at the school.

I believe that with good leadership, schools can provide inspiration and opportunity for young people to excel, despite the geographical and economical challenges that are experienced in this community in particular.

In my spare time, I can normally be found in one of three places, the kitchen, the beach or at the football. 

Dilys Vincent

I have been involved as a Governor at Gorran, Bugle and Poltair School for twenty- five years. I therefore bring a range of experience to my role at Poltair having been chair and vice chair.

I have worked within the education system within Cornwall for 39 years, initially as a teaching assistant at Bugle, then training and working as a teacher in various schools in Cornwall. I went on to work as a Special Educational Needs advisor for Early Years and I have been the Headteacher and Lead for the Early Years Service, Specialist Team since 2010. My current role since 2022 is as Lead Officer for Early Years Inclusion and SEND. Over the last six years I have become an Early Years Ofsted Inspector, carrying out regular inspections outside of Cornwall.

I am married to Nick who attended Poltair School and I have two boys Lee and Jack who both also attended Poltair, Lee is now a Teacher himself and Jack works in security. I am blessed with a grandson who inspires and amazes me every day.

I enjoy being part of the Poltair community and supporting the school in its journey to raise aspirations and improve outcomes for all students. We have seen rapid improvement over the last few years. It is always a joy visiting the school and seeing the aspiring young people on their journey to adulthood being supported by a truly committed team.

John Simeons

I have been a Trustee of CELT since it’s inception, and prior to that was a trustee with one of it’s forerunners, PLT.  I am a Governor both Poltair and Penrice, and at both schools I act as a bridge between the Trust and the Local Governors. 

My background is not in education, but in engineering.  I spent some 30 years working as a telecoms engineer with BT starting out as an Apprentice in Penzance before moving to London, eventually leaving as a senior manager.  After leaving BT I spent some 5 years working with other telecoms companies both in the UK and Europe.  My skill set includes Project Management, Product Management, Process Engineering, Logistics and Network Design.

After the telecoms bubble burst I changed career direction quite radically, and worked for several years at an aerospace company which maintains airliners, ending up as their Management Accountant.   After finally retiring at about the 3rd attempt, I spent several years as an adviser with Citizens Advice and I am also currently a volunteer Watchkeeper and trainer with NCI Charlestown.

Although I have no educational background I am passionate about education.  In particular I want to build a system that can inspire young people to achieve.  As a parent (some years ago now) my daughter was quite badly failed by the school system and I want to help build a system that doesn’t do failure.

In my spare time I enjoy motorcycling, especially motorcycle touring, and so far have managed to tick off 18 separate European countries on my assorted tours.

Gemma Owens

I have been fortunate enough to have now been teaching for over 20 years, with 15 of those as a teacher here at Poltair.

I began my career as a PE teacher in Somerset before moving to a Sports College in Hamble, Southampton. I then relocated to the sunny climes of Cornwall and Poltair, excited to be continuing my PE teacher journey. I was offered the opportunity to become a Head of Year at Poltair, and I enjoyed supporting the journey of many young people across nearly a decade from Year 7 through to leaving us and heading to college. Recently, I have enjoyed the opportunity to teach English, Geography and History to our Key Stage 3 learners; showing me a different side to teaching. Our young people are bright, funny and deserve to have every chance of success. To be a part of the journey of young people and Poltair over the years has been an absolute privilege.

Outside of school, I am a hockey coach for a local ladies team - enabling me to still keep that competitive streak alive! I love travel - exploring new places, languages and cultures. I also love trips to the theatre, particularly a musical or will happily be found with my nose in a book. Reading has been such a fundamental driver in my own education, and I continue to strive to support Poltair’s development of this through the excellent reading programme.

Prior to September 2023 the school had a Rapid Improvement Group in place of a Local Governing Body. This was made up of Trust leads, Trustees and Local Headteachers to secure rapid improvement within the school.  As a result of the rapid and sustained improvements, the school has launched a full local governing body with the support of the Trust.  Several members of the original RIG asked to remain as part of the local governing body and some members were redeployed into other schools.


Christopher Bennett

Claire Bunting

Craig Hayes

Richard Baker