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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







Paul Curtis

Vice Chair






John Simeons



Health & Safety




Dilys Vincent







Amy Daniels 







Gemma Owens


Teaching Staff





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.

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.





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