As an academy school, we have a Local Governing Advisory Body. Our Governors meet regularly to discuss a variety of topics. Governors have specific responsibilities and areas of interest. The headteacher supplies them with regular reports to supplement their own knowledge from visits and involvement in specific activities. These documents are the reports and minutes from our Governor Meetings.

At the end of every school year we evaluate what we have achieved and set our plans for the new school year and next development plan.

In the section at the bottom of the page you will find the parent governor nomination letters if you are interested in joining the Board.

Our Chair of Governors is James Wonnacott. If you wish to contact him please e-mail
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James Wonnacott

Chair/Foundation Governor

Key Areas: Strategy, Personnel, Whistleblowing

I was born and grew up in nearby Callington and have lived in the Launceston/Callington area for most of my life. I work in education as an IT systems manager. I am a churchwarden at St. Stephens Church and am presently training to be a lay reader. I am grateful that my connections with the local church have brought me to be a governor at St. Catherine’s which I consider to be a very special privilege. My particular interests are ICT and the gifted and talented.

Connie Smith

Parent Governor

Key Areas: SEND and curriculum

My family is originally from Texas (USA), but relocated to Cornwall first in 2011 for 2.5 years, then again in 2017. My husband and I work with charities and churches in the area to reach out to, encourage and inspire people of all ages. I left behind my fast-paced career at a large international corporation when our daughter Brooklyn was born, and have spent the years since involved in various aspects Christian ministry and as a professional singer alongside my incredibly talented singer-songwriter husband, Trevor. Our two children, Brooklyn and Lincoln, both attend St. Catherine's and enjoy it immensely. Having to move them to a new school (in a new country!) was one of the biggest worries for me as a mom, but it's turned out wonderfully. We so value and appreciate that St. Catherine's strives to instil both good learning and good character in the children. There is a bright future ahead for the children in our community, and I'm excited to help support and contribute to their experience and outcomes at St. Catherine's.

Margaret Young

Foundation Governor

Key Areas: Safeguarding and Pupil Voice

Brendan Maguire

Foundation Governor

Information Governor (Website/online safety/data protection)

Louise Hussey

Executive Headteacher

I was born in London but grew up in Cornwall from the age of 5. I gained a First Class BEd (Hons) in Maths from Exeter University and then taught and lived in Plymouth for 8 years, marrying and having my first child before moving to Manchester (my husband’s home town). There I had 2 more children and carried on teaching part time for 6 years before deciding to return to bring up our family in Cornwall. I now live just outside Bude where I enjoy coastal walks with my children and dogs and have just taken up gig rowing. After working locally as an assistant head and completing my Headteacher qualification, I was thrilled to be able to join St Catherine’s last year as Head of School where my passion for teaching is directed daily to the challenges of ensuring high quality, inspiring education for every one of our wonderful pupils.

Libby Phillpotts

Staff Governor

Key Areas: Maths and Vulnerable Pupil Groups

I teach Year 5 at St Catherine's. Having completed my PGCE here, I am pleased to have come back as a fully qualified teacher. Being with the pupils and watching them learn is the best part of my job. My particular interest is Maths, which I lead alongside Key Stage 2.