To pro-actively ensure the school provides a safe and caring learning environment which supports and challenges children, enables them to reach their full potential, and celebrates their success.

Our main role is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The two key documents used for this are the School Development Plan (SDP) and the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SDP sets out a three year strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.

A governing board has three core functions for its school, as set out in the 2019 Department for Education’s Governors’ Handbook.

All governance boards, no matter what type of school or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the effective and efficient management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

We are committed to providing an outstanding environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.


Governor terms of office are for 4 years.


Mrs Sam Bowden - Headteacher

Mr Dan Jewell - Staff 01.09.25

Mrs Sue Robbins - Co-opted 13.10.24

Mrs Rebecca Boyde - Co-opted 12.09.26 Chair

Mrs Dorothy Tamblyn-Local Authority 31.08.24

Mrs Monika Hanzlikova - Co-opted 14.03.27 Vice Chair

Mrs Jaime Straker - Parent 30.06.27

Rev Garry Swinton - Co-opted 19.09.27

Mr Phil Sumner - Parent 21.09.27

Mrs Rachel Kent - Co-opted 25.06.27


 Resigned within the last 12 months

Ms Ness Little - Co-opted 21.03.24

Mrs Rachel Thomas - Parent 21.09.23

Mr Simon Long - Co-opted 18.09.23






The Clerk to the Governors is Mrs Kristy Hurrell.  Kristy can be contacted at

Our Governing Board meetings are usually held at in school at 6.00pm on a Tuesday. At St Neot School we hold full Governing Board meetings each half term. We attend training sessions and seminars to help us keep up to date with changes in legislation for schools and education and to help us do our job effectively. We also go into school to meet with the Headteacher, other members of staff and pupils to help us find out how the school is progressing towards its targets. Visits are linked to the current School Development Plan.

Local Authority Governors are appointed by Cornwall Council.   Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Board.  Staff and Parent Governors are elected to the Board.

Our Governing Body adheres to The Seven Principles of Public Life

(Originally published by the Nolan Committee: The Committee on Standards in Public Life was established by the then Prime Minister in October 1994, under the Chairmanship of Lord Nolan, to consider standards of conduct in various areas of public life, and to make recommendations).

Selflessness - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.

Integrity - Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.

Objectivity - In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

Accountability - Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

Openness - Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

Honesty - Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

Leadership - Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.