Andrew Nicholson - Chair of Governors
Hi, I’m Andrew Nicholson and I’m one of the foundation governors at Ladock School. I work as the Cornwall Methodist District Youth Enabler which involves helping to support youth projects across Cornwall and Scilly, and helping to give young people more opportunities for participation within the church and their communities. I’m passionate about worship that is accessible and inclusive, and enjoy leading services and events that involve everyone participating. – such as creating labyrinths on the beach for people to explore the journey of their life, Prayer drumming, informal Café style Church, lively family services, through to meditative Taize style services. I have a lot of different interests including sport, in which I play cricket and table tennis and am a member of the Elite Racing Club; wildlife (especially birding), astronomy (solar eclipse chasing!), and music (drumming, song writing, worship leading and pre-school music groups). I was also runner up for the UK in the last Red Bull World Paper plane championship! I’m married to Helen, and we have two sons at the school, Isaac and Joseph. Helen and I regularly help lead Friday assemblies as part of the “Open The Book” team which acts out various Bible stories in creative ways.
Shirley Soper – Foundation Governor
After retiring from a life long career in health care I found myself accepting the role of Ladock Church of England Foundation Governor rejoining after a period of some 14years or so. In a Church of England school I do believe that it is so important to have active members of the church community involved on the governing body.
Both my children, who are in their 30’s, attended Ladock School and over the years I have spent many happy hours helping in one form or another ‘in school’ and loved every minute of it.
One thing that I believe is that a happy child, can, given opportunities, learn. One of my objectives is for every child to have a happy education whilst at Ladock School and be given every opportunity.
My special interest within the role of Governor is ‘Special Needs’ and ensuring that every child reaches their full potential whilst in the care of Ladock School.
My strengths I believe are endless patience, empathy, a very good listener and a willingness to join in with the children and making a fool of myself at times. Perhaps I can add ‘time’ as a strength’ these days. Now in retirement I can again spend time freely within the classroom once more helping, observing and joining in with your children.
Some of my hobbies include craft work (which may come in useful in school), reading and gardening. At present I act as a local Pastoral minister and am one of two church wardens for Ladock Parish Church.
Previously I have completed training in clinical and pastoral counselling My studies have also included palliative care, care of the dying and loss and bereavement are all very positive and uplifting strings to my bow.
Having initially been somewhat hesitant to rejoin the Governing body, I am so pleased that I did. It has taken me some 14 years or so to realise that I really missed being part of Ladock School and that I really could help make a difference to your child’s happiness and education.
To me at our Church of England School every child matters.
Mary Stevenson – Staff Governor
Although born in Devon, my father is a Cornishman so moving to Cornwall in 1990 was coming back to my roots! I have taught in several primary schools in the County of all shapes and sizes – from Newquay Junior which at the time had over 400 pupils, to Ladock which is on a somewhat smaller scale! Before studying for my B.Ed Hons degree at Rolle College, I worked as a secretary in the North Devon District Hospital and learnt the immensely useful skill of ‘typing fast’ – which never ceases to fascinate the pupils I teach! It has been a real pleasure to be part of the Ladock team since September 2014 working with great staff, children and parents.
Revd Canon Andrew Wade - Ex-Officio governor as incumbent of Ladock Parish
Married to Jane with 2 grown up sons, I have been ordained for 27 years all that time in West and Mid Cornwall. I have been a governor for 24 years now in several primary schools both church and county schools. I was governor at Ladock School 1989-1992 when I was Team Vicar here. I have taken school assemblies regularly in all the schools in the parishes in which I have ministered and always enjoyed my time in school.
I am an ex-officio Director of the St.Piran Cross Multi Academy Trust because I am Vicar for 3 of the schools involved. Before I was ordained I was a dairy farmer.
Lisa Michell - Headteacher
I was born in Truro then spent most of my childhood in Devon and Somerset before returning to my Cornish roots. I completed a 3 year BSc Hons in psychology and biology at Keele University, Staffordshire. After this I went to The College of St. Mark and St. John in Plymouth to carry out a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. My teaching career began in the small, rural school at St. Teath. I then taught for twelve years in Tregolls, Truro where I was Assistant Headteacher. During this time I also worked as a Leading Teacher and Associate Literacy Consultant. I started at Ladock Church of England School in September 2007 and was immediately struck by the warm, welcoming atmosphere which is so often lacking in schools. The pupils make excellent progress both academically and with their own personal development. Outside of work I am an equestrian enthusiast and have competed regularly at dressage.
Mr Chris Jones - L.A. Governor then Foundation (01-02-13 - 01-01-17)
Mrs Sam Moore - Parent Governor (01-05-15 - 01-02-17)