Get Your Voice Heard – Become a Parent Governor at Penrice Academy

We’re always happy to hear from parents who wish to become Parent Governors and have a greater input on the running of Penrice Academy; you can also be Grandparents! This is an opportunity to support real, meaningful change, shaping the education of our young people and a chance to represent the views of all Penrice parents.

You’ll meet likeminded parents and share your first-hand experience for the good of the local community. Furthermore, on a personal level, you’ll also enhance your CV by gaining board-level experience.

No previous governor experience is required – we simply want to connect with enthusiastic parents who share a keen interest in the running of Penrice Academy.

Please watch the below information video, courtesy of Governors for Schools, which explores what it is like to be a school governor.

Benefits of becoming a Parent Governor

There are a diverse range of benefits to becoming a Parent Governor at Penrice.
These include:

Be Heard
Your opinion matters. You’ll have regular, direct contact with the Headteacher and other governors at Penrice and be presented with a platform to affect meaningful change.

Shape Education in St Austell
You’ll play a pivotal role in shaping the education of young people in our local community. From having a say on where budget is spent to being consulted on staff structure, your parent perspective will be extremely valuable to us.

Represent Penrice Parents
You’ll be respected by the parent community, acting as a key communication link between Parents and Penrice Academy. From voiced concerns to high praise, you can be our eyes and ears, reporting back how parents really feel.

Enhance your CV
On a personal level, being a Parent Governor is great for enhancing your CV. You’ll be sure to raise eyebrows at interviews for future employers after demonstrating the wide range of transferable skills you have learned.

Governor Testimonials


Mrs Jo Skyba
Parent & Staff Governor since March 2020

“As a previous student of Penrice who lives locally and now has children at both this school and a local primary, I have a vested interest in the school and the possibility to do something positive for my local community and the next generation.
Being a Parent and Staff Governor has enabled me to work alongside the Headteacher, senior leaders and teachers, helping to run Penrice Academy as effectively as possible.
Through my role as a governor, I have personally gained more self-confidence, business awareness and motivation. I have improved on team working, speaking in groups, asking questions, making suggestions, influencing, negotiation, problem solving and decision making.
I enjoy the challenge and the reward of the role. I am keen to make a difference by contributing to how well the school is run, to raising its standards, and to strengthening the link between our school and the community.”


Ms Jacqueline Sage
Chair of Governors – Joined in 2009

“I became a governor in 2009 when my eldest was in Year 9, initially as a parent governor. I joined as I had 2 more children who would be starting at the school over the next 6 years so I wanted to be part of the board to maintain the standards and vision of the school.
The benefit of having 3 chatty, opinionated children allowed me insight into how they felt about school. They also shared their friends’ thoughts and experiences which I could then feed back. This allowed the school leaders an insight into how their decisions were being received. I also spoke to other parents which allowed me to gather their thoughts and feelings about the school. This, I have always felt, allowed the voice of stakeholders to be heard.
Personally, I have found the whole experience fascinating and rewarding. It has given me a constructive voice in the education and well-being of the students of Penrice. I have gained experience in Board level meetings, decision making, and strategic planning, plus an understanding of a large variety of areas that go into running an effective organisation.”


Mr Neil Morrin
H&S & Community Governor – Joined in June 2021

“I think it’s too early to a say that my presence has had much impact on the school or community yet, especially during Covid-19, but I’ve tried to offer help and guidance and support where possible.
For me, it’s been a very different role. I’m used to working in a consultancy environment where organisations and individuals are expected to listen to and follow my advice. However, as a Governor, the relationship and role is different. It has been interesting to work within a different dynamic and develop and work on my soft skills.
I’m still new to the role, but feel that I can get a lot out of learning to adjust my own approach and interaction style to suit this environment and that’s a useful skillset to develop. From a wider point, I also think that our local schools are really important and as a community we should do what we can to support them.”

Meet the Team

The current governance team at Penrice Academy is as follows:
Jacqueline Sage – Chair of Governors, Rob Parker – Vice Chair, Ms Lucy Gambier – Headteacher, Peter Banfield – Staff Governor, Jo Skyba – Staff Governor, Nick Bailey, Pani Bundy, Hayley McKinstry, Neil Morrin, Jeremy Alder – Clerk to Governors.

Penrice Academy Governors pictured in April 2022 (some governors had joined virtually on Microsoft Teams)

Who We Are Looking For

We’re looking for one key character trait in all of our Parent Governors – Enthusiasm. You do not need past governor experience or a high-profile job. We’re simply looking for new parent governors who are prepared to roll up their sleeves, get stuck in and take a keen interest in the running of Penrice Academy, helping us to maintain standards and our Outstanding Ofsted accreditation.

Time Requirements of being a Governor

The Local Governing Body currently meet six times per year at Penrice Academy (St Austell) with each meeting lasting for approximately 2 hours. Attendance in person is preferred, but joining virtually is also an option.

Governors may also be requested to help outside of these six scheduled meetings, making monitoring visits to the school and undertaking training. In addition, attendance may also be required in exceptional circumstances such as critical incidents, or to be part of an independent, unbiased decision making panel on heavily scrutinised decisions such as student expulsions.

Express an Interest

If the thought of becoming a governor at Penrice Academy is appealing then the first step is to express an interest online using the link below. When a new space on the Governing Board arises, our Clerk to the Governors, Jeremy Alder, will then contact you for an informal chat, answering any questions you may have. Following your chat, if you’re happy to proceed, Jeremy will talk you through the next steps.
Depending on the level of interest in the limited Parent Governor positions, there may be ballot/voting process with all current Penrice parents eligible to vote. With this in mind, if standing for election, you will be offered space for a short biography/profile in our parent newsletter, enabling you to reach out to the Penrice community with any key messages.

Please note that Penrice Academy ran a Parent Governor recruitment campaign between April and May 2022. Whilst this deadline has now passed, you can still express an interest in the event that future Parent Governor positions arise.

Thank you for your time. We look forward to meeting you.