I am very pleased to extend to you a warm welcome to the Poltair website from the governors of Poltair, part of the wider team who lead the school community. We are proud of our community Sports College, which blends the best of historic and new buildings on our elevated site overlooking St Austell Bay. Many of us have children who attended the school in the past or are current pupils and we all live within the wider St Austell area. Poltair has a roll of about 800 pupils and we also provide excellent facilities including an all weather pitch, which serve as an important resource for the whole community.
We regard our school as a partnership between students, staff, governors, parents and the wider community. All parents are encouraged to take an active part in school life. You will usually find a governor at Parents Evenings or other school events. Governors are elected by parents or staff, or appointed by the Local Authority, or appointed as community representatives. Governors bring a wide range of skills and experience to the strategic overview of the school. Our role is to support and challenge the professionals who work at Poltair and to ensure accountability to the local community.
Governors attend twice termly meetings and also sit on at least one of the committees; Curriculum, Personnel, Resources and Student Services. They chair the committees that appoint staff and many are linked to a year group or a subject department. This means that governors are often in school and have a good working knowledge of day-to-day school life.
Daphne Johns (Local Authority Governor, Chair of Governors)
I have been a governor at Poltair School for eight years and have been 'in the chair' since January 2012. At the point at which I retired I worked for Cornwall Local Authority as an Assistant Director of Education (School Improvement). Before this I taught for thirty years, mainly in schools in Cornwall, as both teacher; and headteacher of three different schools.
I have been married to Phil for nearly fifty years. I feel I have had a long association with Poltair; our three daughters, Catherine, Alison and Emma all attended the school and progressed to University. They now live in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Cheshire and so we do not see as much of them, or our grand children: Ellie16, Amy 13, Lewis 11 and Sean 8, as we would like.
I enjoy working with everyone at Poltair in support of their dedication and focus on offering the best possible education and therefore, life chances, for all pupils. It is a happy school, striving with unerring energy and enthusiasm for 'moving to great'.
In my leisure time I enjoy baking, fundraising for various charities and investigating family history in the course of which I have discovered a few teachers and one or two rogues!
If you would like any other information, or to make contact with the Governing Body, there are two ways to do so. Formally, you can write to the Clerk to the Governors at the school. Informally you are welcome to contact me - the current Chair of Governors using the contact form below: