Meet our Governors

  • Mr Peter Bickford-Smith

    Community governor

    "I have been a Foundation Governor of Sithney School since September 2013 and on the Governing Board of Garras & Sithney since June 2015. My responsibilities as Governor are for Health & Safety and Grievance & Appeals.I have been a Parish Councillor since 2004 and Chairman since May 2015. I have lived in the Parish of Sithney almost all my life and am passionate about its beauty, heritage and history. I started my marquee business, Trevarno Marquee & Event Hire in 1982 and still run it from Nancegollan Industrial Estate where I employ 4 full time employees and 10 seasonal workers. I also run Cornwall IT Services from Nancegollan". Peter Bickford- Smith

  • Mrs Lucy Green

    Pupil premium/ SEND governor

    "I have two children at Garras, who began their school life at Owlets Pre-School, where I was Chairperson. Becoming a Governor was a natural step on from this, specialising in Pupil Premium. I am a Forest School Practitioner and Trainer, working with children and adults all over Cornwall. I run Forest school at both Sithney and Garras, for all year groups. We are very fortunate to be able to use the fabulous Crenver Grove for our sessions." - Lucy Green

  • Mrs Esther Kitchen

    Vice Chair - Safeguarding & Looked after children governor

    "I have two boys enrolled in Sithney School. Now as a full time Mum, with a background in teaching, it felt only natural to me to wish to become actively involved in school life. I feel that I can appreciate a balanced view of both parental and teaching roles. I aim to be approachable, and effectively represent the parents through my work as a governor. I am always available at dropping off and picking up times, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch". Esther Kitchen

  • Miss Helen Neil

    Staff Governor

    'I began teaching at Sithney in the autumn of 2006 and have been fortunate to be part of the team which has seen the school grow. I am now the Assistant Headteacher at Sithney and am enjoying the work we do with schools across the SPCMAT. As a member of staff I am able to relate information to the governing body about how our schools work together, along with facilitating discussions about policy and practice to enhance the drive and challenge of the school'. Helen Neil

  • Mrs Emma Stritt

    Sithney - Executive head teacher

    'In January 2019 I took the role of Executive Headteacher of Sithney and Trannack School, having previously had a teaching head role at Trannack School. I am an advocate of small schools and understand the many benefits of small, rural, community schools but also the challenges that they face. I hope my experience of working and leading a small, local school will benefit the pupils and staff at Sithney.'