St Mary's C of E School Truro

St Mary's C of E School

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young. Be an example to all believers, in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith and your purity."1 Timothy 4:12

Our Governors

Mrs Nicola Bray



My name is Nicola Bray and I'm Headteacher here at St Mary's. I have worked at St Mary’s for several years, first as class teacher, then Deputy Head and finally in post as Head. The school is an exciting place to work with every day being different. We have a fantastic team of staff and parents and amazing children! I live in North Cornwall in a small village with my young son and husband who runs the local fish and chip shop – which we love! I have a twin sister who I spend a lot of time with. I enjoy running and camping with my family. Oh and shopping! I also have a love of books and enjoyed studying a degree in literature before training to be a teacher. Working at this school has been a real privilege and one I hope to continue for many years!

Mrs Mary Ann Trethewey

Foundation Governor

10.11.20 - 09.11.24
My name is Mary Ann Trethewey.I have always worked in early education, first as a teacher and now as childminder support for the Local Authority so I have a strong interest in early years. My three sons all attended St Mary's and I have been a governor since 1991.There have been many changes during that time! St Mary's is a vibrant and exciting place but the school has not lost its 'family' ethos and I am particularly proud of the recent developments in wellbeing and good mental health and the care staff and pupils have for each other. I am a pastoral visitor for Kenwyn with St Allen church, enjoy music and reading and have taken part in the Great North Run twice raising funds for Mind and Cornwall Search and Rescue.

Rev Christopher Parsons

Foundation Governor

(Ex-Officio Foundation Governor) 05.02.09 onwards

One of five brothers, I was born in Norfolk and brought up on a farm. I went to the same school as Lord Nelson, Paston Grammar, North Walsham. We then moved to Suffolk where my family still farm. Before I was ordained in 2004, I worked as a Careers Adviser in secondary schools. I served my curacy in Lowestoft where we my wife and I lived for many years and then moved to Cornwall in 2008. I had never visited before and thought it would always be dry and sunny! I am the vicar of Kenwyn with St Allen and we have a boxer dog, Ruby. I like ‘old things’ and I have a 1955 Morris Minor and a collection of old transistor radios. I enjoy swimming and going to the gym.

Mr Ellis Luckhurst

Parent Governor (co-opted)

05.03.19 - 04.05.23

I have lived in Cornwall for over twenty years, and work in the horticultural industry. I run a seed sales and technical consultancy business together with my wife Jemima, working with many vegetable growers across the South West. Our daughter has just left St Mary's, and I have also been the Treasurer of Friends of St Mary’s (the PTA). I am hugely supportive of the school’s outdoor learning initiatives and help out with the forest school sessions. I enjoy spending time with my family making the most of the outdoor activities that Cornwall has to offer.

Mr Nigel Machin

Chair of Governors and Local Authority Governor

This is my second spell as a governor at St Mary’s, having previously been Chair of Governors from 2013-16. I moved to Cornwall from Worcester in 1995 with my wife and two daughters. My whole background is in education, having worked in schools in Derbyshire and Worcester, before being appointed as Deputy Headteacher at Penrice Academy in St Austell for 12 years. More recently I have worked as a teacher of languages at Truro School. Once again, I am enjoying working as part of a team at St Mary’s and hope that my skills and experiences in education will help the school to maintain its high rates of success and esteem within the county and local community. I enjoy reading and appreciating the ever-changing Cornish landscape, while walking our 2 dogs.

Mr William Robinson

Vice Chair of Governors

09/05/2020 - 08/05/2024

My name is Bill Robinson. I have lived in Cornwall all my life. I have worked for British Telecom and DEFRA in management positions. During this time I gained valuable experience in Project Management, planning, quality management, staffing and Health and Safety. I am a member and past Chairman of Kenwyn Parish Council. I am married with a son and daughter, both of whom attended St Mary’s. I enjoy walking, have a large garden for vegetables and relaxation. I regularly attend school camps.

Mrs Louise Stevenson

Deputy Headteacher, Staff Governor


My name is Louise Stevenson, the Deputy Headteacher at St Mary's School and became a Governor in 2016. I strongly support that our school nurtures and creates a lifelong love of learning. My experience in my role at St Mary's includes examples such as safeguarding, assessment management and analysis and strengthening community links. My husband and daughters are Cornish born and bred and we enjoy embracing all the wonderful advantages of living in Cornwall from homemade pasties to winter walks on the beach.

Mr Alexander Marples

Co-Opted Governor

20.11.20 - 19.11.24

My name is Alex Marples. A love of Cornwall began as a youngster while staying at my Grandparents' in Pensilva; eating pasties and running on the moor! Marrying a 'Bodmin Maid' happily sealed my fate and - after 15 years working in 'the City' - in 2013 we fulfilled our long-term wish to move back West and raise our children in Cornwall. I am self-employed; managing investments & property. I'm on the Board of Directors at Kernow Credit Union and Vice-Chairman of Truro Running Club. My areas of interest within the school include Finance, Sport and Mathematics. I ran the London Marathon in 2015 to raise funds for FLEET (de-fibs) and have also run the Eden Project Marathon. We have two daughters who attended St Mary's and are now at local secondary schools.

Mrs Penny Francis

Parent Governor (co-opted)

01.02.18 - 31.02.22

I have lived and worked in Cornwall since 2002, enjoying all the wonderful outdoor activities that we have on our doorstep. I work for the Local Authority working with young people and their families as a Psychologist which gives me the opportunity to hear the views and voices of many children, parents, school and staff. As a school parent governor I value working as part of a wider team of different people, using all our combined strengths to support the school. I am particularly interested in including all children equally in school, keeping school balanced with lots of play, learning and making friends. My 2 older children attended St Mary's and my youngest daughter has just left.

As a governing body we have statutory responsibilities for the school. Our main roles are to: 
  • Provide strategic leadership to the work and improvement of the school.
  • Support and evaluate the effectiveness of the school.
  • Ensure as a critical friend that progress in the standards achieved and the quality of education are maintained.
Ours is not an operational role: that function is the responsibility of the Headteacher and her staff. Our job includes providing the appropriate amounts of support and challenge to ensure that the school provides the best quality of education for the children. The appointing body for our Governors is Cornwall Council. The terms of office for each Governor is listed below their picture.

Monitoring is essential if the governing body is to ensure the school is moving in the right direction. We carry out monitoring visits across the classes and subjects at St Mary's every term. The feedback is invaluable to helping the Governing Body make decisions.

If you have any concerns or queries for any of St Mary's Governors, you can contact them through the school office.