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 Andy Boorne

Foundation (Ex-Officio) Governor

I became the Local Minister at Kenwyn Church in October 2022, and there are many highlights of that role, but certainly one of them is being a little part of St Mary’s School. My favourite aspect is assemblies. The staff are friendly, the children bubbling with energy, keen to learn and grow.
Otherwise, my back ground is in healthcare, and I’ve worked as a doctor in a number of places around the world. I’m still a part-time NHS doctor, and in both healthcare and education we are trying to enable all people to live life to the full. I hope I can contribute along with the other governors as we try to achieve that for all of the children and staff at St Mary’s.
Wishing you all God’s blessing.

Mr Nigel Machin

Chair of Governors and Local Authority Governor

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. I moved to Cornwall from Worcester in 1995 with my wife and two daughters. 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 Simon Treganowan

Parent Governor

01.07.2022 - 30.06.2026
My name is Simon Treganowan. I am a proud Truronian and I had the pleasure many years ago to be a pupil at St Mary’s School. Our son is now attending the school.
I work in investment and property and hold board positions on several companies. Outside of work, I continue to follow a lifelong passion for sports nowadays more in a coaching and committee role although I still manage to play squash, swim and walk the coastal path.
I look forward to supporting the school in helping all pupils reach their full potential and have fun doing so.

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.