Mabe Primary School has an Interim Advisory Board.  The Academy are supported by both the IAB and directly by the Board of Trustees in this interim period.

Alison McGee Harrison

Chair of Interim Advisory Board (IAB),Elected 2017 to date, Community IAB Member

Having been a governor at Mabe Primary School since 2017, Allison is now proud and privileged to be Chair or the IAB, leading the team in its efforts to ensure that pupils receive the highest possible standard of education. Allison has worked at Penryn College for over 12 years. She is the Education Welfare Officer for Penryn College and their 8 feeder primary schools of which Mabe School is one.

Allison has a wide knowledge and experience in working with outside agencies to support pupils and their families. She works hard to ensure children from 5 to 16 have the best chance of fulfilling their academic potential.

Chair of Governors
c/o Mabe Community Primary School
Cunningham Park
TR10 9HB

Andy Brumby

Director of Achievement for Kernow Learning

Andy is currently Director of Achievement for Kernow Learning. He has worked in the education sector for more than 30 years, 20 of which were spent in the classroom as a teacher. In more recent times he has worked as a teaching and learning consultant for the local authority in Cornwall specialising in raising the achievement of disadvantaged children and young people. Andy is proud to be a senior leader of the newly formed Kernow Learning multi-academy trust and feels privileged to work in its 17 schools across Cornwall. He brings 5 years' experience as a governor to his present role, including 2½ years as the Chair of Governors at St. Mary's Catholic Primary School in Bodmin. When not at work, Andy likes to spend time walking his dog in the beautiful countryside around his home in Bodmin or watching his favourite football teams, Plymouth Argyle and Swansea City.

Lisa Kirkpatrick

Parent IAB Member, 2017 to date

Lisa currently has 1 child attending Mabe School and 2 children attending Penryn College. Lisa has been a governor at Mabe since 2017 and has always believed that schools should provide a safe, positive and nurturing experience. Lisa recognises and values the importance of parents working in partnership with the school.

Until recently, Lisa worked as the local ASDA Communuty Champion which involved supporting the community, including local schools. Through the University of Exeter, Lisa has recently started to train to become a primary school teacher. She also represents the students on her course as the PGCE Direct Subject Representative.

Julia Pearce

Staff IAB Member, January 2019 to date

Julia is in her 22nd year of teaching in primary schools across Cornwall and Devon. She has been employed as a Key Stage 1 teacher at Mabe School since September, 2016. During her career, she has taught a range of mixed and single aged classes within both small and larger schools. As maths lead, Julia has been instrumental in introducing the mastery approach across the school. She has held Number Days to raise awareness of the subject amongst parents and celebrate its importance with the children. Other responsibilities include that of KS1 co-ordinator, NQT mentor and Geography lead. As the school is still relatively small, there are various other roles that Julia is involved in.

On a personal level, Julia is mum to 3 children at the school, so can essentially have empathy and understanding from the point of view of both teacher and parent. She is a passionate runner and likes to instil a love for being active amongst all of the children. Under Julia's guidance, the school achieved the SUSTRANS Bronze Active Travel mark for its commitment to encouraging pupils to walk, bike or scoot to school.

Julia has previously been a governor at Gorran School during which time she was involved in shortlisting and interviewing for a new headteacher position. Her time as part of the governing body at Gorran will stand her in good stead for this relatively new role in Mabe.

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Ruth Atkins

Community IAB Member, October 2019 to date

Ruth has been actively involved with Mabe School as a parent since 2012. Ruth started teaching in 1992, and worked in Primary education and special needs for 20 years. During her time as a teacher, she trained as a Nurture Group teacher and also completed several autism specific training courses, such as TEACCH and PECS. When her own children started school, Ruth left teaching and worked as a specialist workplace coach, providing strategy coaching for adults with neuro-diversity. Ruth is especially interested in approaches that support all pupils to access the curriculum and have a positive experience of learning.

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