Welcome to Launceston College

Ian Graham, Chair I joined the Governing Body in March 2015 as a parent governor, with 2 children currently attending Launceston College. My family have been based in Launceston for the past 8 years, and very much enjoy the fantastic environment that North Cornwall has to offer. After a rewarding and interesting career in the Royal Navy, I returned to University to study Law and has recently qualified as a barrister specialising in criminal and regulatory law, with my practice based in Exeter.
Steve Bridgman I am a former student of Launceston College. I then went on to train as a Bricklayer and for many years, worked as a self-employed Builder in the area, before joining Launceston College as a Caretaker at the start of 2012. Although I’m still a relatively new member of the team I feel I have fitted in well and therefore, I’m keen to support my fellow colleagues and to ensure their views and opinions are openly heard and voiced within the college. I would take the role very seriously and would like to think I am friendly and approachable so that my colleagues would have the confidence to come to me and allow me to be their ‘voice’. I look forward to being given the opportunity to work alongside the other Governors building a successful future for Launceston College.
Nigel Hawke I am proud to be a Cornishman and a  North Cornwall resident . I originally trained as a Children’s Social  worker but changed course early on  to a lifelong career in manufacturing in the Printing sector. My wife and I  retired to Launceston in 2014 and  are  proud carers of a looked after child at the school. I take a keen interest in vocational training and good use of the pupil premium for the benefit of `one and all’.
Peter Crispin I have nearly twenty years involvement as a governor at Launceston College. Currently I sit on the Launceston Local Governing Body, within the MAT structure. I am also a Member of the Launceston MAT. Since retirement six years ago I have continued to work part-time as an independent education consultant, based in North Cornwall, working with primary schools in Plymouth and Cornwall. Prior to this I was a Senior Primary Adviser in Plymouth. As part of the authority’s Challenge, Support, Standards and Intervention Team, I worked as project manager, supporting schools in challenging circumstances, with a successful track record of improvement. In addition, I had subject responsibility for music across all key stages in the city’s schools, which included managing Plymouth Youth Music Service. The service provided a comprehensive programme of advice, training, class/group/individual instrumental tuition and nine city-wide ensembles. Previously I enjoyed a varied teaching career. I was a primary headteacher in Cornwall for nineteen years, with experience in both small and large schools, which included nursery and specific SEN provision. I have also been Head of Music in an inner-city boys’ secondary school and a class teacher in primary and middle schools. I remain passionate about the need for schools to provide the very best educational opportunities for their students. I believe that my professional experience enables me to be effective in providing challenge and support to the College’s leadership.
Claire Tyler I live in Lewannick with my husband and daughter who is currently a student at Launceston College. We moved from Hertfordshire in 2004 where previously I worked full time for the Emergency Services and was the Special Educational Needs (SEN) governor for the local primary school.I became a Parent Governor in Autumn 2012 because I felt I was not one to sit on the fence when it came to my own daughter’s education and welfare within school and so felt I could contribute firmly, fairly and decisively to issues relating to the school as a whole. Since becoming a Governor I have undertaken classroom visits in order to gain an insight into the student’s and staff’s working environment, establish and develop an effective relationship with staff and be aware of needs of the school and students. I have also enjoyed the two most recent Sports Days and witnessed for myself the efforts of staff and pupilsI am currently Deputy Chair of the Buildings and Sites sub-committee and work alongside staff and other governors to make the school a safe and pleasant learning environment.
Andrew Counsell Andrew joined Duchy College as Head of Equine Studies in 1990, the Duchy College itself started in 1986/1987 with its first group of agricultural students.  Andrew became Vice Principal of the College in 1994 and during that time managed the whole of the Stoke Climsland Campus and was part of the overall Management Team.In 2005 Andrew became Principal of Duchy College and is responsible for Duchy College across the whole of the County (now 5 sites including Seale Hayne in Devon).Andrew was initially responsible for the development of the Rural Business School (RBS) and the Food Innovation Service (FIS).  The Rural Business School now delivers up to 8 courses every day of the week in all six counties of the region and has dealt with some 10,000 farmers and farming families over the last six years, it also includes the Farm Business Survey (FBS).Andrew is a member of the Corporate Management Team of Cornwall College Corporation (CMT) and is also now Head of College at Saltash College near Plymouth; he also has a number of corporate roles and responsibilities. He works closely with the industry in Cornwall and the South West region and is keen to instigate the “farm to plate” agenda. The College has developed Food, through the development of the new Food Technology Building to draw both Agriculture and Food together.Andrew is the current Vice Chair of Landex.  Landex oversees all of the land based Colleges in the UK providing support and help as required. It has a strong industry and Political lobby role.Andrew also works for the FEI, the World Governing Body of Equestrian Sport, as an International Official Judge for the sport of Carriage Driving and has officiated at some eight World Championships and is a National and International Judge; he is now on the FEI panel to train candidate international judges towards their international status.  He was also a national and international competitor and is very active not only in England and Europe but worldwide.
 Cath Bateman I moved into Cornwall in 2012 and currently live near Liskeard. I joined Launceston College staff in September 2012 and I was teaching in and around Somerset prior to this. I am a teacher of science and also interested in walking and other outdoor activities. I have joined the school governors as I am interested in representing teachers of the school, as well as gaining an overall picture of the running of the school.
 Adam Slater I became a parent Governor in October 2014; I’ve lived in the Launceston area for over 15 years. I’m passionate about the work of the college and the local area. Having 2 children, education is an important subject to me, I’m keen to help, support and promote the work the college does in relation to its student’s successes and the benefits it brings to the greater local community. I’m also the deputy chair on the curriculum group and joint chair on the development group.My background is within the Nature conservation with over 20 years’ experience working in the environmental and land-based sector. Much of this work has been in educating others in environment practices and traditional environment skills such as Cornish Hedging and Heathland Management. I now work for Cornwall College Group as a Business Advisor for the Rural Cluster based in Dunheved House, behind Launceston College. The role provides me the opportunity to help and support rural sector companies and organisations, throughout Devon and Cornwall.
I’m one of the Nature and Environmental Issues Members of the South West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and I’m Chair of the Environmental sub group within this committee.As a keen cyclist am always out and about enjoying arguable one of the best landscapes in the world.
Helen Reilly  I joined the governing body in November 2015 having taught at the college since 2001. I have lived in Cornwall for over twenty years and have always been proud of the education available in the county. I teach business studies and ICT and hope that I can pass on to the students the knowledge I gained through working in the ICT industry for over twenty years before moving to Cornwall and retraining as a teacher. As deputy head of the College Sixth Form I am keen to promote post 16 education at the college and now feel that as a governor I can share my insight in this area to help in the governance of the College.
Bryan Maywood I was appointed as Principal of Launceston College in January 2016; I had been Deputy Principal from September 2011. I have been a deputy at two other secondary schools, Torpoint from 2008-2011 and Coulsdon High School, Croydon, from January 2006 to 2008. At Coulsdon High I joined a school in special measures, and worked effectively to bring about “rapid improvement”; Ofsted commended my role in this and the London Challenge consultancy utilised me for work in improving other schools in the London area. Ihave the National Professional Qualification for Headship and completed the OU Masters’ study unit, Effective Leadership and Management in Education. In 1999 I wrote for the company Chalkface; the publication Raising Grades from B to A* in English is still available to purchase. I have been a Head of English in Nottingham and East Sussex; I teach a GCSE English class and I am as passionate about the subject as when I first taught in 1989.