Local Advisory Board

Local Advisory Board - Impact Statement for the Academic Year 2019/2020
2019/2020 Local Advisory Board

Mike Andrews – Chair (Appointed September 2012, The Learning Academy Trust)

 Clare Crowle – Executive Headteacher (Appointed September 2013, The Learning Academy Trust)

Louis Keveren - Teacher Member (Appointed October 2018, by Staff Election, The Learning Academy Trust)

Val Collinson - Community Member (Appointed November 2018, The Learning Academy Trust)

Kay Walker - Parent Member (Appointed November 2018 by Parent Election, The Learning Academy Trust)

Abby Farrell - Parent Member (Appointed November 2018 by Parent Election, The Learning Academy Trust)


Members of a LAB play a key role in supporting the Board of Trustees to fulfil their statutory, contractual and regulatory duties. As a member of a LAB, you will share equally with the other members of the LAB the responsibility of exercising the powers and responsibilities delegated to the LAB by the Board. Details of these powers and responsibilities are set out in the Kernow Learning (formerly The Learning Academy Trust) Scheme of Delegation. 

As a charity and company limited by guarantee, the Multi Academy Trust (the “Trust”)) is governed by a Board of Directors (the “Directors”) who have overall responsibility and ultimate decision making authority for all the work of the Trust, including the establishing and running of the academies run by the Trust.

The following academies are currently run by the Trust (Kernow Learning):  Trenance Learning Academy, St. Newlyn East Learning Academy, Falmouth Primary Academy, Foxhole Learning Academy, The Bishops CEVA Learning Academy, St. Merryn Primary School, Trevisker Primary School, Constantine Primary School, Mabe Community School, Leedstown Primary School, St. Agnes Academy, St. Columb Major Academy, St. Columb Minor Academy, St. Kew Academy, Beacon Academy, Charlestown Primary School, Upton Cross Academy and Sky Academy - each one the “Academy” or collectively the “Academies”.

In order to assist with the discharge of their responsibilities, the Directors have established a Local Advisory Board (“LAB”) in each of the Academies.  The LAB shall be a committee established pursuant to Articles 100 to 104 (inclusive) of the Articles of Association of the Trust (the “Articles”).  

As part of the Trust's vision and long term strategy the Trust are creating 'Hub' Academies/LABs to interlink and share expertise, skills and knowledge of LAB members, whilst ensuring efficient and productive meetings.  

The Directors may review LAB terms of reference at any time but at least annually. 


Mike Andrews

Chair of Local Advisory Board

c/o Trenance Learning Academy

Trenance Road


TR7 2LU  (Telephone: 01637 874532)

Mrs Clare Crowle

Executive Headteacher Member

I was appointed as Deputy Headteacher at Trenance Infant School in 2007, and subsequently appointed Executive Headteacher in 2016. During the 2017/2018 academic year I was designated as a National Leader of Education which means I get to support other schools with their leadership. When I am not in school, I am kept busy with my 2 children on our quest to explore every beach in Cornwall.
Current position:
• Executive Headteacher of Trenance and St. Newlyn East Learning Academies
• Senior member of Kernow Learning's Executive Leadership Team
• Appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (May 2018) National leaders of education along with staff of their school (appointed as national support schools) use their knowledge and experience to provide additional leadership capability in other schools in need of support)
• Continued designated Teaching School - Teaching schools have been designated because of their strong track record in the collaborative delivery of ITT, CPD, leadership development, school-to-school support and research and development.
• Member of the KTSA board and SI lead team. Trenance Learning Academy (TLA) is a lead School in The Learning Academy Trust (TLAT). TLAT are one of 4 MAT’s in the Kernow Teaching School Alliance (KTSA)
• Specialist Leader of Education with Designations in the areas of: Academies, Assessment, Leadership of CPD, NQT and Initial Teaching Training Development, Behaviour and Discipline and Attendance
• Read Write Inc Model School
• English Hub: Trenance designated English Hub, July 2018. English hub schools will promote a love of reading and support schools across the country to provide excellent phonics and early language teaching. Literacy specialists within each hub will provide tailored support to schools.

Mr Mike Andrews

Chair of Local Advisory Board

Mike was parent-elected in September 2012 (his two daughters have since attended Trenance). Mike has supported Trenance over the past 7 years and played an active role on the Board of Trustees of TLAT (Chair of Finance and Audit Committee). After undertaking a BA (hons) in Business Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, Mike was involved in a management role in the tourist industry working as Land Product Manager for ebookers.com for 6 years. As Managing Director of the Midas Hotel Group for 5 years he was responsible for all aspects of the start-up of the company and then the general operations management of the company with a multi-million GBP turnover. Having made a decision to move to Cornwall with a view to establishing Early Years Provision, Mike qualified as an Early Years teacher in 2010 and is now Managing Director of Small Wonders Newquay Ltd.

Mrs Val Collison

Community Member of Local Advisory Board, elected by Board of Trustees November 2018

Val retired from teaching 3 years ago, having previously held the position of Teacher, EYFS Lead and Assistant Headteacher at Trenance for many years. Since retiring Val has been an active member of the Board of Trustees of the Heritage Cottages at Trenance Gardens, a role which she thoroughly enjoys and is keen to develop educational visits. Our Y2 pupils have already visited the heritage cottages.

Dr Abby Farrell

Parent Member of Local Advisory Board, Parent-elected in November 2018

I am a local GP who works in several areas throughout Cornwall. I attended medical school in Warwick, graduating in 2010. Prior to Med School I was an eternal student and did a BSc in Physiology and a Masters in Forensic Anthropology. I completed my junior doctor and specialist training in the Midlands and moved to Cornwall with my family in 2017.
Outside of work and looking after my two children I enjoy running and yoga. I'm also currently learning Makaton, a language I had a great head-start with after many years of watching back-to-back episodes of Mr. Tumble!

Mr Louis Keveren

Staff Member of Local Advisory Board, Staff elected November 2018

Louis is a Y2 Teacher at Trenance and has previously taught across the Trust at Foxhole Learning Academy and St. Newlyn East Learning Academy. Louis is a Specialist Leader in Education for P.E and supports schools across the Trust.

Mrs Kay Walker

Parent member of Local Advisory Board, Parent elected November 2018

I am Deputy Head of a large school in the local area. I have two girls, one who is currently in Y2 at Trenance and another who is 2-years old. They keep me busy and we enjoy all that the local area has to offer. We make the most of the beaches and the things that we are lucky enough to do living in this beautiful part of the world. I became a LAB member not only to support my own children but to support Trenance. The experiences that the staff of Trenance provide for our children is fantastic. I can certainly see the progress in my own daughter and the experiences that she has had.

Ms Clare Ridehalgh

LAB Member, Community

Clare is designated as a Specialist Leader in Education for Academy Transition and Business Management. She has been employed by TLAT since 2010 and has undertaken the project management of conversion process to academy of 10 schools since July 2010. Clare is employed as the Chief Operations Officer (DSBM, IAM) with responsibility for financial management, risk management, income generation, human resources, site management and policy development, and advisor to Kernow Learning Board of Trustees.

Her previous experience in voluntary sector development work (CVS) focused on trustee development and volunteer involvement. As National Development Director of SOVA she was responsible for development of innovative projects and the management of complex partnership projects with statutory and voluntary sector partners. As a member of the SOVA SLT she was responsible for strategic management of the organisation. Key responsibilities included project development, European Funding, HR, budget setting and monitoring, policy development and development of mentoring training and standards. Clare took the project lead on behalf of SOVA for the development of prison, probation and voluntary sector partnership work - accessing European funding to address the impact of employment on recidivism (Thorn Cross YOI).
As Director of MIND (Cornwall) she was responsible for all operational and strategic management of voluntary sector mental health service.