Launceston College Local Governing Body

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.
Jenn Burn, Principal I joined Launceston College in September 2009 as Assistant Principal Key Stage 5 and, after more than a decade of successful senior leadership in this role, I was absolutely thrilled to secure my permanent appointment as Principal in March 2020.

Born in Scotland, I studied at Glasgow University from 1987-91, achieving an MA in History and Politics. I completed my teaching qualification in secondary education at Jordanhill College of Education, 1991-92, before relocating to Cornwall to start my teaching career at St Austell College in September 1992, teaching A level History, Philosophy and Ethics. I worked my way up to a leadership position in the FE sector and after 10 very successful years of A level teaching, I made the unusual move across to secondary education, joining Wadebridge School as Head of Sixth Form in June 2003. During my time at Wadebridge I developed a passion for teaching A level Psychology and I welcome the opportunity to continue to teach psychology today in my role as Principal.

My vision for Launceston College as it expands successfully into the 2020’s is to lead a College that inspires and enables everyone, whatever their starting point, to achieve their best and to become the very best version of themselves that they can be.  My vision is to ensure that all students aspire to excellence and appreciate the importance and the value of their education.

Adam Stockton
My name is Adam Stockton I have lived on and off in Cornwall for the last 33 years and have recently moved into the Launceston area. I have 4 children aged between 5 months and 13 years the eldest of which is currently attending Launceston college. My Mum and both younger brothers are teachers and teaching is something I am passionate about having been a technical trainer for 7 years of my career. I am a career civil servant and have been in many roles at the cutting edge of technology for the past 17 years. I believe that we need to deliver quality training in technology to our children to ensure they have the skills for the future work place. I have previously supported a local primary school by delivering after school coding classes to their year 5 and 6 pupils.
I also have dyspraxia and dyslexia which gives me an insight into learning with learning disorders. I am keen to ensure those with learning disorders are given the help and support they need to succeed alongside their peers. I think that these disorders have given me a unique perspective on life and have provided just as many advantages as disadvantages due to the different way I approach problems.
Theresa Mills I am passionate about teaching and learning, having had the pleasure of working in Primary Schools in North Cornwall since 1988 and as a senior leader in Launceston since 2008.  It is an honour to be vice-chair of the governors of Launceston College as I think very highly of the College and my home town of Launceston.  With my background as Head of School at St Stephens and my current role as Headteacher of South Petherwin School, I have a keen desire in strengthening links between the College and its feeder Primary Schools to give every student in our community a world class education.   My sisters and I were the first generation in our family to go to University (I went to Exeter University, Cambridge University and then completed my M.Ed part-time) and I strongly believe that schools and a positive home/school partnership can make such a difference to student’s lives.
Ben Mitchell Ben attended Launceston College for both Secondary School and Sixth-Form before completing his Law Degree at the University of Portsmouth. After completing his degree he attended the University of the West of England and attained a Distinction in the Legal Practice Course which then entitled him to train as a Solicitor. In 2015, on completing the Legal Practice Course, he joined Parnalls Solicitors in Launceston where he qualified as a Solicitor and specialises in the fields of Commercial Property and Business.
Ian Graham Ian is a practising Criminal Barrister following his call to the Bar in 2013.  He specialises in general Crime, Fraud and Regulatory Law practicing from Colleton Chambers in Exeter.  His current career followed 24 years serving in the Royal Navy, where he trained as a warfare officer reaching the rank of Commander.  Career highlights included command of two warships and leading Royal Navy operational sea training; he is an experienced project and risk manager.  He is married, lives in Launceston with his family and works in forestry in his spare time.
Jamie Duckworth From an early age I knew I wanted to work with children and my ‘journey’ began when I finished my A levels and left college at 18. I knew that university wasn’t going to be for me and I was lucky to secure a trainee residential support worker role at a school for children with educational and behavioural difficulties, working my way up to become a unit leader.

When I moved from Devon to Cornwall so too did I change my job and the next few years saw me working for Social services on the child protection team as well as a community care worker for adults with mental health issues.

For the past 10 years I have been working at St Stephens Community Academy in Launceston. My adventure into education started as a volunteer reader when my daughter began in class F; going on to become a meal time assistant. My desire to further myself led into a self-funded level 3 Health and social care course at Duchy college which allowed me to secure a learning support assistant position. The last 4 years have seen me complete my level 4 HLTA qualification and most recently wild tribe accredited training.

As well as feeling passionately about children’s education and supporting their desire to succeed and thrive, I very much understand the fundamental importance to protect their mental health and well-being. I also feel strongly that pupils should play a pivotal role in their progression throughout their college lives and beyond, as well as have a voice that they can trust will be heard.

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