The Governance Handbook assigns 3 core functions:
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent. In Kernow Learning, this responsibility lies with Trustees overall, although local governors do ensure specific grant funding, such as pupil premium and sports premium, is used effectively.
Safeguarding: Liz Hackney
SEND: Kelly Grigg
Quality of Education: Liz Hackney & Andy Brumby
Leadership & Management: Andy Brumby & Kelly Grigg
Behaviour, Attitudes & Personal Development: Liz Hackney & Kelly Grigg
Quality of Early Years Education: Becky Thorp & George Keast
Liz Hackney

Chair of IAB

Liz helped on the PTA before joining the Interim Management Board as a parent/community representative. She is interested in raising achievements and aspirations for all children. For the last twenty years Liz has owned an independent retail and picture framing business and is a member of the Federation of Small Businesses. She is gaining training and support from the CEO in the role of Chairperson.

Sue Tym

Trustee of Kernow Learning

Sue is a Trustee of Kernow Learning with a focus on wellbeing. She was previously a member and Director of The Learning Academy Trust (TLAT).

Previously Sue was the Chair of Trenance Learning Academy’s Governing Body Achievement & Standards Committee and has been a Governor at Trenance for over 13 years. Her professional background is as a manager of a specialist tour operator servicing a global market. Sue has a particular interest in special educational needs and disabilities, and has established and developed a voluntary group in the community to promote understanding and support in this area.

Sue was actively involved in writing the LAB Induction Policy and Procedure for TLAT and was instrumental in the development of the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SEF has been written from the National Standard Framework and adapted for Academies from the Governors Kite mark and comprises a rigorous self-evaluation process.

Sue has been appointed to Foxhole by the Trust until a governor specialising in SEND can be trained and the full number of parent governors are recruited.

Tania Findlay MBE


Tania has recently been appointed Headteacher at Foxhole and this is her first post.
She has worked within Kernow Learning for eight years as a Class Teacher, in Yr. 5 and 6 and more recently as Assistant Head at St Newlyn East Learning Academy.
Tania is an English specialist and has completed school improvement work across the Trust and the county, with a particular enthusiasm for encouraging reading for pleasure.
In the 2020 New Year's Honours List she was awarded an MBE for Services to Education.

George Keast

Staff Governor

George has taught at Foxhole Learning Academy since 2016, leading classes across Key Stage 2. He is currently the writing lead and is leading a project to improve Oracy across the school.

Kelly Grigg

Community Governor

Kelly is a Community Governor. Her background is that she is an experienced Family Law Solicitor, specialising in divorce and children matters. She is hoping to bring her experience of assessing safeguarding concerns in her profession to the Trust to help them ensure that the safety and well-being of the children are at the forefront of any decision making process. Kelly lives within the local community and wishes to help each and every child within the school achieve their potential; whatever that may be. Kelly comes from a working class background and was the first of her family to attend University. Kelly really does believe that if you put your mind to something, you will achieve it, even if the odds are against you.

Andy Brumby

Community Governor

I have developed a strong connection with the school’s children and families having previously supported there when working for TLAT and Kernow Learning. The children who attend this school are wonderful and deserve the very best educational experiences we can provide. I consider it a privilege to contribute to this school and am confident that my knowledge, experience and skills will be of value to Foxhole as it continues its journey of achievement and success. I aim to serve the children and community of Foxhole by being an intelligent and sensitive critical friend to the school, always appreciative of the efforts of staff and children yet also able to pose challenging questions which enable leaders to critically reflect. I am a conscientious, diligent and optimistic person who enjoys being part of a team and learning from others. I think that these qualities - along with warmth and humour - are essential for effective governance, especially in challenging times like these, and I will endeavour to bring them to my voluntary role as governor at Foxhole.

To contact the Chair of Governors please write to the Clerk to Governors or telephone the school office on 01726 822416 or 
Liz Hackney
c/o Clerk to Governors
Foxhole Learning Academy
Goverseth Road, Foxhole,
St Austell, Cornwall,
PL26 7XD