I am a keen advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)- I currently work as the STEM Project Coordinator for Cornwall Council bringing awareness of the opportunities for learning within STEM but also developing careers guidance for young people. A key interest for me is considering which groups of young people are underrepresented within STEM and how we can work to address this imbalance. I have over 10 years’ experience working with young people through teaching Science and Environmental Education. I am passionate about the environment, I feel strongly that it is important to work with young people to provide opportunities for them to take positive action for their environment.
My name is Jo Bell. I have two children at Blackwater School (Year 3 and Reception) and one child in Year 7 at Richard Lander. I have been a governor at Blackwater since 2015. Over the past 7 years have been the Chair of Governors for several years, as well as the maths, reading, EYFS and SEN governor.
Currently I am the safeguarding governor as well as the governor for writing. I have a personal interest in reading and Special Educational Needs.
I have a degree in Environmental Science and Technology which I gained at Camborne School of Mines. I qualified as a teacher in 2001 and spent 11 years teaching in a Primary Schools, mainly in KS2. For the last 10 years I have worked in teacher training as a leader of a school-based teacher training course. I love my job as it involves training and supporting people to become the teachers of the future as well as visiting lots of schools throughout Devon and Cornwall. I also work part-time as a Lecturer for the University of Worcester teaching on educational degree programmes. I am currently undertaking an NPQ in Leading Teacher Development.
Outside of work and governance, I spend a lot of time with my family and our animals. We have 7 horses and around 30 sheep, as well as dogs, cats, chickens, ducks and a rabbit.
I am a parent of a child at Blackwater school and have recently joined the board of governors. I have been working internationally in marketing roles for over 20 years. P 11 of these were in education including 4 years with SIMS, the most widely used Management Information System (MIS) in UK schools.
I am passionate about applying technology to support innovation, especially in education. I have considerable experience of successfully implementing new digital approaches and am a published academic author on the impact of technology on interpreting empirical evidence.
In my free time I enjoy spending time in the beautiful Cornish outdoors with my family, and often surfing, skiing & snowboarding, climbing, and riding horses and mountain bikes.
As an experienced teacher and school leader, I am excited to become a governor at Blackwater School. Since taking on a role in the Senior Leadership Team at the school, I have relished the opportunity to work in an environment that offers all children the highest standard of education and support to ensure that they are emotionally and socially prepared to achieve their full potential. I have a passion for Geography, Music and curriculum development and believe that a school’s curriculum offer should reflect and recognise its local community. After working away from Cornwall for many years, I am excited to return to my home county and help deliver a curriculum that celebrates the rich and diverse history of our local area. As a staff governor I look forward to playing an even greater role in delivering all of the things that make Blackwater such a special school to be part of.
I have been part of Blackwater School for thirty years, firstly as a parent then later as a staff member. I have worked in all the year groups but Early Years is my passion. I have seen many positive changes in the school and have worked closely with all three headteachers.
I currently work in Wheal Friendly as the Nursery lead. The children call me Mrs. Sprinkles!
I am also a member of Blackwater Village Trust and would like to continue to build our community links.
Mrs Linda Cackett
Mrs Cackett was appointed Clerk in March, 2017 and provides an independent clerking service to several schools in the local area.
Originally from Truro she lives in Bodmin and enjoys working in different primary schools, providing advice to the Local Governing Board on governance, constitutional and procedural matters. She provides administrative support to the Board, ensures the Board is properly constituted and manages information effectively in accordance with legal requirements.