Our School Monitoring Council

The primary concern of the SMC is monitoring all aspects of school life, principally:
  • monitor pupil performance
  • monitor the impact of Pupil Premium funding and how this helps these pupils to narrow the gap with non-Pupil Premium pupils
  • monitor the provision and balance of the curriculum offer
  • monitor the learning outcomes from high quality teaching
  • monitor the effectiveness of the leadership of the schools on all levels
  • monitor pupil's care, welfare and behaviour
  • monitor the Christian distinction of the schools and how the ethos and values underpin the work of the school
  • monitor the attendance of the schools against MAT and national benchmarking
  • monitor the well-being of the staff
The SMC meet approximately four times a year to focus on producing a termly monitoring report with the Head of School. This will incorporate information from monitoring visits undertaken by the councillors and the impact from SEF priorities and data. Councillors will use this report to guide the monitoring towards areas that require action and a record is kept to show the impact achieved.
Minutes from SMC meetings are available upon request by emailing governance@celticcross.education
Celtic Cross Education is committed to maintaining the unique nature of all of the schools within the Trust and believes this is best achieved by giving a clear mandate to Local Monitoring Councillor Bodies to be the drivers of school improvement.
The Trust gives these Local Monitoring Councillor Bodies the freedom to focus on the challenge and support for the improvement in teaching and learning, and the curriculum, by ensuring the synergies of belonging to a MAT allow statutory obligations to be dealt with centrally. This, coupled with the defined role of the senior leaders within the school's setting enables the Executive Headteacher and Headteachers to deal exclusively with the day-to-day management of the individual schools; the burden of Finances, Resources and Personnel issues are dealt with by the Principal and the Central Administrative Team. This freedom gives the leader in the school the maximum time and resources to effectively engage with all stakeholders and manage the schools effectively on a day-to-day basis. With a School Improvement Lead working full-time across the schools, this partnership with LMCs, Headteachers and staff strive to provide the best for every child in the Trust.
At Veryan School we have a joint monitoring councillor body with Ladock CofE Primary School, with specific roles shared out across the councillors, with some councillors attending meetings at our central office in Roche for the Academy Trust.
Our School Monitoring Council:

Andrew Nicolson - Chair of Governors


  • Karen Holmes - Staff School Improvement Lead
  • Caroline Jarrett -Staff (Head of School)
  • Chris Stoyles - Staff (Head of School Ladock Primary)
  • Rachel Carbis - Safeguarding monitoring councillor
  • Hannah Kendle -Parent SMC member monitoring maths
  • Samantha Trebilcock - Parent SMC
All our School Monitoring Council have been voted in and appointed by the Celtic Cross Education Board.
Please contact Celtic Cross Education Governance team via email: governance@celticcross.education or tel: 01208 590150
Previous SMC members:
Mrs Janet Webb stepped down as Literacy councillor 05/04/2019. Previously appointed and voted in by Celtic Cross Education Board.