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Linda Bell: Chair of Governors.   I have been a Governor at Longcause School since 2008. I joined initially as a Parent Governor, as my son was at Longcause School for 8 years.  I became Chair of Governors in 2011.   My previous experience is working in a bank, followed by working for Devon & Cornwall Police.  This involved managing large numbers of staff ensuring a great understanding of personnel and HR matters on top of general police duties. My duties as a governor include Safeguarding, Looked After Children (LAC) and E-Safety. I also have monitoring responsibilities for the area of the School Improvement Plan focused around Our Staff Development.

Anne Thorne: Head Teacher    I have been Headteacher at Longcause school since January 2010. I have worked for many years as a teacher for children with Autism. I am passionate about increasing understanding of Autism and in working with families for the best outcomes for their child and family. I have two adult children of my own.  I’m a friendly person and like meeting people so please feel free to come and chat to me.

Alan Charlick: Vice Chair of Governors.  I have been a governor now for over 5 years and have served as a Parent Governor for all of that time. My son is currently in year 11 and is in his final year at Longcause. I have carried out numerous and varied roles during my time as a governor here at Longcause and I am currently the key monitoring governor for area of the Schools Improvement Plan which focusses on the physical development of the all the pupils here at Longcause. I am delighted to be delegated this particular role as I am a firm believer that the physical wellbeing of individuals is very important.

Leanne Thirlby: Co-opted Governor

I have been the Deputy Head at Longcause since October 2011.  Prior to this I taught in mainstream primary schools across the city and also in Prague.  My experience lies in the curriculum and its development as well as analysis of pupil progress information so that we can celebrate the achievements our pupils are making. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know our pupils as individuals, learning about their needs and thinking creatively about how we can best help them to learn and succeed as they move through Longcause and onto other things.  




Rebecca Drury, Co-opted Governor: I have a son who used to attend Longcause. Becoming a governor allowed me to get more involved in my sons education and at the same time help promote better understanding of the dedication the staff at Longcause have for the children. I am currently the key monitoring governor for the area in the School Improvement Plan which is focused on our families, friends and community. A very important part of my overall responsibilities as a governor is that of the Safeguarding Governor.

Zoe Preston, Staff Governor: I have been a member of staff here at Longcause for several years now and during that time I have worked throughout the school. I am also the lead monitoring governor for the Pupil Emotional Development area of the School Improvement Plan.


Sid Siddalls, Co-opted Governor: My daughter is currently attending the school in the secondary dept. I feel I can offer some of the many skills I have learnt over the years by becoming a governor. I served 22 years in the Commando Forces in which I taught adventure training and managed many faculties from personnel to equipment. I now run my own business in the construction industry. My area of responsibility within the School Improvement Plan covers the focussing on the learning environment at Longcause.

Register of Interest - Board of Governors




Term of office

Start Date

Term of office

End Date

Business Interest Related Parties

No. of Full Gov


attended 2015/16

No of Leadership,

Mgmt, Finance

meetings attended


Linda Bell




03.03.16 02.03.20 None

Daughter TA 

at school

3 4
Alan Robert Charlick


(Vice Chair)

25.03.15 24.03.19 None None 3 4

Rebecca Drury

Parent 19.07.16 18.07.20 None None 3 n/a
Wayne (Sid) Siddalls Parent 19.07.16 19.07.20

Above & Around


None 3 4
Timothy Lloyd



Leanne Thirlby Co-Opted 01.09.14 01.09.18 None None 3 n/a
Anne Thorne Headteacher 01.01.10

For duration

of role

Son works on casual 

basis at the school

None 3 4
Zoe Preston Staff 22.09.16 21.09.20 None None 3 n/a
Previous Governors:              
Tracy Weedon Co-opted   26.06.16   None 2 3
Ella Leighton Staff   22.09.16 None None 2 n/a
Sharon Newall Parents 01.09.12 28.06.16 None None   n/a
Marianne Rowntree Parents 22.10.13 28.06.16        
Ella Leighton Staff 25.03.14 28.06.16        


Chair of Governors contact details:  You can contact Linda Bell by either writing to the school and clearly addressing the envelope to the Chair of Governors, by phoning on 01752 336881 whereby a message can be taken and passed on, or emailing at


Clerk to Board of Governors, Julie Alderson, can be contacted on 01752 336881, or via email at  Alternatively you can address a letter to Julie Alderson at the school address.