Governing Body (RIG)

As Pondhu Primary School is an academy within the Cornwall Education Learning Trust (CELT) the local governing body would have formed a committee of the board of trustees.

To support and challenge the school to make rapid improvement the local governing body was replaced by a Rapid Improvement Group in 2022.  The Rapid Improvement Group (RIG) is constituted by the following members.




Rachel Clift

Head teacher


Simon Disney-Pollard

Chair & Community Governor


Richard Baker

Trust Lead for School Improvement


Clare Ridehalgh

Deputy Trust Lead (Operations)


Kate Webber

Trust Lead for School Improvement- EYFS


Amy Daniels

Trust Lead for Safeguarding


Geoff Brown



Daphne Johns



Lucy Gambier



Ian Drake

Trust Health & Safety Officer


The Trustees have a right to appoint such persons to serve on the RIG to hold the local senior leadership team to account for standards and safeguarding.  Through this, CELT ensures strong local governance of the school and retains a clear line of sight into the performance of the school within its community.

The Rapid Improvement Group has a range of responsibilities including:

  •        Supporting good governance of the school
  •        Safeguarding and promoting the Trust’s values
  •        Supporting the Headteacher and being a critical friend
  •        Monitoring achievement, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety
  •        Engaging with the school’s key stakeholders, for example, parents/carers, pupils and staff

The RIG meets regularly and provides the support and challenge to the school to make rapid improvements.  The RIG reports back to the board of trustees to ensure that all governance matters are addressed at a local level.

If you would like to contact the RIG please address correspondence to


Or via post at:

Claire Carter

Governance Officer

Cornwall Education Learning Trust

Atlantic Centre

Trenance Leisure Park





Further Governance information can be found on the CELT Governance Section – CELT website 

If you wish to make a complaint about the school or RIG, please contact