Stewart Gynn

Executive Headteacher

I have always loved mystery stories, in particular Sherlock Holmes, so I read Antony Horowitz and Ann Cleaves. I also like a bit of fantasy and have read the whole Harry Potter series, Phillip Pullman’s Northern Lights and Terry Pratchet’s Discworld series. Often my sons tell me about books that they have enjoyed and I have recently read Cogheart, Skellig and Holes on their recommendation, although my favourite children’s author is Michael Morpurgo - I can’t believe that Kensuke’s Kingdom has not been made into a film.

Emma Williams

Head of School

In 1986 Rik Mayall read George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl for Jackanory. I was 8 years old and I was hooked. I watched silently, in awe of the mischief making George and totally transfixed by Rik Mayall's storyteller voices- most memorably the evil Grandma. I couldn't wait for the next episode to transport me to the magical world Roald Dahl had created and I still have my original copy which I read over and over and over again. Fast forward 34 years and I have just read that copy to my own children.

I have always loved the way books can transport you to another world and love nothing more than finding a good series, usually magical fantasy lands. From CS Lewis'classic The Chronicles of Narnia, to the modern classic of Harry Potter (I'm Hufflepuff, my wand is Rowan Wood with a Dragon Heartstring 13", reasonably supple, and my patronus is a Piebald Stallion- check out Harry Potter Wizarding World to be officially sorted)

I adore the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, I have two daughters and want them to be as caring, astute and fearless as Katniss. As I've grown up, my interest in magical worlds has broadened to include the imagined dystopian futures and I have thoroughly enjoyed Margaret Attwood's dark, dystopian Handmaid's Tale and more recently her Booker Prize winning, The Testaments- a highly recommended read for adults.

Sandra Beardsmore

Chair of LGB and Whistleblowing

As a mother, grandmother, retired teacher and experienced chair of governors, I am very excited to be leading the local governing body of Luxulyan School. I am passionate about providing children with the best learning experiences possible whilst they are at school. I especially enjoy living in Cornwall and as a governor I am especially interested in Health and Safety, ‘Special Needs’, raising standards and looking at how we can improve the outcomes for all our children.

Books are such an important part of my life and I’m fortunate to belong to a local book club and since moving to Cornwall I am able to order books on line, picking them up from our monthly community library van. My earliest recollections are being engrossed as a child in the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe being the first of the six books. I just loved being in the fantasy world of the author C. S. Lewis. Although these books were written over sixty years ago, they have been adapted for radio, television, the stage and film and are still read today. I really enjoyed Roald Dahl books when I began teaching, reading them to both my class and my own children, always starting with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I have read every one of his seventeen children’s novels. I also found his ‘Revolting Rhymes’, so amusing, with the surprise endings in place of the traditional ‘happily ever after’ finishes to the six well known fairy tales. My grandchildren love me to read to them, especially Michael Morpurgo books, the first I ever read was ‘War Horse’. I found this an inspirational novel, the experiences of Joey, a horse purchased by the army for service in World War 1 France and the attempts of young Albert his previous owner to bring him safely home was just so moving. I was so pleased to be able to watch both the film and stage musical recently, finding both of them very emotional. At the moment I am re- reading Louis Sachar ‘Holes’ I just love this story of Stanley’s life told in such an exceptionally funny way.

Annie Butler

Vice Chair and Safeguarding

I moved to Cornwall in 2014 and, together with my husband, run a small business. Previously I have had a career in primary education spanning 27 years as a teacher, advisory teacher, education consultant and Head Teacher. As a governor I hope I will be able to use my knowledge and understanding of education to support Luxulyan School as it continues to flourish. In my spare time I try to keep active enjoying a range of activities including yoga, swimming, badminton and most of all, I love to walk in this beautiful part of Cornwall – in all weathers!

I love to get engrossed in a good book! One book I absolutely loved when I was younger was Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr. It’s such a gripping tale. I was completely absorbed by the characters and unfolding story and couldn’t wait to find out what happened at the end (I won’t tell!). I love children’s picture books too. One of my favourites is The Time It Took Tom by Nick Sharratt and Stephen Tucker: it’s very clever and very funny!

Mrs Mary Fox

Governor - Staff

During my childhood I remember my year 1 teacher Mrs Harrison reading many stories that influenced the books I chose to read. We would walk through the magical doors of the wardrobe and end up in Narnia, explore Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and meet the Oompa Loompas. But my personal favourite was imagining I was flying on a magic carpet with Mr Majeka. Mr Majeka was a teacher but no ordinary teacher he knew magic.

As a Mum I have shared these books and many more with my children. You can go on many adventures and the stories we read uplift us and can create a happy place.

But as an adult If I can’t find a story that can take me on an adventure, I enjoy reading books about mindfulness and well being.

Graham Entwistle


Stephanie Apostolou

EYFS, Reading and Phonics

Hi everyone, I'm Steph and I am the manager of Luxulyan Pre-School. I became a governor to keep strong links between the pre-school and school, meaning great communication between both! I also did this to help our children who transition up to Reception class to settle in smoothly!

I am the Early Years, Reading and Phonics governor, I am passionate about helping children develop early on in life in fun, exciting ways. I believe the ‘Early Years’ are an important time in children's lives and I enjoy finding new ways to help children to learn and develop in a variety of exciting ways!

Tom Lilleyman

Health and Safety

Kimberley Williams

SEND and Pupil Premium

Hello, I am Kim and I work at Luxulyan preschool and before that I was a carer in both a nursing home and the community and really enjoyed it. I really enjoy supporting people.

I have two children and they both attend Luxulyan school. I have one child who is SEN and has inspired me to be a governor in SEN area. It also inspired me to work with children and to gain as much knowledge to help children grow.

Outside of work I am kept busy with my family. We enjoy walks with our 2 bouncy dogs, exploring woods and the beach.

Gemma Weir

Finance and Community

Hi I’m Gemma. I joined as a governor in September 2019.

My two children attend Luxulyan school and I am excited to be part of the school both as a parent and a governor.

I work for a local bank so I have an interest in the finance aspect of Luxulyan school. I hope my knowledge and experience in finance will assist me in this role.

I am also the chairperson for Luxulyan preschool so I am very keen to continue and keep the strong relationship and connection between the preschool and school.

I love to read and have always read to my children. Jacqueline Wilson and the Mr Men/Little Miss series are firm favourites at home.

Outside of work my family and I love to go camping and out on our kayak.