The children gave some lovely feedback in the Pupil Survey - "The sports competitions are great. There are no bullies. It's better here than my last school because it's quieter and you can get on with your work. You always have someone to go to. It's kind, caring and well-organised. What would you change - nothing - it's great just as it is!"

Meet the Governors

Meet the Governors.

Rev. Ian Lovell – Chair of Governing Board/Foundation Governor

Hello, my name is Ian and I am Chair of the federation’s Governing Board. I have lived in Sandown since 2008 and am the Baptist Minister at Sandown Baptist Church. My involvement with the school means that I am often in and around both the Secondary and Primary sites at least weekly. My passion is to see both the Primary and Secondary children develop and strive to the best of their ability. In order to relax, I enjoy photography, and anything to do with computing. My other great love is my Labrador dog, Nessie, who is great fun.

If you would like to speak to me as Chair of the Governing Board, then please contact me via either school office or emailing

Duncan Mills – Executive Headteacher

My name is Duncan Mills and I am the Executive Headteacher of the Cornerstone Federation. The Governors of The Bay CE and Niton Primary Schools appointed me as the Executive Headteacher of both schools in July 2016.

I have been a Headteacher since 1999, in five different schools, working in the London Borough of Barnet for most of my teaching career before relocating to the Island with my family. I feel extremely privileged to be working with both schools that have such talented staff, wonderful children and supportive parents and governors. I am committed to working to ensure that pupils across the Federation have access to a nurturing environment where they feel safe, a stimulating curriculum, high quality teaching and exciting extra-curricular opportunities available to them to enable them to be the best they can be to prepare them for the future.


An Executive Headteacher is a strategic role. I provide strategic leadership across both schools, which secures success and continuous improvement, ensuring high quality education for all pupils and the highest standards of learning and achievement.

I work closely with the Senior Team and Governors to make decisions, monitor the effectiveness of the provision and implement improvements. I spend part of each week at each school, although these days change week by week. I am always keen and happy to speak with parents. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact the school office at Niton or The Bay.

Sally Jones – Co-opted Governor.

I started working at The Bay in 2012 as School Business Manager after taking time off with my 2 children. Prior to that, I worked for a Building Society for 20 years in a variety of roles up and down the country, before returning to the Island with my family. I am responsible for the non-teaching element at The Bay which includes financial management, HR, personnel, catering, premises, communications, website and the office support of the school. I am also responsible for the financial management of Niton Primary.  I think I am extremely lucky to be able to combine my professional experience with my interest in making a difference to children’s education at 2 fabulous schools. When I am not in school, I am with my family who is made up of my husband, my 2 children, the dog and me.                             

Anna Payne – Staff Governor

My name is Anna Payne. I have been married for 30 years and have 2 children, and 3 grandchildren.  Over my time working at school, I have grown and developed in ways that I never thought possible.

I am the Staff Governor for the Cornerstone Federation and am in my first term of office. I sit on the Standards, Provision & Partnership committee. My link subject is EYFS where I monitor and visit Reception class during each term. The ethos in school is a happy one; it is paramount that this is reflected within our children, and it is a vital part of our role as governors to find a way in which all children can Believe, Inspire and Excel.

I feel privileged to be able to contribute towards shaping and securing the future of education for children, parents and carers within the community of the Sandown Bay area, with the new All-Through School opening in September; I look forward to the challenges ahead.

Carolyn Corbett – Foundation Governor

I moved to the Island with my family 19 years ago for my husband’s job,  and until my retirement, I worked as a school librarian. We have 1 grandson who attends an island primary school. At present I am on the Standards, Provision and Partnership committee. Since becoming a Foundation Governor, it has been my privilege to see The Bay CE Primary  and Niton Primary become the Cornerstone Federation serving the communities of Sandown and Niton.

As we become an All-Through School in September, there will be new challenges and opportunities, which I look forward to being a part of.

Rev. Mark Williams – Foundation Governor

Hello, I am the Reverend Mark Williams and am the vicar at Christ Church, Sandown and at St Paul’s in Shanklin. I moved to the Island with my family to take up post here at the beginning of August 2018. We have three children; our daughter will soon be attending the all through school. My involvement with the school means that I am often taking collective worship at the school on a Monday or am at Christ Church when the year groups come for collective worship there. I was a governor at previously on the mainland and gained valuable experience there. I look forward to continue serving the Cornerstone Federation.

John Poerscout-Edgerton – Co-opted Governor

Hello. My name is John Poerscout-Edgerton. As the proud parent of four children, two of them being at secondary school, one being a movie casting director and the eldest being the financial director of a multi-national company, I understand the importance of providing the best possible education, and therefore the best possible opportunities, for the students in our care.

Having spent my adult life helping and educating people, nearly 10 years as a Metropolitan Police officer and 25 years as a teacher, I really feel I have the life skills to help all of the community that is the All-Through School; The Bay CE School.

I have a Bachelor of Education (Hons.) degree from Southampton University and also a certificate in further professional studies from Portsmouth University. During my 25 years of teaching I have worked in the primary, middle and secondary phases, been seconded by the local authority as an advisory teacher and was head of mathematics at Sandham Middle School for 10 years.

Since 2002 I have been chairman of the Wight Island Players, a local amateur dramatics group, putting on annual pantomimes and have also used my acting skills to help with learning experiences in schools.

Katie Walker-Green – Parent Governor

Hello, my name is Katie Walker-Green. I live in Niton with my husband, 2 children and two cats. My eldest child attends Niton Primary School and is very happy there.

I am a qualified secondary drama teacher and I previously worked at Sandown High School / Sandown Bay Academy for 10 years. I am passionate about quality teaching and learning, engaging, creative and inspiring learning environments, ensuring every child has the opportunity to achieve their potential.

I have lived in Niton for most of my life, only moving away for University and the ‘mainland experience’.

My decision to apply to become a governor stemmed from my passion for maintaining Niton’s excellent standards and my desire to support The Bay CE School and its forthcoming transition to an All-Through School.

Ruth Noyes – Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor for 5 years, firstly as parent governor at Niton Primary School and now a co-opted governor for the Cornerstone Federation. I have two children who have benefitted from the excellent teaching and learning at Niton and I feel it is vital to share the good practise that is now evident across the Cornerstone Federation. Formerly a teacher, I now run my own hospitality and events business, enjoy walking my dogs and paddle boarding when I have time!

Vicki Sitch – Co-opted Governor

As a self-employed business consultant for ten years, I have been able to lead large programmes of change, predominantly in the public sector; both Surrey and Hampshire County Councils and the Department for Work and Pensions have used my services. I also support a smaller private sector business. Before becoming self-employed I worked for Deloitte; a consulting firm.

My 2 daughters attend Niton Primary School after a relocation to the island from Guilford 3 years ago. We moved here as a family for a better work-life balance and to spend more time together as a family unit. My husband and I recently launched a glamping business at our home, Sibbecks Farm, and really enjoy encouraging more families to explore the beautiful Isle of Wight.

I initially applied to become a governor in order to make a positive impact within the local community as well as having the opportunity to learn about the education sector. I believe that my skills in change, leadership and management help me in being a governor; a role that requires us to check and then challenge.

Julie Sutch – LA Governor

I completed my education at Sandown High School and at the IOW College, I completed a Hotel Reception Course and a B-Tec Diploma in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management Operations course. I moved to London in 1987 and worked as an Estate Agent for eleven years before moving into Local Government for twelve years where I have a background in Economic Development and Regeneration focusing on Quality and Communications, Business and Marketing and Social Media and Town Centre Management before I moved back to the Island in 2011.

I have one son who attended The Bay CE Primary School and is now at Sandown Bay Academy soon to be The Bay Church of England School. I retrained as a Teaching Assistant and volunteered and worked at The Bay CE Primary school for four years.  I am now working for the Isle of Wight Council as their Childcare Development and Business Officer.

My passion in life, other than my son, is Portsmouth Football Club, where we are both avid fans and season ticket holders.

Sarah McCarthy-Fry –  Co-opted Governor

Hello, I am the Finance & IT Director for GKN Aerospace based in East Cowes. Alongside that, I also chair the Employment & Skills Board of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

I moved to the Isle of Wight 6 years ago from Portsmouth where I was the local MP

between 2005 & 2010. During my parliamentary career I was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools & Learning.

I live with my husband in Shanklin. We have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy walking the dog, tap dancing, musical theatre and singing in the church choir.

Ria Allan –  Co-opted Governor

It was, and still remains so, my passion for learning that has enabled me to fulfil and my own professional goals and it is this absolute belief in learning’s power to secure children’s life opportunities that underpins my vision as a serving Headteacher in Hampshire.   Both as a teacher and parent, I understand the importance of raising children’s aspirations, instilling in them a self-belief that anything is possible if one is willing to work hard and helping them build the confidence and resilience to rise to new challenges. I consider it a privilege to be asked to be a governor of the Cornerstone federation and it is these values that I  hope to be able to bring to the role as with children, staff, parents and the local community we begin a new and exciting journey.

Alison Beane OBE  Co-opted Governor

I have worked in special education for over 30 years and as a headteacher/Executive Headteacher for around 15 years.  I am a National Leader of Education and Mary Rose is a National Support School as well as a Teaching School.

Our Trust currently consists of 3 special schools.  Mary Rose is the founding school and Cliffdale Primary Academy and Redwood Park Academy are both sponsored schools.  Cliffdale has moved from special measures to outstanding and Redwood Park continues to be good having been through a very challenging time about 2 years ago.  Our aim is to reach outstanding within the next 18 months.

My particular interest is in supporting schools in challenging circumstances, building/developing staff teams, working closely with families and ensuring that pupils in those schools receive a high quality, enjoyable and creative learning experience as quickly as possible.  I am looking forward to working with The Bay CE School so that together we can make sure that the pupils of the all through school and their families get the very best school experience possible.

I have lived on the Island in West Wight for 12 years and really enjoy island life.

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