North Cornwall Learning Trust

Ruth Krolik

Name: Ruth Krolik


Before moving to Cornwall I worked as a social worker and then worked for North Cornwall District Council.

I have four children who are now all young adults following successful careers mainly due to the excellent education they received here in North Cornwall.

Since 1998 I have been a governor for three schools, one in Devon, Delabole Primary School and Sir James Smiths in Camelford. 


A levels

Higher National Diploma in Applied Social Studies from University of the West of England Bristol.

Certificate of Qualification in Social Work

Governance Experience

Throughout the last 23 years I have worked as a Governor or Trustee, serving on Finance, Personnel, Curriculum and Standards Committees.

Since 2010 I have been the Governor responsible for Safeguarding for Sir James Smith’s School and now as Safeguarding Trustee for the NCLT.

Over the past 15 years I have gained considerable experience of school management while taking on the roles of Chair of Sir James Smith's School and now Vice Chair of the NCLT Board of Trustees.

During the period from 2010 to 2016, I was responsible for setting up and running the local North Cornwall Network for Governors across 8 schools, arranging meetings where Governors could share experience and receive shared training in areas such as Finance, Safeguarding, Ofsted and Data Analysis.  For 6 years I represented North Cornwall on the Governors' Network Group at County.

Why a Trustee

As a parent I have always been passionate about the education of children and believe it is one of the main routes into a successful and fulfilling life.

During my time as a Governor at Delabole Primary School the great benefits of federating with other schools, and how collaboration can make financial savings, enabling more money to be available for actual teaching, became very clear.

Throughout my time at Sir James Smiths I have watched a school improve in such a positive way, where outstanding teaching practice is shared and everyone is aiming for excellence. I believe that more shared expertise across schools can lift standards even higher and give all our children the very best chances in life.

I believe transition from the primary level to secondary should be as seamless as possible, working together as a team of schools and organising shared sport, music and teaching can enable the students to feel more comfortable when the transition to secondary occurs.

As a Trustee  I also feel passionate about the pastoral work of the school and  hope to see our schools working together, sharing good pastoral practice and therefore enabling children and students to be supported so they can achieve their very best.

I believe it is a real privilege to be a Trustee and be a part of a team where the focus is not just on our own individual schools but all the schools in the area and how we can work together to improve standards and enable children in North Cornwall to receive the very best education.