Our Members have legal responsibility for the Trust and maintain a strategic overview of performance.

Bob Coburn


Bob has worked in special schools for over 40 years, having had his first job as an Unqualified Teacher in 1973. He has taught in London, Hereford and Bristol, moving to his first Headship in 1993. This was in a primary school for children with physical impairments and associated learning difficulties. In 2005 this was judged as Outstanding by Ofsted, and was included in the 2005 Ofsted Report on the Most Successful Schools of the year. Moving to an SLD school judged as failing in 2006, he helped steer this to an Ofsted Outstanding judgement by January 2013.
Bob has always been a strong believer in personal professional development, and gained a M.Ed in Special Education from Birmingham University in 1988, and a Ed.D from the University of the West of England in 2005. His Doctoral Dissertation was on the work and practice of a class of children with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties: this is a particular passion of his. He is also interested in Alternative and Augmentative Communication, and Transformational Change.

Steve Colwill

Member (Chair of Trustees)

After graduating in 1970, Steve taught children with special educational needs for two years, before training as an educational psychologist. He worked as a psychologist in Devon and Dorset, before moving to Cornwall as Principal Educational Psychologist in 1988. He later became Head of Child and Family Services and in 2004 he was appointed as Assistant Director, with responsibility for countywide provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Steve is a specialist member of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal and he has been Chair of Governors at Curnow School for the past 4 years. He is delighted to take on this new role, seeking to continue to improve the education of our children, across four special schools.

Hayley Goleniowska


Hayley worked as a language teacher and voice-over artist, before becoming a Mum. Her youngest daughter has Down’s syndrome, which motivated her to write award-winning blog Downs Side Up which was listed as a Health Service Journal Rising Star for its influence. She uses social media effectively to create change and educate.
Hayley is a columnist for Special Needs Jungle, Firefly and the Huffington Post as well as working freelance for the Telegraph and various medical journals. She trains teachers and medical professionals, speaking on the subjects of inclusion and attitudes towards disability and is often interviewed for national TV and radio features. She recently featured in the BBC documentary A World Without Downs.
Hayley co-wrote a book for children with her eldest daughter called I love You Natty: A Sister’s Introduction to Down’s Syndrome and has produced a resource called Talking About Down’s Syndrome: Conversations for New Parents.
She is passionate about inclusion in the media and advertising and her daughter Natty was the first child with a disability to ever feature in a national supermarket Back to School campaign.

Victoria Hatton


Victoria is an associate solicitor at Browne Jacobson LLP specialising in providing education law advice to schools and academies. She has held school governor positions since 2010. She was Chair of Governors of Doubletrees School for 4 years and remains a trustee of the Moor and Coastal Partnership Trust, a cooperative learning trust.

Sue Martin


Sue has been CEO of Newquay Education Trust (NET) since April 2016. The Trust comprises Newquay Tretherras, Cornwall’s largest secondary Academy, and Newquay Junior, Cornwall’s largest junior Academy, and is responsible for the education of over 2200 students. Sue has considerable leadership experience, having been a secondary Headteacher of two very successful schools since 1999, an Executive Headteacher for two years, and a National Leader of Education since 2009. Sue’s areas of expertise are in leadership development, school improvement across school phases, leading collaborations and multi academy trusts. She is currently Chair of Cornwall’s Sixth Form Together partnership and the Kernow Teaching School Alliance.

Special Partnership Trust,
c/o Pencalenick School,
St Clement, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1TL
01872 520385