Gaynor Highcock- Head Teacher


My name is Gaynor Highcock and I am the Head Teacher at Ysgol Llandrillo-Yn-Rhos. I have worked as a member of staff at the school since 1998. I have had experience teaching most year groups from Nursery to Year 6. I have enjoyed watching the school go from strength to strength and am delighted with the opportunities we are able to offer pupils.




James Lusted - Chair of the Board of Governors


My name is James Lusted, I'm married to Chloe who is a former pupil at Ysgol Llandrillo Yn Rhos. I was elected as a County Councillor in May 2017 for the Llandrillo Yn Rhos ward. I'm a member of Festival Church in Chester and actively involved on their team.  I currently sit on the Board of Directors for Disability Sport Wales.

I'm an actor and TV presenter and have appeared in various programmes and stage productions professionally.  I'm a keen sportsman and have competed nationally and internationally in Badminton and I had the honour of carrying the London 2012 Olympic Torch through Rhos on Sea. I like to watch sport, especially football, I support Liverpool FC.

I'm a great believer in the next generation and passionate about seeing every child been given equal opportunities whatever their background or abilities.  Every child has potential to go on and achieve their dreams


Catherine Smith

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I moved to North Wales 17 years ago. I have one child in Ysgol Llandrillo-Yn-Rhos and one who has moved on to Eirias.  My original working background was in child protection, investigating serious crimes against children. I previously qualified as a nursery nurse and Montessori teacher.   I wanted to be a parent governor in order to support staff and the school community in continuing to deliver and develop a first class educational experience to our pupils and to be able to effect change if necessary.


Louise Bourne

My name is Louise Bourne. I live in Rhos with my huband Neill and our three sons. I have been a primary school teacher for more than 20 years and have taught both infants and juniors. I currently work part-time in a school in Ruthin where I teach Reception.

I love being involved in what goes on at Llandrillo and always try to attend meetings/information evenings to keep informed about what is happening. I have also enjoyed taking part in Parent Council activities, Together Time sessions and school trips. I feel that my experience as both a teacher and a mum helps me in my role and that being a Parent Governor is an exciting opportunity to become part of this excellent school







Cllr Donald Milne

Don Milne has lived and worked in Llandrillo-Yn-Rhos for 37 years and was elected as Conwy County Councillor for the ward in 2012.  Appointed school governor in 2012, he currently has cabinet responsibility for Environment Roads and Facilities.

An economist by training, he came to North Wales in 1973 to work at Llandrillo College where he introduced IT systems to the college, specialising i

Don Milne

n business systems development.

He moved to Buckinghamshire New University to develop Degree and Masters courses in Internet Tchnology, specialising in Network/Cyber Security.  He has presented papers at confrences as far apart as Australis, the United States and across Europe on Information Warfare and Security.

As a great supporter of environmental issues, he is keen to see pupils encouraged to appreciate the environment around them, in particular the many natural features within our county of Conwy.

For relaxation, he enjoys all forms of theatre and performing.  Over many years Don has produced, stage managed and performed with a number of our local drama and musical societies.

Cllr Dave Roberts

Nicola Hawley

Helen Ansell

My name is Helen Ansell. I’m married to Rob and I have four children. Three of my children, Bethany, Stephen and Benjamin, are former pupils of Ysgol Llandrillo Yn Rhos and I have another daughter now in Year 4.

I have been a primary school teacher for 20 years and at present I am Deputy Head teacher at Ysgol Llanddulas. In addition I have the role of ALNCO within the school.

I count it a privilege to work with children and I have been delighted to see how each one has flourished as they have progressed through their school years not only in the primary setting but also throughout Secondary and on to university or their chosen career.

For the past four years I have been the Chair of Governors at Ysgol Llandrillo Yn Rhos and it has been wonderful and exciting to see the enthusiasm of the children who have been supported by dedicated staff who truly put the well-being of the children at the forefront of everything they do.

As a Christian I am a team member of the New Life Revival Church in Colwyn Bay which I absolutely love!

My interests are singing, playing the guitar or piano, Zumba and meeting with friends and family.

My son, Benjamin and I are totally addicted to ‘The Flash, Super Girl and The Arrow’ and in our quiet times together - that is where you will often find us both!

I count it a joy and important responsibility to be part of the governing body of Ysgol Llandrillo Yn Rhos and will continue to offer support and bring challenge when needed.

Children in my class are encouraged by the quote from Martin Luther King JnR , which I would share with Pupils in this fantastic school:

‘If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl but by all means, keep moving.’

Together, let’s encourage our children to grow and set the standards for others to follow.

Paula Lawrenson

My name is Paula Lawrenson, I was born in Colwyn Bay and I have lived here all my life. I live with my husband and daughter.  I work as a Teaching Assistant in Ysgol Llandrillo Yn Rhos which I am very passionate about, I am also a supervisor for the Ysgol Llandrillo Yn Rhos After School Club.  Ysgol Llandrillo Yn Rhos has always been a big part of my life with 3 generations of my family having attended.

I have always been involved in the community and I am currently a leader in Brownies which I have been doing for the past 15 years.

In my spare time I am a keen walker and involve myself in charity work. Last year my husband and I walked the Leeds to Liverpool canal (128 miles) for  the Walton centre, we raised over £1500.

Daniel Eames-Hughes

Des Jones