Governance

Local and CAST Governance
 
Local Governance - The Local Governing Board
 
The Local Governing Board comprises three Foundation Governors appointed by the Bishop of Plymouth Diocese, two Parent Governors who are elected by the parents of the school, two Co-opted Governors, one Staff Governor who was elected by the staff of the school and the Headteacher.
 
Parent Governors are elected every four years or on the resignation of a Parent Governor (whichever is earlier). All parents of the school are eligible to be a Parent Governor and will be invited to nominate themselves for such a role should a vacancy arise.
 
The Local Governing Board is a hard-working group of volunteers who are passionate about education and give up so much of their time and energy to support the young children in our schools.
 
We have been fortunate to welcome new Governors to our school over the past 12 months who have been keen to learn about their roles and responsibilities and to take an active part of in the life of the school. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Governor please ask.
 
Contact: The chair of Governors, Mrs Lucy Culkin
 
c/o St Marys Catholic Primary School
      Devon Road
      Poole
      BH15 3QQ
 
The Role of the Governors
 
The School Governors at St. Mary’s are parent, staff and foundation (Church) representatives who are very interested and enthusiastic about the well being of our school, our pupils and staff. The governing board has organised itself to ensure that it meets all of its statutory obligations by having a named Governor responsible for undertaking a range of specific tasks.
 
They meet regularly and oversee the leadership and management of the school, providing expertise, critical friendship and a great deal of support to the school. Their chief concern is to ensure a high quality education for the pupils of St. Mary’s and that the school complies with initiatives and legislation such as the Freedom of Information Act.
 
The minutes of each meeting are available for inspection, please ask at the school office.
 
Our governors at St. Mary’s are extremely approachable and welcome opportunities to share information about their business and to discuss school matters.
 
Local Governing Board information

Dear Parents and Carers

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Local Governing Board at St Mary’s, which has some new members for this year. We welcome Keith Jones, Rebekah Webb and Anna Creamer to the Board.

The School Governors at St. Mary’s are parent, staff and foundation (Church) representatives who are very interested and enthusiastic about the well-being of our school, our pupils and staff. The governing body is organised to ensure that it meets all of its statutory obligations by having a named Governor responsible for undertaking a range of specific tasks and to offer support to subject leads as they develop the curriculum.

We meet regularly and oversee the leadership and management of the school, providing expertise, critical friendship and a great deal of support to the school. Our chief concern is to ensure a high quality education for the pupils of St. Mary’s and that the school complies with initiatives and legislation such as safeguarding, health and safety, GDPR etc.

Our governors at St. Mary’s are extremely approachable and welcome opportunities to share information about their business and to discuss school matters. We hope in this coming year we can be more visible and meet with parents to discuss your ideas and any concerns.

We wish you a restful half term.
 
 
Local Governing Board Membership
 
Mrs Lucy Culkin - Co-opted Governor (Chair)
I am from Poole and despite travelling far and wide, found myself back here to get married and raise my 2 children. My daughter is in year 3 at St Mary’s and my son has just moved to secondary school after 7 wonderful years at our school.
 
In my day job I am the Chief Executive of the Dorset and East Devon UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ‘Jurassic Coast’. As CEO for the organisation responsible for the management, geological and palaeontological conservation and protection of the Site, I lead a team who deliver conservation, engagement, education and economic development of the World Heritage Site. I work closely with local government, central government, universities and other statutory bodies to deliver contracts, partnership agreements and research. I graduated Chair of Governors HR Policies Complaints Geography History from my undergraduate degree in 1999 and gained my Masters degree in 2007 from Bournemouth University.
 
I strongly believe in our children’s education being a collaborative effort between the school and the community surrounding it, which is why I am involved as Governor.
 
Responsibilities:  Chair of Governors, HR, Policies, Complaints 
Subject Lead Areas: Geography, History
Elected by:  Local Governing Board of St Mary's Catholic Primary School
Term of Office:  19/02/2019 to 18/02/2023
Meeting Attendance 2020/21:  100%
Business Interests:  None declared
Third Party Related Transactions:  None
Other Governorships:  None
 
 
Mr Keith Jones - Parent Governor
I have been a solicitor for over 25 years; and running my own law firm since 2001. I am therefore responsible for the day to day and strategic management of a legal business as well as undertaking legal work for clients.
 
Outside of work, I have spent a significant proportion of my life playing - domestically and internationally - and coaching water polo (and being involved in the administration and management of clubs I have been a member of), swimming (including a bit of sea swimming) and cycling, although nowadays my recreational activities tend to be more family oriented. My daughter started at St Mary’s in Foundation in September 2020. Both of my parents were educators and they instilled into me an appreciation of the importance of the role that a good educational establishment plays in obtaining a good education. I am someone who likes to get involved and I view being a Parent Governor as an excellent opportunity to do just that. It will certainly be a new challenge for me, but it is one I am looking forward to taking on and, hopefully, the skills and experience I have gained in my professional and social life will stand me in good stead.

Responsibilities: School Health and Safety
Subject Lead Areas: Computing, Modern Foreign Languages
Term of office:  01/09/2021 to 31/08/2025
Meeting attendance:  N/A
Business Interests: None
Third Party Related Transactions: None
Other Governorships: None
 
 
 
Mrs Kerry Houston-Kypta - Parent Governor

I was born in Poole and, apart from my time spent away at University, I have always lived here.

In my working role, I am a Commercial Property Solicitor and Partner in a local law firm. I qualified in 2004 after studying European Law at Warwick and Bordeaux Universities and then completed my training with a large commercial firm in Southampton. I have a lot of experience of dealing with all aspects of commercial property work and hope to be able to bring those skills in to good use in my new role as a parent governor.

I am a mum of 2 daughters. My eldest is in her final year at St Marys and my youngest will hopefully be starting in September. I have seen my eldest daughter grow in confidence and flourish during her 7 years at the school and I am very happy to also be bringing my experience as a parent to the local board of governors.

When I had more free time, I used to be a keen Ballroom & Latin American Dancer and one day I would like to take it up again. In the meantime, most of my free time is spent looking after my daughters and taking them to their various hobbies and activities. I also enjoy gardening, running and going for long family walks along the beach.

Responsibilities: Statutory Grants/Finance, Parents and the Community
Subject Lead Areas: Music and Arts, Sports and PE
Appointed by:  Governing Body
Term of office:  30/09/2019 to 29/09/2023
Meeting Attendance 2020/21:  100%
Business Interests:  Salaried Partner Coles Miller LLB
Third Party Related Transactions:  None
Other Governorships:  St Edwards RC / CE School

 

 

Dr Adrian Nightingale - Foundation Governor

I am a lecturer within Southampton University’s Mechanical Engineering department. I teach engineers across all years and have wider higher education teaching experience having previously also taught undergraduate chemists and ocean scientists. I lead a small research group that develop water analysers, chemical reactors, and other sorts of fluid-based technology. I am also undergraduate Admissions Tutor for my department, dealing with a lot of excited prospective students as they decide where to go to university and what to study.

Away from work I am married to Sarah and we have two children who are both enjoying their education at St Mary’s. I am a reader at St Mary’s church and have previously served on the parish council. In my spare time I enjoy running, cycling, and music (guitar and records). 

Responsibilities: RE and Catholic Life Governor
Subject Lead Areas: Science, RE
Appointed by: Diocese of Plymouth
Term of office:  22/03/2021 to 21/03/2025
Meeting Attendance 2020/21:  100%

Business Interests:  None declared
Third Party Related Transactions:  None
Other Governorships:  None

 

 

Mrs Clare Tickel - Foundation Governor (Executive Headteacher)

Mrs Tickel joined St Mary's in February 2022 as Executive Headteacher for both St Mary's and Christ the King Catholic Primary School.  Mrs Tickel joined Christ the King in September 2011 following 10 years as Headteacher of a Dorset Church School. Mrs Tickel is passionate about ensuring the best possible outcomes for the children and believes that all children deserve to be loved and should be given the opportunity to flourish in a safe and nurturing environment.

Term of Office:  Ex-Officio.  Term commenced 28/02/2022
Appointed by:  The Diocese of Plymouth
Business Interests:  Employee of Plymouth CAST
Third Party Related Transactions: None
Other Governorships:  Governor at Christ the King Catholic Primary School, Kinson

 

 

Mr Simon Thomas - Staff Governor
I have been lucky enough to work at St Mary’s since the end of March 2019 having arrived on a secondment. I’m the father of two very active daughters who keep me fit keeping up with them on foot or bike. I have taught in Poole schools for twenty years and am still as enthusiastic about education and learning as I was when I first started. My career began in a church school and, in many ways, working at St Mary’s has felt like “coming home”. I have the privilege to represent the hard-working, dedicated staff of our school on the governing body. I look forward to providing an interface between two sets of people who share the success, spiritual development and well-being of the children as the basis for all they do.
 
Elected by:  The Staff of St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Poole
Term of office:  30/09/2019 to 29/09/2023
Meeting Attendance 2020/21:  100%
Business Interests:  Employee Plymouth CAST
Third Party Related Transactions:  None
Other Governorships:  None
 
 

Mrs Mary Norrish - Foundation Governor
I have been a Governor at St. Mary’s since the autumn of 2013. The school is a very different and much more welcoming place since my 4 children attended between 1976 & 1991. The increased pupil numbers benefit from not only better buildings, but also diverse teaching methods, including the advantages brought by the digital internet world, delivered by St Mary’s dedicated and enthusiastic staff team. I really enjoy going into school to observe classes and see that the opportunities for learning are more interactive and the children certainly look to be enjoying the experience, despite the restrictions of National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements.

As a governor, I am also particularly interested in ensuring that staff and governors recognise their individual responsibility for safeguarding every child, and that children with additional educational needs are well supported to make the best use of their particular talents. Besides being a school governor, I am also a trustee of the charity Mosaic, supporting bereaved children across Dorset. I belong to the music group at 9:30 Mass, sing in two local choirs, ramble all over Dorset and the New Forest with St. Mary’s walkers every week, and help with my grandchildren too, so it’s quite an active retirement from children’s social work!

Responsibilities: Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Equality, Safeguarding, Pupil Premium Grants
Subject Lead Areas: Pupil Premuim, SENCo
Committees: Admissions
Appointed by: Diocese of Plymouth
Term of office: 14/06/2013 to 13/06/2025
Meeting Attendance 2020/21: 100%
Business Interests: Trustee Mosaic
Third Party Related Transactions: None
Other Governorships: None

 

 

Mrs Rebekah Webb - Foundation Governor
The birth of my eldest daughter put my teaching career on pause and since then, we have been blessed with three more children who have kept me busy and engaged in learning more about child development very much first hand! Our three eldest children are happy members of St. Mary’s with the youngest eager to follow.
 
My teacher training specialised in Early Years- Foundation Stage through to Year 2- and in my teaching experience I also really enjoyed working alongside students in KS2 in projects centred around writing, drama and performance. My undergraduate degree in English and Theatre Studies was borne of a love for writing and I am fascinated with how reading and writing develops from the very first stages and how rapid progress can be made, especially in the first few years at school.
 
Centred within a family of teachers, I have a passion for the power of education to open doors for all and I love that, through the Catholic school system, our children are learning that they are unique, loved wholly and created for a purpose.
 
As a past pupil, a past teacher and now in this new role as a governor, St. Mary’s has a place in my heart. I am really looking forward to finding ways that I can support the dedicated staff in encouraging all our beautiful young people to thrive and ignite with a thirst for learning, and a joy for recognising their power to create a just world.
 
Responsibilities:  Safeguarding and Child Protection, Curriculum and Standards
Subject Lead Areas:  Early Years Foundation Stage and English
Term of office:  12/10/2021 to 11/10/2025
Meeting attendance:  N/A
Business Interests: None
Third Party Related Transactions: None
Other Governorships: None
 
 
 

Clerk to Governors - Mrs Patricia Rushton

 

Governors resigned within the last 12 months
 
Mrs Ann Harris - Foundation Governor
Term of office:  04/02/2019 to 31/08/2022
 
Mrs Anna Swift - Parent Governor
Term of office:  01/09/2021 to 21/03/2022
 
Mrs Helen Armstrong - Foundation Governor
Term of Office:  01/09/2014 to 27/02/2022