St Marys Catholic Primary School
At St. Mary's we place the children at the heart of everything we do

Meet Our Governors

The Governing Body will aspire to place children at the heart of all we do, reflecting the mission statement of the school. 

The Governing Body of St. Mary's aims to be a critical friend. We support the Senior Leadership Team in the strategic direction of the school and meet regularly with Teachers and Support Staff to offer support and guidance.The Governing Body will challenge and support the Leadership Team and all staff to maintain high standards of teaching and learning at all times. 

The Governing Body will aim to provide inclusive, safe and dynamic learning environments which nurture the whole child. Through the delivery of high quality curriculum provision our aim will be for all our pupils to reach their highest potential.

Mr Gareth Churcher

Parent Governor

Gareth is one of our Parent Governors with children in Class 5 and 4. He is Head of Service for Cornwall Music Service Trust and takes great pride in being the first person to accept this post. Gareth has taken a fairly non-formal route into music education after first studying to be an accountant! After gaining his AAT qualification he found a real enthusiasm and passion for teaching and started to teach for Music Cornwall, the then council run music service. Gareth supports the school at every opportunity, including being the Whistle-blowing Governor. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his role on the Local Governing Body.

Mrs Sue Marshall

Co Opted Governor

Sue is a co-opted governor and is a teaching assistant, supporting a child with individual needs in Class 5. She is a First Responder in the local community and brings this interest to her role and responsibilities as the Health and Safety Governor. Sue enjoys having an active role in the life of the school.

Mr Sam Harrison

Chair of Governors

secretary@st-marys-fal.cornwall.sch.uk

Sam Harrison is a parent at our school with a child in Class 3. He is our Safeguarding Governor and is responsible for Statutory Grants, which includes Pupil Premium and the Sports Premium.

Mr Bob Kiszczuk

Foundation Governor

Bob has a long association with St Mary's School. He is a past parent and has supported our school community over many years. Bob is an active member of St Mary's Parish.

Fr Brian Kenwrick

Vice Chair of Governors

Father Brian is the Parish Priest for the Falmouth and Helston Parishes. He supports all members of the school community in many ways. He is a regular visitor to our school and leads a weekly Mass for classes or the whole school. Father Brian is the RE and Catholic Life Governor.

Mrs Lucy Draycott

Staff Governor

Lucy is our Head of School and also a past parent. Having been seconded to St Mary's Bodmin for two years, the school welcomed Lucy back to St Mary's Falmouth in September 2019.

Mrs Carol Pipkin

Clerk to the Governors

Carol is our Clerk to the Governors. Prior to September 2020 Carol worked as our school Administrator for 21 years. Since retiring from this post she has also taken on the clerking at St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Penzance.

Mrs Demelza Bolton

Foundation Governor

head@st-marys-fal.cornwall.sch.uk

Demelza has been working in school leadership for six years across a range of different settings and roles. She has worked within the central team of a large primary academy focussing on school improvement and is currently working as Executive Head over St. Mary’s Catholic School in Falmouth and St. Mary’s Catholic School in Penzance.

Dr Xiaoyu Yan

Parent Governor

Xiaoyu has been one of our Parent Governors since May 2020 and has a child in Class 3. He is a lecturer at Exeter University.

Deacon Richard Edwards

Link Governor

Deacon Richard is our Link Governor and is also on the CAST Board of Directors. He has been in this support role since early 2020.