Mr Paul Atkinson, Staff Governorpaulatkinson

School Links: Premises, Health and Safety
School Role: Examinations Officer

I was born in Jersey in the Channel Islands but moved to England as a child. After university and teacher training in London I taught Modern Foreign Languages, firstly in Bedfordshire and then Wiltshire for 25 years. During this time I was also the examinations officer of the school for 18 years and a governor for 12 years.

I relocated to Cornwall in 2006 and have been working as examinations officer at Saltash Community School since 2009.

I strongly believe in the importance of participating in the communities in which one lives and works in an effort to maintain and improve them.

My working life has been dedicated to the education of young people and I hope that I may serve the school community well as a staff governor.


Miss Sam Gardner, Chair of Governors

School Links: Pupil Premium

I became a Saltash Community School Governor in November 2016. I grew up in Wiltshire, and moved to the South West after studying Food Science at Cardiff. I have spent my career in Technical Management in the Food Industry, and now work with my partner in his Plymouth based bakery business.

We moved to Saltash from Plymouth in 2011. I love to take an active interest in education and enjoy being a parent volunteer and parent representative on the PTA at the primary school my daughter attends.

I have two boys at Saltash Community School and I feel very privileged to be able to support the school in providing the best possible education for its students.


Mr Mark Kelly, Parent Governor

School Links: Pupil Premium

I was born and grew up in Colchester, Essex, but ended up in Saltash as my father’s naval career saw him eventually based at Devonport.

After stints in higher education in Hull and Nottingham, I returned to the south west, starting a civil service career in the Job Centre, and find myself in my 21st year at HM Land Registry as a software engineer, mainly working on mapping applications.

I am also a departmental trade union representative; this sees me on a daily basis dealing with human resources related issues from recruitment to dismissal, sickness to redundancy, as well as reviewing and writing new policies or procedures. These skills have served me well as a governor at my children’s former primary school and now at Saltash Community School, where I am keen to help support the school achieve the best for all students and staff.


Dr Kerry Leslie, Parent Governor

School Links: Curriculum, Standards and Achievements

I am a senior public engagement professional specialising in working with academic researchers and the higher education sector and currently run my own consultancy. Prior to that, I spent fifteen years working at Research Councils UK (RCUK) where, for the last ten years, I was RCUK’s Head of Public Engagement with Research.

One of my responsibilities was to provide collective strategic input into schools’ policy to increase the role of contemporary research in the school curriculum, leading and implementing change with key stakeholders including the Department for Education (DfE), National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL), Office of Fair Access (OFFA) and the Science Learning Centres (SLCs).

I am a trustee of the British Science Association who organise major initiatives across the UK, including British Science Week; the annual British Science Festival and programmes for young people in schools and colleges.  My PhD was in Astrophysics was gained at University College London’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

I have one child at Landulph School and two at Saltash Community School and I became a parent governor for Landulph School in July 2015.  I sit on the standards and curriculum committee for both Landulph and Saltash Community School. I was previously a governor at a primary school in Wiltshire from 2010-2015.


Ms Kate Littledyke, Headteacher

I began my career as an English teacher in Bedfordshire. I then moved to London and gained promotion first to Head of English, then to Head of the Communications Faculty in a very large, challenging, comprehensive school in Wembley. After seven years, I journeyed down the M4 to Reading and took up a post of Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for Learning and Teaching; once again in a large, inclusive comprehensive school. There I stayed for six years until I was lured away by Felicity the pig!

Yes, the pigcam on Saltash Commity School’s website enticed me to leave Reading, and I moved to Cornwall to live the good life: I even got chickens! I started here as a mainscale teacher, teaching English and Media Studies. However, I missed the cut-and-thrust of school leadership and as soon as the opportunity arose I took up the post of Assistant Head and the rest, as they say, is history!

As Headteacher, I’m committed to inclusivity and to improving the life chances of our young people.


Mrs Lesley Porch, Staff Governor

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Mrs Rachel Tobin, Community Governor

School links: HR

I became a school governor for Saltash Community School back in the Autumn term of 2016. I want to give some of my spare time back to the school system and help contribute to the education of local students.

I am the Branch Manager of Step Teachers, a teacher recruitment company. I deal with the business side of supplying temporary and permanent teachers, teaching assistants, nursery nurses and admin staff to schools in the local area.


Mr Alan Sedgley, Vice Chair of Governors

I was born and brought up in Cornwall, living on a small farm, developing interests in various sports and enjoying the outdoors.  Following a teaching career in Warwick, Uxbridge, Halifax, Elland and Midsomer Norton, I returned to the county as headteacher of Liskeard School and Community College in 1996. For the past 12 years I have worked as an education consultant across the south west.

Now fully retired (almost), I value the opportunity to support Saltash Community School in its drive to improve opportunities and outcomes for its young people.


Mrs Kate Williams, Clerk