Mr Paul Atkinson, Governor (Staff)paulatkinson

Committee Memberships: Curriculum, Standards and Achievements; Local Governing Board.
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 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.

Mrs Isobel Bryce, Director (Staff)

Committee Memberships: Trust Board; Finance; Curriculum, Standards and Achievement; Local Governing Board.
Adviser: Personnel; Audit and Compliance; Remuneration.

The Governing Body of any school or Academy should play a key role in the ongoing drive for whole school improvement.’s Governors are actively involved in the school’s rigorous Quality Assurance procedures, attending all of the annual Autumn and Spring reviews, and making regular visits to the school to meet with subject and pastoral leaders, using the priorities developed in the Whole School Development Plan to help inform discussions. Information gathered from these meetings and visits is fed back to the various Governor committees so that effective and regular monitoring of progress towards whole school targets can take place. is fortunate to have a highly committed Governing Body with members who have a range of experience, both from within the world of education and from other key areas of public life. The combination of the business, financial, legal and personnel expertise of the Governors, along with their hard work and enthusiasm, has helped the school achieve many successes, including over the past three years successful Ofsted outcomes, an upward trend in examination results for both GCSE and A Level, and the conversion of the school to Academy Status.

The role of the governors is to provide both challenge and support as part of external accountability. Their involvement and interest in the life of the school is welcomed and the Senior Leadership Group ensure that the Governors are kept up to date with all that is happening, through effective communication, which includes ensuring that all Governors receive via email a copy of the Head Teacher’s weekly staff briefing and all other newsletters and parental information mailings. The Head Teacher and other staff also compile a termly report which contains, amongst other things, a celebration of the many student and staff successes which have taken place over a period of about four months.

Mr Peter Castell, Governor (Community)

Committee Memberships : Curriculum, Standards and Achievements; Local Governing Board.
School Links : PD & Careers; Geography; Year 7.

I am a trained Marketing professional and spent the first 20 years of my career in branded foods companies. I relocated to Cornwall from London in 1990 to join Ginsters as Marketing Director. Since then I have been a self employed marketing and management consultant, Assistant Managing Director with Westcountry Publications and Marketing Director of PROSPER, the Devon and Cornwall Training and Enterprise Council and Business Link. Since 2003 I have pursued a career in education, working as Head of the Business Team for the Combined Universities in Cornwall and am now head of main campus curriculum areas and partnerships with Cornwall College Saltash. I am committed to supporting the development of education at, so that young people have the best possible opportunities for success.

Prof Brian Chalkley, Vice-Chair, Director (Community)

Committee Memberships : Trust Board; Finance; Curriculum, Standards and Achievements (Chair); Student Discipline; Local Governing Board; Remuneration (Chair); Executive Headteacher Performance Review Group; Admissions (Chair).
School Links : Modern Foreign Languages

I have been a local education authority governor for more than 20 years and at various times have served as Chair of the Governing Body and as Chair of the Finance and Personnel Governor Committees. All three of my children have been pupils at the school. My wife Sue and I have lived in Saltash since 1975. Although now retired from my post as Director of Teaching and Learning at Plymouth University, I continue as an Emeritus Professor and take an active interest in the links between Higher Education and the Schools sector.  In my family life my favourite pastimes are avoiding gardening and DIY and looking for the Argyle results in the Sunday papers.

Mr Rob Edgeler, Governor

Rob Edgeler

Committee Memberships: Trust Board; Finance; Personnel (Chair)
School Links: Business Studies




Dave Garland

Mr David Garland, Governor (Community)

Committee Memberships : Trust Board; Finance (Chair); Remuneration, Audit and Compliance (Adviser; Local Governing Board.
School Links : ICT; Year 9.

I taught at ‘Saltash School’ for 33 years, from the time when it was a split-site comprehensive through to its conversion to Academy status.  Originally teaching “Practical Science and car-mechanics” I retired in 2011 as Deputy Headteacher and Business Manager.

Since then I have become involved in a number of voluntary roles.  I have been a founder member and director of Plymouth Energy Community and I am currently a director and Chair of PEC Renewables, a community benefit organization and the income generation arm of Plymouth Energy Community.  I am a member of the Independent School Appeals panel in Plymouth and have also been Chair of Governors at a local primary school.

I am a member of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist.  I’m interested in all aspects of computing and space science.  I enjoy music, surfing and 5-a-side football, on a steadily depreciating basis!  I am so proud to be able to contribute once more to education in Saltash.

IMG_4962Mr James Kitson, Governor
Committee Memberships: Trust Board; Finance; Audit and Compliance (Chair)
School Links: Politics and Year 8




Mr Tom Mansell, Director (Parent)

Committee Memberships : Trust Board; Finance; Curriculum, Standards and Achievements; Student Discipline; Local Governing Board; Audit and Compliance.
School Links : Art; Integrated Curriculum; Premises; Year 11.

I have two children at and I am very proud of the education they are getting. I joined the governors in 2009 when Charlotte was in year 7 and have been very interested to see the school develop and move forward while it strives to maintain it’s focus on the students.
I work for the RNLI as the Inspector responsible for training our crew, so teaching, in a practical way is a passion of mine.
Having worked at sea for over twenty years, it is a privilege to now be living in Cornwall and working so closely with so many extraordinary people, both in my day job and at the school.
It has been, and remains a pleasure to be involved with this wonderful Academy, helping it to continue to provide inclusive, quality rounded education to its most important asset, you the student.

Andrew Martin

Mr Andrew Martin, Governor

Committee Memberships : Personnel; Audit and Compliance; Local Governing Board.
School Links : History and Year 13

I became a governor in October 2015, shortly after my eldest child started attending  Taking an active interest in the provider of my child’s education was important to me and was what drove me to apply to become a governor.

Having attending the school in the 1980’s, I now run my own business as an Independent Financial Adviser in Saltash, so have an active interest in the local community as well as specific expertise in finance and financial related challenges we come across from day to day.

I have two younger children also, so spare time is at a premium, but I enjoy helping with one of the local football team which my eldest son plays for and I’m a keen follower of football in general.

Ann-Marie Myers

Ms Ann-Marie Myers, Governor

Committee Memberships : Finance;  Local Governing Board.
School Links : Performing Arts

I became a governor because I am interested in becoming more involved in the local community and wanted the opportunity to contribute to the school.  My son studies at before going on to City College Plymouth, my daughter started at the school in 2013 and my youngest son will be joining the school in 2019, so I have a vested interest in the school continuing to provide first class education.

I qualified as a Certified Accountant in 1996 and have worked in various companies but currently I am the Finance Director for a company based in Plymouth.

I live in Cornwall with my three children and my husband and whilst juggling the work life balance can be challenging at times, I enjoy being part of the governors at  In my spare time I enjoy walking, eating out and going to the theatre.

Kate Rich

Mrs Kate Rich, Governor

Committee Memberships : Finance; Local Governing Board.
School Links : Design Technology; Year 10.

I became a school governor in September 2015 as I like volunteering and wanted to make a contribution towards  I have 2 boys at the school, who joined in 2011 and 2014.

I work in schools finance for Plymouth City Council, so I am putting my experience to good use, serving on the Finance Committee.  I also help with the Friends of, and am the Treasurer at Livewire Youth Club.  After all that, I don’t have much spare time, but I occasionally make it to the gym and spend my weekends watching my youngest play rugby and ferrying my eldest to gigs with his band.


Mr Grant Taylor, Governor (Staff)

Committee Membership: Finance
School Role: Science Teacher and Head of Year 6/7.

I moved to Plymouth in 2001 after completing my GCSEs and A-levels in the midlands. In 2004 I graduated from university and wanted to be a teacher. I took a summer job in a local pub which quickly led to a managerial position. I ended up working in the licensed trade for 5 years as a General Manager. My work led me across the south of England including Torquay, Southampton, Fareham and Southsea. I ended up living and working in Uxbridge before returning to Plymouth to set up a family business. After successfully setting up the business I handed over control to my brother and followed my dream of becoming a teacher.

I joined as an ITT student in February 2011. I have been a happy teacher of science at since March 2011. I am interested in the uses of ICT and social media to increase engagement progress of students.

Mrs Kate Waghorn, Chair, Founding Member (Community)2013-Kate-6

Committee Memberships : Trust Board(Chair); Personnel; Finance; Curriculum, Standards and Achievements; Student Discipline; Remuneration; Local Governing Board; Admissions; Executive Headteacher Performance Review Group.
School Links : Mathematics; Safeguarding.

I have been a school governor since 1998 and joined the governing body at in November 2002, first as a parent governor but now as a community governor. I became Chair of governors in December 2006 and both my children have attended the school, my youngest leaving in July 2010.

I originally trained as a secondary school teacher but went to work in industry as a buyer for a food company. I now work with James, my husband since 1987, in a partnership which provides strategic advice and support to businesses in the South West. I was appointed a magistrate in 1995 and serve as a bench chairman in both the adult and family courts in Plymouth.

I have a life long interest in education and initially became a governor of because I wanted to be more connected with my children’s lives in Saltash. I enjoy all aspects of horticulture and have a passion for growing vegetables.

Jan Wain

Mrs Janice Wain, Governor

Committee Memberships : Curriculum, Standards and Achievements; Local Governing Board.
School Links : Psychology; Sociology; Vulnerable Groups.

I became a governor at in 2015.  My children both attended the school in the 1990s and I have involvement with the school again as my husband and I foster.  I wanted to become involved after visiting school with a year 6 child we were looking after and was hugely impressed by the energy of the staff that evening.  Given the chance I would have gone back to school again!

As well as fostering I still work for a local estate agent and for many years have been based in Saltash.

Outside of work I enjoy walking, and am also studying for a degree in psychology with the Open University.

Mr David Yates, Governor (Community)

Committee Memberships : Curriculum, Standards and Achievements; Local Governing Board; Audit and Compliance.
School Links : Science

I am married with three grown up children, all of whom were educated at Saltash Community School.

I was born in Bromley in Kent in 1948. After completing my secondary schooling I attended the University of Sheffield from 1966 to 1969 where I studied Electronic Engineering.

I served in the Royal Navy from 1966 to1998 as a Submarine Engineer Officer, serving in Submarines, Shore Support and Emergency Planning. Since leaving the Royal Navy I have been working at Devonport Dockyard, first as an MOD Civil Servant and then in Babcock Engineering (DML) as an engineer.

I have been a Saltash resident for over twenty years, having decided to settle here during my career in the navy. I have recently become a Saltash Town Councillor representing the St. Stephens ward. I am a member of the Institution for Engineering and Technology and the Society of Industrial Emergency Services Officers. My interests include Self Sufficiency and Alternative Engineering and Model Railways.

I am a member of the Saltash Plougastel Twinning Association and a long term member of the Burraton Community Players.

Mrs Debbie Stoneman, Clerk

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