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 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 Margaret Butfield, Community Governor

School links: Curriculum, Standards and Achievements

I have spent the past 39 years within the hair and beauty industry. My first 26 years have been spent at all levels within the hairdressing sector with the last 6 years part time within further education as well as on the shop floor. I have pursued my career in education for the past 19 years, lecturing and working my way up to head of department and head of the Saltash Campus for the Cornwall College Group. I also act as a consultant for City and Guilds, mostly within quality assurance and qualification development. My passion is supporting young people to achieve their dreams and careers. I joined the governors at in 2017 to develop my knowledge of the community and to ensure the College understands the needs of the learners progressing onto further education or employment.

Mr Peter Castell, Community Governor

School Links: Marketing

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 was the 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. Brian Chalkley, Community Governor

School Links: Pupil Premium

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.

Miss Sam Gardner, Parent Governor

School links: Pupil Premium

I became a 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 and I feel very privileged to be able to support the school in providing the best possible education for its students.

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’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.

Mr Tom Mansell, Parent Governor

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.

Kate Rich

Mrs Kate Rich, Parent Governor

School Links:Finance

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.

Miss Lucy Sayer, Governor (Staff)

School Links: Wellbeing
School Role: Religious Education Teacher

After gaining a degree in Religious Education at the University of Wolverhampton in 1999, I relocated to the South West and completed my NQT year at Ilfracombe Academy. I then taught at South Dartmoor Community College for five years before taking the (brave!?) decision to sell up and embark on an adult gap year. I travelled solo through South East Asia and could likely write several best-sellers about some of my experiences!

Upon returning to the UK, I gained employment in a variety of different roles varying from Administration to teaching Literacy and Numeracy to adults.

The minute I walked into for my interview in 2013, I felt I had ‘come home’. I am delighted to join a strong team of governors and will do all I can to add value to my school.


Mr Grant Taylor, Governor (Staff)

School Links: Community
School Role: Science Teacher

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 Rachel Tobin, Vice Chair of Governors

School links: HR

I became a school governor for 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.

Mrs Kate Waghorn, Chair of Governors2013-Kate-6

School Links: Safeguarding; SEND

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.

David Yates governorMr David Yates, Community Governor 

School Links: Audit

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