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.net 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.


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 saltash.net, so that young people have the best possible opportunities for success.


Miss Sam Gardner, Chair of Governors

School Links: Pupil Premium

I became a saltash.net 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.net 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.net, 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.net 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.net. I was previously a governor at a primary school in Wiltshire from 2010-2015.


Mrs Sharon Buckingham, Parent Governor

School links: HR

I was born and bred in Derbyshire but moved to Cornwall in 1995 after meeting my Cornish husband at University.

I have worked in HR in various sectors since graduating and I am professionally qualified to Master level and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

I have 3 children and was a Governor at their Primary School before becoming a Governor here in November 2018.

The skills I have through work translate really well into the Governor role, and I am the Schools HR link.

I am passionate about supporting the School in providing an excellent, supportive and inclusive place for all our children to be educated, that recognises children and employees as individuals and nurtures their strengths and allows them all to flourish and achieve their potential.


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.net’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 Sarah Moss, Staff GovernorSarah Moss governor

School Links: School Development Plan
School Role: Attendance Administrator

I was born in Saltash but moved to South Africa when I was two years old as my father, who played for Plymouth Argyle, received an offer to play football for a South African team. I lived there for 22 years. I have two daughters who attended saltash.net. One is a second year student at university studying Dance Theatre and the other is a Year 1 teacher.

I have worked at saltash.net since 2007 as the Attendance Administrator. I am also a Deputy Safeguarding Lead and Homework Club Supervisor.

In my spare time I like to bake, read and ride pillion on my husband’s motorbike to our favourite places in Cornwall. We are huge MotoGP fans and love to go camping with our border terrier, Poppy.

Being a staff governor is a huge privilege and I look forward to being part of and contributing towards the school’s future successes.


Miss Lucy Sayer, Staff Governor

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 saltash.net 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.


Mrs Rachel Tobin, Community Governor

School links: HR

I became a school governor for Saltash.net 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