Miss Sam Gardner, Chair of Governors

Safeguarding Link

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 being involved in supporting our young people and the local community and am a volunteer director of Community Enterprises PL12 and secretary of the local Air Cadet Civilian Committee. 

I have two boys who have recently finished their A levels at Saltash Community School and are heading off to university.  I feel very privileged to be able to support the school in providing the best possible education for its students.

Reverend Tim Parkman, Vice Chair of Governors

Joint Safeguarding Link

Dr Kerry Leslie

Learning Link

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.

Mrs Stacey Pengelly, Co-opted Governor

Staff and Student Health and Wellbeing Link

I became a Governor at Saltash Community School in March 2020.  I grew up in Saltash and attended the school myself and now have a son who attends.   

My areas of interest are Health & Wellbeing and SEN.  I am passionate that all children have access to a great education and opportunity to succeed in an environment where they feel happy and supported.

Miss Helen Markie, Staff Governor

Guten Tag! I am the Head of German at Saltash Community School and am in my fifth year of teaching here.

I grew up in a Surrey and later went on to study German at the University of Nottingham, which included a year of working as a Foreign Language Assistant in Krefeld. Being a governor is a very interesting and rewarding role and I enjoy getting involved with anything that helps our students and school community.

Ms Fiona Samuel, Staff Governor

Community Link

I grew up in Devon and later went on to study American Literature and History at Nene, University College Northampton, which included a second-year placement At Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina.

Upon graduating, I became a Civil Servant working in the Department for Work and Pensions but decided to go back to university to gain my PGCE.I am in my second year of teaching at Saltash Community School after working at a large community college in Devon. Previously, I have been Head of Media Studies, Assistant Head of English, and an Assistant Head of Year across all the secondary Key Stages.  As well as my teaching, promoting improved life chances of students has always been a priority.

Mrs Julie Curtis, Co-opted Governor

Finance Link

Mr Mark Kelly, Parent Governor


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 southwest, 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.

Ms Kate Littledyke, Headteacher Ex officio

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 Community 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 main scale 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 Rachel Tobin, Community Governor

HR Link

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, Co-opted Governor

Joint Learning Link

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 southwest.

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