St Mary's Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Catholic Primary School

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Mr Dan Rogerson

Chair of Governors

Dan Rogerson

Key Roles: Chair/ Whistleblowing/ Mathematics/ Finance Group

Dan is Chair of Governors at St Mary's and is a Foundation Governor appointed by the Bishop of Plymouth. Dan attended St Mary's from 1979-1986, he is married to Heidi and they have three children currently at the School.

Dan went on to Bodmin College and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth before working in local Government and university administration in Bedford. While in Bedford he was elected as a Borough councillor and was a Governor of St Joseph's Catholic Lower School from 1997 -2002. Dan served as Member of Parliament for North Cornwall from 2005-2015 and was a minister in the coalition government from 2013-15. He now works as Chair of the Wessex Water Partnership and is also a charity trustee. He enjoys blues music, reading and learning Cornish.

Mrs Kathryn Evens


Kathryn Evens

Key Roles: SEND and Early Years

I am a former pupil of St Mary's attending between 1981 and 1989, before going on to Bodmin College and University. I have recently moved back to Cornwall and was delighted to appointed a governor, having been a school governor previously at a Secondary School in Cambridge. I very much enjoyed my time at St Mary's as a student and wanted to be involved in this great school.

I studied Law and European Legal Studies at the University of East Anglia and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium before complicating a postgraduate Legal Practice Course at the University of West England. I qualified as a Solicitor in 2003, specialising in Employment Law with over 15 years of experience of advising health and education organisations on HR issues. I am proud to be part of the school and want to ensure that there are barriers to our pupils achieving their dreams and having the best possible start to life.

Mrs Natalie Cowling

Parent Governor

Natalie Cowling
Key Roles: Safeguarding/ Parent Governor
I have lived in Bodmin for most of my life, on leaving Bodmin College as an A Level student in 2003, my career in Education began. I worked for 8 years as a Teaching Assistant in another local primary school before starting an FdA in Early Childhood Education, I went on to complete a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies and then qualified as a Primary School Teacher in 2010. On qualifying, I worked for a short while as a Teacher at St Marys and in other local schools as supply. I currently work part-time as a Teaching Assistant in another local primary school and also as a part-time NHS Administrator. My eldest daughter currently attends St Marys and I have a younger daughter who I hope will in the future. Having a particular interest in Education and child development, as parent governor I hope to support St Marys in ensuring all our children are given the best start in life and receive an exciting and high quality Education.

Mrs Alison McDonald

Head Teacher

Alison McDonald

Key Roles: Headteacher, SEND, Teaching and Learning

I have been working in education for over 21 years. Prior to my career in education I worked in my family's business, running a successful public house and restaurant in Lostwithiel. Although I am originally from the Midlands my family moved to the west country during the seventies, my father securing a job with Telcalemit in Plymouth designing the first petrol injection engines in the UK. My parents decided to change career paths and decided to become hoteliers. They successful ran two hotels in Looe and Fowey before their move to Lostwithiel.

I am a former pupil of Notre dame Catholic School for girls. I moved from Notre Dame to Falmouth School of Art and then took some time working for my family. I felt that I had more to offer and I applied to the College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth to study a degree in Education. I achieved my degree and took up my first teaching post at Carclaze Infant School in St Austell. It was here that I first took my steps into leadership and management as an assistant head. I then moved to St Mabyn CE Primary School as Head of Teaching and Learning and subsequent Head of School in the Saints Way MAT. Whilst working for the MAT I also supported on School Improvement and SEND across the five schools.

I came to St Mary’s as an acting head teacher covering a maternity leave before being appointed as the permanent head teacher last summer.

St Mary’s is a special school full of amazing children who always try their best in everything that they do. I am very proud to be ‘St Mary’s’ head teacher and I will do everything in my power to ensure our children make the best possible start at St Mary’s as well as ensuring that they become confident individuals who can contribute to our society in the future.

Mr Rob Maher
Foundation Governor
Key Roles: Pupil Premium and Sports Premium Now retired, I was lucky enough to enjoy two careers: firstly farming for twenty five years and then teaching for s similar length of time at Penair School in Truro. I studied agriculture at Shuttleworth Agircultural College, Bedfordshire and obtained my teaching degree at the college of St Mark and St John in Plymouth. My three children all attended St Mary’s and for over twenty years, I was a foundation governor. After a break of a few years, I am once again a St Mary’s foundation governor. St Mary’s has played a huge role in the life of my family and I feel that it it is vitally important that it continues to teach the children of our community the true Catholic Christian values.

Mrs Cathy Breslin

Staff Governor

Hello my name is Catherine Breslin and I am a newly appointed staff governor at St Mary's. I have been teaching at St Mary's for 13 years and in that time I have taught in Year 1, Year 4 and Year 5. I am currently a middle leader with responsibility for R.E and History. I have also led maths, ICT and PHSE.

I was born in Devon and grew up just outside of Plymouth, where I went to school and worked for many years firstly as a secretary and then becoming a Playgroup leader and Teaching assistant. As a mature student I obtained a teaching degree at MARJONS, specialising in Theology.

I am married with two children and expecting my first grandchild in June. I currently live just outside of Launceston, where I enjoying walking on Dartmoor, baking and spending time at British Cycling events as my son races for Dartmoor Velo.

I am really looking forward to this new challenge as a governor of our school as it goes from strength to strength.

Mrs Jane Bond

Vice Chair of Governors

Jane Bond

Key Roles: SEND/Foundation Governor

Our Catholic school places Christ at the centre of its life and aims to provide the children with the best quality teaching and learning in a loving and supporting community. I value the school highly: two of my children came here; I was a TA for 20 years and I have been a Governor since 2002 (with particular interest in SEND). I am grateful to have been part of the school for so many years and look forward to its further growth and development.

Mr Mick Corcoran

Foundation/Health & Safety Governor
Michael Corcoran
Key Roles: Foundation Governor/Health & Safety
I am a foundation governor with a focus on Health and Safety at St. Mary's. With my family I am a member of St. Mary's and St. Petroc's Roman Catholic parish. St. Mary's school is an important part of our parish, providing Catholic education and values, bringing Christ to our community. My three children attended St. Mary's school and I have a close affection for the school. I volunteered to be a governor because I want the best for the school: children, teachers and staff. I bring to the school experience of building maintenance, health and safety, information technology and project management. For 20 years I was a qualified football coach working with childrens teams including Bodmin Town and once worked for QPR. For many years I ran an after school football club at St. Mary's but now the children are much too quick for me so I have hung up my boots. 
How to become a governor
If you would like to know more about how to become a governor, please contact Mr Dan Rogerson via the clerk to governors, Nick Rich: