Governing Body


Mrs Helen Brown

Chair of the Local Governing Body (LGB) for St. Margaret Clitherow Primary School

My name is Helen Brown. I have been the Head teacher of Sacred Heart RC Nursery and Primary School for over seven years. Prior to this I was the Head of the Junior School at Stoodley Knowle for five years and the Head of St. John the Baptist RC Primary in Dartmouth for eleven years. During the last twenty four years in Headship I have worked in schools in challenging circumstances endeavouring to build and sustain capacity within the individual schools to ensure the children in our care received the best educational opportunities from skilled, committed and supportive staff. I am committed to catholic education.

Miss Cathy Lowry



I was born in Belfast into a Catholic Irish family, then moved to South Devon before I was two.  From there I was privileged to attend Catholic primary and secondary schools.  After initially not being clear about what I wanted to do, I worked in a bank.  It was only after having my first daughter and helping to set up a nursery at the local school that I truly knew what path I should follow.  From there I undertook a Bachelor of Hons in  English and Drama at Exeter University and embarked on my teaching career in 1998.  I have loved every  minute, taught every year group and been leader of most subjects at some point.  I am passionate about exposing our children to as many books as possible and helping them see that reading is the road to success.  I love to see a child immersed in a book that they can’t put down and then being disappointed when it comes to an end.  I believe in helping every child be the best they can be, harnessing their uniqueness and showing them that they were formed by God’s hands, dreamed up in his heart and placed in this world for a purpose.  I was a Deputy Head for eight years, a Head Teacher for five years and am now honoured to lead as Interim Executive Head at St Margaret Clitherow.

Mrs Cheryl Mealey

My name is Cheryl Mealey and I am very excited to be joining the governing body as a Parent Governor. My youngest daughter very happily attends SMC and I am a strong supporter of the school’s ethos and principles.  Becoming a Parent Governor has provided an excellent opportunity to give something back to this wonderful school.  Whilst this is my first experience of being a School Governor, I look forward to being part of a team that challenges the school to perform to the best of its ability and to ensure that all children leave having reached their full potential.  As a primary school teacher myself, I am truly passionate about the education that children receive and have a desire to ensure that every child gets the best possible opportunities to succeed in life.
Mrs Lorraine Dudman

I joined the team at St Margaret Clitherow in 2017 where I am the Assistant Head, SENDCo and Curriculum Leader. Prior to this, I was Deputy Head for 9 years at Combe Pafford School which caters for children with Moderate Learning difficulties and Autism and I also worked for the Medical Tuition Service at Torbay Hospital supporting children and young people with medical needs. I have previously undertaken the role of Teaching and Learning Consultant for the local authority as well as supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

I am passionate about inclusion & curriculum development and dedicated to ensuring that our pupils come to school each day to be part of an engaging, happy and safe learning environment which supports them with every aspect of their education, meeting their needs and impacting on personal development.

 Bridget Williams



My name is Bridget Williams. I am the Year 2 teacher at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Nursery and Primary School in Paignton. I am very excited to be taking up the role of a Foundation Governor at SMC and working closely with another school within our academy trust. One thing I am passionate about is ensuring all children in our care reach their full potential. Outside of school, I have four children of my own who have all attended Sacred Heart Primary School. I believe there is something very special and unique about a Catholic education which offers children much needed guidance in an increasingly uncertain world.

If you would like to contact our Chair of Governors please go through the school address: 

St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School,

Polhearne Way,



Governor Information for 2020-21 Academic Year

CAST Board Structure

CAST Board Meeting Attendance

Current Scheme of Delegation (December 2019)

CAST Financial Information

CAST Policies

Parent Briefings

IAB&LGB Joint Briefing for Staff&Parents (9-2019)

IAB Briefing for Parents – Newsletter 12-2017

IAB Briefing for Parents – Newsletter 1-2018

IAB Briefing for Parents – Newsletter 2-2018

IAB Briefing for Parents – April 2018

IAB Briefing for Parents – 7-2018

IAB Briefing for Parents – 10-2018

IAB Briefing for Parents – 12-2018

IAB Briefing for Parents Jan 2019

IAB Briefing for Parents – 2-2019

IAB Briefing for Parents – 3-2019

IAB Briefing for Parents – 5-2019

IAB Briefing for Parents – 6-2019

IAB Briefing for Parents – 7-2019