I have had the privilege of living in Torbay my entire life. I attended a local primary school until, at the of eleven I was accepted to attend St Cuthbert Mayne secondary School. I spent five incredibly happy years (with a few teenage challenges) walking the corridors of this great school. At eighteen I studied a BA Hons Degree in Youth and Community work at MARJONs University in Plymouth. It was whilst at University I developed a strong passion to work with and support teenagers struggling with the challenges of 21st Century life.
When I left St Cuthbert Mayne School at sixteen I always felt I would return due to the fantastic experience I had. At twenty one, fresh out of University I applied for the role of Family Liaison Officer working alongside the Pastoral Team. I worked at St Cuthbert Mayne for two and a half years, eventually taking on the role as Child Protection Officer. In recent years I have worked for LiNX Christian Youth Trust as a Christian Youth Worker working directly with the Pastoral Team at St Cuthbert Mayne School.
In 2019 I finished my accreditation with the Assemblies of God movement of Churches, and became an ordained Minister. I now work part time for Riviera Life Church with a responsibility of community outreach. I am passionate about seeing community transformation through the work of the Church, people and organisations of good will partnering together.
I have seen the work of St Cuthbert Mayne School from every angle. As a student, member of staff and outside agency I have seen the passion, commitment and dedication of the staff to create an environment for their students in which to thrive. I am excited to be a part of the Governing Body as this school continues to provide excellent education and pastoral care to all students.
I have 35 years teaching experience in schools in the UK. I held the post of Headteacher for 29 years in three different schools. My first headship was at Priory RC School, St Marychurch where I worked closely with St Cuthbert Mayne School during this period. Both my children attended the school and so I come to this role with fond memories.
I was appointed as a National Leader of Education (NLE) in 2006 and Oldway School was designated as a National Support School. I was Director of Torbay Teaching School Alliance, comprising 40 schools in Torbay. I was invited to address the Parliamentary Select Committee for Education on the merits of schools working together to improve outcomes for young people.
In addition to leading Oldway, I was seconded part-time to Torbay Local Authority as Joint Head of School Leadership. In this role and as a NLE, I secured a successful track record of improving leadership, teaching, behaviour and pupil achievement in various schools judged to be failing by Ofsted. I was a board member of Ofsted’s Southwest Regional Advisory Group.
I was a subject expert for the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers and taught on this course. Through Leadership Southwest I also delivered leadership programmes for Aspirant Headteachers and Senior and Middle Leaders in Education.
Since retiring from headship, I have worked part-time as an International Leadership Consultant for the British Council and have worked for BC, the EU and National College in India, Nigeria, China, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Colombia, Mauritius, Jordan, Serbia, Albania and Croatia. I am currently Chair of the Board for the British School of Tirana, Albania. I love travelling and learning from different cultures.
As a new foundation governor I am looking forward to contributing to the work of the current team of experienced governors. Through listening and observing I hope to serve the STCM community by providing support and challenge to the leadership team and governing body to help secure a great education for the pupils attending the school.
I have joined the governing body this year as a parent governor after my son joined the school last year, following our relocation back to the UK from living in New Zealand.
Previously I have had experience on governing boards at a primary school level having spent time as a parent governor with both Cockington Primary School in Torquay and Kaiapoi North School in New Zealand, so the step into a secondary environment has been a new challenge for me.
I currently work as an International Sales Manager for a UK Consumer Audio brand, which is the latest stop in a career involved in sales and commercial management covering a variety of industries around the globe.
As I don’t come from an education background I see my role on the governing body as providing a different set of lenses with which to view the challenges our school faces and to help provide a common sense approach to its operations.
I have joined the governing body this year as the staff representative governor. I have worked at St Cuthbert Mayne School for 10 years as an Art and Photography teacher and form tutor. I have seen many changes to the school over the years with three different Headteachers in charge and I will be able to bring the whole staff viewpoint of how the school is working to the governing body.
For my past education I went to Ivybridge Community College before doing a foundation course at Plymouth College of Art and Design. I went on to Cardiff UWIC for my BA (Hons) degree and then Marjons, Plymouth for my PGCE teacher training qualification. My previous work experience ranges from working at Filton College Bristol, Cheltenham Bournside Secondary School, Plymouth College of Art and Design and Marjons University in Plymouth. I have qualifications in teaching adults as well as my PGCE for teaching secondary school pupils.
I feel I will be able to bring the reality of STCM from the shop floor as I am full-time and know what is going on, on a day to day basis. I liaise with all different teaching staff and support staff on a daily basis. I bring a fair and honest point of view from all staff about how they feel things are working at the school. I am passionate about giving the pupils the life skills to realise their full potential at STCM and seeing this school thrive.
I am a year 7 parent at the school. The skills I bring to the role are in particular that of health & safety. I have a NEBOSH general certificate in health & safety, and am an Institution of Occupational Safety Health (IOSH) approved tutor. I have written and delivered a bespoke health & safety course for film, TV, theatre and live events professionals for the last 8 years. It is a requirement I continue to keep up to date with current H&S guidance and legislation. During this period of returning to work I have been doing weekly Q&A sessions for freelance workers on several COVID-19 industry guidance as they were being brought in.
I work as an Educational Officer for a trade union, where I instruct union reps on employment rights and negotiation skills, as well as stress management, bullying, sexual harassment, mental health awareness and how to run committee meetings.I have also project managed public money funded training projects on behalf of the trade union, including the finances. In my previous employment I managed the electrical department of a theatre. This included organising the electrical maintenance of the building, and as part of that organising tenders with contractors for remedial work.
On a personal level I am a passionate advocate for the school, promoting a caring nurturing culture that encourages young people to access a good education and turn out good citizens into society.
I am the Lead Governor for Health & Safety and Human resources, and look forward to supporting the school in these two important areas.
Hello, my name is Julie Kittow, I am the Lead Governor for Parental Links in terms of Teaching & Learning, and as such am excited to work with parents and school leaders in establishing effective communication and understanding of Teaching & Learning at St Cuthbert Mayne School.
Outside of that I am mum to 4 boys and my husband Alex runs a charity. We moved from Bristol to Torquay in July 2019 and love living in Devon. Before the boys came along I was a secondary school science teacher in an inner city school in Bristol. We lived in Africa for a couple of years and I was involved in teacher training at a local university there.
During our time in Bristol we were part of a local community church and through that I was involved with toddler groups, foodbanks, community events and a childrens church program. In Torquay we are part of Upton Vale Baptist Church. My Christian faith is central to all I do. I like to help out where I can, be involved in our community and love being part of a school again.
I have many happy memories of my time as a pupil at St Cuthbert Mayne School including being part of the first cohort to join the Sixth Form and complete A-levels in a brand new building.
After studying at Reading and Oxford Brookes Universities I qualified as a Primary Teacher in 2002 and have had the opportunity to work in a wide range of different schools in this country and abroad from large urban schools serving hundreds of pupils aged 2-15 to small rural primary schools with 35 pupils on roll.
Over the course of my career, I have also had the opportunity to support schools in my role at SLE (Specialist Leader of Education). Having held senior leadership roles in several primary schools in the UK and a British International school in Spain I have built a broad understanding of the work of successful schools.
In my current role I am Head Teacher of two Church of England schools which are part of a Trust with a Christian foundation. Working across two schools is extremely rewarding and has enabled both schools to grow and make connections.
I am pleased to be a part of the Governing Body at St Cuthbert Mayne School.
As an Irish Celt living happily in Devon now for over 30 years, I’m very proud to accept the nomination as Torbay Local Authority appointed governor and add my expertise and experience to the STCM team at this time.
I grew up outside Belfast, attended the local Catholic primary and grammar schools, before going on to Queen’s University in Belfast to study English Literature and Linguistics.
Further study was through the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London and in Yorkshire at Bretton Hall College, Leeds University, where I did my teaching qualification.
Since graduation, my professional life has been completely in Education, teaching all ages from Reception to Sixth Form and beyond. English and Drama were my specialist subjects at secondary level whilst teaching in Wales early in my career, and then latterly at both Exeter and Plymouth universities.
Between those times, I re-trained to include primary teaching, which I did for many years before becoming a leader in 4 primary schools in Devon between 1986 and 2008. Leadership continued at Torbay Teaching School, where I was particularly involved in initial and on-going teacher training, and the establishment of The Autism Champion Initiative across Torbay.
Both my children attended St Cuthbert Mayne School ‘back in the day’, to coin a phrase; it is a privilege now to re-connect with it, this time as a governor. I am keen to become fully acquainted with the school again in my new role, and to support and challenge the school on its ever-improving journey.
I was born in Torquay and have lived in the South West for most of my life. I have a strong bond with St Cuthbert Mayne having attended the school from 2004-2008 and acting as Deputy Head Boy during my time there; I also met my future wife whilst at the school and fully intend to send our two children there when they reach Year 7.
After leaving St Cuthbert Mayne I studied LLB Law at Plymouth University and secured a place on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme, working in the North-West of England for two years and studying for an MSc in Human Resource Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. I have worked within strategic HR management within the NHS/Healthcare sector for 10 years, most recently as Head of HR for Devon Doctors Group.
In addition, I have also acted as the voluntary Enterprise Advisor to St Cuthbert Mayne since early 2020, which has seen me support the careers and enterprise focus within the school, including workshops for students on employability and supporting the interview experience programme.
I am excited to begin my role as Foundation Governor and contribute to the ongoing successes of the school.