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 was born and educated in Redditch Worcestershire, and am now married with 3 daughters. I worked in banking in various clerical and management roles for 23 years. I previously held the post of Parent Governor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel First School, in Redditch before moving to Torquay in 1998.
I have been an active member of my Parish, Our Lady Help of Christians and St Denis since moving to the area, in many roles over the last 21 years as follows:
- Children’s Liturgy Co-ordinator
- First Holy Communion Catechist
- Confirmation Catechist
- Parish Safeguarding Representative
- Parish Secretary
- Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (current role)
I have been connected with St Cuthbert Mayne School for the past 21 years, both as a parent and employee, retiring 2 years ago after 11 years supporting students in 6th form as Attendance/Pastoral Officer. I have continued to support students for the last 2 years on a casual basis as Lead Invigilator for Examinations.
I am a recently appointed Foundation Governor with specific responsibility as link Governor to 6th form, and member of the Ethos and Resources committees. I believe my background and knowledge of the school will add value to the Governing Body as we go forward in challenging times in education, for both staff and the students under our care.
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.