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St Peter's RC Primary School Board of Governors


Mr. M. Foale

Chair of Governors




Born and educated in Devon, Matthew attended Plymouth College before studying at the College of St. Paul and St. Mary in Cheltenham (B.Ed Physical Education) and then Bristol University (M.Sc Sport Science). Among his teaching positions, Matthew was Director of Sport at the Hall School in Hampstead for ten years, followed by Deputy Head at Orley Farm School in Harrow. Relocating back to Devon in 2009, he moved to Kelly College Prep School, taking on the headship in 2010. He is currently Head of Prep at Shebbear College. Matthew is married to Marie-Claire and they have three children, with two currently at St. Peter's.


Fr. Oscar Arila



Mrs. J. Hocking

Non-Teacher Representative


Teacher Representative

Mrs. S. Plunkett


Mrs. R. Green (Key Stage 2)



Rachael was born in Wales, but educated in Devon at St Mary's RC Primary, Buckfast, Notre Dame and St Boniface before gaining a BA (Hons) Geography at University of Plymouth.  After gaining PGCE at University College of St Mark and John she began teaching at Devonport High School for Boys, where she is now Head of Geography.  During her time at DHSB she has gained an MEd in Professional Development and also serves on the Board of Trustees as a Staff Governor.  Married to Mark, they have three children, the first has recently started at St Peter's and she is keen to be involved at the heart of St Peter's.  Her link with the school is lengthy as her brother attended the school and her mother worked as TA for many years.  


Mr. P. Morse



Mr. Morse grew up in Whitleigh and lived very close to the school in Newcastle Gardens until the age of eighteen. In January 2016 he became the very first former pupil of St. Peter's to take on the position of head teacher. After St. Peter's Mr Morse attended St Boniface's Catholic College and then trained as a teacher, studying for a Bachelor of Education degree in Biological Sciences at La Sainte Union, Southampton. He began his teaching career in the east of London and taught there for five years which was followed by a post as deputy head teacher in a small school in Brixham, Devon for a period of three years. Mr Morse then made his next move to become deputy head teacher here at St. Peter's which at the time had over three hundred pupils on role before moving to one form entry. He is married to Katy and they have three sons, Harry, Will and Fin all three of whom attended St. Peter's.


Mrs. M. Pike (Early Years Foundation Stage)



Mary has been a Foundation Governor at St. Peter’s since April 2011. Before she retired to Devon in December 2010 she spent 13 years as a Deputy Head Teacher at a Roman Catholic primary school in Hertfordshire, in the Westminster Diocese, specialising in the Foundation Stage. her teaching career was varied, teaching in RC and state schools in different parts of the country. Mary keeps her hand in with the education of young children by running the Children’s Liturgy at her local church and also taking parties of School Children around Buckland Abbey. Mary has three adult children and four grandchildren, all living in Hertfordshire.


Mrs. L. Patterson

Clerk to Governors