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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


Fr Oscar Ardila was born and raised in Bogota Colombia where he studied Drama and worked as an actor after finishing his secondary education. He came to England in 2001, felt called to the priesthood and entered the seminary  of Allen Hall in London in 2004. After ordination for the diocese of Westminster in 2013, he worked in 4 different parishes in London and spent a year ministering in Colombia. In September 2017 he was sent on loan to the Diocese of Plymouth to work as chaplain to the community of the Missio Ad Gentes of the Neocatechumenal Way, of which he is a member, and as assistant priest in the parish of St Peter & St Thomas More in Crownhill, which looks after the spiritual needs of St Peter's school. These are still his current positions.


Mrs. Claire Gill


Born in Lancashire, educated at Bishop Henshaw School and qualifying as a teacher in London, Clare moved to Plymouth with her husband 35 years ago. Her husband was born in Plymouth and attended St Boniface’s College both as a pupil and then as a teacher for nearly 30 years. This family tradition continued as Clare’s son also attended St Boniface’s. Among her teaching positions Clare has taught Food Technology and Health and Social Care in 4 different Plymouth schools and was Assistant Principal at All Saints Academy until 2017. She is currently semi-retired, teaching part time in a local Plymouth school.



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. L. Patterson

Clerk to Governors