Welcome to St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we are really proud of our school. As a Governing Body, we are a strong and active cross section of people, with the objectives of providing a strategic view, ensuring accountability, and acting as a critical friend, through support and advice. 

By providing an exciting curriculum within a caring and secure environment, we aim to ensure that each child can reach his or her full potential in every aspect of their development at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

Lucy russellDr Lucy Russell

Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor - Safeguarding

Lucy was elected Parent Governor in December 2012.  She is an author and writer with a PhD in Education.  Lucy is a former St Mary’s pupil.  Her sons are in Years 6 and 3.

Contact her via the school - 01304 375046 Email:



Karen riddellKaren Riddell

Headteacher, Ex-Officio Governor

.Karen was appointed Headteacher in September 2013.  She has a child in Year 5




Father ChristopherFr Christopher Lindlar

Foundation Governor - Finance Committee

Father Christopher is Parochial Administrator of the Parish of Mongeham and Sandwich, within which St Mary’s School is to be found.   He comes into school on a regular basis and says Class Masses


Father duncanFr Duncan Lourensz

Foundation Governor - Learning & Development, Safeguarding

Fr Duncan moved from Sevenoaks Parish in 2008 when he was made Parish Priest for Deal.  He is a regular visitor to the school and a big supporter of Catholic Education



Sue wainwrightMrs Sue Wainwright

Foundation Governor - RE Lead Governor

Sue taught at St Mary’s from 1981 to 2004.

She has a lifelong interest in Catholic Education.  Her three children attended St Mary’s.  She currently has grandchildren in Years 2 and 6.


GayeMiss Gaye Waters

Foundation Governor - Learning & Development

Gaye is a retired primary school headteacher and has been a foundation governor since 2006. She has taken a great interest in the musical life of the school and regularly attends school events.


Barbara smytheMiss Barbara Smythe

Staff Governor - RE & Learning

Barbara has recently celebrated 25 years of teaching at St Mary’s, for which she received a Papal Blessing.  Barbara teaches Year 6.



Tim StephenMr Tim Stephen

Parent Governor - Buildings 

Tim is a chartered ‎Surveyor, keen cyclist and a dad of three daughters of which two are currently at St Mary’s.  He hopes to add some property and estates expertise to enable the Headteacher and her team to deliver the best education possible.                                        


Mr Kevin Stirrup

Foundation Governor - Finance Committee

Kevin is now retired from his career in business accountancy. He enjoys spending his free time with his family. He attends St Thomas' Church.


Kelly carrollMrs Kelly Carroll

Parent Governor 

Kelly is a mother of three children, two of whom attend St Mary's. She is an enthusiastic member of the PTFA. She moved to Deal fours years ago. She has worked as a TA in a Catholic school in Worksop and has a background in marketing.





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Terms of Reference, Constitution and Mem... 10th Jan 2017 Download
Governor Attendance 2015-16 10th Jan 2017 Download