Governing Body

From September 2021 the Governing Body are across two schools: St Margaret Clitherow and Priory Catholic Primary School

Bridget Williams

Chair of the Local Governing Body (LGB) 

My name is Bridget Williams. I am very excited and proud to be taking on the role of a Chair of Governors at SMC and Priory. I am a teacher myself and currently work as a middle school teacher at a special school in Torquay. Being a teacher has helped me gain a much needed insight into how schools operate and one thing I am passionate about is ensuring all children in our care reach their full potential.

Outside of school, I have four children of my own who have all attended Sacred Heart Primary School in Paignton. I believe there is something very special and unique about a Catholic education which offers children much needed guidance in an increasingly uncertain world.

Cathy Lowry

Executive Head Teacher



I was born in Belfast into a Catholic Irish family, then moved to South Devon before I was two.  From there I was privileged to attend Catholic primary and secondary schools.  After initially not being clear about what I wanted to do, I worked in a bank.  It was only after having my first daughter and helping to set up a nursery at the local school that I truly knew what path I should follow.  From there I undertook a Bachelor of Hons in  English and Drama at Exeter University and embarked on my teaching career in 1998.  I have loved every  minute, taught every year group and been leader of most subjects at some point.  I am passionate about exposing our children to as many books as possible and helping them see that reading is the road to success.  I love to see a child immersed in a book that they can’t put down and then being disappointed when it comes to an end.  I believe in helping every child be the best they can be, harnessing their uniqueness and showing them that they were formed by God’s hands, dreamed up in his heart and placed in this world for a purpose.  I was a Deputy Head for eight years, a Head Teacher for five years and am now honoured to lead as Interim Executive Head at St Margaret Clitherow.

Cheryl Mealey – Parent Governor


My name is Cheryl Mealey and I am very excited to be joining the governing body as a Parent Governor. My youngest daughter very happily attends SMC and I am a strong supporter of the school’s ethos and principles.  Becoming a Parent Governor has provided an excellent opportunity to give something back to this wonderful school.  Whilst this is my first experience of being a School Governor, I look forward to being part of a team that challenges the school to perform to the best of its ability and to ensure that all children leave having reached their full potential.  As a primary school teacher myself, I am truly passionate about the education that children receive and have a desire to ensure that every child gets the best possible opportunities to succeed in life.

Lorraine Dudman – Staff Governor 

I joined the team at St Margaret Clitherow in 2017 where I am the Assistant Head, SENDCo and Curriculum Leader. In 2021 I have been able to further develop my role as SENDCo across both Priory and St Margaret Clitherow. Prior to this, I was Deputy Head for 9 years at Combe Pafford School which caters for children with Moderate Learning difficulties and Autism and I also worked for the Medical Tuition Service at Torbay Hospital supporting children and young people with medical needs. I have previously undertaken the role of Teaching and Learning Consultant for the local authority as well as supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

I am passionate about inclusion & curriculum development and dedicated to ensuring that our pupils come to school each day to be part of an engaging, happy and safe learning environment which supports them with every aspect of their education, meeting their needs and impacting on personal development.

Jane Young

Associate Governor

During me long career in education, I have been fortunate to work as a Head Teacher of two successful primary schools in the South West.  I was also an advisory teacher for assessment, trained Head Teachers for the NPQH qualification and was a system leader for a large academy group.  I have recently retired and am now able to have more time for my hobbies which include travelling, rambling, yoga, Pilates, swimming, concerts and gardening.

Michelle Stanley – Staff Governor

I have worked at Priory for over 5 years now, having taught at two schools prior to joining the Priory team.  I have taught in Years 5 and 6 for the duration of my time at Priory, however I also have experience in Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2.  I lead Maths, Science and Computing in the school.  I am really passionate about the school and I am always eager to find ways in which we can improve our practice and provide the best education possible for our students.

Edward Finlayson

Foundation Governor

If you would like to contact our Chair of Governors please go through the school address: 

St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School,

Polhearne Way,



Governor Information

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Current Scheme of Delegation (October 21)

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