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Governing Body

Foundation Governors
​Foundation Governors are appointed by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Plymouth. In addition to their responsibilities for managing the school in the same way as any other Governor, they must also ensure that the special Catholic nature of the school is safeguarded.

Parent Governors
​Whilst the Parent Governors do not represent the parents they are elected by the parents of children at the school and must be a parent of a child at the school at the time of the election.

Staff Governors
​Whilst the Staff Governors again do not represent the staff, they are elected by and from the staff at the school.

Community (Local Authority) Governor
​The LA Governor now referred to as Community Governors were appointed by Devon L A.

The Headteacher
​A Staff Governor position is held by the Headteacher.

Staff Governors
​Whilst the Staff Governors again do not represent the staff, they are elected by and from the staff at the school.
Name and address of Chair of Governing Board
Mrs Larraine Coulter
Our Lady and St Patrick's, Fourth Avenue
TQ14 9DT



Mrs Larraine Coulter

Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor

Term-end: 8th November 2025

Lead Governor in Safeguarding & Child Protection and MFL

As a Mum of two daughters who attended OLSP some years ago I was always grateful for the care and nurture they received at this school and I still see this today. I feel very privileged to be a Governor here and hope that my support will go some way to say "thank you".


Fr Mark Skelton

Foundation Governor


Lead Governor in RE & Catholic Life

Deputy Safeguarding

Every time I write, 'I have been a priest for over 30 years' it makes me wonder how that could have happened. However in those 30 years plus I have worked all over the Diocese in 6 different parishes and have been involved in Catholic schools throughout those years, this parish being my 7th. My ministry is fed by my love of literature, gardening and all things nature and most especially by the rabbit, who perhaps has more influence than he ought, a cat and two guinea pigs.




Mrs Joyce Gillespie

Vice Chair


Foundation  Governor

Term End: 31st August 2026


Lead Governor for SEND and Music & Science


I previously served as a Foundation Governor for 8 years at OLSP from 1990-1998 and was a Children’s Liturgy leader at OLSP church for many years.

In my career in education I held roles as a Teacher in Primary and Secondary schools,SENCO in Primary and Secondary Schools and Assistant Head and Head of AEN Faculty in a Secondary school. Relevant experience of Ofsted has been a consequence of my profession.

Since retirement I have felt I would like to offer my time to once again support OLSP, the school that gave my children such a wonderful Primary Education.





​Mr Darral Saw

Parent Governor

Term-end: 31st January 2027


Lead Governor in Statutory Grants and Maths


I have never served as a parent governor previously and am excited with what lies ahead. I have 2 children at OLSP, Max in year 2 and Mae in the nursery, both thoroughly enjoy their time at the school. It was the smaller classes and focus on the children that made the decision for my wife and I to enrol our children to this wonderful school. As well as my children I also have a Niece and Nephew that attend the school. I hope to work with my fellow governors and the school to continue to develop the positive vibe and feeling in the school and help to grow our OLSP family.





​Mrs Gaye Dyson

Foundation Governor

Term End:

8th March 2026





Lead Governor for Parents & the Community and English


I have been part of OLSP school and parish as either a parent, grandparent, Governor and PTA, for over 30 years.  My four children and one granddaughter attended the school and currently have 4 grandchildren there.  I feel their ethos is second to none.   I am a recently retired teacher and you may see me covering as a supply teacher now and then.  As Parent Liaison Governor, you can contact me via my school email





​Mrs C Carlin


Co-Opted Governor

Term End:

31st January 2027



 Lead Governor for Curriculum & Standards and Humanities

 I currently have two children at OLSP, Ada in year 4 and Joshie in year 2. I also had the privilege of being a pupil at OLSP many moons ago. I have been a secondary teacher for over 10 years with a specialism in Religious education, although I have taught Philosophy, History, geography, and PHSE.

I love OLSP and its community and I was delighted when Ada choose OLSP as during her visit she had felt safe, comfortable and respected. Each child is treated as unique individuals and I want to support the school in continuing to be a wonderful, warm and vibrant place of learning.




Mrs Mary Nock


Teacher Governor

Term End: 31st January 2027


Lead Governor for Health & Safety and PE

Mrs Cathy Blatchford


Ex-Officio Governor


Executive Headteacher



Mrs Sarah Jackson

Clerk to the Governors

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