Our School Governors
Full Governing Body
Mrs Kathy McCann
I have taught in Dorset schools since 1996, and have 3 daughters aged between 10 and 15. I am passionate about ensuring that our young people are given all available opportunities whilst at school. This is important both academically, but also to enable them to become confident, caring and happy individuals, who know their own strengths.
As Headteacher, I am on the Full Governing Body to be held to account for the standards the children achieve and how we use money for best value. I report fully each meeting to the rest of the Governors on how the term is progressing and how the school is performing.
Mrs Kim Burgess
I am a partner in an Architectural Building Conservation company, having moved to Dorset in the 1990s to train as a Stonemason and later on as an Architectural Conservator. I’ve been lucky enough to work on some really exciting projects in the South West and continue to work part time.
My husband and I have 3 children and live in Evershot where my youngest attends Stickland’s School. Having spent 3 years in both Spain and France as a family, I can appreciate how special Stickland’s is, with its all inclusive ethos, facilities and beautiful location.
As parent Governor I’ve embraced my role, taking time to understand the educational framework and the hard work that our teachers put in behind the scenes to make Stickland’s such a happy and progressive village school. I look forward being part of the continued success of the school.
Mrs Ann Leather
I’m a Mum of three children, my youngest still being at Stickland’s, the other two have moved on to Beaminster School so I have known the school for 10 years. I’ve worked in science and conservation areas including lab work, river mapping and wildlife surveys. Seeing my children move through the school over the years made me want to learn more about what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ and to learn about primary education. I try to get into school as much as I can and listen to readers on a regular basis, help in the library and go on school trips.
Miss Louisa Spearing
I have two children, one currently in the school and one due to start in the new academic year. I have lived within a stones throw of the school now for 6 years, growing up only 2 miles away within Melbury Estate. I joined as a parent governor, to enable myself to understand more about the school behind the scenes and be able to have more of an input on where my children will both be attending. It is a very interesting and rewarding role. I currently am in the school around once a week helping in the classroom. I have previously worked within the healthcare sector, both privately and under the NHS and have just decided to take the leap into becoming a special needs teaching assistant. As a family we are very active and love to be outside with our ever expanding menagerie of animals!! I hope to be able to continue supporting our brilliant school for many years to come.
Mr Richard Campbell
Chair of Governors (Foundation Governor)
Richard Campbell MA, OBE
After Cambridge where I gained my MA in Natural Sciences, I worked for Shell before going to the USA to be trained as a management consultant. I then worked helping many companies re-organise their systems in UK, Germany, Ireland and South Africa. Returning to UK in 1972, my wife and I made a radical change and started farming in West Dorset, a mixed farm with pigs, sheep and beef cattle. I became a magistrate in 1983 and served as Bench Chairman for 7 years. I also represented Farmers with the NFU and became a Commissioner of MLC. Now “retired” and living in Evershot I became a governor to help the contact between the Church and School, then soon became interested in the wider concerns of improving and retaining primary education in rural villages. I am now privileged to chair the Governing Body at Sticklands.
Mrs Jax Comyn
Jacqueline Comyn, a relative ‘new comer’ to West Dorset, has lived most of her life abroad. Whilst moving around as a ‘trailing spouse’ she was always involved in education. She worked as a teaching assistant in reception whilst in Kuwait; taught humanities and science (SATs level 2) in Addis Ababa and taught English as a foreign language in Istanbul. CELTA trained, she loves how education can be so transformative if it’s done well, and her current passion is ‘Bushbells’ – a little organisation that sells bright colourful kikoy cottons to raise money to build classrooms and buy books in rural Watamu, Kenya. Being a governor gives her the opportunity to continue to be involved with education at a local level and she’s very keen on village schools in the community.
Mrs Katharine Singleton-Smith
I have been a Foundation Governor at Stickland’s for a good number of years, joining the Governing Body shortly after moving to Corscombe. My involvement at Stickland’s is a great pleasure and an ongoing education. Primary school years could not be more fundamental to children academically and socially and Stickland’s has always been dedicated to bringing out the best in all the children who have been at the school.
Brought up on a farm, my family moved here from Hampshire 30 years ago when my father retired from farming. I have known West Dorset for much longer having been at school in the county and making many visits to the area since childhood.
Graduating in Spanish and French, my languages landed me a job with a US software house and it is this exciting IT arena that I have spent most of my working life in in international operations and contract management. A few years ago I had a total change of working life joining, and running, a tea business with a shop in London but with offices and warehouse in Halstock. I am married to a journalist who is still based in France.
I am proud to be a Governor at Stickland’s working with a strong and friendly team of governors and staff to provide the best education for all the children. My level of involvement has varied as I have been Chair and Vice Chair of Governors in the past. It is a privilege to be a governor though I always wish I had more time to dedicate to this rewarding role and supporting the school and staff.
Rev Linda Wilcock
I have lived in Dorset since 1979 having lived previously in Nigeria. I was a teacher at Greenford School, Maiden Newton for 24 years before training for Ordination, having been a Licensed Lay Minister for 18 years.
My interest in education stems from my career as a teacher and I am pleased to be part of the Governing body of Stickland’s School.
I have been married to Paul for 50 years and have two grown up children both married, and 4 grandchildren.
I am part of the Melbury team Ministry which covers the area from Maiden Newton in the South to Halstock in the North.
My hobbies include singing, playing the flute, patchwork, gardening and reading.
Rev Daniel Ingles
Born in Dorset, I have lived and worked in different places including Australia.
I maintain an interest in art and making following my BA(hons) in Applied arts, which led me to work in practical metalwork, production and fabrication. I have enjoyed a varied career including working as a member of the RNLI, running a bar, raising cattle and being self employed.
Concerned about social justice I have worked within charities and organisations for homeless people including specific services for young people, Ex-Offenders, and those suffering due to substance misuse or mental health issues, before entering the Church.
I trained for Ordination at Cambridge and served my curacy in the Beaminster team, before joining the Melbury team as Team Vicar in 2017.
Christianity is in part the pursuit of the truth, then allowing it to help us live well, and education is a natural companion on this journey.
I am pleased to represent the Church of England, and serve God and our community as a Governor, and enjoy working with the children alongside the staff.
As a parent myself, being part of the Governing body matters as I believe education is a vital foundation for people to fulfil their potential and to enjoy the world in which we live.
Mrs Suzie Mutch
Returning to Dorset after 10 years living in France, I live in West Chelborough and am married with a son at school in the county. Retaining my links with France, I continue to run my business on the continent, dealing with administrative aspects of maritime aviation in the super yacht sector. After experience of 10 years schooling in the French education system, I was disillusioned with the French system where engagement between staff and parents is non-existent and effectively discouraged, being the business of the State and not a partnership with parents and families. Through participation on the Board of Governors I hope to engage with our community to enrich the sense of collaboration that is vital to best serve our children's’ needs.
Mr Kevin Roberts
I have lived and worked in Dorset for over 30 years. I am married to Rose, a teacher, and have 3 grown up children. As a recently retired primary school Headteacher it is a privilege to be a member of the Governing Body and be able to give something back to education and the lives of the children of Stickland’s Primary School. I sit on the Performance and Standards committee as well as the Full Governing Body. In my “retirement” I enjoy travelling, both in the UK and abroad, singing in a local choir and rejuvenating our garden, which could take some time!
Miss Ruth Adler
I live in Sherborne with my partner Christopher, we have 3 children; 2 girls and 1 boy.
I have taught at Stickland's for over 10 years ; I teach year 1 and 2 and am also deputy head and SENCO here.
Being a governor enables me to have a complete overview and understanding of the school, it's developments and achievements.
I am very proud to work at Stickland's.
Mrs Sadie Watson
Associate Governor (Senior Teaching Assistant)
I have been at Sticklands for 12 years now and have worked with every year group. I am a senior teaching assistant who now works in Woodpeckers where I think you see the most rewarding progres over the 2 years. I love working on interventions to help boost and enable pupils to access the curriculum better and enjoy teaching whole class PE across the school.
I myself am a keen sports women and in particular hockey where I still regularly play at a high level. I have 20 year old son who suffers from fragile X syndrome which keeps me on my toes but he is the happiest and laid back young man ever.
I wanted to be governor so that I could help contribute towards discussions and possibilities on giving our children the best education possible at Sticklands!!