Who we are

  • Mrs Paula Fearn

    Head Teacher

  • Mrs Lizz Armstrong

    Chair of Governors

    I am a committed Catholic and have been a member of the Holy Trinity parish since moving to Dorchester 13 years ago. I enjoy being part of the Children's liturgy team. I have two children at St Mary's and I am passionate about the community we have at the school. I have extensive administrative and organisational experience and work at the RNLI HQ in Poole as part of their International Development team.

  • Fr Barry

    Parish Priest and Foundation Governor

    Fr Barry is a foundation governor and the parish priest of Holy Trinity Dorchester. He thinks the school is a vital part of the parish and the local community. He has many years of being a governor of different schools including most recently 12 years at St Joseph’s RC School in Poole. As a governor he is particularly interested in the welfare of all who make up the school community.
    He is a member of the admissions committee and the finance and premises committee. He is also linked to Head Teachers performance and Attendance as well as Health and Safety.

  • Mrs Jo Bourne

    Staff Governor

  • Mrs Helen Johnston

    Foundation Governor

    I have over 20 years experience gained in education roles including class teacher, middle leader, school improvement advisor, local authority SEND advisor, headteacher and executive headteacher. I have taught and led in a variety of schools - Catholic, community, free schools and academy trusts.
    I have previous school governance experience in both foundation and community governor appointments.
    I moved to Dorchester four years ago and undertake various community based volunteer activities.

  • Mrs Hayley Scard

    Parent Governor

    This is my first role as a Parent Governor and I am looking forward to being more involved in the St Mary’s Community. I have lived and worked in Dorchester all of my life and have a background in Adult Social Services. I hope to be able to represent parents to ensure that the school builds on and improves the best possible opportunities and experiences for our children.

  • Mrs Melanie Buddin

    Parent Governor

    I have 3 children who attend St Mary's and I am passionate about the school ethos and community we have. I am looking forward to working alongside the school to ensure it provides every child with a positive, safe and nurturing environment to learn.
    My professional background is within the Aerospace industry where I have gained 20 years of experience working in various different roles and multi discipline teams.

  • Mrs Catherine Macer-Wright

    Foundation & Safeguarding Governor

    I am a Foundation Governor and have the role of Safeguarding Governor. In this role I give assistance to CAST in the oversight of safeguarding management throughout the school. I do this by regular monitoring and meetings with the Designated Safeguarding Lead, who is the Head Teacher Mrs Fearn. I have 3 children, aged 10 to 19, who have all been to St Mary’s and had a wonderful supportive time here. I am a Chartered Civil Engineer, and I work for the Environment Agency in flood risk management in Dorset and Wiltshire. I have been a Governor from 2006-2011 and then 2016-present. I enjoy being able to give support to the school where needed.