St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Live, Love, Believe

Our Governors

Co-chair: Rod Hodgson – Local Authority

"My name is Rod Hodgson, I am a Master Mariner and currently employed as Marine Pilot for the Port of Southampton. Isle of Wight born and bred I enjoyed a seagoing career with BP and P&O Cruises before moving into Port Management and Pilotage. I have two children at St Thomas’s and volunteer as a governor to lend support to the Federation to ensure the best outcomes possible for our pupils."


Co-chair: Alex Pettitt – Co-opted
"I became a Governor in 2017 and have been co-chair since Summer 2020. Initially as a parent governor but more recently I have become the co-opted governor. I have 2 children, one in Year 5 at St Thomas of Canterbury. I work part-time as a secondary school teacher at The Bay teaching mostly Geography. Despite being a teacher for over 15 years I have found being a Governor a learning curve - one which I have thoroughly enjoyed."


Vice-Chair: Sian Hitchcock - Parent

Sian has two girls at St Mary’s. “I am enjoying being a Governor and learning what goes on behind the scenes. In my spare time I read, swim and like watching TV. I work in a Nursery so am passionate about Early Years. .” 


Kate Bakewell - Staff
"I joined the staff at St Thomas of Canterbury in September 2020 and teach the Year 6 class. I have been a primary school teacher on the Isle of Wight for eight years, after completing some of my teacher training here at St Thomas! I am thrilled to be back at this very special school and to be working with the governors to continue to maintain the high standards of education and inclusive ethos here." 


Ross Baxter - Foundation 






"Hi I’m Ross, I was born on the Island and am the eldest of a big family. I moved to the mainland for work and luckily met my wife, we only moved back last year. I have two children at St Mary’s and I myself went to both St Mary’s and St Thomas’s. I enjoy playing a darts but love fishing. I took this role as I believe we should all have a continued part to play in the schools our children attend." 


Maureen Etheridge - Foundation


I am a retired headteacher, living in Freshwater.  I have spent most of my career working in schools in Kent and Suffolk and took up my final post here on the Isle of Wight. Since I retired, I continue to fulfil my interest in education by volunteering at St Saviour's Catholic Primary School. I very much enjoy being a member of the Governing Body and relish the opportunity of being involved in education and working as part of the team to serve the federation of St Mary's and St Thomas's.



Katie Giannotta - Foundation
Katie has been appointed as a Foundation Governor. She has recently moved to the Island from Surrey with her husband and two young boys.  “When I’m not mothering, I am a keen gardener and enjoy many crafts. I look forward to becoming more involved in the community at St Thomas of Canterbury when my boys start school and getting to know St Marys through Governance. 


Alison Langridge - Headteacher at St Mary's






Fr Joe McNerney  Foundation


Maggie Sanderson – Headteacher at St Thomas of Canterbury


Rebecca Tucker - Parent

Rebecca is a parent governor. “Having grown up in Cardiff, I studied English Literature at Bristol University before entering a career in teaching. I then taught in two different London primary schools and really enjoyed my time teaching Early Years, KS1 and KS2. In 2017, we moved to the Island to be part of Grace Church, Ryde, where my husband Oli is the Associate Pastor. I now volunteer regularly at our church Sunday school and toddler group and spend my ‘free’ time exploring the Island with our three children.”


Juan Vicente - Foundation