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The Trustees...

Since it was formed in 1976, Stella Maris has been helping create mature, confident individuals who are able to make their way in the world.

It has always been the Trustees’ key objective to put our head and teaching staff in a financial position to continue to develop our philosophy of a broadly developed and caring child leaving us at the age of 11, with the qualities to achieve real academic success at the independent school of their choice.

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Sophia Fleming - Chair of Trustees

Trustee"I became a Trustee of Stella Maris School in 2005. My son, Declan, attended until 2011 and my daughter, Orla left in 2017. For me, the opportunity of becoming a trustee meant the chance to bring my life and professional skills to the ‘world of education’. I assist the school with any construction/technical building requirements they have as well as being Chair of Trustees. When selecting a school place for my children I wanted an environment where they would be given the attention and education they deserve, where they would be happy and encouraged to be the best they possibly can be and stand the highest chance of securing a place at the grammar school of their/our choice."

Dr John Swarbrick - Trustee

Chair of Trustees“I have been a dedicated trustee of Stella Maris School since 2001 and took the role of Chair in 2009 to 2018. I work as a G.P. in Heaton Moor and as a doctor at Francis House Children's Hospice. My wife, Sarah was involved in the PTA when all three of our children were pupils at Stella Maris.
I see my role as a trustee to be supporting the Head teacher and the staff, providing a secure teaching environment and helping maintain the family atmosphere and Christian ethos of the school.”

Stephen Johnson - Trustee

Trustee Stephen Johnson_"I have been a supporter of the school and its many activities for over 15 years and really enjoy the opportunity to support the teachers and children in a productive way. I enjoy meeting the parents and prospective parents at Open Days and School Shows. I am always on hand to help with any with any practical help I can give as well as being there to answer questions about one of my favorite subjects - our superb little community school.
As well as providing practical advice and support on the Board of Trustees I also enjoy the forward planning and school development involved to provide a stable background for our superb teachers to do what they do best, teach!
My older son, Stevie attended Stella Maris many years ago and moved on to St. Ambrose College, our first choice Grammar school, he then moved to Xaverian Sixth Form College to study Science. He is now two years into a Mechanical Engineering degree at Harper Adams University and is working towards a career in the Motorsport industry.
My younger son Joseph was at Stella Maris for 7 years and is now in yr 7 at Stockport Grammar School and is thriving with the great start Stella Maris gave him."_

Mark Holland - Trustee

Trustee"My association with Stella Maris began several years ago when we were looking for a school to send our daughter to. From the moment we entered the building and experienced the special, caring atmosphere that exists, it was clear that this was the right place for our daughter. It was a privilege for me to be invited onto the board of Trustees. With many years experience as a Chair of Governors at an independent school, coupled with my financial background, I felt confident that I would be able to offer support and hopefully some fresh ideas. Stella Maris has a proud tradition and I look forward to the next chapter as the school continues to thrive and develop."

James Boyd - Trustee

Trustee"I am a Barrister based in Manchester City Centre. I specialise in Employment Law, and feel that my experience both in that regard and in general Commercial Law can provide value to the School. I am also trained in and hold the role as the trustee for safeguarding which is a critical role and one I take very seriously. I have two children at Stella Maris (soon to be three), and am fortunate to be a trustee and have an involvement in the running of such a wonderful school, alongside a team of such dedicated individuals and very motivated parents."

Joanne Hawkins - Secretary to the Trustees

Secretary to the Trustees"When I was asked to work with the Trustees of Stella Maris School, I didn't have to think twice. The ethos and history spoke for itself, it has been a pleasure witnessing the growth since I joined the team and I look forward to being a part of the exciting future the school has. I work closely with the Trustees and the Head Teacher providing administration support, including finances and development plans for the school"