Mary Ellis - Chair/Foundation Governor
I have been a Governor for quite some time now! I first came to St Patrick's in 2003 when my first child started school. I did the welly walks, the reading with children, spellings, walking to Corsham pool, all those things you do to support your children and the school. Initially I became a Parent Governor, then I became a Foundation Governor and for the last 3 years have been Chair.
I wanted to give something back to the school and find it so rewarding to see staff and children grow in their journeys here in this special place. It is a thriving happy school and I'm so proud to be a part of this. Both my children have left St Patrick's now, they were happy, well rounded and confident as they headed off to St Augustine's, Trowbridge.
My interest in reading and writing remains undiminished and I am the lead governor for literacy.
In my day job I am a Midwife in Bristol, ! work part time on Delivery Suite, and also as a Research Midwife. Currently I am involved in a project in The Philippines.
My interests are many, I love reading, theatre, cinema, traveling & visiting my family in Ireland very regularly. My life is busy!
Emma Kayne - Vice Chair/Foundation Governor
Once upon a time I worked at St Patrick's and my two daughters attended the school. My children had an excellent, happy and well-rounded start to their lives at St. Patrick's school. I now work in teaching Art & Design across all age groups and also for Clifton Diocese as a Safeguarding DBS administrator. I love everything that St. Patrick's school stands for and offers children, and feel that is an inspiring place to start children off in their formative years, and so really wanted to 'pay back' the great experiences that my children had at the school. Thus I have been a Governor for a few years under various Staff/Associate and Foundation banners.
Having worked in schools for over a decade I bring practical administrative, Statutory Law experience and policy handling experience to the Governor role. My Governor roles aside Vice Chair are being the link Governor for SEND and working on the school Travel Plans.
I am also currently working with a focus group of Heads and Governors in the SCFF on the conversion to a HUB. I am happy to dedicate time and effort to make sure that St. Patrick's school continues to be a thriving community. I live in Melksham with my family, and am a member of St. Anthony of Padua's Parish where I am the Diocesan Safeguarding Representative and a Children's Liturgist.
Rita McLoughlin - Head Teacher
I joined Saint Patrick’s in 2003 as Deputy Headteacher. Prior to that, I taught for ten years in Surrey. In January 2010, I was appointed Headteacher and took over the guardianship of our school community and Mission. I believe I take up the responsibility of enabling all pupils and staff to blossom in a ‘can do’ , Catholic Christian environment – where every individual is able to experience and celebrate their own – and each others’ - achievements, hard work, interests and relationships. Learning is a life long skill and we must learn to be learners – then everything else will fall into place. Education should be fulfilling, challenging, rewarding and enjoyable in order to ‘hook’ pupils for their future learning paths.
I am passionate about teaching and often tell colleagues new to the profession that ‘teaching is an art, not a science’. It fills me with awe that pupils I taught almost twenty years ago still remember the lesson I taught about evacuation, still have books I marked, still remember the purple shoes I wore and thank me for teaching them. What a privilege and responsibility!!!
Since I was very small, two walks of life attracted me – being a teacher, and if that couldn’t happen, I would work with jewellery. Both ambitions came true, as in my job, every day I am surrounded by the most precious gems of all – your children / husbands / wives / fiancées / brothers / sisters. Thank you.
Andy Willis - Parent Governor
I joined the St Patrick’s school community when my son entered reception in September 2014. I have been impressed with the ethos, dedication and high standards of education and care adopted by the school, and I am keen to contribute to the efforts of the Governors in ensuring that these standards are maintained and developed. We settled in Corsham in 2007, and I am currently a project manager in the utilities sector. In a previous life, I served for 19 years in the Royal Navy. I am the Link Governor for Maths at the school.
Sharon Pearce - Foundation Governor
I am married with two children, who both attended St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, and the youngest currently attends St Augustine's Catholic College. I worked for 30 years in the Ministry of Justice, latterly in Corporate Services. Living in Melksham, we attend St Anthony of Padua parish church. I believe St Patrick's Catholic Primary School is a truly supportive community, dedicated to developing children to be the best they can be, and I am pleased to be able to support this. I enjoy reading, walking in the country, and spending time with my family. I am the Safeguarding Governor at the school.
Kirsty McCarthy - Staff Governor
I have been teaching here at St Patricks for 5 years now. I started in year three for 2 years and then was asked to teach year one which I am so grateful for as I feel that it is my home! I feel very privileged to wake up in the morning and come to work in such a welcoming, vibrant and exciting school. I have a passion for learning and teaching and want our children to recognise that there is a world out there full of excitement and possibilities. I look forward to working on the governing body to ensure our school continues to grow and develop caring for the needs of all our children.
Mathew Robinson - Foundation Governor
Jamie Parsons - Parent Governor
Sharon Gilbert - Clerk to the Governors
I have personally been associated with St Patrick's School for over 28 years, first as a parent & PFTA member before joining the school staff. It has been a privilege to be part of the school team helping to build St Patrick's into the school it is today.
I have the dual role of Business Manager and Clerk to the Governors. As Business Manager I oversee all aspects involved in running the school premises, finances and HR, strategic development as well as project management of building development. As clerk my role is to assist in the function of the Governing Body.