Mary Ellis - Chair/Foundation Governor
My association with St Patrick’s began in 2003 when my first child started school. I did the welly walks, the reading & spellings with children, walking to Corsham Pool, baking for class tea and all those immersive roles to support your child’s class and the school. I was elected Parent Governor initially, then became a Foundation Governor appointed by the Bishop and now I am Chair of Governors. My children have long left St. Patrick’s: one has just graduated from university and the other in her A Level year. The formative experience of this primary school has enabled them to well rounded, kind, considerate young people finding their way in the world. I am so grateful for this. I continue to be a governor as my way of saying thank you to this special school. A school which reflects its values and the connections we all make with each other to enable the children within it to have the best opportunities possible.
My work role is a midwife in Bristol, working on Labour Ward. I am also a research midwife which has given me many opportunities to improve care for women nationally and globally (Philippines & Nepal). If I have any spare time I love reading and going to the theatre. Between that and visiting my family in Ireland my life is pretty busy!
Rita McLoughlin - Executive 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.
Mathew Robinson - Foundation Governor
I’m Matt Robinson, a foundation governor here at St Patrick’s since 2017. I’m incredibly blessed to be married with two young children. Originally from Lancashire, I moved down to the West Country in 2015 to become the Lay Chaplain at St Gregory’s Catholic College in Bath. My professional life has centered around youth ministry and chaplaincy, in schools and working with the travelling community.
In my work with the Camino Partnership I came to know St Patrick’s well and was delighted to take up a foundation governor post in order to continue to support the outstanding provision of Catholic education.
In my rare spare time, I enjoy reading, exploring as many English Heritage sites as possible and watching sport. I am the link governor for RE & Chaplaincy.
Fran Inman - Foundation Governor
My name is Fran Inman and I've been a foundation governor since 2018. My eldest son started at St. Patrick's in 2007 and I very quickly became quite involved in lots of areas of school life; PTA, reading with the younger children and helper on school trips!
I felt extremely fortunate and grateful that my two children attended such a caring and happy school so was very pleased to be able to give something back and volunteer as a governor.
In my working life, I'm self-employed with a retail business I started just before my first son was born 18 years ago. Any spare time is spent with my family and friends. I love reading, eating, watching films and the theatre if I get the chance to go!
Deborah Chebly - Parent Governor
When my family moved to the UK in 2020 after several years abroad, we received the best possible welcome from St Patrick’s. My two daughters immediately felt very much at home, and the school helped us all to adjust and settle within a community of care. I’m now delighted to be able to be a part of this very special school by taking on a position as a parent governor.
I have worked in schoolbooks publishing for most of my professional life, in-house and also as a freelancer. The focus of my work has been producing materials for teaching English as a foreign language to be used in schools around the world.
I have always loved music-making, especially in groups; I play violin in one of the Wiltshire orchestras, and also love improvising on the piano. Since moving to this part of the country, I’ve also done a lot of walking in muddy fields, and have been known to disappear for hours as I discover Wiltshire on foot.
Charlotte Gilbert - Parent Governor
I’m Charlotte Gilbert and I joined as a parent governor at St Patrick’s in 2022. My daughter started in Reception in September 2021 and loves going into school every day. My husband also attended the school many years ago!
When the opportunity arose to become a parent governor, I was keen to take on the role to support the school in providing the best opportunities for each child’s educational and personal development.
My professional background is in education, having been a primary school teacher and deputy headteacher over the last 18 years. I am currently an adviser for Wiltshire Local Authority providing advice and professional development around assessment and moderation as well as the induction of Early Career Teachers.
In any spare time, I enjoy eating out, going to the theatre and spending time with my family.
Rosie Wilkinson - Staff Governor
I came to join St Patrick’s in 2013. Since then, I have taught in most year groups while leading initiatives in drama, outdoor learning and the creative curriculum. My responsibilities include key stage 2, English comprehension, Art and Design Technology and I am also the educational visitor’s coordinator. My son is in year 8 now but as with all children and adults in this unique school community, he is still part of the St Patrick’s family. As a parent, I feel very privileged that my son was given such a wonderful start by this fabulous school.
Before coming here, I taught in a large community school in Northwest London for 15 years, where I led the English and Drama faculty. I was trained by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) in their power of reading project which is rooted in rich, diverse texts and a dynamic creative approach to English teaching. My love of drama and theatre started early at my local youth theatre and continued at Warwick University where I took a BA English and Drama with QTS. I also took an MA in Acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama and have acted professionally as well as writing and performing comedy.
Sian Pimlott - Associate Staff Governor
I joined St Patrick's in 2021 and prior to this I taught in Birmingham for 4 years. Within my teaching roles, I also helped to support teachers and pupils across a Key Stage and have helped to develop ‘Reading for Pleasure’ across the school I worked in. In my spare time, I enjoy walking, baking and playing games with my family and friends. Shortly after moving to Corsham, I began working at St Patricks and believe that the approach to learning and how the school values each individual learner to inspire creativity, individuality and independence in their learning is wonderful. From my time in the school, I felt like I wanted to be a part of the Governors to help be a part of making continued positive contributions to the school and community.
Sharon Gilbert - Clerk to the Governors
I have personally been associated with St Patrick's School for over 30 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.