We proudly present our Governing Board:
Mrs Fiona Bradley - Chair of Governors
I am currently the Chair of Governors at St Patrick's Catholic Primary School and have been a foundation governor for 15 years. My four children all benefitted from the excellent education they received at the school and I want to enable other children to have the same opportunity.
I worked in the Finance Team of the Education Departments of Avon County Council and Bristol City Council for 12 years before I became a school governor. I am now a company director for several property development companies.
I am a passionate believer in Catholic education.
I am actively involved in St Patrick's Parish and sit on the parish council. I am keen to maintain the strong links between the school and the parish communities.
Mrs Sylvia Bouaka-Stone - Vice Chair of Governors
I am privileged to serve as the Vice Chair of Governors at St Patrick's Catholic School, outside of school I am an IT Project Manager currently employed by Atos an IT outsource company that provides IT solutions to a mixture of private and public sector clients. I grew up in London and moved to Bristol and graduated with BA(Hons) Business Information Systems at the University of the West of England. All 3 of my children Ophelia, Omar and Otis are St Patrick’s homegrown. I have been privileged to be a governor at St Patrick's for 9 years. During those 9 years I have found St Patrick's Catholic school to be a golden shiny nugget, a place enriched in faith, a place of real warmth, with a family atmosphere which strives for the best for our children and our staff.
Mr Reuben Alozie - Foundation Governor
I was born and raised in London, I moved to Bristol to study. Outside of my Governor duties I am a professional photographer that specialises in Fashion and Music. I have two children that attend St Patricks School and I am very proud to be a School Governor. I will continue to do my best to help our school achieve excellence.
Ms Natasha Mulvihill - Foundation Governor
In November 2019, I was appointed by the Bishop as a Foundation Governor. My brief is to lead on safeguarding and contribute to the mission and curriculum committees. I am subject lead for English (Writing). I have four children: one in pre-school, two currently at St Patrick’s and one now in secondary school. St Patrick's parish has been central to our family life since we married there in 2006.
I work full-time as a lecturer in Criminology and a researcher at the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the University of Bristol. Earlier in my career, I trained as a secondary English teacher and later as an adult literacy teacher. I also worked for five years as a policy adviser for the Higher Education Funding Council.
Mrs Rebecca Beasley-Suffolk - Foundation Governor
I am at present the foundation governor with special responsibility for Admissions, SEN & Curriculum. I am an experienced secondary school teacher in Bristol with over 14 years in a south Bristol school, having been both a Head of Department, pastoral leader and at present the PGCE mentor. Within the parish, I am a catechist for the First Holy Communion and Confirmation programme and am both a reader and extraordinary minister of Communion. My family, as a whole, have been actively involved in many ways in St. Patricks for over 20 years. I am passionate about promoting the teaching of the Catholic Faith and feel privileged to be involved in the formation of the young people of St Patrick’s journey in faith across the parish.
Mr. Munashe Musarurwa - Foundation Governor
I am a Foundation Governor at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School and am responsible for Health and Safety as well as being the Subject Link Governor for Science. I am a Chemical Engineer and currently work as an Environmental Consultant specialising in waste, recycling and resources management.
I am an active member of St Patrick’s parish and am part of the Fundraising Committee and Mission Group. Having benefited from Catholic education myself, I am keen to give something back to ensure that others are afforded the same opportunities that I had. Therefore, I am pleased to be able to contribute towards the fantastic work that has been done by past staff and governors and those currently serving today.
Mr Malcolm Broad - Community Governor
I have been closely involved in education since 2000 when I became Chair of the Bristol Education Action Zone. I am a co-founder and current trustee of ABLAZE (A Business Learning Action Zone for Education).
The charity was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award for Volunteer Groups in 2015. As well as being the Community Governor for St Patrick’s, I am also currently Chair of Governors at St John's CE Primary School, Keynsham now an academy within the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust (I am a trustee of the Trust Board and Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee).
I was a former chair of governors at Oasis Academy Brightstowe and a former governor at Colston’s Collegiate School and Patchway Community College. I am also a treasurer of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, treasurer of Bristol Baptist College and treasurer of Keynsham Baptist Church. Since retirement from HSBC Bank in June 2012, I have become a director of the Baptist Insurance Company plc and a trustee of Bristol Zoological Society. I am a charity specialist and provide trustee/ governor training to a number of various charities and schools.
Dr Britta Shields-Martens - Parent Governor
I was elected Parent Governor in March 2020 and am excited to join the Governing Board of St. Patrick’s School. I was born and brought up in North Germany, where education and society as a whole are very secular. Sending our two children (Alex in Year 4 and Lena in Year 2) to a Catholic school has therefore been a completely new experience for me. I really value the school’s high academic standards, its strong Christian ethos, its supportive school community and (as a mother of bilingual children) the harmonious ethnic and cultural mix of children. I also love the close-knit parish community and play the violin in the church’s music group.
I have worked as a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of the West of England for 18 years, after studying English and French in Germany, France and the UK. I hope to bring some of my experience from teaching students at the further end of the educational journey to my role as a St. Patrick’s School governor.
Charlotte Priddle – Staff Governor
I am a qualified Primary Teacher specialising in English Language and Writing. I graduated with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in Primary Education from University of the West of England. I have taught for nearly 10 years; I completed my final UWE placement in the Year 6 class at St Patrick’s in 2010-2011 and then took a couple of years away from full time teaching to care for family members. Whilst being a part-time carer, I also worked as a Supply Teacher in and across Bristol, Bath and Gloucester. From this, I gained lots of experience working across EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, although I am driven most working with Years 3-6.
The majority of my teaching career has been spent working in St Patrick’s, mainly working in Year 6, which I absolutely love. I’ve slowly taken on more responsibilities, such as English and PSHE Subject Leadership, joining the Senior Leadership Team, and most recently, being appointed Acting Deputy Head. I have also recently been re-elected as a Staff Governor so this will be my second term, which I am very excited about as I am passionate about the future of St Patrick’s.
Mrs Michele Marshall - Head teacher
I grew up and completed my teacher training in Dublin, Ireland. I have worked in St Patrick’s School since 1990 when I first moved to Bristol as a class teacher, Deputy and now as Head teacher since January 2012.
I am passionate about Catholic education and regard the school- parish links to be of the utmost importance. It is a privilege to work in such a caring community and I was very pleased that my own children attended St Patrick’s to give them an excellent start in their education.
Rachel Hancock - Clerk to the Governors
I have a background in Education. As a teenager I spent my gap year working as a Pastoral Assistant in a Boarding School for indigenous students in Darwin, Australia, and after completing my undergraduate degree in Politics and Philosophy at Cardiff University, I studied Pedagogy with Religious Education at Exeter University. For 9 years I worked as an LSA in a Pupil Referral Unit, trained in Team Teach deescalation and positive handling techniques, and during which time I took on the role of Assistant to the SENCO. Since having my own children I have worked as an Ofsted registered Childminder.
I enjoy being part of a school community, assisting in advancing the education of children, and also the flexibility with regard to my work-life balance that my role as Clerk allows.
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