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 Objects and Aims

The principal object and activity of St Patrick’s School is to advance for the public benefit Catholic education in the United Kingdom, in particular by establishing, maintaining, carrying on, managing and developing a school, offering a broad range of curriculum for pupils of different abilities, with a strong emphasis on Christian values in accordance with the school’s Mission Statement.

The aims of the School are summarised below:

  • to provide an environment which promotes Christian values in line with the Mission Statement.

  • to maintain close links with the Parish and the Catholic community and beyond.

  • to complete our transition into the Cardinal Newman Catholic Trust.
  • to continue partnership working with Catholic schools (particularly within Aquinas Group) and local schools particularly Columbus Group.

  • to continue to raise the standard of educational attainment and achievement of all pupils.

  • to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, including extracurricular activities.

  • to develop students as more effective learners.

  • to develop the School site so that it enables students to achieve their full potential.

  • to ensure that every child enjoys the same high quality education in terms of resourcing, tuition and care.

  • to improve the effectiveness of the School by keeping the curriculum and organisational structure under continual review.

  • to provide value for money for the funds expended.

  • to comply with all appropriate statutory and curriculum requirements and

  • to conduct the School's business in accordance with the highest standards of integrity, probity and openness.

 

Governing Board Membership

 

The governing board has 4 main responsibilities.
These are as follows:

  • To ensure the catholicity of the school environment and curriculum. The foundation governors are responsible to the Bishop of Clifton for this
  • The governors together with the head teacher are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school.
  • The governors hold the head teacher to account
  • The governors ensure that effective systems are in place to ensure that the school performs within budget (financial accountability)

 

Members:
Members of a company limited by guarantee are similar to the shareholders in a company. The role of a member is a ‘hands-off, eyes on’ role, similar to the governance role of the local authority in a maintained school. Members will have limited powers which will include the right to wind up the academy trust, amend the articles of association, appoint other members and appoint and remove one or more trustee.

The members for St Patrick's Catholic Primary School are:

The Diocescan Bishop - Right Reverand Bishop Bosco McDonald
A Member of the Clifton Diocesan Education Foundation 

The Constitution

First Appointed Term Start Term End
Foundation Governors
Reuben Alozie 09 Nov 2018 16 Jan 2023 15 Jan 2027
Munashe Musarurwa 23 Sep 2019 23 Sep 2023 28 Sep 2027
Stewart Fraser 16 Jul 2021 01 Sep 2021 31 Aug 2025
Ursula Townsley 18 March 2022 18 Mar 2022 17 Mar 2026
Joanna Deasey 23 March 2023 23 Mar 2023 22 Mar 2027
Community Governor
Vacancy
Parent Governor
Elisha O'Connor 05 Dec 2022 05 Dec 2022 04 Dec 2026
Staff Governors
Charlotte Priddle 20 Jul 2016 30 Jun 2020 29 Jun 2024
Louise Hallahan (on mat leave for 23-24) 05 Jan 2022 05 Jan 2022 04 Jan 2026
Headteacher
Michele Marshall 12 Sep 2012

Recently Resigned (Past 12 months)

Fiona Bradley                              01 August 2012 - 09 June 2023

Natasha Mulvihill                        13 October 2022 - 11 October 2023

 

Roles and Responsibilities

Chair of Governors: Jo Deasey

Vice Chair of Governors: Stewart Fraser

Mission

Joanna Deasey (Chair), Reuben Alozie, Munashe Musarurwa, Charlotte Priddle, Rebecca Roy, Daniel Beasley-Suffolk

Admissions 

Ursula Townsley (Chair), Reuben Alozie, Stewart Fraser, Munashe Musarurwa, Elisha O'Connor, 

Finance, Audit and Risk 

Stewart Fraser (Chair), Munashe Musarurwa, Michele Marshall, Charlotte Priddle, Charron Plumstead (SBM)

Curriculum and Standards

Joanna Deasey (Chair), Michele Marshall (HT), Charlotte Priddle (DHT)

The Governing Board meets 6 times per year, and there are 4 committees that meet as required.

 

Admissions Chair: Ursula Townsley

Curriculum and Standards Chair: Jo Deasey 

Finance, Audit and Risk Chair: Stewart Fraser

Mission Chair: Jo Deasey

In addition to sitting on committees, governors will often perform a complimentary strategic link role alongside the member of staff delegated with the implementation of a strategy.

Our link governors are as follows:

J Deasey: Safeguarding / Religious Education / EYFS

R Alozie: Sports Premium / ICT / Creative Arts

S Fraser: Maths / Pupil Premium

M Musarurwa: Health & Safety 

U Townsley: SEN /  Science

Elisha O'Connor: SEN

 

Contacts

      Direct enquiries to: clerk@stpatrickscps.org 

 

declarations st patricks catholic primary academy.pdf

 

Committees and Members 2024 - 2025

Roles and Responsibilities

Chair of Governors: Jo Deasey

Vice Chair of Governors: Stewart Fraser

Mission

Joanna Deasey (Chair), Reuben Alozie, Munashe Musarurwa, Charlotte Priddle, Rebecca Roy, Daniel Beasley-Suffolk

Admissions 

Ursula Townsley (Chair), Reuben Alozie, Stewart Fraser, Munashe Musarurwa, Elisha O'Connor, 

Finance, Audit and Risk 

Stewart Fraser (Chair), Munashe Musarurwa, Michele Marshall, Charlotte Priddle, Charron Plumstead (SBM)

Curriculum and Standards

Joanna Deasey (Chair), Michele Marshall (HT), Charlotte Priddle (DHT)

The Governing Board meets 6 times per year, and there are 4 committees that meet as required.

 

Admissions Chair: Munashe Musarurwa

Curriculum and Standards Chair: Jo Deasey 

Finance, Audit and Risk Chair: Stewart Fraser

Mission Chair: Munashe Musarurwa

 

In addition to sitting on committees, governors will often perform a complimentary strategic link role alongside the member of staff delegated with the implementation of a strategy.

Our link governors are as follows:

R Alozie: Sports Premium / ICT / Creative Arts

S Fraser: Maths

M Musarurwa: Health & Safety / Religious Education 

U Townsley: SEN / Pupil Premium / Science

 

 

 

Governor Biographies  

 

Joanna Deasey

I have been a member of St Patrick’s School and Parish since 2003. I joined the staff as a class teacher and became Deputy Head in 2012. I retired in 2022 and became a foundation Governor in early 2023, having previously served as Staff Governor. I have recently been elected as chair of Governors and I look forward to continuing my very happy association with the school.

I am an active member of St Patrick’s parish as a reader, extraordinary minister of communion, Parish Pastoral Council and member of the four part choir.

It has been a joy and a privilege working at St Patrick’s and being part of the learning and development of so many children. I believe passionately in Catholic education as a force for social good which encourages pupils to think and act in a way that makes their world a better place.


Stewart Fraser

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor at St Patrick’s in 2021 and appointed as Chair of the Finance Committee. I have previously been a governor at Corpus Christi RC Primary School and Flax Bourton CofE Primary School. I graduated from University of London with a degree in Maths & Business Economics. I spent most of my working career working for Lloyds Banking Group, mainly leading a small team that developed and supported specialist risk systems, interfacing with finance systems. I was responsible for budgeting, forecasting and monitoring the bad debt of the Bank’s Commercial customers. I am now working part time with Canon Gregory Grant, supporting the Grant Bradley Charitable Trust and St Patrick's Parish. I have a son who started his education at Flax Bourton School but is now studying physics at Bristol University.

Michele Marshall 

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.

 

Charlotte Priddle

I am a qualified Primary Teacher specialising in English Language and Writing. I graduated with a 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. 
The majority of my teaching career in St Patrick’s has mainly been 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 Deputy Headteacher in 2021. 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.

Munashe Musarurwa

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.

Ursula Townsley 

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor at St Patrick's in March 2022 and I am looking forward to joining the Board of Trustees. I felt that I wanted to 'give something back' after watching my child flourish at the school and being a part of the Parish for many years. My child has now left St Patrick's and it felt like the right time to get involved.  I have a background in finance but am sure I will expand upon this with my role as a Governor at our lovely school. 

Reuben Alozie

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 Patrick's School and I am very proud to be a School Governor. I will continue to do my best to help our school achieve excellence. 

Louise Hallahan (on Maternity Leave)

I was appointed as a Staff Governor in January 2022. I was educated in Ireland and moved to England as an NQT in to start work at St Patrick's School as the Year 1 Class Teacher in September 2017. I currently teach Year 2 and I love my job! I am also the RE lead for the school and have undertaken training with Clifton Diocese to further my skills in this area.  



If you have any queries you wish to direct to the Board, please feel free to email the Clerk at clerk@stpatrickscps.org 

 

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