St. John's Catholic Primary School

Oldfield Lane, Bath, Avon, BA2 3NR

01225 303990

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Governors' Gallery


Mrs Michèle Tayler;  Mr Patrick Weaver; Dr Giles Mercer; Mrs Mary-Lou Elliott; Mrs Angela Bennett; Mrs Cassie Reis, Mrs Sara Sampson, Mrs Catherine Edwards; Mr Patrick Quinlan; Mrs Catharine Young and Mrs Marilyn Strevens.


Governors' Biographies (more to follow)

Michèle Tayler is married with one son. She lived in the Bath area for some time before moving into the city and now worships at a local Catholic Church.  Michèle works as a speech & language therapist, and has had experience working with both children and adults.

Patrick Weaver - Link Governor for Safeguarding. Patrick is a Foundation Governor, recruited in 2017 to the Governing Body. He is an active parishioner at Our Lady & Saint Alphege, leading the music on the third Sunday of every month and has a background in Catholic Youth ministry. Holding a BA (Hons) from Exeter in Business & Management, he has recently completed the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising and is currently employed as Deputy Director of Fundraising for the NSPCC. Patrick's connection with the NSPCC and background in youth work sees him lead on Safeguarding matters for the school. He is a father of two children, both attending St John's.

Dr Giles Mercer joined the governing body of St John’s in 2012 and has been chair since September 2014. He is a retired teacher and was head of two Catholic secondary schools over a twenty-four year period. In 2004 he was awarded a papal knighthood for services to Catholic education and ecumenism. He has been a trustee of the Clifton Diocese since 2009 and is a member of CCDEF, the overarching educational body for the Diocese. He is also vice-chair of governors of Downside School. He and his family have lived in Bath since 1996.

Mary-Lou Elliott is a devout Catholic and active member of the Parish of SS Peter and Paul in Combe Down.   She is employed by the NHS as a registered midwife with interest and experience in child protection.  She currently serves as the link governor for children with special educational needs.

Angela Bennett was appointed Headteacher of St John’s Catholic Primary School on 1st of September 2017.  At St John’s she is working closely with the Governors. They aim  to develop the school, so that all children are given all the opportunities that they need to fulfil their potential.  Mrs Bennett has one daughter who attends St Gregory’s Catholic College, Bath. Mrs Bennett is has recently completed her MA in Leadership and Education at Bath Spa University. She is a member of St Benedict’s Parish, where she is a Eucharistic Minister and organises the weekly rota of Parishioners writing the Prayers of the Faithful.  Mrs Bennett is a firm believer in wellness of mind, body and spirit. When not at school or home, she can be found in the gym! 

Catharine Young is 5/6 class teacher and the Deputy Head at St. John’s.  Prior to her training to teach primary provision, Mrs Young had a range of experience in education, working as a TA in both primary and secondary settings. Additionally, Mrs Young worked as an SEN Manager and in behaviour support at a local secondary school.  Mrs Young has previously served as a parent governor and a LA governor, at her own children’s primary school.

Sara Sampson is the Parish Administrator at St Alphege’s Church and has a daughter at St John’s School. Sara has worked in Administration, Financial Management and has ran her own businesses.

Catherine Edwards has two children at St John's. She is a member of St Alphege's parish where she helps with the Brownies and the Children's Liturgy of the Word. Catherine is a chartered accountant and works for a local firm, specialising in the audit of limited companies and clubs.

Patrick Quinlan joined the governing body of St John’s in February 2018 and has been chair of the Finance & Premises Committee since September 2018. He is a chartered surveyor with a focus on commercial property, which spans over a seventeen-year period, acting primarily on behalf of UK pension funds. He is a parishioner at Our Lady & Saint Alphege and has lived in Bath since the early 1980’s.


Marilyn Strevens, a retired teacher, is currently Director of Music at Ss Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Bath.  Marilyn is also a diocesan representative for the Society of St Gregory. 


Governors who have recently served on the Governing Body

Mary-Lou Elliot stepped down in April 2020. Tish Bourke and Canon David Ryan both stepped down in August 2019, after a long and committed service to the school. We currently have a vacancy for an Foundation Governor. We will be looking for Governors to fulfil these roles in Autumn 2020.