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Governors' Biographies (more to follow)

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Michèle Tayler is the Chair of Governors and 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 previously worked as a speech & language therapist and has had experience of working with children and adults in many different settings.



Patrick Weaver is the Vice Chair and 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, one attends St Gregory's and the other is a pupil at St John's.


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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 to fulfil the school mission of 'Shine, Celebrate and Grow!'. They aim to develop the school, so that all children are given all the opportunities that they need to achieve their full potential.  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.  Mrs Bennett has two children, Poppy and Frank.    


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

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Patrick Quinlan joined the governing body of St John’s in February 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. 


Mike Summerfield is a Chartered Civil Engineer who has worked in the railway industry for 40 years and now  works on a part-time basis. He has a long association with St John's School as both of his daughters attended there in the 1990's, when it was the Annex and Main School site and he was also a Foundation Governor during part of that decade. Mike and his wife Barbara worship at St Mary's Church in Julian Road.



Cassie Reis is a Parent Governor, catholic mother of two children at St. John's Catholic Primary School and St Gregory’s, Bath. She is the link governor for pupil premium & looked after children and she is also a member of the Fabric & Finance Committee at next door’s Our Lady and St. Alphege Church. As part of her job at the University of Bath, where she works as a Senior Analytical technician, she currently sits at the Equality and Diversity Committee responsible for the promotion of equality of opportunity across the University. She is originally from Portugal, with a degree in Biochemical Engineering. Having lived in other University cities throughout UK, she moved to Bath in 2016.



Maria Bowey joined the governing body as parent governor in 2020. She has two daughters at St John’s who are currently in Hedgehogs and Kingfishers. Originally from the North East of England, Maria has lived in Bath for 19 years where she teaches Secondary Design Technology at Norton Hill School, Radstock. 

Rosie Harding is the staff governor and has been RE Lead and Year 3/4 Phase Leader at St. John’s since September 2019. She started her teaching career at the same primary school she attended as a child and have spent her whole teaching career so far working within Clifton Diocese. She has always lived in Bristol, apart from a brief stint in London where she studied English Language and Linguistics at the University of Westminster.












Governors who have recently served on the Governing Body

Marilyn Strevens and Sara Sampson stepped down in July 2021. Giles Mercer stepped down in October 2020. 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.