St. John's Catholic Primary School

Oldfield Lane, Bath, Avon, BA2 3NR

01225 303990

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Governors' Gallery


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, both attending St John's.






Catharine Young is the acting Headteacher and has been the 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.




Catherine Edwards is 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. 





Catrin Geeson has been SENCO at St John's since February 2018, and has recently been temporarily appointed as acting part-time deputy head.  Prior to working at St John's, Catrin worked for many years at another Bath school as SENCO and Deputy Headteacher and has experience teaching in all primary year groups.  She is currently studying for a Masters in Education: Professional Practice at Bath Spa University.  


Cheryl Hughes moved to Wiltshire in November 2019, having recently retired as head of English and governor at a school in Shropshire. The move means I am able to be near my son, his wife and my new grandson, who live in Bath. I now work as a freelance journalist and I'm also an examiner with the AQA exam board. I have taught at the United Nations School in New York as well as the International School in Houston. I am really looking forward to continuing to serve as a governor with St John's Catholic Primary School.





Dr Giles Mercer joined the governing body of St John’s in 2012 and was Chair from 2014 to 2018. He is a member of the Teaching, Learning, and Standards Committee and of the Admissions Committee. He is a retired teacher and was head of two Catholic secondary schools. In 2004 he was awarded a papal knighthood (KSG) for services to Catholic education and ecumenism. He was a trustee of the Clifton Diocese from 2009 to 2016. He has been recently appointed Chair of Governors of Downside School. He and his family have lived in Bath since 1996. He is a parishioner of Our Lady and St Alphege Church. 


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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. 




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.





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.





Marilyn Strevens, a retired teacher and currently attends St John's Church and is on the PPC as the link with St John's school.  Marilyn is also a diocesan representative for the Society of St Gregory. 




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.



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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. 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!  



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.