St Patrick's Catholic Primary & Nursery School

"Christ be with me and Christ be within me"

Our Governors

The Governing Body of St. Patrick’s Primary School is made up of ordinary people who volunteer because they have an interest in education and a commitment to ensuring that the children who are pupils of the school achieve to the best of their ability.


We work in partnership with the Head Teacher and her staff to raise standards of achievement for all pupils of the school, set budgets and oversee the curriculum.  We do this by fostering positive relationships based on communication, understanding and support.


We work hard to maintain the catholic ethos of the school and to make the school mission statement an integral part of our work.


Our Governing Body is made up of the Head Teacher who is automatically appointed, Foundation Governors, who are appointed by the diocese, Parent Governors who have a child or children in the school and are elected by other parents, staff governors who work in the school, Local authority governors who are appointed by the local authority and associate governors who are appointed by the governing body but do not have a vote.


We are all enthusiastic and passionate about the work we do as we continue to strengthen our membership.

Governing Body Register of Interests

Governor Roles  in 2021-22        
Chair - Chris Atkin (elected 27/01/2022)        
Vice Chair - Natalie Sweeney  (elected 27/01/2022)        
Inclusion (SEN, Pupil Premium, EAL and Looked After Children) – Linda Fernandes         
Safeguarding (including e-safety) – Natalie Sweeney        
Safer recruitment trained - Chris Atkin        
HTPM - Natalie Sweeney, Chris Atkin (replaced Dan Stock) and Linda Fernandes         
Wellbeing - Natalie Sweeney        
School Improvement Plan Monitoring Links:        
Maths: TBC        
English: TBC        
Leadership, management and governance: TBC        
Catholic Life: TBC        
EYFS: Natalie Shocklidge         
Behaviour and Attitudes: TBC        
Personal Development: TBC        
Committee Membership        
Resources Committee: Curriculum Committee:   Pay Committee:  
Kirsty Warren (Chair) Linda Fernandes (Chair)   Natalie Sweeney (Chair)  
Natalie Sweeney Natalie Shocklidge    Linda Fernandes   
Headteacher Chris Atkins   Dan Stock  
Mick Huxtable Headteacher      
Catheirne MacLellan        
Admissions Committee        
Natalie Sweeney        
Mick Huxtable        
Governor  TypeStart DateEnd Date   
AtkinChristopherMrFoundation 01/10/202130/09/2025   
FernandesLindaMrsFoundation (parent)01/11/201731/10/2021Diocese says 31/12/2021 - awaiting advice   
Huxtable MichaelMrFoundation01/11/202131/10/2025   
MacLellanCatherineMrsLA17/03/202216/03/2026previously 04/10/2016 - 03/10/2020  
ShocklidgeNatalieMrsStaff02/10/202001/10/2024Previously 07/09/2016 - 06/09/2020  
SweeneyNatalieMrsParent 19/10/202018/10/2024   
WarrenKirstyMrsAssociate Member 02/10/201901/10/2023   
Vacancy  Foundation (parent)17/07/2018    
Vacancy  Foundation01/07/2021    
Vacancy  Foundation31/08/2021    
Vacancy  Foundation04/10/2020    
Resignations during the year:        
Instrument of Government:        
Parent 2       
Foundation7of whom at least 2 shall, at the time of their appointment, be eligible for election or appointment as parent governors      
Updated 18 March 2022        

Committe Membership


Resources Committee:

Kirsty Warren

Catherine MacLellan

Mrs Blair - Headteacher

Jean McCarthy


Curriculum Committee:

Jean McCarthy

Kady MacLellan

Natalie Shocklidge

Fr Tony Whitfield


Pay Committee:

Ann-Marie Lawson

Jean McCarthy

Catherine MacLellan


St Patrick's Governor Attendance 2020-21: Full Governing Body Meetings
Governor 01/10/202018/11/202011/02/202117/03/202119/05/202107/07/2021Total  
BlairLouise6 of 6  
FernandesLindaApols5 of 6  
LawsonAnn-MarieApols5 of 6  
MacLellanCatherine ApolsApols4 of 6  
McCarthyJeanApolsApolsApolsApols2 of 6  
ShocklidgeNatalieN/A5 of 5  
SweeneyNatalieN/AAbsent4 of 5  
StockDanN/AApols4 of 5  
WhitfieldTonyApolsApolsApolsApolsN/AN/A0 of 4  
St Patrick's Governor Attendance 2020-21: Total attendance including Full Governing Body and Committee meetings 
Governor  Total       
BlairLouise 8 of 8       
FernandesLinda 5 of 6       
LawsonAnn-Marie5 of 6       
MacLellanCatherine 6 of 8       
McCarthyJean 2 of 6       
ShocklidgeNatalie 5 of 5       
SweeneyNatalie 6 of 7       
StockDan 4 of 5       
*WarrenKirsty 2 of 2       
WhitfieldTony 0 of 4       
* Associate Member - Resources Committee        
St Patrick's Governor Attendance 2020-21: Resources Committee Meetings
Governor 22/04/202130/06/2021Total   
BlairLouise2 of 2   
MacLellanCatherine 2 of 2   
SweeneyNatalie 2 of 2   
WarrenKirsty2 of 2   
Governor Roles  in 2020-21              
Chair - Ann-Marie Lawson              
Vice Chair - Jean McCarthy              
Inclusion (SEN, Pupil Premium, EAL and Looked After Children) – Linda Fernandes         
Safeguarding (including e-safety) – Ann-Marie Lawson            
Admissions – Jean McCarthy               
Safer recruitment - Ann-Marie Lawson              
HTPM - Ann-Marie Lawson, Jean McCarthy and Linda Fernandes           
Wellbeing - Natalie Sweeney              
Sports Premium - Dan Stock              
School Improvement Plan Monitoring Links:              
Maths: Catherine McLellan              
English: Jean McCarthy               
Leadership, management and governance: Ann-Marie Lawson and Jean McCarthy        
RE / Collective Worship / Catholic Distinctiveness – Jean McCarthy and Ann-Marie Lawson      
EYFS – Natalie Shocklidge               
Committee Membership              
Resources Committee:   Curriculum Committee:   Pay Committee:
Kirsty Warren (Chair)   Jean McCarthy (Chair)   Catherine MacLellan
Ann-Marie Lawson   Linda Fernandes      Ann-Marie Lawson
Catherine MacLellan   Natalie Shocklidge      Jean McCarthy
Natalie Sweeney   Headteacher        
Governor     Type Start Date End Date    
Blair Louise Mrs Headteacher 01/01/2012      
Fernandes Linda Mrs Foundation (parent) 01/11/2017 31/10/2021    
Lawson Ann-Marie Mrs Foundation 01/07/2017 30/06/2021    
MacLellan Catherine Mrs Foundation     has re-applied - previously 04/10/2016 - 03/10/2020
McCarthy Jean Mrs Foundation 01/09/2017 31/08/2021    
Shocklidge Natalie Mrs Staff 02/10/2020 01/10/2024 Previously 07/09/2016 - 06/09/2020
Stock Daniel Mr Parent 19/10/2020 18/10/2024    
Sweeney Natalie Mrs Parent  19/10/2020 18/10/2024    
Warren Kirsty Mrs Associate Member  02/10/2019 01/10/2023    
Whitfield Tony Fr Foundation 06/11/2019 05/11/2023    
Vacancy     Foundation (parent) 17/07/2018      
Vacancy     Foundation 16/06/2018      
Vacancy     LA 02/10/2019      
Resignations during the year:            
Warren Kirsty Mrs LA 18/12/2017 02/10/2019    
McCormick Marian Ms Associate Member  14/11/2018 02/10/2019    
MacLellan Kady   Parent 13/10/2017 18/09/2020    
Instrument of Government:              
Type Number            
Headteacher 1            
Parent  2            
LA 1            
Staff 1            
Foundation 7 of whom at least 2 shall, at the time of their appointment, be eligible for election or appointment as parent governors
Total 12