St Therese of Lisieux


As governors we have high expectations for our school.  We are the strategic leaders and play a vital role in making sure every child gets the best possible education.  The main purpose of a maintained school governing body is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.

The Governing Body plays a key strategic role, which focuses strongly on holding the Headteacher to account and avoiding being drawn into direct involvement in operational matters.  It is our job to make sure that we set the school’s strategic framework and ensure that it meets all of our statutory duties.  We agree the priorities for the school along with the aims and objectives, we approve policies, plans and targets and also review them regularly to ensure that progress is being made.

Our three core strategic functions are:-

i)             Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

ii)            Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

iii)           Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

As St Patrick’s RC Primary is a voluntary aided school the governing body has additional functions and responsibilities to that of a community school which are:-

  • Acting as the Admissions Authority
  • Being the Employer of all staff

The school land and the buildings belong to the Diocese which is the charitable foundation, however the governing body is responsible for ensuring the school building is safe and maintained regularly.

The Governing Body as a whole meets on a termly basis and in addition to this has a number of committee meetings which consider issues relating to Admissions, Resources and School Improvement.  Minutes of these meetings are made available for public inspection and can be obtained by contacting a member of the school office staff.

St Patrick’s Full Governing Body – click here for a copy.

Our Lady of Light Catholic Academy Trust Scheme of Delegation 2015

Gary Wilson – Chair of Governors

I was born in Thornaby and have lived here all my life and am passionate about providing the best we can for all our children, not just those that are talented or have specific needs. I have been a member of the Governing Body of St Patrick’s Primary for the last 20 years; a school attended by both my children in the 1990’s and in fact by my wife in the 1960’s!
For the last 17 years I have been the Chair of the Governing Body during which time we have gained 3 ‘Outstanding’ reports from OFSTED – a remarkable achievement for a school in such a deprived social and economic area. Being a governor is not easy; there are many meetings to go to, regulations to adhere to and ultimately you can be held accountable for the school’s performance but I am glad to have been able to make my small contribution to the school’s success.
In 2012/13 I spent some time working as a Learning Mentor within school and found the work challenging but very rewarding. I got to know how and why our children achieve such high standards, not only academically but also in behaviour and relationships. Key to everything is having the right staff in place to ensure our high standards never drop and at St Patrick’s we have been blessed by having talented and dedicated people, right from the top to the very bottom.
I work part-time at the moment but like to get into school as often as possible – it really is a wonderful place and is a constant reminder to me of why I actually became a governor.

Mr. Mark Ryan
I am very proud to be the Head teacher at St. Patrick’s Primary school where I have worked for 18 years as a teacher and a senior leader. I have also been fortunate enough to have been a parent within the school too, as all four of my children attended St. Patrick’s, where they were a given a first class education and a fantastic start to life. I am very proud to be head teacher of this wonderful school. I will strive to ensure that the children in our care receive an education that will prepare them to have successful futures in an ever changing world.  I have also been a governor at St Patrick’s college, when my children attended there and I work in partnership with the College to see that the children continue to build on the progress that they have made at our school.
This is a wonderful community and I will work hard to make sure that the children become positive role models in the communities they serve

Mr.Joe Cuthbert
My name is Joe Cuthbert and I am originally from Middlesbrough but for the last 40 years I have been resident in Thornaby. I am married with two children and four grandchildren, all of whom attended St.Patrick’s. I have been a governor of this school for well over twenty years ,most of that in the position of Vice-Chair and Chair of resources but I also take a leading role on Health and Safety. Coiming from Middlesbrough, I have always supported Middlesbrough Football Club but my main interest is cricket and have been a member of Thornaby Cricket Club where I can nearly always be seen at the main club whenever there is a game taking place. I am really eager to see sports being played well at St.Patrick’s!

Miss Susanne Hobson
I have been teaching for eleven years and I absolutely love my job. Every day is different and so rewarding, especially when you watch the children in your care grow into independent and confident learners who love coming to school.
I have worked in three very different schools, St. Patrick’s RC Primary being the most recent, where I currently teach Year 1. My own catholic primary and secondary education was in Thornaby, so to come back to work in the community where I grew up was like coming home.
I have been a staff governor for almost two years, and my understanding of the education system through being a teacher helps me in this role. As a teacher and a governor I am passionate to ensure that the children of St. Patrick’s are given the best possible education to equip them for life.
In my spare time I love to spend time with my family and friends, especially my nephew and niece. I enjoy reading, running and swimming.

Mr Glenn Morgan
Having been born in Thornaby, I followed my mother and elder brother in attending St Patricks. Both my daughters were educated here and now my grandson has started his schooling.
After 2 terms at St Patricks Comprehensive, I was invited to become a governor of our primary, a request I was more than happy to accept. I am now also into my 2nd term here and enjoying supporting the staff and children as much as possible.
I commute to London each week for 2 / 3 days for work. Along with my business partner who is based in America, we run an International On Line Marketing company. Running our companies gives me a lot of street and financial experience that I bring to our school.
I have a lot of sporting interests including football, cricket and horse racing.
Being a governor is a very challenging role, but it goes both ways. I also get a lot of self-satisfaction from being in a position to make a difference for our children and staff, one that I hope to continue for many years.


Please click here for the Governor Attendance