Anne Teasdale B.Ed. (Hons) – Head of School
Anne has been in Catholic education for over 21 years and is passionate about encouraging pupils to continue their catholic education journey. As a leader within the Trust, Anne’s skills help to ensure that disadvantaged pupils continue to have a high profile across the school and that they are expected to attain well. Anne is an active member of The Holy Name of Mary Parish and brings a wider knowledge of the local community, the Trust and the school.
“I want the school to help prepare the pupils to lead fulfilling and purposeful lives which will contribute to the common good. I will continue to support the school in providing a high quality, rounded education for all pupils, so that they develop their full uniqueness and potential.”
Mary Brown – Executive Headteacher
St Edward’s Primary School, a Catholic Voluntary Academy, is a happy and hard-working school with an “outstanding” performance and ethos of care. We strive to live by our mission statement in everything we do- ‘Live, Love and Serve.’.
Paul Healy PGCE- Foundation Governor & Chair of LGB
Link Governor role: SEN Provision, Pupil Premium
Paul has been part of the local governing body of St Edward’s since 2018, he brings knowledge and experience from roles previously held in his wide-ranging career. Paul currently resides in Linthorpe with his wife and 4 children who previously attended the school. He has a wider knowledge of the local community and his career skills as a HR Projects officer, Employment Officer and a Project Co-Ordinator allow him to effectively challenge and offer support to the senior leadership at St Edward’s ensuring the school and Trust ethos is being met.
Paul says “St Edward’s is a great school, we are truly blessed. I want to help the local governing body in the background to help to ensure the school are supported in their efforts to educate children with an emphasis on the importance of community and catholic values. I will be a critical friend to the head and the team.”
In his spare time, Paul enjoys gardening, composting, gym, antiques, collectables and reading.
Jacinta Skipp – Foundation Governor
Link Governor role: R.E & Catholic Standards
Jacinta is a retired medical professional. She enjoys keeping busy along side her governor role by taking part in the Cleveland Philharmonic Choir and volunteering once a week at Teesside I.P.U. Having lived in Middlesbrough for a number of years now, Jacinta’s children attended St Edward’s so becoming part of the governing board was a great way of rising up to the challenge of ensuring our school delivers the very best catholic education experience.
Jacinta says, “I didn’t do well at school. I have bad memories, I want to avoid this happening to others. I was asked to be a governor and I am really enjoying the experience.”
Wendy Kelly – Community Governor
Link Governor role: Safeguarding, Personal Development (Including Well-being)
Wendy became a school governor because she passionately believes that every child has the right to an education that will allow them to reach their full potential. She has served as a member of the local governing body at St Edward’s for over 13 years. Having worked in public service for all her career, she brings her knowledge and skills gained from specialising in services for children and young people to the role. Wendy is also a Virtual School Governor for those children who are in local authority care. Wendy appreciates the demographic layout of Middlesbrough and what this means for many pupils in the area, the barriers they face in learning due to their family background or certain vulnerabilities. Wendy works closely with schools and colleges across South Tees to develop and deliver support and interventions for pupils which entails reviewing current emotional well-being support provided to young people in schools and the home.
Wendy says, “my children attended the school, so I am aware of the needs of the community which the school serves. I believe that support should be given to facilitate good emotional health and resilience to ensure all pupils achieve good outcomes to help in their future life.”
In her spare time, Wendy also volunteers as treasurer of Arch, a support service for those who have experienced sexual violence. She also enjoys time reading, upcycling furniture and days out with her family.
Simon Carey – Foundation governor
Link Governor: PE and Sport Premium, Personal Development (Including Well-being)
Simon has joined the governing body recently. He has been a teacher in Catholic Education for 28 years and a reader and eucharistic minister at Holy Name of Mary. He is extremely happy to be part of the governing body of St Edward’s as the school sits within his parish and family members have previously attended the school. As a practising Catholic, Simon has been impressed by the religious and moral ethos which is evident throughout the school and he hopes that he can continue to play a part in ensuring this continues. Living in the catchment area of the school, Simon has good knowledge of the wider community the school serves.
Simon says “My vision for the future of the school is to see it growing and flourishing as part of the wider NPCAT family.”
In his spare time, Simon volunteers as the Cleveland School’s FA Secretary and in managing the U16 Boys. He has a passion for sport, especially golf and football.
Maureen McCullagh – Foundation Director/Observer