St Joseph and St Teresa

Catholic Primary School



Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

The Local Governing Committee

The academy is part of the Catholic Church and is to be conducted as a Catholic Academy in accordance with Canon Law and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Diocese of Clifton and in particular: 

  1. Religious education is to be in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, disciplines and general and particular norms of the Catholic Church 
  2. Religious worship is to be in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church; and 
  3. At all times the academy is to serve as a witness to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ 


The academy is a member of the Dunstan Catholic Educational Trust.


Up to 10 Governors recruited for their skills, knowledge, and experience in the following categories: 

  • 6 x Foundation (2 vacancies)
  • 2 x Staff (including Headteacher)
  • 2 x Parent 


The Local Governing Committee meets six times per year.  The governors also have specific responsibilities for safeguarding, admissions, health and safety and designated curriculum areas.


Teresa Harvey – Head Teacher

Term of Office: 01/09/2017
Responsibilities: Head Teacher, DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Declarations of Interest: None

Attendance Summary: FGB 100%, Finance and Premises: 100%, Staffing & Standards: 100%


I have been Head Teacher at St Joseph and St Teresa's since September 2017. I have been teaching in Primary Education for 19 years and this is my first Headship. 

I have a daughter who goes to the Catholic school in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. 


Brendan Ring - Chair of Governors/Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 09/12/2020 - 09/12/2024
Responsibilities: Safeguarding Governor, Music, School Improvement Plan/standards, Pupil Premium
Declarations of Interest: None


I moved to Wells in 2018 to be closer to family members. I used to live in Gravesend, Kent, where I was the Safeguarding Officer for the Parish of St John’s for many years. In addition I led our Folk Choir for nearly 30 years! I am a member of the St Joseph and St Teresa parish now but I also attend St Mary’s in Bath to join in their monthly Folk Mass. In the past I worked for the Southwark Catholic Children’s Society for 14 years before taking up management roles in social services departments at Bexley and Southwark Council.


Terry Whitehouse – Vice Chair/Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 15/11/19 - 14/11/23 
Responsibilities: SEND Governor, Health & Safety Governor, Computing, Financial Matters. 
Declarations of Interest: None


I moved to Wells in September 2018 and I am a member of SS Joseph and Teresa’s parish.  Two of my grandchildren attend the primary school. I have worked in secondary education for 43 years in the North West, 36 years being in catholic schools. As well as teaching mathematics and information technology, I have worked in several administrative and management roles in education.  


Maria Edwards – Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 01/03/2021 - 28/02/2026
Responsibilities:  Complaints, RE & Science Link Governor
Declarations of Interest: None

I have lived in Wells with my husband and daughter since 2010, having previously worked in Bristol. I’m a self employed mortgage professional. We have a daughter that attended the school and has now moved onto St Gregory’s Catholic College in Bath. With work, plus my daughter’s dance and performing arts commitments, life is pretty hectic for us. I was involved with the school PTFA for a number of years and I am now privileged to be a Foundation Governor and continue to support the school.


Andrew O'Sullivan - Parent Governor

Term of Office: 05/10/2020 - 05/10/2024
Responsibilities: EYFS Link Governor, English
Declarations of Interest: None


As a secondary English teacher with 12 years experience across three schools (currently Wells Cathedral School), I have first-hand knowledge of providing excellent education in the classroom. This, together with my extensive involvement in extra-curricular and pastoral provision, gives me real understanding of the vital work done by school leadership that allows teachers and students opportunities to achieve their potential. I will aim both to help nurture and develop the fantastic things already being done at St. Joseph’s, and to be an effective, sympathetic and dedicated member of the team which will guide the school to further innovation and success.





Governor Resignations


Rosa Zoleo – Staff Governor

Term of Office: 11/12/2014 – 07/06/2023
Responsibilities: Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Attendance
Declarations of Interest: None


Jonathan Edwards - Parent Governor 

Term of Office: 05/09/2022 - 28/06/2023

Responsibilities: Maths, Art & DT Link Governor 

Declaration of Interest: None 


Jana Patey, Phd, MCIPD, FHEA – Foundation Governor

Terms of Office: 7/10/2022 to 28/06/2023

Responsibilities: PE and Humanities

Declaration of Interest: None

Neil Bremner - Parent Governor

Term of Office: 05/10/2020 - 06 May 2022
Responsibilities: Joint Technical Link Governor
Declarations of Interest: None


Pete Townsend - Foundation Governor

Term of Office 21/07/2020 - 6 May 2022

Responsibilities: Joint Technical Link Governor
Declarations of Interest: None


Helen Taylor - Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 1 November 2020 - 28 February 2022
Declarations of Interest: CEO Dunstan Catholic Education Trust


Paula Beasley – Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 18/01/2019 - 13/09/2021
Responsibilities: Complaints, Early Years Link Governor, Pay Committee
Declarations of Interest: None


Damian Stoupe - Foundation Governor

Term of Office - 28/04/2017 - 26/03/2019

Declarations of Interest: None


David Wiltshire - LA Governor

Term of Office: 09/12/2017 - 11/09/2019

Declarations of Interest: None


Helen Phillips – Foundation Governor

Committee Membership: Finance and Premises
Term of Office: 23/10/2018 - 11/11/2019
Declarations of Interest: None


Stuart Robinson - Associate

Term of Office: 18/10/2019 - 28/01/2019
Responsibilities: TBC
Declarations of Interest: None


Peter Kingston – Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 01/01/2017-14/07/2020
Responsibilities: Attendance, English Link Governor
Declarations of Interest: None


Helen Kelleher – Parent Governor

Committee Membership: Finance and Premises,
Term of Office: 01/07/2017 - 31/08/2020
Responsibilities: Clerk to Finance & Premises, Admissions, Complaints, Pupil Premium & LAC Link Governor, PE Link Governor
Declarations of Interest: None

Sallyanne Shallcross – Parent Governor

Term of Office: 13/03/2019 - 31/08/2020

Responsibilities: SEN Link Governor, Safeguarding Link Governor
Declarations of Interest: None


Maisie Foster – Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 01/09/2014 – 31/08/2020
Responsibilities: Chair of Staffing and Standards, Complaints, HT Performance, RE &  PSHE Link Governor
Declarations of Interest: None


Alice Bevan – Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 18/10/2019 - 13/09/2020
Responsibilities: RE Link Governor
Declarations of Interest: Family member teaches music on an ad hoc basis.


William Roberts – Vice Chair/LA Governor

Term of Office: 06/06/2019 - 12/02/2024
Declarations of Interest: None