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Governors at St. Bridget's Catholic Primary School

St Bridget's is a Voluntary Aided Catholic School belonging to the Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool. The Governing Body consists of seven  Foundation Governors, two Parent Governors, one LEA Governor, one Headteacher and two staff Governors.

Teachers are appointed by the Governing Body.

Apart from duties, right and responsibilities of the Governors and the Trustees, the school is in effect administered by Warrington Education Services, and the school is organised in accordance with the rules, regulations and standards of the Department for Education and Skills.

The present Governors are:-

Mrs. A. Hudson Chair and Foundation  
Mrs. S. Ravenscroft Vice-Chair and Foundation  
Mrs. C. Dobson Headteacher  
Mr C. Ainsworth Local Education Authority  
Fr. J. McLoughlin Parish Priest  
Mrs. M. Cawley Foundation  
Mr. J. Cotter Foundation  
Mrs. M. Connolly Foundation  
Mr. A. Redmond Foundation  
Mr. S. Raby Staff  
Mrs E. Preston-Hill Parent  
Mrs. L Smith Parent  

Anne Hudson

My name is Anne Hudson and I enjoy being a Governor at St Bridget’s School.  When I can, I pop into the Year 2 class to help with group reading sessions and I have a particular interest in literacy.

Although originally from Birmingham, I have lived in Warrington for over 40 years and for most of that time I have taught in a number of Warrington Primary Schools, teaching children from Nursery to Year 6.

Since retiring as a Headteacher, I try to keep busy by working in my garden and looking after my 3 gorgeous grandchildren, aged 18 months, 4 years and 6 years, while their parents work.  I try to live my faith by helping the community when I can.  I represent St Bridget’s Church, where I worship, on the St Stephen’s Parish Council and also support parents who wish to have their children baptised. 

I am fortunate enough to have a holiday home in France, which I visit as often as I can to enjoy the sunshine and experience a different culture.

Along with other Governors, I try to use my life experiences as a mum, grandmother and teacher to support the Headteacher, staff and parents to provide the best possible opportunities at our successful catholic school.

Fr John McLoughlin

Fr John was born in St Richard’s parish at Atherton in 1963 the youngest of eight children. He began his studies for the priesthood as a junior seminarian at St Joseph’s College, Upholland in 1976. Following his time at Upholland College he was sent to All Hallows College, Dublin and gained a diploma in Philosophy and a Sacred Theology Baccalaureate from the Pontifical University of Maynooth. In June 1987, he left All Hallows and took up a teaching post with the La Sainte Union Sisters at Grays Convent High School leaving in 1989 to continue his studies for the priesthood at the Venerable English College, Rome. In 1992 he gained a Sacred Liturgy Licence from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of San Anselmo.

In his twenty-five years as priest of the Archdiocese of Liverpool Fr McLoughlin has ministered at the Cathedral of Christ the King and as chaplain to The Royal Liverpool University Hospital, assistant in the parishes of St. Vincent de Paul, Our Lady’s and St. Joseph’s at St Helens, assistant in the parishes of St. Sylvester’s and St. Alphonsus’ at Liverpool, and parish priest to St Wilfrid’s parish at Ashton-In-Makerfield and later of the neighbouring parish of Holy Family, Platt Bridge. As well as parochial duties Fr McLoughlin has had a variety of other responsibilities over the years: secretary to the Liverpool Archdiocesan Council of Priests, secretary to the Department of Art & Architecture, chaplain to the Liverpool Catholic Teachers Association (now CATSC), Chair of the Liverpool Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission, assistant to George Andrew Committee for the organisation of the living accommodation for the retired priests, member of the pilot group for Priestly Appraisal, and a member of the Board of Management of the Broughton Society. For the past 10 years before coming to the Parish of St Stephen’s and St Bridget’s Fr John was Episcopal Vicar for Formation and a Trustee of the Archdiocese of Liverpool with responsibility for the ‘Continuing Development of the Clergy’ and ‘Adult Faith Formation’. During this time Fr John also served as chaplain to the Carmelite Sisters in Maryton Grange, Allerton, Liverpool.

Tony Redmond


Elizabeth Preston-Hill


Suzanne Ravenscroft

Hello, my name is Suzanne Ravenscroft, most people call me ‘Suzy’ - I’d like to give you a brief introduction about myself as a Foundation Governor at St Bridget’s Catholic Primary School. I have always lived in the area and grew up not far from St Bridget’s School. I have two children who have both attended and one still attends St Bridget’s Catholic Primary School.  As a family we are members of the local parish and I work full time as a Technical Manager in a local food manufacturing company. In my spare time I enjoy having quality family time, reading and making the most of the sunshine when it’s out.

During my time as a Foundation Governor I will endeavour to help, support and hopefully make a difference to the school and the children during their time at St Bridget’s.


Laura Smith

My name is Laura Smith I grew up in South Wales and obtained a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Warwick in 2000. I began my career as an NHS scientist at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and continued training at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester after meeting my scientist husband and moving to Warrington. My knowledge of the local area grew as I enlisted as a volunteer with the Ranger Service and spent weekends labouring and practising country skills in Sankey Valley Park. Prior to the birth of our son in 2006, I worked as a volunteer advisor at Warrington Citizens’ Advice Bureau for 18 months.  I have completed a master’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry with the Open University. I am currently a committee member of the Warrington branch of the National Autistic Society and am responsible for the production of the branch newsletter. I have also served a year’s term as treasurer for a local roller sports club. My interests include reading and gardening, and as a family we enjoy learning kung fu, camping and cycling.

I am looking forward to my term as a Parent Governor at St.Bridget's and I will support the work of the school for the benefit of all of the children. 


Steve Raby

Under construction

Marretta Connolly



My name is Marretta Connolly.


I am married & we have 3 grown up sons & a foster daughter.


For many years I worked as an admistration assistant but I never really enjoyed office based work & I eventually went to work with disabled people, eventually becoming a foster carer.


I enjoy watching Warrington Wolves Rugby, watching live bands, gardening, holidays abroad and I spend a lot of time in Ireland.


This is my first time as a school governor but one I am looking forward too.



Chris Ainsworth

I have recently been appointed as LA governor and I am delighted to be a member of the thriving school community of St. Bridget’s.

I am married to my wife Mary and we have four sons the youngest of whom has begun his NQT year at Saint Benedictus School.  My main interests are walking, gardening, reading and watching football.

I qualified as a teacher in 1973 and retired in 2013.  I spent my career in the primary sector and had the opportunity to teach in both key stages.  My specialist area is SEN and the last 15 years of my career was as SENCO in a challenging Liverpool primary school.

I have previously held office twice as teacher governor and I am aware of the importance to have a committed governing body; one that is fully aware of the ever changing educational landscape.

I realise that I am part of a team that supports the Head Teacher and all staff in providing support for parents and, most importantly, learning opportunities that enable all pupils to progress and achieve their best.

As a practising Catholic I am honoured to be appointed as LA governor at Saint Bridget’s. 

I see my role as one of assisting and supporting a Christ centred ethos that promises partnership with the entire school community and allows the children and teachers to celebrate learning through faith.

It is my aim during my time to make a positive contribution to the running of the school.


John Cotter

I was born in Newarthill, Scotland.

Education in Glasgow/Paisley: St Aloysius College/St. Mirren's Academy
Further Education:    Salford University:    HNC Total Quallity Management

I trained in junior management and heat exchange engineering in Glasgow.  I then worked in Canada (from 1975), returning to the UK in 1983.  I have managed a number of businesses in the UK and also worked for a time in Saudi Arabia and Belgium.  I am currently UK representative for a company based in Dublin which imports goods from China and other Far East companies, and I have travelled extensively with this work.

I attend Mass at St. Bridget's and St. Stephen's and am a lay reader and extraordinary Eucharistic Minister, regularly taking Communion to the sick and housebound (which is extremely rewarding).  I have served as Foundation Governor on the board of St. Oliver Plunkett's primary school and also Carmel College, St. Helens.

Information about Governing Body

Governors' Register of Attendance at Committee Meetings