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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 M. Cawley Acting Chair and Foundation  
Mrs C Dobson Headteacher  
Fr J McLoughlin Parish Priest  
Mr C. Ainsworth Local Education Authority  
Mr J Cotter Foundation  
Mrs G Dixon Foundation  
Mr T Redmond Foundation  
Mrs E Preston-Hill Parent  
Mrs L Smith Parent  
Mrs. J. Abbey Staff  

Governors' Code of Conduct

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


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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. 


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.

Gail Dixon


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

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