Headteacher – Mrs Clare Humble

I was appointed as Headteacher in July 2013 and actually joined the College in December 2013. In my role as Headteacher, I am a full member of the Governing Body and attend all committee meetings. I keep the Governors fully informed of all aspects of College life and contribute to the discussions that the governing body have. I welcome the feedback given by the governors in their ‘critical friend’ role and enjoy working closely with the governing body to improve the outcomes for all the young people at St. Patrick’s.

My vision for St. Patrick’s is that it should be a highly aspirational school, with outstanding provision for all our young people, in a community environment where pupils know that they are known and loved by God as part of His wonderful creation.


Chair of Govenors – Mrs Margaret Swinhoe

Peggy Swinhoe

I am a Retired Headteacher of St. Patrick’s R.C. Primary School;  I am a Section 48 Inspector; Leader of Nurturing Future Leaders Programme (N.F.L.); H.T. Recruitment Advisor;  (for Middlesbrough Diocese). K.S.1 Moderator (for Stockton Local Authority).

Member of Justice and Peace group; Eucharistic Minister; Reader; Flower arranger; Member of Traidcraft group; (for Holy Name of Mary Parish)

Great interest in all school improvement issues; development of Church schools within the secular society; curriculum development; partnerships working; helping to ensure that all students within the Thornaby Catholic community achieve as much as is possible in every aspect -spiritual, academic, intellectual, social, physical and emotional. (3-16)

Areas of Responsibility:
I am the Chair of Govenors. I am on the School Improvement Committee, Staffing Policy & Procedure Committee. Along with being on R.E. Working Party; English Working Party and Teaching and Learning Working Party.


Staff Governor – Mr Andrew Smith


I was born and brought up in Thornaby and have lived here all of my life. I am a former pupil of the school, leaving St Patrick’s in 1997. It was always my ambition to teach here and I was fortunate enough to join the school as an English teacher in 2014.


Parent GovernorsJane Hobbs


Foundation Governor – Rev Patrick Hartnett

Fr Pat Hartnett

I was born and brought up in Middlesbrough.  My father came over from Dublin to play football for Middlesbrough FC, he also played for the Republic of Ireland.  Two of his caps and football shirt are on display at the Riverside Stadium. I studied for the priesthood at St. Patrick’s seminary in Thursles, County Tipperary and was ordained in St. Joseph’s Church, Middlesbrough on 15th June 1979.

I am currently parish priest in St. Therese of Lisieux Parish and am also parish administrator for St. Mary & St. Romuald’s Church, Yarm.  Additionally I am also the Chair of Governors at St. Therese of Lisieux Primary School in Ingleby Barwick.


Foundation Governor – Mr Sean Conway

Shaun Conway

I am a 45 year old school teacher from Ingleby Barwick. I am married to Sarah and have two children, Joseph who is 4 and Anastasia who is 20 months. I enjoy reading, sport and keeping fit.

Areas of Responsibility:
I am a member of the Pay Appeals and the Complaints and Admissions Committees.


Foundation Governor – Mr Kevin O’Donnell

Kevin O'Donnell

I am a parent of a child within the school and I have been a class teacher within the Borough of Stockton for over 13 years.

Areas of Responsibility:
I am a member of the Complaints and Hearing Committees. I am also the Governor for SEND.


Foundation Governor – Dr James Nevison

Dr James Nevison

I am a parishioner at St Therese of Lisieux Parish in Ingleby Barwick where I live with my wife and four young children. I work as a General Practitioner in Darlington where I am also a GP trainer, involved in training GP’s of the future in the Teesside area.

Areas of Responsibility:
I am a member of the Resources Committee, School Improvement Committee, the Pay Review Committee, Staffing Policy & Procedures Committee – Appeals Committee  & the RE working group.


Become a Foundation Governor

If you have an interest in shaping our children’s future and can volunteer some of your spare time then why not find out more about becoming a foundation governor. For further information click on the links below:

Publication for Foundation Governors