Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School – Local Governing Body
Peter Carey – Foundation Governor
Chair of the Governing Body
Link Governor for Safeguarding
Peter has been a Governor at Corpus Christi for the past 12 years but has experience of being a Governor at different schools over many more. Qualifying as a Ground Electrician in the RAF in 1957, he was once Financial Director of a consortium of traders covering a £12m turn over and a partner in the family business. He is involved with the Parish Council and enjoys time with his family, golf, gardening, DIY and snooker.
Peter says, “Although not a pupil at Corpus Christi myself, my mother taught there for a while, as did my sister and my friend’s wife was the Assistant Head for a while, so I have always had a connection. Father Paul Farrer got me involved with the Sports Hall.
I have been a governor for so long that it is hard to remember what motivated me in the first place but my vision for the future of the school is that it continues being a beacon within the community, serving all in an ever increasing pastoral and teaching role. Also, that the staff are supported in their endeavours by a good lay governing body.”
Carolyn Baker – Ex Officio Headteacher
Carolyn has been Head Teacher at Corpus Christi for over 18 years and is dedicated to her work and the development of each child at the school. Her mission is to continue to strive to ensure that the school remains happy and holy and that each child is valued and respected as unique, special and gifted.
Patricia Connor – Staff Governor
Link Governor for Behaviour and Attitudes (Including Attendance), Personal Development (Including Well-being)
Trish has been Staff Governor at Corpus Christi School since 2019. She previously had 12 year’s experience as both parent and foundation governor at a Catholic primary school in Hartlepool. In addition, Trish has had 10 year’s experience as a foundation governor and then Director of a Catholic secondary school.
Trish began working in Corpus Christi school in November 2009 when she was seconded from Jobcentre plus to the School Gates Project. Once she had met the staff, pupils and parents of the school, Trish knew that she wanted to become part of this unique school community. In 2013 she took a massive “leap of faith”, leaving her Civil Service Career of 30 plus years to take up employment as School/Family Engagement and Support Manager.
Trish is passionate about education and supporting both parents and families. Acknowledging the traditional African proverb “It takes a whole village to raise a child” Trish works closely with parents, carers as well as local partners and providers to be able to offer them the opportunity to be involved in a variety of training and other activities to help them to develop their own skills, as well as to support their child.
In 2014/2015 Trish worked on the Parent Academy project, with the University of Chicago and 7 other Middlesbrough schools. This research project involved Trish working with other professionals, to determine the most effective ways to engage parents in their child’s learning.
Trish enjoys cooking, baking, and a variety of craft activities. She enjoys being able to give parents the opportunity to try new activities and watch them flourish. She said “It is wonderful to witness children seeing their parents learn in school, reinforcing the message that we never stop learning”.
Geraldine May Parker – Foundation Governor
Link Governor for Catholic Standards
Geraldine has been a Governor at Corpus Christi for over four years having previously served as Chair of Pastoral Care for a decade at St Anthony’s RC Primary and was a staff governor at St Edward’s Catholic Primary. After completing an NNEB in 1964 when she was an infant helper at St Francis, she worked in day nurseries for seven years. She worked on the Special Care Baby Unit at the Maternity Hospital in Middlesbrough before retiring after thirteen years as a teaching assistant at St Edward’s Catholic Primary. Geraldine and her husband spend time in their retirement as members of the National Trust, but her greatest love is her garden.
Geraldine says, “I grew up in the area many years ago close to St Anthony’s and Corpus Christi schools from 1945-67. I now live in Normanby and attend St Gabriel’s Church. Together with my husband, we have volunteered to help maintain our Church gardens and we are both involved with the Lenten Soup Lunch.
I attended Corpus Christi in the mid-fifties, having previously been at St Alphonsus’ RC School where I made my first communion. My most memorable time was with Mr K Brian who was a lovely man and teacher. Having been involved with children all my working life, when my eldest son went to St Anthony’s school I became a member of the PTA which I loved. I always felt that I could give some input. I have been interested in the Catholic Life of the school for some time and initiated the present children’s liturgy group for Father T O’Neill in the mid-nineties.
My vision for Corpus Christi is that we attain an Outstanding report in the future OfSTED. Corpus Christi staff are working tirelessly for the children of the community. It is always a delight to go into school, everyone is so welcoming and pleasant.”