Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School – Local Governing Body

Carolyn Baker – Ex Officio Headteacher

Carolyn has been Headteacher at Corpus Christi for over eighteen 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 Wellbeing)

Trish has been Staff Governor at Corpus Christi School since 2019. She previously had twelve years’ experience as both Parent and Foundation Governor at a Catholic primary school in Hartlepool. In addition, Trish has had ten years’ 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 thirty 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 seven 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 being able to give parents the opportunity to try new activities and watch them flourish. She says “It is wonderful to witness children seeing their parents learn in school, reinforcing the message that we never stop learning.”
Trish enjoys cooking, baking, and a variety of craft activities.

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 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.”

Geraldine and her husband spend time in their retirement as members of the National Trust, but her greatest love is her garden.


Samantha Hockney – Foundation Governor

Link Governor for Quality of Education