Governing Body

Foundation Governors
​Foundation Governors are appointed by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Plymouth. In addition to their responsibilities for managing the school in the same way as any other Governor, they must also ensure that the special Catholic nature of the school is safeguarded.

Parent Governors
​Whilst the Parent Governors do not represent the parents they are elected by the parents of children at the school and must be a parent of a child at the school at the time of the election.

Staff Governors
​Whilst the Staff Governors again do not represent the staff, they are elected by and from the staff at the school.

Community (Local Authority) Governor
​The LA Governor now referred to as Community Governors were appointed by Devon L A.

The Headteacher
​A Staff Governor position is held by the Headteacher.

Staff Governors
​Whilst the Staff Governors again do not represent the staff, they are elected by and from the staff at the school.
Name and address of Chair of Governing Board
Mrs Larraine Coulter
Our Lady and St Patrick's, Fourth Avenue
TQ14 9DT
Mrs Larraine Coulter
Chair of Governors
Foundation Governor
Term-end: 29th Oct 2021
Lead Governor in Safeguarding & Child Protection
As a Mum of two daughters who attended OLSP some years ago I was always grateful for the care and nurture they received at this school and I still see this today. I feel very privileged to be a Governor here and hope that my support will go some way to say "thank you".

Fr Mark Skelton
Foundation Governor

Lead Governor in RE & Catholic Life
Deputy Safeguarding
Every time I write, 'I have been a priest for over 30 years' it makes me wonder how that could have happened. However in those 30 years plus I have worked all over the Diocese in 6 different parishes and have been involved in Catholic schools throughout those years, this parish being my 7th. My ministry is fed by my love of literature, gardening and all things nature and most especially by the rabbit, who perhaps has more influence than he ought, cat and two guinea pigs.

Mrs Deborah Ford
Foundation Governor
Term end: 6th March 2022

Lead Governor in Parents and the Wider Community
Former pupil of Our Lady and Saint Patrick's School and parishioner.
I’m a Mum of 2 at the school, a graduate in Italian, French & Business. I accredit my interest in foreign languages with my time at OLSP! "Mr Bennett had us running around the classroom shouting “Allez, allez, vite, vite!”
My spare time is spent playing the flute, walking our two dogs and catching up with friends.

Mrs Elizabeth Hampton
Parent Governor
Term-end: 18th Oct 2020

Lead Governor in Special Educational Needs Inclusion and Equality
I am a parent governor and was voted onto the governing body three years ago. I have been a teacher in primary and secondary schools and since moving to Devon I have worked as an educational psychologist in Plymouth for 15 years. I am the lead governor for special educational needs and disability. In my spare time I like running, playing the guitar and spending time with family and friends.

Mrs Victoria Ratcliffe
Vice Chair
Co-opted Community Governor
Term end: 20th Nov 2020

Lead Governor in Curriculum and Standards
I became a governor in 2012 when my daughter started at the school. My daughter has now left but I still have a son at the school. I have worked in education for 22 years and in my spare time I enjoy long distance running, walking on the Moor and watching rugby.

Mrs Ruth Gordon
Teacher Governor
Term end: 31st May 2022

Lead Governor in Health & Safety
Lead Governor in Finance
Hello! I'm Mrs Gordon. I joined OLSP in 2017 and have been working in Class 3. I am also a Staff Governor. My favourite subjects to teach are English and MFL (Modern Foreign Languages). I enjoy teaching topic too as I learn lots of new things about the Egyptians and the Tudors. When I am not teaching, I love to spend time taking my dog, Hugo on walks along the river or travelling to a new place like Croatia with my husband!

Mrs Angela Folland
Ex-Officio Governor

Mrs Lisa Kinsella Clerk to the Governors
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