Meet The Governors
Fr Louis Beasley-Suffolk
I have been a Foundation Governor for 12 years, and as the Parish Priest of St Luke & St Teresa, Wincanton, I take a keen interest in the link between the school and our Parish. The ethos that we would wish to inculcate into the lives of the children is based on Christian values which are those of respect and dignity for all humanity. To do that we also need the support of parents who are, after all, the first teachers of their children. As a parent and grandfather myself, I am well aware of the difficulties in raising children, and also the need to bring them up to think for themselves and an awareness of the good they can bring to society as a whole.
I am a new Parent Governor to Our Lady’s and have lived locally all my life. My husband attended the school as a child. I have been vice chair in the past of the school PTFA and still have a role within it. I have 2 children currently in the school. I work part-time for the NHS as a receptionist/administrator and have recently become 1 of 3 voluntary directors for the Somerset Parent Carer Forum (having worked with the forum for 2 years). I also run a support group for parents of children with Special Needs, where my specialist interests lie. I want to contribute to the continuing caring Ethos of the school and ensure that all children have the best possible outcomes in their education.
I joined the Governing Body in 2014 as a parent governor and shortly after my role changed to Foundation Governor. My day job is Crew Manager within Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue. I am also in charge of Community Fire Safety for the Wincanton area. My aim is to support the school and community, to make everyone safer through my actions and working with other organisations around Wincanton and whole Somerset.
Since September 2018 I have become a foundation governor at Our Lady’s and will be working as the RE lead.I worked for many years in Catholic schools as an RE teacher and since my retirement in 2015, I have been working independently in Catholic primaries both in Gloucestershire and Bristol, advising on RE, and helping with chaplaincy teams. I am delighted to be able to share this experience with both staff and pupils in this new role.I am passionate about Catholic education and look forward to helping the pupils make progress both in education and faith, whilst supporting and working with the hardworking staff here at Our Lady’s .