Mrs R Ridley – Headteacher
I joined St Joseph’s Catholic School in 2003 from a large comprehensive school in Wiltshire as the Assistant Head teacher and was promoted to Deputy Head teacher in 2009 with responsibility for raising standards. This was a very rewarding job and the school went from strength to strength with the strategies that were implemented. Gaining national recognition for our school presenting at national conferences and witnessing our pupils achieve more than they thought possible was the highlight of my career. It was this that urged me to become a Head teacher.
I am an Art teacher by trade but have immensely enjoyed the leadership experiences that my roles at this school have presented. My recent promotion to Head teacher has been my career ambition for a number of years and I feel very privileged to lead such a vibrant dynamic and forward thinking school.
Outside of school I am very much a family orientated person, they are to me the cornerstone, but I have a passion for gardening and antiques which keeps me very busy when not in school!
My outstanding leadership team and I have a clear vision for our school; to continue to be a place of excellence for future generations of young people in the Salisbury area.
Mr P McHale – Deputy Headteacher
St Joseph’s became a huge part of my life upon joining, as a classroom teacher of History, in July 2007. My current responsibilities include: curriculum planning and development; school monitoring and evaluation; timetabling; and working with the Heads of Key Stage on whole school standards. St Joseph’s ethos is felt by all who enter our community; the pupils and staff make it a very enjoyable place to work. I have been privileged to hold a variety of roles during my time here including Head of Department and Head of House. I have been part of the Senior Leadership Team since January 2010.
There have been several highlights within my teaching career at St Joseph’s and, on reflection, I realise that these are all based around the outcomes of our pupils. During my time as Head of Humanities I was extremely proud of the department being placed in the top 2% nationally for pupil progress for two years in a row and always being placed in the top 4% since the measure was introduced. I have relished the many varied successes of former pupils including one becoming a History teacher, another studying History at Oxford University and two students attaining maximum points nationally in their History GCSEs.
Spending time with my family is hugely important to me. I have a life-long love of music and have sung and played guitar in numerous bands. Additionally, I am a Foundation Governor at St Osmund’s Catholic Primary School in Salisbury.
Mr K McGuinness – Assistant Headteacher (Key Stage 4)
I am extremely proud to work with such a dedicated and talented staff and hope to share my passion for education and technology with colleagues and students alike. I have worked in a variety of schools ranging from rural Wiltshire to central London.
Prior to this I experienced a wide spectrum of jobs including hospitality, recruitment and the armed forces. As a self confessed geek my passion is driving technological change and embracing the opportunities it can bring to our students. Away from school my twins keep me on my toes and my labrador keeps me fit – when I am not glued to a computer!
Mr R Rooney – Assistant Headteacher (Key Stage 3)
I joined the St Joseph’s family in July 2014 and am very proud to be part of the leadership team of a school that combines excellent pastoral support with a great academic record. My teaching career up until that point was in an outstanding inner London school where I had a variety of leadership roles including Head of RE and Head of Year. I have a real passion for teaching and learning and want the pupils at St Joseph’s to do the best that they can do and be the best people that they can be neatly summed up by my mantra “Do your best and mind your manners!”. Developing our pupils into well rounded young adults who fulfil their potential is what motivates me to get up in the morning!
My roles at St Joseph’s include; Head of Key Stage 3, Staff voice & Wellbeing, Staff Development, Catholic & Community Partnerships and KS2-3 Transition.
Previously, I also had a career outside of teaching where I was research director for a multinational conference company organising financial sector conferences and events.
Outside of school, I am a proud father of two, a happy husband and a keen footballer. I also enjoy cycling around the Wiltshire countryside. I am a practising Catholic and proud to play an active role in St Osmund’s parish as a confirmation and baptism catechist.
Mrs F Nobis – Assistant Headteacher (Pupil Premium)
My role at St Joseph’s includes the support and monitoring of particular groups of learners; those in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant, those that have English as an Additional Language and those that have been identified as most able pupils. I am also the lead for Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEAIG) and the Head of Humanities. As a teaching staff, we work hard to ensure that all our learners are enabled to achieve their potential; I feel that here at St Joseph’s we are ideally placed to help the pupils gain access to the future they want and also to develop as considerate, perceptive individuals.
I have been part of the St Joseph’s community for two years now and l am always proud to say I am part of the team; our teachers are committed, our support staff caring, and our pupils are friendly and eloquent. The curriculum we offer is really exciting also.
Outside of school, I love taking advantage of our family’s National Trust membership and visiting sites. I am also rapidly improving my Lego skills to keep up with our seven year old son who aims to be a master builder in the future!
Mrs G Martin – Bursar
Originally from Edinburgh, I have worked at St Joseph’s since January 2013 having previously worked in various Wiltshire primary schools. I’m enjoying the many new challenges of this role as well as the friendly atmosphere in school.
I love reading and travel although of late this has been confined to exploring the UK canal network. In a (vain) attempt to keep up with my hugely athletic teenage sons I keep fit by running cycling and swimming.
Mrs S McHale – Senior Lead for Behaviour & Welfare
Since joining in 2010 I have relished in the positive experiences that I have had being a member of the St Joseph’s community. English and Sociology are my two subject areas and I have had a wonderful experience successfully sharing my passion for these subjects with pupils in my care. My career has developed over my time at the school from being a teacher to a Head of House and currently as the Senior Leader for behaviour. St Joseph’s is a supportive and caring setting for staff and pupils alike, with development of the whole person at its core.
Outside of school I like spending time with my family, running and reading.