senior leadership team

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 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 K McGuinness – Deputy Headteacher (Academic & Curriculum)

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 leadership roles within 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. I thrive of developing systems and structures that support pupils and staff alike to focus on Learning.

Mr A Bazen - Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral & Safeguarding)

I have been fortunate to be able to take a leading role as Deputy Head in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Clifton and Portsmouth for the past 12 years, helping to shape their nationally recognised success.

I am proud to be able to making a positive contribution to the academic and pastoral life of St Joseph’s since joining in September 2018. An English teacher, initially, I am passionate about the success of all students regardless of their background and ability. I have a keen interest in sport and recognise the value of team work and a strong work ethic, having played football in my younger days at semi-professional level.

I had a forward-thinking Head who allowed me to develop my coaching skills and this led to me working at national level with the English School FA and coaching and scouting for professional clubs in the Premier League. I am now involved with Salisbury City Youth where my wife and I enjoy seeing our son develop his skills – of course, he is a much better player than his Dad!

Those who know me best will recognise that at the heart of who I am is a strong faith base and love of family. I believe that the essence to success is a strong mind-set and consistent application. I hope that in my time here our community can realise its ambitions mindful that ‘nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm’.

Mr R Rooney – Assistant Headteacher (CPD Coordinator & Head of Teaching & LearninG)

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, PSHE and CEIAG lead, Designated Teacher for looked after children)

I have now been at St Joseph’s for five years, and with every year that passes, I become even more proud to say that I am part of the team: our teachers are committed, our support staff caring and professional, and our pupils friendly and eloquent.

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 Higher Ability pupils. I am also the lead for Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEAIG), PSHE and I line manage a number of departments. As a teaching staff, we work hard to ensure that all our learners are enabled to achieve their full 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. The curriculum we offer is exciting and engaging also.

Outside of school, I am a practising Catholic and am part of the Children’s Liturgy team for our parish. My Italian ancestry has helped me to develop a love of growing and preparing food for my family, and we enjoy walking it off using our National Trust membership!

Mr O Ford - Senior Lead (Behaviour & ATTENDANCE)

I began my teaching career at St Joseph’s in 2013. During my time here I have been fortunate enough to work as a part of two fantastic departments in ICT and PE. This has pushed me to constantly diversify and evolve my practise and the chance to work with our students both in the classroom and on the sports field. This has given me the opportunity to appreciate all of our student’s strengths, both academic and athletic.

Since joining St Joseph’s I have had the chance to fill many roles including; Form Tutor, Head of Margaret House and Head of Faculty for Technology. Now, alongside Mr Bartel, I assume the role of Senior Leader with a focus on Behaviour and Attendance. The pastoral care of our pupils has always been my passion and I consider myself very lucky to be working at St Joseph’s where the emphasis is placed so strongly on the success of the whole child and not purely focussed on exam results.

Outside of school I like to keep active as a member of Parkwood Gym and also as a part of the Salisbury Basketball team who play in the Solent Area League. I am an avid Chelsea fan and currently hold the trophy for the St Joseph’s Fantasy Football league. However no weekend is complete without spending time with my family watching box sets!

Mr C Bartel - Senior Lead (Behaviour & ATTENDANCE)

I am very pleased to be working at St Joseph’s where I have found a very welcoming, polite and talented community of pupils and staff. In previous work in education I have been a PE teacher and a member of SLT in schools for pupils Special Educational Needs including specialist Social Emotional Mental Health provisions. My most recent post previous to St Joseph’s was at a mainstream school in Portsmouth where I held the position of Head of Years 9 and 10.

Before operating in schools I worked for PGL for a number of years where I gained qualifications and a passion for a range of outdoor and adventurous activities. These include canoeing and kayaking which I continue to do when possible alongside a bit of snowboarding.

Outside of school I love spending as much time as possible with my wife and two young children. I play cricket for my village side in the summer and football in the winter. My family and I have been involved in our Parish community at our church in North Baddeley and we are looking forward to spending time in the Salisbury Parish at St Gregory’s and St Osmond’s.


I started at St Joseph’s in March 2022 having previously worked for sixteen years in other local primary and secondary schools. I’m enjoying the many new challenges of this role as well as the friendly atmosphere in school.In my spare time we host foreign students who come to join our family for ten months of the year and attend local secondary sixth forms. We have been hosting for over twenty years and our children now have friends all over the world! I am also a mother to three children and a grandmother to three so life outside of school is full of fun.